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WATCH: How public spaces make cities work

More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play.

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New York Waterfront gets ready for the future

Rebuild by Design, a competition which tasks teams with improving the resiliency of New York’s waterfront communities through locally-responsive, innovative design. Each proposal was required to be “flexible, easily phased, and able to integrate with existing projects in progress”.

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Temporary Cities: Our next #CityTalk

[ April 16, 2014; 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] The temporary city phenomenon is quite recent. Changing economic conditions combined with changing cultural conditions has, for many cities, left unused space.

The mural lights up every time a new streetlight is erected. Photo by @makhulu

Bridging communities through design

“Another Light Up” brings awareness of this issue to the CBD, while providing citizens with the opportunity to help. A multi-story piece entitled “The Harvest,” was erected in District Six next to De Waal Drive; Faith47 designed and painted the mural, and ThingKing installed an intricate lighting system on top of the mural’s image.

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Is Green Point common accessible?

The 2010 reconfiguration of Green Point Common brought tremendous improvements to a poorly organised area of shabby and neglected amenities. But in the rush to complete the design and works some mistakes were made.

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6 questions for public art in cities: A #CityTalk review

Public Art in our cities has the ability to improve what’s left between buildings. Transitional, derelict or unplanned spaces are given a new life through graffiti or street art, and the expression of citizens is given a breath of life.

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Building the Puzzle of Public Transport in Cape Town

The MyCiti bus has transformed public transport for many in Cape Town. Rashiq Fataar considers the history, present and future of bus rapid transit in Cape Town.

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The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 2005 
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Art in Urban Spaces: Our next #CityTalk

[ March 19, 2014; 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm. ] It is well known that cities are ripe spaces for public art. By utilizing buildings, parks, and other city features as their canvases, artists are given the advantage of constant visibility and interaction with passersby. But what can public art do for a city that art housed by private institutions can not?

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WDC2014 Walking Tour: City Design and Architecture

[ March 6, 2014; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] Following on from our previous design tours, join our urban experience this First Thursday, through interesting streets, spaces and buildings, that show how design affects our lives, and how we can lobby for better design.

RIDE TO WORK DAY MELBOURNE

Two Wheels Good, Four Wheels Bad?

Riding a bike is a strange thing to do: it’s not just a mode of transport; it’s an economic class you’re entering. And it is an initiation into being treated like you’re invisible, and like your rights are optional – when you’re not being physically threatened