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 “ukulele gangsters” in the Toronto subway system, 100 interventions in one day and a water harvesting system inspired by nature.
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)
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.
The Chicago River is a very urban waterway, about as far from ‘natural’ as any river gets. Over a century ago, it was so polluted that Chicagoans dug a canal to the Mississippi River and used the weight of Lake Michigan to flush tons of human waste and industrial by-products backwards through the Chicago River, downstream to Saint Louis (much to their displeasure) and beyond to the Gulf of Mexico. But lately, as industries have moved away for Interstate access and Sunbelt tax breaks, the water has become much cleaner and begun to look more like an asset to the city than a dirty open sewer.
Zurich frequently tops livability indexes and now I know why. There are the basic qualifications—efficient transportation, low crime and almost no unemployment. But Zurich offers a unique relationship between people and water that makes the quality of life particularly enjoyable.