Xenobia Bailey’s “Funktional Vibratons” is a highlight of the new NYC subway station at 34 St. Majestic mosaics are suspended above the main entrance and feature overlapping mandala-like circles and patterns against a cobalt blue background. Starbursts and rays of light fill the space creating a vibrant and joyous attraction. Bailey is a fiber artist and her art for the station began as crocheted pieces, which were transferred to digital images, enlarged and interpreted into mosaic by Miotto Mosaic Art Studio. Continue reading
After over 40 years in development, Budpest’s newest metro line, Metro 4, opened in March 2014. Continue reading
There is an endless supply of excuses that can be made to avoid jumping on that dusty bicycle and into your car instead: It’s too cold outside. It’s too hot today. It’s snowing. I don’t want to get sweaty on the way to work. I’m wearing heels and don’t want to bring a change of shoes. I have too many things to carry today. Continue reading
Riding the train can be a strangely solitary experience. Freed from the distractions of navigation and traffic, most rail commuters nap, read, listen to music or take in the scenery as they chug serenely toward their destination. What is it about commuter trains that make people retreat into books and headphones, and what does it take to break that unspoken contract? 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 a 30 foot long lunch table set in the middle of Vancouver streets, how public transportation is leaving people with disabilities behind, virtual murals on real buildings, and the question: is the smartphone bad for public space?