Attention to public spaces has become a worldwide phenomenon—from Chicago’s high-budget Millennium Park to Rotterdam’s Westblaak Skatepark to Japan’s Roppongi seating project. And this resurgence of interest has led to new relationships between artists, architects, designers, and local authorities. Behold some of the most innovative, interesting, and diverse examples, in this first book dedicated to the subject. There are squares and plazas, streetscapes and promenades, gardens and parks, and more—including a temporary Parisian beachside near the Seine, an English bus stop that actually sings to the people waiting, and a wasteland transformed into a “Mountain of Hope” in Soweto, South Africa. Many of the projects challenge accepted notions of how communal spaces should function and look, and taken together they provide an illuminating global overview.
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Sarah Gaventa runs her own creative agency specializing in the curating of events and exhibitions on architecture and design. She has worked as a product researcher for architectural and interior design practices, and was Communications Director for Glasgow 1999: UK City of Architecture and Design. She is the author of Home Office and Concrete Design (also published by Mitchell Beazley) and writes regularly for The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, the Independent on Sunday, Elle Decoration, and Conde Nast Traveller.
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Book Description MITCH, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111845331346