archive-ca.com » CA » S » SPACING.CA

Total: 989

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • A New Years Eve Call to Action for Urbanists - Spacing Vancouver
    our better solutions from being realized This is what we all need to be better at in 2013 and beyond So this year as North America struggle with self imposed fiscal cliffs irrational gun control ideology patterns of urban sprawl virtually bankrupting cities and an irresponsible lack of action on climate change we city builders can focus on where real success real progress has been occurring for a while in cities and city regions Here are a handful of resolutions quickly written with my thumbs for our community of international city builders to hopefully embrace They aren t unique we all know what they are and any of us could write them but like resolving to lose weight each year its the doing that counts not the uniqueness of the resolution If we can make these real in 2013 we would truly make our cities better We resolve to come together as professionals and disciplines and finally break the silos that keep us from achieving holistic complete city building We will agree across professions to common definitions of success We resolve to set better goals and better measure the RIGHT successes rather than optimizing the wrong things Smart growth not sprawl and before someone says we need to define these better or replace them with fresher cooler terms we ve defined and debated such terms incessantly for decades with not enough attention to achieving them Shorter smarter trips with everything we need closer More parks and public places that more people visit and stay in longer The key is to be clear and to honestly measure success over time In many cases we ve been busy measuring the wrong things We resolve to not just increase density but to do density better With beautiful but not necessarily more expensive design walkability mix and completeness amenities and housing and population diversity We resolve to stop feeding or accepting the unhealthy and distracting war on the car rhetoric and inspire our cities with what true multi modal cities can achieve All ways of getting around work better including cars if we emphasize walking biking and transit We resolve to house the homeless not just because it s the right thing to do but because it actually saves us money We can t afford to NOT house the homeless We resolve to take back our own langauge from those who ve made it code or ideological words like livability and quality of life These are not left or right wing they re just smart and critically important to successful communities We resolve to stop accepting false choices that are dumbing down our conversation about how to building cities Heritage preservation OR smart growth Good planning OR job creation Beautiful design OR affordable design Good city making doesn t play these false choice games We resolve to stop using the eight most frustrating words in the english language we could never do that in our city Lastly we as urbanists resolve to be not

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2012/12/31/a-new-years-eve-call-to-action-for-urbanists/ (2015-11-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Spacing Vancouver Contributors - Spacing Vancouver
    Brent Toderian Brian Gould brittanylee Cameron Barker Caroline Toth Casey van Wensem chenzhuo Chris Bruntlett Chris Quigley Christine McLaren Christopher Porter Chuck Davis curtisscott David Peacock Don Schuetze Dylan Collie Elee Kraljii Gardiner Elle Ziegler Eric Stockand Erick Villagomez Eve Lazarus George Poulos Gordon Price Hannah Teicher Hilary Best Ian Lowrie Isabelle Kim Jackie Wong Jak King Jason Pfeifer Jeff Nield Jeremy Senko Jillian Glover John Bautista John Calimente johnatkin Jonathan Zettel Julie Fish Karen Quinn Fung katelynmcdougall Katherine Burnett Kathleen Corey Kathryn Gwun Yeen Lennon Kevin Zhang Larraine Henning Laura Kozak leehaber Lenore Newman Liam Lahey Liz Vossen Madeleine de Trenqualye Marcus Bowman Maria Tritton Matthew Blackett Melissa Bruntlett Mike Bulko Natalia Zdaniuk neilsalmond Noah van der Laan Patrick Meehan Paul Hillsdon Pietra Basilij Rebecca Esau Ren Thomas Ruben sandboxdev sarahnelson Sean Antrim Sean Bohle Sean Ruthen Shawn Micallef Shelley Long Slow Streets Spacing Tessa Holloway trevorwideman ulduzmaschaykh Vancouver Heritage Foundation Vancouver Public Space Network Vanessa Ho Vanessa Kay Victor Ngo Warren Scheske YarOn Stern Yuri Artibise Zach Zak Bennett Spacing is always looking for new ideas and welcomes queries and pitches from writers for both our magazine and website Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/authors/ (2015-11-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Book Review - Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined - Spacing Vancouver
    of adult colouring books The first is that colouring or drawing occupies the same place as doing a puzzle It s a relaxing activity that s just meant to be fun As it turns out lots of people find it fun You can even join a colouring club and meet up with other people who just want to get together and do some good old fashioned colouring The other side of the colouring book craze is rooted in what some may find questionable therapeutic calming and mindfulness practice The idea is that a creative outlet provides a place and ritual that can be used to calm the mind and promote mental wellness and mindfulness This rightfully has split the field Some people swear that it has helped them and there is a whole industry surrounding something called Zen Tangle that has been used as a way of helping people with addictions Others say that they would not consider using it in actual practice but if you want to colour for the sake of colouring go for it There seems to be no definitive answer as to whether it actually helps people save for personal testimonials So if someone says that it has helped them calm their mind or deal with other problems then it probably has Whatever your reason for wanting to get colouring the book itself contains 58 pages that are ready for you and your colouring weapons of choice McDonald has included vistas from far away like Tokyo Japan or Wasserburg Germany as well as more local scenes like one from Creemore Ontario Each illustration is incredibly detailed Were you to colour every page in the book it would probably take you more than a month on a fairly regimented colouring schedule The detail of the drawings makes it so you have to slow down and really look at each building As you fill in the page you also have to pay attention to how the buildings streets and trees interact with one another It really becomes an interesting way to explore a picture of a city You are able to impose your own idea of what existing places should look like by colouring them in as you choose Fantastic Cities image of Central Park West NYC as coloured by the author It would be disingenuous of me to do a review of a colouring book without doing some colouring myself The picture above shows a page that I coloured in of Central Park West in New York I have to admit that I did find it relaxing up to a point Colouring in these detailed pictures can take a very very long time But over the course of a few sessions I eventually coloured in the whole page minus some windows As you can tell my version of Central Park West is much brighter and garish than actual Central Park West but I did enjoy filling it in over time If you like cities and think you

