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Last Build Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:07:01 +0000

 



LORINC: Does TCHC even know the extent of its fire risk? Part III

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:00:52 +0000

Just two weeks after Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) agreed to a $100,000 fine in the deaths of four seniors trapped in a fire in one of the agency’s apartment complexes on Neilson Road, another elderly tenant has died in a blaze that occurred early on Tuesday morning, the Toronto Sun reported. As Spacing has documented in its series […]

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50 Objects That Define Toronto: Toronto Purchase

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:00:06 +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: Toronto Purchase Spacing surveyed some of the most well-read local historians and know-it-alls to come up with this […]

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LORINC: How safe are Toronto’s high-rises? Part II

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:00:47 +0000

In the aftermath of the Grenfell blaze that killed a still undetermined number of Londoners, many people in Toronto began asking the question, could it happen here? It’s an especially relevant query in a city where half the residents are tenants, and which also has an unusually high number of high-rise residential towers. According to data […]

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Book Review – Los Angeles Boulevard: Eight X-Rays of the Body Public

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:00:10 +0000

Author: Doug Suisman (ORO Editions, 2014) As an urban design instructor, practitioner and bibliophile, it is a rare pleasure to discover lesser known, critical and insightful books on urban structure. More so on Los Angeles, a city well endowed with iconic texts—from Reyner Banham’s Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies to Mike Davis’ City […]

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LORINC: Are Toronto’s high-rises safe for seniors? Part I

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:00:35 +0000

This is part 1 of a 3-part series on the challenges faced by residents of Toronto Community Housing Marjorie MacMillan, a retiree who lives in the Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) senior’s apartment at 252 Sackville, stood on the outdoor terrace of her second floor unit and glanced upward. Somewhere, six or seven storeys above, there […]

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50 Objects that Define Toronto: Baby Point Moose Antler Comb

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:00:27 +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: Baby Point Moose Antler Comb Spacing surveyed some of the most well-read local historians and know-it-alls to come up […]

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The cycle of independence

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:00:01 +0000

A fun fact to bring up at parties is that cycling helped get women the right to vote. Sort of. At the end of the 19th century, women had been demanding equity for decades, but the public sphere still largely belonged to (white) men. Then came the bicycle, and with it came both independence and […]

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Design for reconciliation: The Indigenous Place Making Council reclaims public space for First Nations

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:00:28 +0000

“When Rita Joe first come to the city, she told me … the cement made her feet hurt.” The last line of George Ryga’s landmark 1969 play The Ecstasy of Rita Joe touched on the physical, emotional, and spiritual dislocation experienced by many urban-dwelling Indigenous people. When Saskatchewan-based theatre artist Yvette Nolan directed the play […]

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Mapping the flood vulnerability of the Toronto Islands

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:00:49 +0000

The recent inundation of the Toronto Islands has been a shocking reminder of their vulnerability. This spring saw the worst flooding in years due to some severe rainfall and above-average lake levels. Island ferries remain closed to non-residents and the city has cancelled all island permits until at least July 31. A walk — or wade […]

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50 Objects that Define Toronto: Alexandra Miniature Pipe

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:00:51 +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: Alexandra Miniature Pipe Spacing surveyed some of the most well-read local historians and know-it-alls to come up with this […]

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READ: Summer 2017 edition of Toronto contemporary history journal Fife and Drum

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:34:31 +0000

The latest edition of Fife and Drum, the quarterly journal produced by the Friends of Fort York, was just released. Here’s some of what you’ll find inside. Fort York Guard 1967 Footsore for Canada More on Thomas J. Sutherland’s Trial at Fort York More Parkland in the Vicinity of Fort York Approved New Managing Editor […]

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Pam McConnell 1946-2017: A true public servant

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:00:10 +0000

In 1997, just months before the old City of Toronto was swallowed up into the chaos of amalgamation, Pam McConnell, who then represented an east-end downtown ward, cajoled council into approving St. James Town: 2000, a long-overdue revitalization plan. The story, oft-told, is that when St. James Town was developed during the urban renewal mania of […]

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Book Review: Glacier Skywalk

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 17:00:09 +0000

Written by Clea Sturgess, Trevor Boddy, and Jeremy Sturgess – Figure 1 Publishing (2017)  The Glacier Skywalk construction process had to be carefully planned to be as efficient as possible on a fixed budget and to minimize the impact on the environment. Skywalk sits on land previously disturbed during the construction of the Icefields Parkway, […]

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50 Objects that Define Toronto: James Gardens Projectile Points

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 11:00:45 +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: James Gardens Projectile Points Spacing surveyed some of the most well-read local historians and know-it-alls to come up with […]

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The story of the Toronto Island’s modern architecture

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:00:41 +0000

When the flood water on the Toronto Island eventually recedes it will reveal a damaged and possibly forever altered landscape. For the first time in recent memory, a large portion of the Island is underwater and largely inaccessible to the thousands of people who normally visit in early Summer. Homes are surrounded by sandbags and the Rectory […]

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