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  • Communication Archives - Spacing Ottawa
    Streetscape Traffic Transit Urban Design Walking Waterfront Region Topic Communication TEDxElginSt Is Ottawa having an identity crisis or are we simply in need of a little self discovery By Kristen Gagnon This past Saturday in the darkened auditorium of the Canadian Museum of Nature a setting and atmosphere synonymous with the famed Read More EVENT TEDxElginSt By Spacing WHAT TEDxElginSt An independently organized TED event WHEN Saturday March 29 2014 12 00pm 7 30pm WHERE Canadian Museum of Read More Rideau Island An island for Ottawa By Kristen Gagnon Toronto has Ward s Island Vancouver s got Granville and Montreal has well the Island of Montreal So it is about time that Ottawa Read More Ottawa Graffiti A Photo Exposé By Apartment613 Tattooed onto the concrete skin of the city graffiti plays an ambivalent role in the aesthetic of the urban spaces While the Read More Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts UrbSanity Streetside spots new tactics for public space Neighbourhood Walk Carling Avenue and development on the outskirts of town The history of the Ottawa subway Dreaming in colour The story behind Ottawa s world class transit map Jane s Walk

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  • Events Archives - Spacing Ottawa
    September marking the start of a new academic year the past weeks have seen the announcement of multiple public design based Read More Ottawa Architecture Week 2015 The city is a house built by many hands By Spacing The city is a house built by many hands This alone does not make Ottawa unique but as a place Ottawa is the most unique city in all Read More A Crack of Light A Crack of Hope A Night with Daniel Libeskind By Kristen Gagnon Daniel Libeskind in conversation with Professor Stephen Fai Speaking poignantly the night before the 70th anniversary of the Read More EVENT Ottawa Winter Spaces Walking Tour By Spacing WHAT 7 Cities Winter Spaces Walking Tours Ottawa presented by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat WHEN Thursday Read More Designs to take pride in The architecture of Douglas Cardinal By Spacing Carleton University s Forum Lecture Series started 2015 off on a high note introducing architect Douglas Cardinal to the stage this Read More EVENT Ottawa Urban Forum Alex MacLean By Spacing WHAT Ottawa Urban Forum Alex MacLean Oil The Sands to Suburbs Connection WHEN Wednesday December 3 2014 at Read More Finding Value in Heritage Architecture ERA Architects By Spacing Tuesday night marked the third address in Carleton University s 2014 2015 Azrieli School of Architecture Urbanism Forum Lecture Read More Spacing Ottawa takes a de tour Play and leisure in the Capital By Kristen Gagnon Strathcona Park This past Saturday nine urban enthusiasts signed up to participate in a special edition of Ottawa Read More Post navigation Older posts Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts UrbSanity Streetside spots new tactics for public space Neighbourhood Walk Carling Avenue and development on the outskirts of town The

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  • Features Archives - Spacing Ottawa
    out new wayfinding signs By Jonathan Zettel New York City s transportation commission has installed maps across the city to promote businesses and pedestrian activity Read More Urban Planet Art structure made of bicycles By Jonathan Zettel It took 760 bicycles stacked on top of each other to create this massive art structure Chinese artist Ai Weiwei produced the stunning Read More Urban Planet Introducing Wendy the smog eater By Jonathan Zettel This giant spiky blue pavilion known as Wendy is making its rounds to showcase how architecture can stretch the limits ignite the Read More Urban Planet NASA NOAA cities at night By Jonathan Zettel Check out these stunning space visuals of sprawling city lights etching their way across the earth Scientists from NASA and NOAA are Read More Urban Planet Soda bottle lights By Jonathan Zettel In low income communities across the globe natural light is often unavailable in windowless homes crowded together under corrugated Read More Urban Planet Walkability boosts city s economy By Jonathan Zettel After being hit hard by the national housing crisis the city of Lancaster in California was looking for ways to grow With the newly Read More Urban Planet Living green in Tokyo By Jonathan Zettel Japan might not be first country that comes to mind when we think about ground breaking environmental living but that s Read More Urban Planet 100 recycled bike By Jonathan Zettel Desiging the world s first 100 recycled bicycle wasn t easy but company The ReCycle was able to overcome major Read More Post navigation Older posts Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts UrbSanity Streetside spots new tactics for public space Neighbourhood Walk Carling Avenue and development on the outskirts of town The history of the Ottawa subway

