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Last Build Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:41:51 +0000

 



Campaign to name new school after Jean Earle Geeson: teacher, artist, journalist and early champion of Fort York

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:38:44 +0000

Last year Spacing published an audit report that found 292 Toronto parks were named after men, with just 82 after women. Coupled with streets, monuments and public buildings named after men, there’s quite a public space gender gap in Toronto. The Friends of Fort York hope to change that as they’re campaigning to get a […]

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WWW: Designing the just and accessible city

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:00:04 +0000

Examining the gendered nature of public transit Recognizing the tremendous impact that traditional gender roles have on how individuals use transit, cities are taking steps to redesign public spaces and transportation networks to better serve the needs of women and families. How intelligent urban design can winterize cities How Edmonton is strategically implementing urban design […]

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Building community through the use of public space in the sharing economy

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:00:26 +0000

What happens when fare collectors start to become wise to over-turnstile Bunz trade activity occurring at Ossington subway station? The station’s central location made it a popular site for trades but eventually, it became too busy, with instances of trades began getting mixed up; for example, the wrong pair of shoes being traded for the […]

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LORINC: What the 2016 Canadian census tells us

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000

For those of you who aren’t transfixed by the sight of our youthful prime minister walking the plank today in Washington, here are some thoughts about what last week’s 2016 census numbers should be telling us about how the City of Toronto is doing financially, given the shifts in the population revealed in this first […]

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WWW: Cycling and the city — the bold, the bad, and the beautiful

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:00:59 +0000

Innovative new ideas for bicycle parking As cycling becomes an increasingly popular mode of urban transportation cities are experiencing a serious shortage of bicycle parking spaces. To combat this shortage, innovators are designing creative new methods of utilizing scarce urban space to create bicycle parking. Does improving cycling infrastructure lead to gentrification?  Studies in San […]

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LIVE TAPING! Spacing Radio City Stories

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:18:29 +0000

WHAT: An evening of live storytelling WHEN: February 15, at 8pm (doors 7:30pm) WHERE: The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. West. (Major intersection Ossington/Dundas) COST: $10 admission includes free copy of Spacing Magazine SHARE: Feel free to share our event on Facebook The Spacing Radio podcast is teaming up with Pressgang Theatre to bring you a host of writers and performers, telling […]

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WWW: Rethinking and redesigning every day consumerist objects

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 11:00:23 +0000

France to ban disposable cutlery by 2020 In an effort to reduce the production and consumption of unnecessary disposable goods, France is enacting a ban on disposable plastic cutlery, angering the plastics industry but reducing landfill waste. Reusable to-go cups in Germany How Hamburg is reducing coffee cup waste with a money back guarantee Vintage […]

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Book Review – People Cities: The Life and Legacy of Jan Gehl

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:00:58 +0000

Written by Annie Matan & Peter Newman, (Island Press, 2016) Over the last 50 years, Jan Gehl has changed the way we think about architecture and city planning, helping cities reclaim their public space for people. People Cities: The Life and Legacy of Jan Gehl celebrates and chronicles Jan’s career, telling the inside story of […]

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LORINC: Wynne’s U-turn on road tolls dangerous for Tory

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:00:33 +0000

Since the news of the Liberals’ reversal on road tolls for the Gardiner and the Don Valley Parkway began to leak last Thursday evening, Premier Kathleen Wynne has rightly been the subject of much scathing punditry, and I’ll add my two bits here: What she did, in a way that breaks from her mostly civil approach […]

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PODCAST: Spacing Radio 008, Booming!

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 22:27:16 +0000

In this episode, we talk about the changing face of the city, about what we preserve, and what gets left behind. We talk to Kaitlin Wainwright, director of programming for Heritage Toronto. We talk to Toronto For Everyone‘s Hima Batavia and Negin Sairafi, co-producers of the Honest Ed’s farewell celebration. And we speak to the […]

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Parks as natural places for engagement across difference

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:00:21 +0000

Ahead of Park People’s first national city parks conference in Calgary this coming March 2017, Park People’s Jake Tobin Garrett caught up with keynote speaker Jay Pitter,  an author, placemaker, senior stakeholder engagement professional, and frequent Spacing contributor. Her work focuses on increasing the capacity, resources, and relationships required for co-creating more inclusive, safe, and […]

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The truth and post-truth about Pride and Black Lives Matter Toronto

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:00:45 +0000

Guest post by Mariana Valverde and Akwasi Owusu-Bempah Toronto’s police force has long been known for its sophisticated, expensive PR machine. It is thus not surprising that in the wake of the January 17th community meeting to set policy for Toronto’s Pride 2017, the police version of “Pride policy” was quickly taken up and reproduced […]

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WWW: Rethinking affordable housing

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:00:08 +0000

Floating shipping containers as affordable housing A Copenhagen design firm has created new affordable housing units out of refurbished shipping containers that float, tethered to a dock in the inner harbor. These units combat the issue of land scarcity in the downtown core while reclaiming waterfront spaces. Provoking images of life in urban slums This […]

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Book Review: Where Are the Women Architects?

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:00:17 +0000

Author: Despina Stratigakos (Princeton University Press, 2016) The title says it all. In this poignant, frank, and succinct volume, University at Buffalo State University of New York associate professor Despina Stratigakos traces the ‘surprisingly long history’ of women’s struggles in the architectural profession in the United States from the 1870’s to today. She paints a dire picture […]

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LORINC: Be very wary of Canada’s Trump-lite politicians

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:07:51 +0000

What kinds of thoughts, I wonder, were skittering through the minds of Conservative leadership hopefuls Kellie Leitch and Kevin O’Leary when they tuned in to the astonishing scenes of protest from around the world on Saturday? When considering the tens of thousands of Canadians who marched in big cities (here, here, here, here and here) […]

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