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/11/03/fantastic-cities-a-coloring-book-of-amazing-places-real-and-imagined/ (2015-11-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • EVENT: Who Governs in a Minority? - October 7 - Spacing Vancouver
    Sun present IT S A MINORITY WHO GETS TO GOVERN Are you confused by recent statements by each of the party leaders about what happens if no party wins a majority of seats in the next federal election Join us and a panel of Canada s constitutional experts as we explore what happens when a minority government is elected Details Date October 7 2015 Time 5 30 7 00pm light refreshments at 5pm Location Room 1420 Segal Centre SFU Vancouver 515 West Hastings Street This dialogue is free but please reserve your seat by registering HERE Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts EVENT PLAYtheBLOX Re Imagine Downtown Vancouver Edition September 25 EVENT Researching the City October 30 2015 EVENT Housing for All Multimedia Art Exhibition May 21 23 EVENT City Conversations Federal Election Forum on Urban Issues Oct 1 Tweet More posts by Spacing Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/10/02/event-governs-minority-october-7/ (2015-11-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Just Who Is Vancouver's Top Planner Calling a 'Hater'? - Spacing Vancouver
    A city plan can be very helpful of course when citizens elected officials or developers are wondering what might come next and what might be required in one or another part of their city A city plan can even pre establish a list of desired amenities a growing district might need well in advance of when new buildings are proposed and could tax new building projects accordingly and transparently to fund them If as Jackson says the current system takes far too long and is far too complicated and needs to be fixed and fixed soon one would have thought the production of a city plan would likely simplify speed up and possibly even fix the current system No Actually city planners can plan cities But it seems those who call for a city plan are misguided to hold such naive faith Jackson claimed that the many citizens planners developers and elected officials calling desperately for a new city plan don t have a grip on reality But if as Brian Jackson suggests it s a form of madness for Vancouverites to hold out hope that we might someday have a plan someone should reach out to the 20 other municipalities in the region who have one They must be completely barkers by now Every other city in the province has a city plan a plan they update every five years These are produced as an ordinary part of the obligations of every city s planning department Every city that is except for Vancouver Indeed for most planning departments throughout the province producing and updating the Official Community Plan is the single most important reason to have a planning staff at all With a plan in hand duly authorized and accepted first by the municipal council then by the regional planning agency and finally by the province everyone has a recipe for how the city will grow The plan is publicly accessible by both citizens and developers and is a useful tool to adjudicate the land planning and development disputes that inevitably arise For a time only Vancouver could use the CAC tool Now every municipality in B C can use it For all of those other municipalities the Official Community Plan can now be drawn up in a way that anticipates what amenities will be needed in a certain district years in advance of any development project being proposed and thus give a clear idea of the level of CAC taxes required A rough advance knowledge of this tax can significantly reduce the risk that developers feel when trying to figure out how much to pay landowners for developable land Such risk and uncertainty creates a condition that gives advantages to certain developers developers who become adept at gaming the system and the politicians who ultimately control it to the disadvantage of the smaller and more numerous developers who just want to do their job One more point if a bit inside baseball for planners If the plan is

