Weekly Review

14426434000_c99416217b_zHere’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you 6 ideas every city should steal from Barcelona, temporary public spaces and why we love them, and the impact of rain gutter gardens in Melbourne.

  • Be like Barcelona 
  • An oldie but a goodie, we look back to Brent Toderian’s examination Barcelona and why they are the best model for city-building in the world. From building with the public realm in mind to making walking irresistible we think you will agree that cities should strive to be like Barcelona.   (via City Lab)
  • Temporary public spaces we love
  • In a series by Projexity’s Gloria Lau, she explores the growing number of temporary installations and their impact on public space. Here we see interim public plazas, open streets, and pop-ups from New York City, Philadelphia and Vancouver. (via Medium)
  • Rain gardens in Melbourne
  • Recently Melbourne residents have been tackling the ill-effects of stormwater runoff with gardens. Melbourne Water is encouraging Australian residents to create 10,000 rain gardens to capture stormwater from hard surfaces such as driveways, patios and roofs via downpipes after it rains. (via Inhabitat)

Photo by Center for Neighborhood Technology from Flickr CC

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