Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:00:29 +0000
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:00:29 +0000
What do you picture when you read the words “heritage building.”? It probably isn’t the Carlton Tower at Yonge and Carlton streets. The 18-storey office building was completed in 1958 in a Modern style typical of Toronto’s post-war boom era. It predates TD Centre, Toronto City Hall, and is an early example of the tower-on-a-podium style used practically everywhere in Toronto today. […]
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:00:55 +0000
Interview by: Ilana Altman Public Art Management (PAM) is one of Canada’s leading public art consulting firms. They have been actively curating and managing projects across the country for the last 30 years. PAM connects urban developers in both the public and private sectors with internationally renowned artists to create dynamic and lasting public art […]
The post THE ARTFUL CITY: An Interview with Public Art Management appeared first on Spacing Toronto.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:00:16 +0000
Earlier this month, Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie was lauded for standing up against racism for the second time in a year. On Sunday Oct. 9, she filed a hate hate-crime complaint with Peel police after a local website published an article claiming she “is converting Mississauga into a dangerous Islamic war zone” so “they can […]
The post Bonnie Crombie vs Mississauga’s race-baiters: Are symbolic gestures enough? appeared first on Spacing Toronto.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:00:17 +0000
Editors: Snøhetta (Lars Müller Publishing – 2009) These projects and descriptions together have been selected to show the wide range, at times informal directions, and sheer energy of some of Snøhetta’s influential designs for architecture, landscape, and interiors during the past two decades. – from the foreword to Snøhetta Works There are moments in history […]
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:00:41 +0000
The most important thing to realize about the pedestrian countdown signal is that it is only relevant to people who start crossing after the “flashing hand” has begun. In other words, its existence indicates that the City both assumes and accepts that pedestrians will start crossing during the flashing hand phase. We are sometimes told […]
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:55:57 +0000
The Heritage Toronto Awards celebrate outstanding contributions in the promotion and conservation of Toronto’s history and heritage by professionals and volunteers. The winners were announced on October 17, 2016. COMMUNITY HERITAGE: Toronto East York: The Friends of Fort York and Garrison Common Etobicoke: Lakeshore Asylum Cemetery Project City-Wide: Jane’s Walk Members’ Choice: Lakeshore Asylum Cemetery Project […]
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:00:40 +0000
Author: Worldwatch Institute (Island Press, 2016) Every year since I started writing for Spacing, I have found myself anxiously awaiting the next State of the World book from the Worldwatch Institute. The books encapsulate vast amounts of data from all around the world, synthesized by several authors into essays that talk about where we are at, […]
The post Book Review – State of the World: Can a City Be Sustainable? appeared first on Spacing National.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:00:42 +0000
I loath Rogers just as much as the next red-blooded Canadian, and, on certain days, possibly even more. But I have to give the telecom conglomerate, and others like it, credit for figuring out how to promote the idea of bundling all sorts of services and options, plus financial incentives, into an all-in-one offering. My […]
The post LORINC: Transit’s “last mile” solution may be mobility-as-a-service companies appeared first on Spacing Toronto.
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:00:26 +0000
By: Helena Grdadolnik Workshop Architecture provides public art consulting for the Toronto Transit Commission, Infrastructure Ontario and various municipalities and I lead much of this work. When people hear about this component of our practice, they picture me visiting art fairs and studios to hand-select an artist or artwork for a new station, building or public […]
The post THE ARTFUL CITY: Hacks and Workarounds: Improving the Public Art Commissioning Process appeared first on Spacing Toronto.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 15:19:10 +0000
The latest edition of Fife and Drum, the quarterly journal produced by the Friends of Fort York, was recently released. Of interest to some Spacing readers will be the call for participation in the Fife and Drum volunteer editorial board. With a Fort focus but broad Canadian mandate that includes First Nations history to contemporary […]
The post New Fife & Drum issue + call for participation in editorial board appeared first on Spacing Toronto.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:59:47 +0000
On and off since the early 1990s, when Paul Martin and Joe Fontana concocted an impossibly progressive policy agenda that became Jean Chrétien’s Red Book, the federal Liberals have nursed a fantasy about returning to the glory days of the activist national housing policy of the 1970s, when mortgage subsidies stoked the construction of hundreds of […]
The post LORINC: Let’s actually talk about investing in housing appeared first on Spacing Toronto.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:14 +0000
In the wake of the Toronto International Film Festival, we take a look at the film and television industry’s impact on the city. We talk to director-producer Matt Tyrnauer, who recently premiered his latest film, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, at TIFF. The documentary portrays Jane Jacobs’ battle to stop Robert Moses’ destructive urban […]
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:00:23 +0000
According to the courts, there is no constitutional “right to housing” in Canada –at least not yet. This may be changing, however slowly, due to the direct citizen action and litigation challenging this standard interpretation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Here, I review some background and recent cases pointing in a hopeful direction. […]
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:10:26 +0000
John Bentley May’s (1941-2016) passed away last week. Read Alex Bozikovic thoughtful obituary here. When I first moved to Toronto in 2000 I spent a lot of time at the Reference Library, ostensibly looking for a job on their computers and in their newspapers. Job-hunting is no fun so there was lots of motivation to […]
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:12:24 +0000
This is a guest post by Mary L. MacDonald (Senior Manager, Heritage Preservation Services, City Planning) in response to Spacing’s article by Michael McClelland What we choose to build, what we choose to demolish and what we choose to save tells us a lot about dominant human values: social, cultural, environmental, economic and political. Buildings […]