Public Space

OpenCity Projects – Top 5 Articles of 2015

OpenCity Projects added several new contributors to the roster this year and we are proud to announce that three of our top five were produced by them! Congratulations team on your outstanding articles on public space.


1. What’s in a sidewalk? By Matt Hilder, July 15, 2015

Sidewalks figure centrally in our experience and conception of a city. Jane Jacobs began her influential Death and Life of Great American Cities with a look at sidewalks. My work this summer has taken me to all corners of the city of Toronto, and in so doing has shown me the many forms sidewalks can take. (Read more)


2. Can bikes be good for business? By Joan Milway, November 11, 2015.

In a recent staff report the City of Toronto has recommended 41 KM of new bike lanes, including a pilot project for Bloor Street – a highly contested battleground in the “war on the car”. (Read more)

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3. Nuit Blanche 2015

Nuit Blanche is an annual dusk til dawn contemporary art celebration in Toronto, Canada. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the event and featured over 100 projects. The event featured curated and independent projects that utilized light, sound and mixed media to transform Toronto’s urban landscape for one evening. (Read more)


4. On parklets and pedestrians. By Corey Bialek, July 6, 2015.

On Jun. 12, 2015, the city of Victoria introduced a parklet pilot project in its downtown core. Billed as an “urban oasis,” the temporary public space spans the length of two parallel parking stalls, offering pedestrians a barrier-free space to enjoy downtown life. (Read more)


5. Weekly Review. By Richelle Sibolboro, March 24, 2015

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 stories about transforming parking spots to bike lanes, re-designing cities for the elderly and creating spaces for peace, dialogue and coexistence. (Read more)