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Last Build Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:00:24 +0000

 



50 Objects That Define Toronto: Bottle of Gooderham and Worts Rye Whisky

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:00:24 +0000

Spacing teamed up with FIBE TV1 last year to create a series based on our first book 50 Objects That Define Toronto. Once a week we will be posting a new segment from the series.   This week’s object: Bottle of Gooderham and Worts Rye Whisky Spacing surveyed some of the most well-read local historians […]

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Book Review – Architecture’s Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:00:30 +0000

Author: Hugh Howard (Bloomsbury Press, 2016) In architectural terms, the twentieth century can be largely summed up with two names: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. Wright (1867-1959) began it with his romantic Prairie Style, Johnson (1906-2005) brought down the curtain with his spare, postmodernist experiments. Between them, they built some of the most admired and […]

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The tragic final days of Lucy Maud Montgomery

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:11:30 +0000

This is where Lucy Maud Montgomery died: the house she called Journey’s End. It’s on Riverside Drive in Swansea: the west end of Toronto. Montgomery spent her last decade living here, perched high above the Humber Valley as she grew old and wrote the last few sequels to Anne of Green Gables. Those were dark […]

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Book Review – Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:00:38 +0000

Author: Eyal Weizman (MIT Press, 2017) I was as surprised as anybody: consoling a number of design students in the foyer of the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) after spending three hours navigating the third floor exhibit. We were the last ones to be ushered out of the space and emotions overtook them as […]

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50 Objects That Define Toronto: William Davies Company’s St. Lawrence Market Stall

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:00:25 +0000

Spacing teamed up with FIBE TV1 last year to create a series based on our first book 50 Objects That Define Toronto. Once a week we will be posting a new segment from the series.   This week’s object: William Davies Company’s St. Lawrence Market Stall Spacing surveyed some of the most well-read local historians […]

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LORINC: The unnecessary return of Doug Ford

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:00:41 +0000

Give Doug Ford this much: one has to admire, in a grudging way, someone with the sheer lack of self-awareness required to believe that Torontonians are clamouring for a Trumpian mayor after four years of his late brother, nine years of Stephen Harper, and the Category 5 hurricane that is #45’s presidency. What this city needs, circa […]

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The parking garage of the future!

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 17:00:16 +0000

In the 1950s and 60s, Toronto, like cities all over the world, struggled with challenges delivered by the rise of the private automobile. For the first time, tens of thousands of cars were descending on the city each day, demanding extra road space, specialized traffic control measures, and places to park. In early 50s, there were very few high-capacity parking […]

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John Graves Simcoe’s weird relationship with slavery

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:43:38 +0000

Meet John Graves Simcoe. Founder of Toronto. British veteran of the American Revolution. And an avowed abolitionist with a very weird and complicated relationship to slavery. Simcoe hated it. Back home in England as a Member of Parliament, he gave anti-slavery speeches in the House of Commons. And when he was picked to be the […]

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50 Objects That Define Toronto: Proclamation for William Lyon Mackenzie’s Capture & Rebels’ Prisoner Box of 1837

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:00:48 +0000

Spacing teamed up with FIBE TV1 last year to create a series based on our first book 50 Objects That Define Toronto. Once a week we will be posting a new segment from the series. This week’s object: Proclamation for William Lyon Mackenzie’s Capture & Rebels’ Prisoner Box of 1837 Spacing surveyed some of the […]

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LORINC: TOCore and Jennifer Keesmaat’s legacy

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:00:09 +0000

Since the City announced chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat’s departure last week, much of the commentary about her stint in that high profile gig has focused on negatives: how she wasn’t able to block the Scarborough subway extension (as per the deep-dive reporting by my colleague Jennifer Pagliaro); her failure to halt the reconstruction of the Gardiner Expressway; […]

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LORINC: The street art bureaucrat

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:00:33 +0000

Away from the clamour surrounding Jennifer Keesmaat’s departure as chief planner, the City of Toronto has seen another significant, although considerably lower profile, exit with the retirement last week of Lilie Zendel, the long-time manager of Street ART Toronto (StART). For almost six years, Zendel played a crucial role in transforming a sleepy graffiti eradication […]

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PODCAST: Spacing Radio 015, Summer Reading Series, Part II

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:19:04 +0000

We speak to Globe & Mail architecture critic Alex Bozikovic about Toronto Architecture: a city guide, a series of guided walking tours through Toronto’s varied built landscape. And we speak to Jane Farrow and Ed Jackson, two of the editors of Any Other Way: how Toronto got queer, in which a series of essays paints a broad […]

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50 Objects That Define Toronto: First Map of Toronto

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 11:00:12 +0000

Spacing teamed up with FIBE TV1 last year to create a series based on our first book 50 Objects That Define Toronto. Once a week we will be posting a new segment from the series. This week’s object: First Map of Toronto Spacing surveyed some of the most well-read local historians and know-it-alls to come […]

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Call for Entries: Urbanarium’s 2017 Missing Middle Housing Competition

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 17:00:53 +0000

What would it take to solve Vancouver’s housing crisis? The not-for-profit organization Urbanarium has issued an invitation to talented designers from around the world to develop and present innovative solutions for Metro Vancouver’s ‘Missing Middle’ housing crisis. “Statistics show that the Vancouver region faces a housing affordability crisis,” says Richard Henriquez, Urbanarium Board Chair. “While the […]

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The first Modern apartment complex in Toronto

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 17:00:01 +0000

The three towers of the City Park co-op apartments on Wood Street behind Maple Leaf Gardens don’t really stand out among the numerous high rises of the Church-Wellesley Village. But the anonymity of the trio of 14-storey towers belies an important piece of Toronto history because this was the first Modern, multi-building apartment complex in the city […]

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