urban

Favela Facelift

European-born artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn (aka: Haas&Hahn) are putting a new face on the poor and soulful favelas of Brazil. Their beautiful urban renewal efforts have thus far turned an expansive portion of concrete into a coy pond mural and a gray central square into a kaleidoscope of color. As a native city...

Melbourne’s Beautiful Overhaul

Refreshingly clean and colorful, the City of Melbourne‘s new identity made Brand New’s “Best of Identities” list for 2009. Can’t say I disagree. The new identity is clean, flexible and says that the city is progressive, vibrant and not afraid to go there. Nice work by Landor.

Ping Pong is Back on the LES

For the next three months, anyone wandering the Lower East Side of New York City can stop by 397 Grand at Suffolk, pick up a paddle and play some good ole fashioned ping pong.  The table tennis fiesta will culminate in the L.E.S. Cup, naturally. It’s courtesy of Grand Opening, the design agency known for...

Peering Over You

There is something magical about these massive murals by Cuban-born Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. The faces aren’t necessarily recognizable except by a few. They are honest. And they are looking over the world’s cities like gentle giants. Rodriguez-Gerada is based in New York and Barcelona. More work here.

Deserted Block in Brooklyn is Art Space

A portion of Willoughby St between Bridge and Duffield in Brooklyn is being demolished this fall to make way for a large development project. “Rather than have an entire block of empty boarded up storefronts, local arts group Ad Hoc Art and non-profit community development organization Metrotech BID partnered to transform the row of stores...

Walk High in NYC

Likely old news to New Yorkers, I just learned about The High Line and look forward to putting a visit on my itinerary the next time I venture East.  Built in the 1930s, this elevated track was constructed to keep freight trains away from the public. This mile and a half long elevated track has...

Ode to Helsinki

Artists in Finland apparently dig their city.  Love Helsinki enlisted three designers to create graphic interpretations of various aspects of their city, and then put them on coasters. Handy, beautiful, and a great host/hostess gift for the holidays. You can buy it here.

Roadsworth Paints the Town in Montreal

Cheeky activist and artist Roadsworth is quickly becoming the Banksy or Shepard Fairey of his hometown Montreal. But rather than spraying his artwork onto blank canvases like a walls or billboards, he uses shadows, stains and traditional road markings as inspiration.  He began in 2001, painting yellow bicycle symbols around town as a form of...

Taking a Load off Underground

New York artist Jason Eppink offers his fellow subway riders’s feet relief by rescuing functional chairs and placing them in stations with limited seating. Take a Seat is “an ongoing series of public furniture installations aimed at increasing the availability of seating options in New York City subway stations.” It’s a simple, effective, altrustic way...

Living Font on London’s Walls

We stumbled on this elegant ‘moss graffiti’ via psfk.com. Designed by Anna Garforth in London, the Mossenger Project is part of an ongoing public art experiment. The wall illustrates a poem by Eleanor Stevens on wall near Clissold Park in London.  This is part of YCN Live, a two-week international exhibition that will “take new...

Togetherness in the Streets NYC (literally)

Taking the lead from Paris, this summer Mayor Bloomberg introduced “Summer Streets”.  where over seven miles of streets are closed down for three days during August. New Yorkers of all ages come out in droves to take advantage of the new space…biking, walking, running, performing, dancing, eating, etc.  If you’re in NYC this weekend, Saturday...

I’m a sucker for the harpsichord.

My new favorite band Vampire Weekend is playing live on the Central Park SummerStage this weekend. This is unfortunate for those of us who live nowhere near New York City, but we can all enjoy the musical joy anytime via our friendly pal, iTunes.  This group of guys is little bit sixties naivete, a smidge...