Outdoor Grass Rooms Transform Historic Gdansk Public Square Into Interactive Urban Park

October 16, 2013

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When the city of  Gdansk, Poland removed parking from its historic Targ Weglowy Square, the absence of cars presented a new urban planning and design opportunity that could simultaneously test public interaction within the square.

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From August 26 to September … Read More…

Urban Hacktivism Reinventing Public Spaces

January 14, 2013

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Florian Rivière, Wheelbench, Vienna, September 2012

You might call Florian Rivière a guerrilla urbanist. Much in the way guerrilla gardeners take possession of underutilized, sometimes offbeat, public spaces to plant gardens, Rivière–a self-proclained “urban hacktivist”– reinvents and diverts public spaces as … Read More…

Benchmark: An Urban Landscape Goes Undercover

February 13, 2010

Here’s a challenge to the traditional notion of public space as a “town square” or “village green”: You’ve got an unsafe under bridge area within an existing viaduct not so suitable for planting or creating a verdant space.  Architects James … Read More…

Have Travel, Will Garden: Chicago Plants Rail Car

February 9, 2010

The Mobile Garden, recently approved by the Chicago Transit Authority, will add green space to the windy city as straphangers enjoy a flatcar train garden during their commutes. The moving urban garden, to become a part of regular … Read More…

Life’s a Bench: Reflections on Our Surroundings

January 12, 2010

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The Banc Image Miroir, or Mirror Bench, is like a chameleon, blending into it’s reflected surroundings, changing as the world passes by.

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The sleek bench, whose seat and back are constructed of highly polished stainless steel, is the creation of French … Read More…

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