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  • Headlines Archives - Spacing Ottawa
    Communism By Kristen Gagnon triad noun tri ad ˈtrī ˌad also əd 1 a union or group of three trinity 2 a chord of three tones consisting of a root with Read More Urbabbles A Tale of Two Senators By Spacing As the NCC waits on five proposals for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats Spacing Ottawa muses over the possible Read More UrbSanity Shhh A loud vision for the Central Library By Sarah Gelbard Last summer following the 40th anniversary of the Ottawa Public Library Main Branch on Metcalfe the Main Library Facility Planning Read More Image of the Moment NAC foyer pre renovation By Spacing Image A view of the NAC s upper foyer looking towards Elgin Street and soon to be renovated into a glass enclosed facade Read More UrbSanity Monumental controversy Challenging context for memorial By Sarah Gelbard Markers of history and memorials to the tragedies of the past are part of how we imagine ourselves both individually and Read More UrbSanity Brutal heritage By Sarah Gelbard Ottawa Public Library photo by Sheldon DeFilippi Brutalist architecture is like the blind date who has a great personality And we Read More A reflection on the events of October 22 2014 in Ottawa By Kristen Gagnon National War Memorial Oct 23 2014 The National War Memorial situated within the triangular expanse of Confederation Square Read More The urban park at Lansdowne Park An interview with the project s design leads By Kristen Gagnon In the moments leading up to the official opening of the new urban park at Lansdowne Park on the afternoon of August 15 2014 Read More Post navigation Older posts Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts UrbSanity Streetside spots new tactics for public space Neighbourhood Walk Carling Avenue

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  • Spacing Archives - Spacing Ottawa
    Despite this most people myself included are hesitant about change because we are comfortable with what we have and Read More Doors Open Ottawa 2014 Tools of Traffic Management By Dwight Williams Back during the Doors Open Ottawa weekend I found myself wanting to visit but one place above all others the Traffic Management Read More Image of the Moment Mall Entrance in Transition By Dwight Williams The last time this entrance was subject to such a change was about twenty years ago At that point the rentable storage lockers that Read More Images of the Moment Progress at Rideau Station By Dwight Williams Today we present a small selection of photos documenting the progress of preparing Rideau Station to host OC Transpo s Read More Image of the Moment Tunnel Mouth at Waller Street By Dwight Williams Part of the continuing process of building the Confederation Line In this instance we look at the eastern end of the Downtown Ottawa Read More Image of the Moment Mayflower No More By Dwight Williams A fixture of the Elgin Street food and drink landscape for over 35 years the Mayflower Restaurant and Pub ended its days in October Read More Image of the Moment Sign Bylaw Irony By Dwight Williams Does this qualify as a sort of ironic approach to the issue of postering Read More Across the Ottawa Spaces 23 September 2013 By Dwight Williams Eric Darwin speculates on several possible fates for the Talent O Train consists once the new Alstom trains are in service and also Read More Post navigation Older posts Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts UrbSanity Streetside spots new tactics for public space Neighbourhood Walk Carling Avenue and development on the outskirts of town The history of

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  • Dreaming in colour: The story behind Ottawa's world-class transit map - Spacing Ottawa
    s content the map s ability to be easily understood by a variety of people and my decision to present the map online as opposed to community groups or as a letter to the media I designed the map to present a solution to the problem of long travel times on public transit between Ottawa and Gatineau s multiple hubs of activity The proposal called for continuous long term investment in a complete and interconnected network of light rail light metro bus rapid transit and regional rail to provide users with multiple simple connections something Jane Jacobs would approve to activity and residential centres throughout the National Capital Region The plan would fit into the current Transportation Master Plan and revive some ideas from the City s previous Chiarelli era rapid transit plan and the seemingly forgotten 2007 Mayor s Taskforce on Transportation Online and real world responses to the plan s proposals included enthusiastic praise for its call for visionary and long term thinking and that it should immediately be included in current plans for Ottawa s future rapid transit network Respondents agreed that the proposal presented the idea that through simple and easy connections users could reach every notable destination or hub in the city Respondents also praised the proposal s use of colours lines and fonts to present the idea of an interconnected network in a comprehendible manner The map s use of contrasting shades between the background and foreground and various bright primary and secondary colours between the routes were its main formal strengths Using contrasting colours and shades in a map helps people with vision problems and those who just want to quickly glance at the map more easily see the different elements I also received praise for representing route capacity with lines of varying thickness Using wider lines to represent higher capacity routes or narrower lines for lower capacity routes brings peoples attention to primary routes helping them form a mental map of the locations of the origin route and destination of their trip Visual cues such as rivers and freeways were added as points of reference The final example of this map s good form was its use of a sans serif font which minimizes unnecessary lines on the map and helps people with vision problems distinguish between individual letters and words With forums social media podcasts and blogs there has likely never been a better era in the history of humanity to share ideas and collaborate on projects with other people around the world Respondents liked the fact that I developed the map in Google Draw a free online drawing program that allowed me to share the document with others thus facilitating collaboration with friends and colleagues The map was then uploaded to an online urban issues forum quickly giving me free access to advice from an established network of local and international transit and urban issues enthusiasts and professionals Using the Internet to disseminate this proposal was a much cheaper and