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/09/28/just-vancouvers-top-planner-calling-hater/ (2015-11-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • EVENT: City Conversations—Federal Election Forum on Urban Issues, Oct 1 - Spacing Vancouver
    it is time for a national conversation on key issues that affect our cities For this special pre election edition of City Conversations SFU Public Square has invited representatives from the Conservative Liberal New Democratic and Green parties to showcase their policies and vision for urban issues focusing on housing and transit It is important to note that this will be a professionally facilitated forum not a debate with an emphasis on productive conversation The event will begin with remarks from City of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson Chair of Canada s Big City Mayors Caucus Shauna Sylvester Director of the SFU Centre for Dialogue will be moderating the conversation Then it s your turn to question observe and offer your perspectives and opinions Details WHEN Thursday October 1 2015 1 00 2 30 PM WHERE The Annex 823 Seymour Street 2nd Floor RSVP Event is FREE but registeration is required due to limited seating This SFU City Conversation is co hosted by Simon Fraser University s Centre for Dialogue the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Big City Mayors Caucus SFU Vancouver and SFU s City Program Can t make the event Follow City Conversations on Twitter and join the dialogue at CityConv Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts EVENT Transit Referendum the vote the campaign and the consequences July 16 EVENT SFU City Conversations Can Vancouver Play in the Big Leagues of Renewable Cities EVENT City Conversations Future of the Viaducts EVENT Who Governs in a Minority October 7 Tweet More posts by Spacing Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/09/21/event-city-conversations-federal-election-forum-urban-issues-oct-1/ (2015-11-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Inclusive Cities: A Tale of Two Revitalization Projects - Spacing Vancouver
    the representation of space as conceptualized by architects urban planners scientists etc The result is reflected in products such as maps mock ups and drawings Lefebvre s triad spatial model has become instrumental in people s movement to claim their Right to the City Implementing this right enables citizens to reshape the city in a more socially just egalitarian and environmental sustainable way The realization of Woodward s redevelopment as a mixed income dwelling project is symbolic for the active involvement of Vancouverites in the development if their city The strongest execution of this Right to The City may be in the Woodward s Squatters who occupied the then abandoned building and demanded it to become affordable housing In doing so they took control of the perceived space that through the realization of the 200 affordable housing units became part of the constructed space The fact that the Woodward s Redevelopment became a success in mixed income housing is also due to the active involvement of citizens and activists who fought for their Right To The City and made this project happen Royal Connaught Building in Hamilton ON The Royal Connaught Hamilton Ontario Within this context Hamilton Ontario lies in contrast to Vancouver insofar that it shows how a lack of people s involvement in the decisions that shape their city negatively effects the urban planning strategies The former luxury hotel Royal Connaught is set in Hamilton s poorest neighbourhood Beasley that has a poverty rate of 57 There are many similarities between it and the Woodward s building in their historical past architectural present and overall setting Like the Downtown Eastside Beasley is experiencing a major redevelopment with new commercial businesses opening up and many of its deteriorated and old buildings being reused Similar to the Woodward s department store the Royal Connaught was built in the first decade of the twentieth century and encompasses an entire block edged by King Street E Main Street E John Street S and Catharine Street S The style of the thirteen storey building is associated with the Commercial style that emerged during an era in Canada s architectural development where commissioning the services of a professional architect became increasingly en vogue Large corporations successful newspaper publishing companies and wealthy private dwellers had these high rises built as a monumental expressions of their enterprises and a belief in the future growth of their city Consequently the redevelopment of the Commercial Style became an ideal selling point for developers in the twenty first century as these buildings encompass the memory of a prosperous past while visually embodying the zeitgeist Throughout the decades the Royal Connaught changed ownership and stood empty starting 2004 In 2009 it was officially announced that Hamilton would be one of the hosts of the 2015 Pan Am Games triggering the city to clean up its deteriorated downtown neighbourhoods Beasley being one of them with a major focus on the empty and deteriorated Royal Connaught hotel In 2008 discussions began around

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/09/14/inclusive-cities-tale-two-revitalization-projects/ (2015-11-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Kids in the City: Raising a family in a 500sq ft laneway home - Spacing Vancouver
    One of the reasons we were drawn to the idea of a laneway house was the fact that it was a ground level home that gave us access to a patch of green space This is especially important for families as it connects kids with the outdoors and extends the living space when you need it Laneway housing is a great option but there are a number of other models for this type of small scale hidden density Pocket neighbourhoods houseplexes small lot homes are all examples of housing forms that have been championed with great success in other cities All of these homes share a few things in common namely that they are around 800 sq ft or under and that they challenge the typical orientation of single detached house on a residential lot Check the Small Housing BC toolkit Small Houses Innovations in small scale living What are the challenges of compact urban living Stuff Especially the things that you don t use often For example Brendon and I love the outdoors as have a lot of camping gear for all sorts of occasions We also own 7 bicycles eeps Finding space for these important items that facilitate the experiential living we seek out it a challenge What could be done to make your neighbourhood more family friendly I m moving into a new neighbourhood that is especially known for its family oriented nature Lynn Valley in the North Shore There are many many families in the community That said things are changing One thing that we noticed in the process of seeking out our next home was that we were not alone in our quest for a house that could accommodate two families Perhaps driven by the affordability challenge many new house seekers are looking for opportunities to share space and create deliberate communities of support The realtors we spoke to recognized this phenomena and found that home we two above ground floors were going for a premium and families saw the potential to create defacto horizontal duplexes How do you maximize space in your home make it work for your family Rule 1 Own less stuff just not buying it in the first place is the best way to maximize space Rule 2 Reduce bulky furniture We got rid of our coffee table so that Oren had space on the ground to play with his toys Rule 3 Seek out furniture that folds up stacks away or serves multiple purposes I recently created a magnetic chalkboard wall in my home for my son Have you done similar projects to maximize play kid friendly space in your home My son thankfully has a thing for tiny items like small stones miniature plastic animals and matrushka dolls He also loves putting little things in little containers Do you think your lifestyle has a smaller ecological footprint How so Yes whatever the size of your home it is human nature to fill it When you live in a smaller

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/08/31/kids-city-raising-family-500sq-ft-laneway-home/ (2015-11-16)
    Open archived version from archive