Every year, tourists and locals alike flock to Brooklyn Bridge where a recent trend of attaching padlocks, or “love locks” to the bridge’s pedestrian promenade has been on the rise, echoing the romantic gesture made popular by tourists at Paris’s Pont des Arts bridge. But the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has declared that enough is enough. The agency has announced plans to hang signs prohibiting love locks and other items, and will impose fines of $100 for those unwilling to abide by the new rule. Continue reading
The designers of No Studio from Wroclaw, Poland are creating a series of micro-installations to breath new life into neglected public spaces. Founded by Magda Szwajcowska and Michal Majewski, No Studio’s portfolio contains works that range from temporary architecture to small-scale architecture to product design. Their motto is to solve problems as opposed to creating monuments. Continue reading
At OpenCity, we have spent the last seven years learning about what motivates diverse people to spend time in a place and connect with others. Design for Diversity is a new way of viewing, planning and designing public space through a lens of inclusion and diversity. Over the coming weeks we will unpack the Design for Diversity manifesto to ease planners and city lovers into the practice. “Welcome the 99%” is all about creating inclusive public spaces as a key to good urban design. Continue reading
Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you payphone that became a disco (and other street furniture transformations), a mysterious bedroom in a Berlin subway tunnel and Barcelona tries to tackle billboard pollution. Continue reading
Glowing seesaws have taken over the iconic Place Des Festivals in Montreal, combining a public art installation with a luminous interactive experience. Designed by Lateral Office and CS Design, the giant seesaws, dubbed “Impulse,” hum with music when passersby play on them. The vibrant seesaws were chosen for the city’s sixth annual Luminothérapie event, which includes art and tech projects that use light and design. Continue reading
OpenCity Projects added several new contributors to the roster this year and we are proud to announce that three of our top five were produced by them! Congratulations team on your outstanding articles on public space. Continue reading
Temporary installations reigned over public space in 2015. From London to Beirut, public art, light and sound installations invited people to linger, reflect and engage.
The 49th annual Cavalcade of Lights kicked off in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. The annual event kicks off the holiday season and draws major crowds to the city centre. This time lapse video by Matt Barnes captures all the fun.
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Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you living rooms in the streets of Portugal, converting smog into bricks and paying citizens to bike to work. Continue reading
Created by HQ architects, ‘Warde’ is an urban installation located in the heart of Jerusalem. Composed of four 9-meter high by 9-meter wide inflatable flowers, this project is part of the municipality’s effort to improve the urban space of the city center and in this specific case, of the Vallero’s Square poor condition. Continue reading