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 database of Africa’s vernacular architecture, good (and bad) plaza design in Detroit, and abandoned golf courses that now serve as solar farms

  • African vernacular architecture
  • Architect Jon Sojkowski created the first online database of African vernacular architecture. The database contains data on 48 countries. Looking to traditional forms of architecture is important to help inform design in fast-growing African cities and create an awareness of unique cultural practices. (via City Lab)
  • A tale of two parks 
  • If you want an example of what not to do when it comes to public place design, look no further than Detroit’s Hart Plaza. Juxtaposed against Campus Martius – a lively, program-rich public space – Hart’s plaza, though elegantly designed, has little to no drawing power. Explore the differences here. (via Detroit Free Press)
  • Solar golf courses 
  • With a goal to double the amount of its renewable energy power sources by 2030,Japan has begun to transform abandoned golf courses into massive solar energy plants. (via ArchDaily)

Photo by Intel Free Press Flickr CC

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