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
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 Pokémon Go and the new urban experience, Barcelona’s super-blocks and the pedestrianization of a famous London Street. 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 village designed to be completely self-sustaining, turning vacant commercial spaces into green space and why some people find crowded cities relaxing. Continue reading
Tampa Bay’s waterfront, set along a portion of the 54 mile long Hillsborough River, was historically an industrial port. As a project that has slowly been carried through with six mayors, this entire area of Tampa Bay has witnessed significant redevelopment, primarily with the waterfront being opened up to the public after the concept was initiated nearly forty years ago. Though the Tampa Riverwalk took years to redevelop, major parks were established first along the downtown channels and river, where they soon became major destinations for community gatherings and general public open space.
Web app and lighting design by Art AV strung between buildings at Oxford Circus.
Cold January nights have a tendency to trigger an instinctive need to hide away indoors until springtime but recent efforts in London have residents and tourists alike flocking to the streets. The first annual Lumiere London was a 4-night urban festival that re-imagined London’s urban landscape and architecture through the work of 30 installations across four main areas of the city. Continue reading
In spaces where there is nothing, there is still something. French photographer and installation artist Charles Pétillon illustrates this idea by using hundreds of white balloons to fill spaces that were previously empty, and perhaps even abandoned. In a series called Invasions, Pétillon and his team fill empty spaces with clusters of stark white balloons to alter the way people perceive familiar things and spaces. Continue reading
TIMEBOX Beirut is an urban trail of early 20th century 3D images on the streets of Beirut. Each TIMEBOX holds one stereograph at the location where it was originally taken 100 years ago. Passersby experience that same street a century back in 3D.
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
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 the Luminous Veil in Toronto, the New Yorkers turning vacant lots into community gardens and black vernacular architecture.
Walking the streets of Valparaiso, Chile’s historic port city, one encounters a gallery in the steep hill-side streets. The sides of buildings, staircases and cobble-stone alleys are punctuated by vivid works of art that leaves little room for the banal. Continue reading