“Los Trompos (Spinning Tops),” a set of six, eight-foot-tall interactive seating elements, created by Mexican-based design team Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena was placed within the Astor Place Rest Stop all three Summer Streets Saturdays. Inspired by the popular children’s toy, the seating elements enabled Citi Summer Streets participants to experience a life-sized “spinning top” first hand as they twisted around and within the sculptures. Continue reading →
It’s that time of year again where outdoor festivals, placemaking efforts and community events are in full swing; take time to explore, play and enjoy your city’s public spaces. Here are just a few events taking place in the month of August:
Summer is here, and if you work in the Greater Toronto Area, you’re probably wondering where your co-workers are. Leaving the city to vacation at a lakeside cottage is a beloved Canadian tradition. Just what is it about cottages that’s so irresistible? Continue reading →
Brighton Pier, originally known as the Brighton Marine Palace and Pier, was opened in 1899 in Brighton, a city on England’s southern coast. The Industrial Revolution brought disposable income and formalized vacation time to ordinary British people, and the seaside was the perfect place to spend them. Continue reading →
As Torontonians enjoy the last days of August, OpenCity Projects examines one of the city’s perennial favourite summer activities. A visit to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), held at Exhibition Place annually since 1879, is as much a harbinger of summer’s end as it is a tradition for local families. Continue reading →
My first visit to New York City was a disorienting experience. Manhattan is so thoroughly filmed and documented that you can’t help but feel you know the place through TV and movies alone. Turning the corner onto the former set of a film brings to mind the classic optical illusion My Wife and My Mother-in-Law, in which you can perceive a young lady or an old woman in the same illustration, but never both at once. Here’s the restaurant from Seinfeld. Here are the alien spaceships from Men In Black. Here’s that corner of Central Park from Home Alone. And here’s the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, which I can’t place but I’m positive I’ve seen somewhere before. And on top of all that, the actual geography of Manhattan — the way all these disparate scenes and settings fit together — was never quite what I expected. 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 an appeal for humane architecture, street chairs of Cairo, a classy flash mob in Spain, and an idea from 19th-century Rome to flood the city on hot summer days.
For a month every summer, Paris central is transformed into a beach. Now in its tenth year, Paris Plages is a haven in the city with streets along the Seine closed to traffic and lined with white sand. This year, the sheer scale of the project is amazing with ten times more sand than in previous years that stretches nearly two kilometers along the river’s right bank. Continue reading →