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Sound City Project

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The urban landscape is made up of more than just bricks and mortar. When you walk onto the street and close your eyes, what sounds can you hear? Are they fragments of conversations? The sound of wind rustling? People arguing? Streetcars passing along? Sound City Project is a 3D soundscape created by David Vale, Rick van Mook, and Caco Teixeira that can be listened online from the comfort of your home. 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 we bring you a fake sun over London’s Trafalgar Square, San Francisco’s e-bike sharing experiment, the business case for beautiful libraries, and an underground video tour of Hong Kong’s subway expansion.

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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from around the world. This week we bring you an artificial beach from Vancouver, shipping container dining in San Francisco, pop-up cafes in Brooklyn, and Singapore’s plan for a city within a garden.

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Cutting Back to Grow Stronger

In gardening, it’s called pruning. In business, it’s called ‘unfortunate, but necessary’. The practice of cutting back weaker elements so that precious resources can be focused on elements that stand a better chance of thriving is well understood and, especially in recessionary times, commonly implemented. But I’ve never seen it applied to cities – until now.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s plan to demolish 3,000 houses in the city centre this year, and up to 10,000 soon, is radical and well-intentioned. The city’s population has shrunk to under one million – less than half of that in its halcyon days. But it’s the sprawl of it that’s truly astounding: You could fit San Francisco and Boston within Detroit’s borders, and still have room left for Manhattan.

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