Tag Archives: Public square

Ft. Worth’s living room

Where once there were two parking lots on either side of Main Street in the center of downtown Fort Worth, there is now the much-loved and much-used Sundance Square. The Square has become an integral part of the downtown Fort Worth experience, hosting events both large and small, and taking on an increasing role in the life of the city. Continue reading

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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week community spirit is a common theme. We bring you city-wide living rooms in Copenhagen  tranquil green space amid a Los Angeles traffic jam and a guide to New York’s privately owned public spaces.

City-Wide Living Rooms
A 750 meter “superpark” spans the north end of Copenhagen showcasing the multicultural fabric of the city within three colour-coded zones. The intent of the plan was to create a communal space that reflects the cultural make-up of the community.  (Via TrendHunter)

LA Urban Air
Los Angeles-based artist Stephen Glassman transforms billboard advertisements into suspended urban forests with his “Urban Air” project. The existing structure is modified to house the planters along with a water misting system and wifi network that monitors the environment. (Via GOOD)

Privately Owned Public Space
The Municipal Art Society of New York provides a key to the privately owned public space in the city along with an interactive map. The user can search for spaces by address or by selecting a preferred amenity such as seating, food service or artwork. (Via APOPS)

Photo from Jens Rost on Flickr (cc)

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Living on the Edge at Mercatorplein

By Michèle Champagne

When your city contains such complex people, ideas, streets, buildings—when it contains so many neighbourhoods, areas and grey areas—why dwell on the city centre as a focus for design discussion? In Amsterdam, there’s a public space called Mercator Square (Mercatorplein in Dutch) at the most Western edge of the city’s ringed highway, in an area originally planned as a “Garden City” suburb. It is here, at Mercator, that there is genuine confusion about whether the square is a success or a failure—not just as a piece of urban design, but as a representation of the people who live and work around it. In Amsterdam, the design of public space is not only an aesthetic or experiential factor, but a socio-cultural one grounded context. Continue reading

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