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Last Build Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:00:11 +0000

 



PODCAST: Spacing Radio 006 – PopCanCrit: Meet the Critic

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:00:11 +0000

This October, some of the foremost authorities in Canadian architecture criticism convened in Ottawa for PopCanCrit, to discuss the future of popular criticism in architecture. In this, Part One of a two-part series, we bring you the highlights of that conference. We examine the role of the architecture critic, with the voices of Trevor Boddy, […]

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Book Review From the Stacks – More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:12:37 +0000

Editor: Jennifer Siegal (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008) More Mobile is the little book that roared. About the size of a stack of old 6”x 9” photos (remember those), this modest 145-page book could’ve been much bigger, but then it itself wouldn’t had been very ‘mobile’, representing the inside joke which is very much characteristic of […]

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Bringing the Chinese Canadian Archive into view

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:00:58 +0000

On Dominion Day, 1923, Canadians were in a celebratory mood. But those good feelings didn’t extend into any Chinatown. July 1 came to be regarded by the Chinese in Canada as “humiliation day.” The Chinese Immigration Act, known commonly as the Chinese Exclusion Act, banned virtually all Chinese immigration for the next 24 years. It […]

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Is Public Sex in Parks a Public Safety Concern?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:00:44 +0000

By Marsha McLeod and Jen Roberton The presence of public sex in parks is a long standing tradition in urban centres. For some, having public sex is a fetish. For others, they may frequent parks for sex because they do not have access to an indoor space for sex, notably true for some homeless people […]

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Hamilton: The benefits of living on the outskirts of cool

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:00:19 +0000

Despite its new reputation as a real estate hotbed, Hamilton has yet to be branded as an internationally renowned cultural hub, though the annual Supercrawl arts festival is threatening to change that. The steel town still has more boarded up storefronts than venues and cafes, yet it’s also managed to birth a Grammy-winning electronic music […]

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LORINC: John Tory’s road toll epiphany

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 21:30:17 +0000

There’s no question that Mayor John Tory deserves credit for hitching his political wagon to road tolls — on the Gardiner and the Don Valley Parkway — at a time when populist fires are raging all over. The case for such user fees is amply documented, and there are precedents everywhere, not least on the […]

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Book Review – Research Methods for Architecture

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:32 +0000

Author: Raymond Lucas (Laurence King, 2016) “As a discipline, architecture often struggles with the idea of research…” It’s difficult to think of a more accurate opening statement to Ray Lucas’ Research Methods for Architecture. Given the everyday, physical nature of built world, it’s easy to assume that research within the profession of architecture would focus […]

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LORINC: Trump, Trudeau and the Liberals’ economic agenda

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:00:09 +0000

The surrealist performance art show that is the Trump transition process has provided the world with a torrent of distraction that would un-moor even those with unshakeable meditation skills. And I’m assuming the men and women working for Prime Minister Sunny Ways are no more immune than the rest of us. But as the more […]

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SPACING FILM NIGHT: “Urbanized” at Hot Docs Cinema on Monday

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:00:35 +0000

WHAT: Screening of “Urbanized”, launch of Spacing‘s film series “Our Beautiful City” WHEN: Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, 6:30pm WHERE: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor St W — just east of Bloor and Bathurst) COST: $16 ($10-12 for members) INFO: More on the theatre’s listing Our Beautiful City: A new series on the future […]

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Behind the Kensington Market Research Project

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:00:35 +0000

Joshua Barker is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and the director of the University’s Ethnography Lab. The Lab was launched in 2014 as a place to collect and communicate ethnographic research with the university and the public. Barker runs the Kensington Market Research Project, an initiative that aims to assemble […]

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A warning to the Electors of Toronto (or Trump voters)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:00:30 +0000

There has been a lot of critical (and not so critical) thinking and writing in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as the US president (I’m still having moments of fits where I can’t believe it actually happened). While trying to distract ourselves from the shitshow south of the border, our staff have been doing […]

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Last chance to see After Utopia: an Exhibition Expressing the Beauty of a Neighbourhood

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:00:48 +0000

After Utopia is on at the Urbanspace Gallery at 401 Richmond Street W until Saturday, November 19. The gallery is open from 9:00am – 7:00pm, Monday-Saturday. More information can be found here. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then the beauty of one’s neighbourhood is the hardest to express. How can anyone […]

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SPACING PARTY! Come out on Thursday to celebrate the new issue!

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:19:04 +0000

WHAT: Release party for Fall 2016 issue of Spacing WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 17, 7pm-11pm WHERE: Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St W (just east of Queen & Dufferin) COST: $10 for mag, $5 for subscribers SHARE: Feel free to RSVP our event on Facebook The new issue of Spacing is out! Subscribers should have […]

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Realizing the untapped potential of Canada’s city parks

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:00:14 +0000

Spacing is a media partner of Canada’s first national conference on city parks, hosted by Park People, in 2017 in Calgary. Parks make our cities more livable and lovable. They are a critical element of our urban infrastructure, delivering benefits that far exceed their costs, but they are also the places where more and more […]

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LORINC: Trump-proofing Canadian communities

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:35:54 +0000

Amidst the miasma of grief and bewilderment that engulfed the past week, I have found myself pondering the question: are we vulnerable, and if so, how? Certainly, Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch thinks there’s political hay to be harvested with knuckle-headed ideas like a values test for new immigrants. More broadly, while the outcome of […]

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