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Last Build Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:34:03 +0000

 



WWW: Improving the viability of bike sharing infrastructure

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:00:51 +0000

The high cost of bike shares vs. public transit How can we readjust the pricing of bike shares to be more accessible and economical for public transit customers, particularly for single-ride users? Making bike-sharing a mainstream form of public transportation Helsinki has fully integrated its new bike-share program into the city’s existing public transit system, […]

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Book Review—Local Code: 3659 Proposals About Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:00:05 +0000

Author: Nicholas de Monchaux (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016) Sometimes, you don’t know where you are going until you get there. And perhaps no better statement can be used to describe Nicholas de Monchaux’s Local Code: 3659 Proposals About Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities. An Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University […]

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THE ARTFUL CITY: A Tale of Two Seasons

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:00:31 +0000

By: Ilana Altman Toronto is a city of both climatic and cultural extremes. Hot long summer days are populated by more festivals than one can count; from outdoor art and music events to public film screenings and photography exhibits, the city is teeming with creative energy and Torontonians take full advantage knowing well that winter […]

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LORINC: Cities need to heed signals from Trudeau government

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:00:28 +0000

The little explosion of sweaty news last week about an apparently buried federal report predicting “decades” of gigantic deficits added just a bit more fuel to the fire crackling around Justin Trudeau’s feet. The key take away was that net debt levels, driven by anemic GDP growth and an aging population, will crest at $1.55 […]

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WWW: How global cities are adopting new technologies to improve their livability

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:00:53 +0000

From highline to lowline: New York City approves the world’s first underground park Faced with the success of the Manhattan Highline project, New York has approved the redevelopment of an unused trolley stop on the Lower East Side into an underground park. The one-acre park will utilize creative and innovative technologies to transform the area […]

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Book Review—Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:00:45 +0000

Author: Robert Kanigel (Knopf , 2016) Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs is the first significant biography of the woman who changed the way many of us view and live in cities. And just like Jacobs and her writing, Robert Kanigel bucks the status quo and takes a unique approach in telling the […]

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WWW: Transportation strategies to accommodate new technology

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 11:00:07 +0000

Sao Paulo’s innovative plan for regulating Uber Regulating alternative transportation services such as Uber has proved to be a controversial topic within urban public policy. Sao Paulo’s unique plan to battle congestion while regulating the service involves a form of mileage fee, paid for with city-controlled credits that can be altered to benefit drivers who […]

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Book Review – Austere Gardens: Thoughts on Landscape, Restraint, & Attending

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:00:02 +0000

Author: Marc Treib (ORO Editions, 2016) With no less than sixteen books under his belt focused on landscape and architecture and countless contributions to a wide variety of similarly themed magazines, one might assume that Professor Emeritus of Architecture at UC Berkley Marc Treib has said about as much as one could say on the subject. In […]

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PODCAST: Spacing Radio 007 – PopCanCrit: Crisis in Criticism

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 17:00:50 +0000

In part two, of our PopCanCrit special, we look at the role of the architecture critic, in a changing media landscape. Our experts discuss who gets to be an architect critics, in a world where everyone has the ability to publish their opinions, and traditional media is on the decline. We examine the opportunities, and […]

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The Shell Oil Tower is a lost 1950s masterpiece

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:00:52 +0000

A little over 30 years ago this winter, one of Toronto’s earliest Modern buildings was pulled to the ground. When the Shell Oil Tower at Exhibition Place was completed in 1955, Toronto didn’t have any steel-and-glass downtown office towers. The most-prominent building in the city was Commerce Court, a 24-year-old limestone-clad bank building decorated with […]

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WWW: Making art functional in cities around the world

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:00:32 +0000

Alleys to Art A neighborhood in Philadelphia has transformed a formerly derelict alleyway into a work of art by installing a glowing LED mural. The project aims to improve the safety of underused spaces that otherwise attract crime. Solar powered, glow-in-the-dark bike lanes in Poland Poland is testing new glow-in-the-dark bike lanes, entirely powered by […]

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LORINC: A watchdog for all those $2 road tolls

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:00:30 +0000

During the (only half-finished) debate over John Tory’s road tolls scheme, the mayor offered up what looked mostly like a nerve-soothing rider for the right — a request for staff to investigate the possibility of creating some kind of mechanism to provide “independent oversight and audit with a view to maintaining the integrity of these […]

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WWW: Rethinking urban space

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:00:17 +0000

Designing urban spaces for women How Vienna incorporates gender into public policy and urban planning practices to promote inclusive urban design. Placing pedestrians first to improve urban livability A guide to improving the walkability of cities, thereby improving urban quality of life. How Barcelona is reclaiming public space for pedestrians, not cars Barcelona is restructuring […]

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401 Richmond is already at its highest and best use

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:13:32 +0000

I loved 401 Richmond before I even knew what it was. It was 9 years ago and I was in Toronto, visiting from Vancouver. My friend Lauren, a curatorial student, took me out to a party. We pulled up to a large warehouse building with warm, glowing windows in the night. Inside was a packed […]

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Book Review: Eric Owen Moss Architects/3585

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:00:03 +0000

Edited by Todd Gannon (Applied Research & Design Publishing, 2016) No. 9 – Source Books in Architecture Eric Owen Moss Architects/3585, the ninth in the Source Books for Architecture series, offers a unique look at the conceptual underpinnings and design processes of one of the most important architects working today through a comprehensive presentation of […]

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