Chutes and Tires | ATLAS Lab

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The importance of usable open space has been well documented at various times and at various places throughout the world. For centuries small parks and playgrounds have functioned as vital social networking tools and places of reprieve from the city and home. When networked, these parks have the capability to provide and enhance transferences of the social ethos, strengthening bonds and establishing new ones. These peer-to-peer relationships, while often ignored, are a necessity to communities of any scale and location. Research has shown small open spaces to not only provide the infrastructural benefits, but also health benefits of lowering blood pressure, decreasing fear and anger and contributing to the education of children.

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Pop | Irby Pace

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From the artist: “I borrow the view of the traditional landscape and change it with the use of photography. The skies and landscapes in the series “Pop!” are painted with clouds of colored smoke, which are released from canisters, levitated into the physical space from which they are photographed. It is through this process that I am making something that I find simply beautiful.”

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Wawa Pukllay | Coporaque Perú | Coporaque Workshop & AGA estudio creativo

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Wawa Pukllay, which means children playing on Quechua, was the invitation of  the Social Latin American Workshop 2013 consisting on taking advantage of  specific places from different locations at the Colca Valley, to the creation  of conditions that would enable the empowerment by a special user: children. During a two week-period on April 2013, Latin American students gathered in working groups, with tutors from different nationalities, to develop and  build permanent equipment.
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Civic Space Park | Phoenix USA | AECOM

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Not known for public space, Phoenix, Arizona is often cited as an example of American suburban sprawl. But a new story of successful urbanism has emerged from this desert cityscape with the opening of Civic Space Park. This public space sits on a 2.7-acre site in downtown Phoenix, offering residents, workers, students, and visitors a new kind of urban typology, bringing together smart urban design, green space, multiple shade structures, an interactive LED lighting show, public art—and a lesson in low carbon design.
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Landscape Testaccio | Rome Italy | Melania Bugiani


In the old abattoir of Rome- today the Museum of Contemporary Art- two public gardens dealing with botanical spontaneity. On the occasion of Enel contemporanea 2012, an international art event that takes place in Rome annually, 75m of evergreens, perennial herbs and impromptu flowers alternate in volume and density and translate the vitality and ecological memory of the old meat district of Testaccio.
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