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 winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, 6 cities that transformed their highways into urban parks and 20 must-see December events in the Big Apple.
São Paulo wins big in Mayor’s Challenge
On Wednesday, São Paulo was named the winner of the third annual Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge. Aside from bragging rights, the win comes with a $5 million cash prize to implement their proposal for a digital interchange platform designed to connect vendors with restaurants, markets, and other retailers. (via CityLab)
From highways to urban parks
Some cities have chosen to remove spaces designated for cars and turn what was once a highway into urban parks and less congested streets. Here are six examples, some have already been completed, while a few are still under construction. (via ArchDaily)
December in New York
It may be getting colder but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. Check out 20 must-see installations and exhibits on this month in New York City. (via Untapped Cities )
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