Urban exploration

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‘People want to reclaim something pure’: the rise of the urban honesty stall
Unattended stalls selling homegrown produce have always been a feature of Australian country life. Now a new crop of city gardeners are getting in on the game

Denise Cullen

19, Feb, 2022 @7:00 PM

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In the dock: Bristol wild swimmers flout harbour ban in fight for city lido
Rebels call for a designated public swimming area in the working dock, in the style of Copenhagen’s successful model

Tom Wall

04, Jul, 2021 @5:15 AM

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Set children free: are playgrounds a form of incarceration?
Play has been the invisible casualty of the pandemic. Is it time to let children reclaim the streets? Our writer looks forward to a post-Covid world of parklets, play streets and repurposed parking spaces

Oliver Wainwright

25, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The world in one park: Irina Rozovsky's best photograph
‘If you’re standing still on a New York street, you’re either lost or crazy. But on the shores of this lake, I saw real stillness for the first time’

Interview by Diane Smyth

24, Feb, 2021 @4:30 PM

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'Here we reconnect with humanity': urban open spaces to lift the spirits
Guardian readers look back to simpler times in lockdown when they escaped to local hidden gems

Molly Blackall

30, Oct, 2020 @12:30 PM

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Sanctuary in the city: how urban parks saved our summer
Created by the Victorians as Britain industrialised, city parks and green spaces have ‘become living rooms’ during the pandemic

Rachel Shabi

09, Aug, 2020 @7:00 AM

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'Revel in the grubby wilderness': how to spot nature from lockdown
Staying home during the pandemic presents a unique opportunity to become better acquainted with wilderness in all its forms

Rebecca Long

25, Jun, 2020 @12:47 PM

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Paths of desire: lockdown has lent a new twist to the trails we leave behind
Unofficial trails quietly carved into the landscape by people seeking shortcuts are nothing new. But lockdown has lent them a surprising new twist… By Amelia Tait

Amelia Tait

14, Jun, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Walking app helps tree lovers know their sycamores from their maples
Record traffic for TreeTalk sparks global interest as users reconnect with the species that line their streets

Hannah Summers

05, Jun, 2020 @2:01 PM

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Accidental countryside: why nature thrives in unlikely places
At an urban reservoir, a panoply of rare birds has found a home. It is one of many areas created for human use that has become a wildlife haven

Amy Fleming

13, Mar, 2020 @2:37 PM

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Dinosaurs, dogging and death: the secret life of British car parks
In Car Park Life, Gareth E Rees looks into these unnoticed spaces for truths about humanity and pulls up more than he expected

James Reith

20, Nov, 2019 @1:56 PM

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'A race against time': urban explorers record vanishing Hong Kong
From Bruce Lee’s mansion to Bauhaus-style Central Market, HK Urbex are documenting the fast-changing city’s fading heritage

Matthew Keegan in Hong Kong

06, Mar, 2019 @6:00 AM

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