Launched in 2006, OpenCity Projects is a creative lab that is all about great urban experiences. We aim to elevate the role of public space in building strong communities through our research, community engagement and blog.
In our research projects, we view place through the eyes of people who use it every day and apply our insights to help create vibrant urban experience. Our blog covers creative uses of public space in cities around the world—from sustainable materials and beautiful landscaping to unexpected programming.
The OpenCity name was inspired by Toronto. Now in its ‘youth’, we feel that Toronto is open like no other city—open to change, cultures and interpretation. We take inspiration from this open quality and learn from other cities’ design approach to inform our creative perspective.
We help make public space into more meaningful places. Working with a range of partners, we’ve done projects for:
• Town of Markham, Planning & Urban Design
• Tourism Toronto
• City of Toronto, Urban Development Services
• OCAD University
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"
Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)
"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"
Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster
Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.
I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.