Nature & Public Spaces
December 9, 2019

Santa Sets Up On Kitsilano’s 4th Avenue

If you are on the 2200 block of West 4th  in Vancouver there is a striking transformation at Leis de Buds which gets you thinking about Seasonal Stuff. Firstly right beside a handy bench is a mailbox waiting for your letter from Santa.  And west of this mailbox is the best ever little geodesic dome housing seasonal~and not so seasonal fragrant plants.

The whole effect at night is simply magical with the glow from the dome. It also talks about the importance of having different articulation on commercial storefront facades to allow such a temporary transformation with the glowing dome. It also provides light in the tiny plaza with a scale comfortable enough to sit in and relax.

 

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From Transport for London

A trip on the London Underground (or Tube) always has a lot of advertising posters, some quite clever. But over a century Transport for London have prepared some very clever messaging. This poster was released in 1981 and is dated a bit by the use of the funky font which gives away the era. You can also take a look at this design blog that features one hundred of the best posters that have been posted for the London Underground from 1911 on.

And below, one of my favourites from London Northwestern Railways:

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This clip from a local news station in New York City is labelled as “the city before gentrification.”  What now provokes nostaligia wasn’t all that great if you actually had to live in a city of rapid decline – and this illustrates how sad it was.  And now funny.

Worth listening to just for the accents and attitudes of the New Yawkers.

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