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  • Image of the Moment: Westboro's Complete Street - Spacing Ottawa
    s Complete Street June 23 2015 By Kristen Gagnon Image Ottawa s first complete street Location Churchill Avenue Westboro Ottawa Canada Date of photo June 13 2015 Photographer Kristen Gagnon According to the City of Ottawa Complete streets are streets built for everyone As Ottawa grows and develops the City is ensuring streets are designed to meet the needs of all users whether they choose to walk bike drive or take public transit The renewal of Churchill Avenue is a 21 4 million integrated road sewer and water rehabilitation project that includes right of way upgrades such as raised cycling lanes called cycle tracks improved street lighting traffic control signals at three intersections traffic calming measures concrete curbs and sidewalks streetscaping and utilities relocation Cycle tracks are innovative paved asphalt bike lanes that run between the sidewalk and the road They are predominantly one way and follow the direction of traffic They are designed to provide more comfort for cyclists by separating them from motor vehicle traffic with a curb and by running the track at the same level as the sidewalk Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Neighbourhood Walk Walkin Down Main Image of the Moment Suburban Sidewalks UrbSanity Streetside spots new tactics for public space Tweet More posts by Kristen Gagnon 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 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts UrbSanity Streetside spots new tactics for public space Neighbourhood Walk Carling Avenue and development on the outskirts of town The history of the

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  • A pocket park for Ottawa? - Spacing Ottawa
    of a flat concrete surface and animated through a grid of strikingly slender and leafy honey locust trees white wire frame chairs café tables and a wall of rushing water Paley is a soothing space for the soul Whether being used as a lunch spot between meetings place to rest tired feet after a day of shopping or simply to be alone in a city of so many the minimalism and juxtaposition of textures and hard soft elements gives Paley its rhythm and rest But how and where could Ottawa experiment with such a concept as the pocket park Where do you think is the perfect forgotten site for such a space If located near downtown Bank Street could it help in its efforts to remain a vital retail district Should it be within a short walk of Parliament Or is there a place a little more off the beaten path that is still urban enough to maintain its oasis qualities And what elements could be included in the design of such a park Would you eat your lunch rest your feet or meet your friend in such a spot Do you think a pocket park could be an innovative way to encourage urban living in Ottawa We want to hear see your ideas and thoughts on what an Ottawa pocket park could be To submit your thoughts designs please email kristengagnon spacing ca Image Aleksandr Zykov curtesy of Flickr Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts UrbSanity Streetside spots new tactics for public space UrbSanity Through skaters eyes Keeping the stoke alive The grand opening of Charlie Bowins Skatepark Architecture Nature A talk by architect Raymond Moriyama Tweet More posts by Kristen Gagnon 6 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Bytowner 2 years ago It can be argued that Ottawa s gone some distance in pioneering the concept in centuries past Two examples immediately come to mind Minto and Dundonald Parks just off of Elgin in Centretown and Somerset in Chinatown respectively Not as small as the Manhattan instance true For a while cases could also have been made for the parklet next to Confederation Square back during its two towers phase before the third was built as well as Snider Plaza on Bank between Slater and Gloucester Streets before it was closed off for redevelopment These would have been closer still to the Paley Park model Rosemary O Brien 2 years ago Are there many pocket parks in Ottawa Today in fact is the official publication of the first guide to pocket parks and public spaces in NYC BEST Pocket Parks of NYC I am planning guides to other cities pocket parks including Los Angeles Washington DC and London Should I consider Ottawa for one of my future guides I would need at least 50 or 60 good sites Any other Canadian cities show

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