Social events abound during the holidays, but they also afford the chance to catch up with a good book. With so many good citymaking books out there, how can you choose the right one? Thankfully, Vancouver’s former Chief Planner, Brent Toderian, has compiled a list of his 100 favourite citymaking books. Compare notes and join the conversation!
Bored of traditional architectural debates, Turncoats aims to shake up the establishment provoke real discussions about architecture. Harnessing the free independent journalist approach of Dezeen, Architecture Foundation and Failed Architecture, the “conspirators” want to burst the bubbles around mainstream architectural discussion. Turncoats’ sold-out open conversation will prohibit recording devices during the discussion, focusing instead on the here-and-now. Open your mind and witness an alternative participatory process and subsequent outcomes.
Can thoughtfully designed public art contribute to increasing pedestrian safety and convenience? With advanced technologies, HQ Architects installed an interactive public art installation in Jerusalem’s Valero Square. As part of an effort to revitalize the square, the installation provides weather protections for pedestrians during sunny or rainy days and unique tram alarms alerting train-catchers to hurry up. Check out how two eye-catching flower towers react to pedestrians and approaching public transit by blooming their immense air-blown flower pedals.
Part talk series, community forum, brainstorming session, and party, Idea Bombing has been spreading across Australia. Based on two sessions in Melbourne, 50 ideas for creative and playful cities emerged. As one might expect from the description, the ideas are across the board, from the applied to the ridiculous, but in their sum, represent a collective effort to innovate how we interact with our neighbours and cities themselves.
Improved web access is accompanied by economic and social opportunities. Not everybody in cities can regularly connect to the internet however. Recognizing that, cities around the world are exprimenting with citywide free WiFi access through creative infrastructure retrofits. Could adding solar-powered wireless hotspots to trash and recycling bins on the streets improve public WiFi access? New York City has been testing integrated wifi with garbage bins to tackle internet inequality.
Contemporary urban life is increasingly based on two parallel cities, one physical (visible) and one digital (invisible). As more and more layers overlap, understanding how urban technologies can foster humanity in the invisible city becomes more important. In response, artists, writers and tech developers, like Coney and Pan Studio are working to do just that in cities around the world. Read more about their creative storytelling.