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  • Architecture + Nature: A talk by architect Raymond Moriyama - Spacing Ottawa
    The museum was never to be a distinct object of architecture but rather a regenerative landscape inspired by the soft lush mounds now growing and healing the landscapes once torn apart by the trench warfare of World War I Instead of a glorious imposing tower the museum was designed as sloping landscape visually connected to Parliament Hill s Peace Tower and reflecting the quiet strength and modesty uncovered in many interviews with Canadians throughout the design process about what a national war museum should be a place that honours the sacrifices of all war efforts and also looks to a hopeful peaceful future The idea of creating connections between the past and the future is something Moriyama spoke about with great conviction and urgency on Saturday not particularly regarding the museum but of its neighbouring site the Chaudiere Falls which also include the contentious Domtar Lands Moriyama acknowledged the sacredness of the site to the First Nations and its importance to the beginnings of Canadian history before sharing his outright contempt for the site s proposed development into condos and commercial space by the Windmill Group calling the private venture heart sinking and idiotic In this matter Moriyama has offered to stand hand in hand with Ottawa architect Douglas Cardinal who has been championing departed Algonquin Chief William Commanda s vision for the land to be returned to a public meeting place for all nations that also celebrates its sacred past through the building of a national indigenous center Returning to the talk s theme of nature s influence on his work Moriyama mused about how his flight had left Toronto twenty minutes behind schedule that day only to arrive in Ottawa just five minutes late a feat achieved because the flight was taken in the same direction of the

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2015/02/10/architecture-nature-architect-raymond-moriyama-talk/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Image of the Moment: Ottawa's biodome's first winter - Spacing Ottawa
    0 Tweet Image of the Moment Ottawa s biodome s first winter December 18 2014 By Spacing Image Ottawa s first biodome s first winter Location Brewer Park Ottawa Canada Date of photo December 16 2014 Photographer Kristen Gagnon After the opening of the first biodome in Ottawa this past August the time has now come for it s first winter Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Image of the Moment Ottawa Farmers Market returns to Lansdowne Image of the Moment Canada s longest skating rink Image of the Moment Suburban Sidewalks Image of the Moment Northern Lights Parliament sound light show 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 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

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  • Image of the Moment: Ottawa's nicest public restrooms? - Spacing Ottawa
    Communication Community Culture Curiosities Events Features Film Video Food Green Space Headlines History Housing Infrastructure Maps Media Neighbourhoods Parks Photos Politics Services Spacing Streetscape Traffic Transit Urban Design Walking Waterfront Region Topic Photos Comments 0 Tweet Image of the Moment Ottawa s nicest public restrooms November 4 2014 By Spacing Image Ottawa s nicest public restrooms Location Vincent Massey Park Ottawa Canada Date of photo October 25 2014 Photographer Kristen Gagnon Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Image of the Moment Ottawa s biodome s first winter Image of the Moment Ottawa Farmers Market returns to Lansdowne Image of the Moment Suburban Sidewalks Image of the Moment Canada s longest skating rink Tweet More posts by Spacing 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 2015 3 Walks in Ottawa From the Spacing Store 22 Buy yourself a subscription 22 Buy a renewal subscription 22 Buy a gift

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/11/04/image-moment-ottawas-nicest-public-restrooms/ (2015-11-16)
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  • UrbSanity: The public city - Spacing Ottawa
    city inspiring residents and visitors alike The city is inviting the public to share their favourite artwork found in city parks buildings streets and transitway by tweeting photos with the hashtag artawa Public transportation Moving people through the city is a major urban planning issue Public transportation not only offers an affordable alternative for those who cannot afford a car it is increasingly becoming an environmental and logistical necessity Private cars are simply too inefficient at moving large number of people between home work and play Ottawa was an early adopter of modern public transportation The Ottawa Electric Railway operated streetcar service between 1891 and 1959 Horse drawn streetcars predate that The removal of the streetcars like many of the city s transformations through the 50s and 60s was courtesy of the Greber Plan The plan called for the continued consolidation of the twelve transportation companies serving the National Capital Region and gradual conversion towards a more flexible and evenly distributed bus system In the 1980s the Transitway aimed to further improve the efficiency of public transportation by introducing a rapid transit system Major routes were segregated into a network of bus only roadways and lanes It is considered one of the most successful implementations of this type of system Ottawa is now anxiously awaiting the delivery of the newest chapter in its public transit light rail It is almost ironic given the Greber Plan dismissed track based service because at the time considered outdated limited and incapable of serving the growing and increasingly congested city But perhaps it just demonstrates the complexity of the problem and the need for a constantly evolving system Public housing Through the 1970s and 80s the federal government established programs to provide housing for people with low income primarily based on contractual partnerships and subsidies Many of the operating agreements are now reaching the end of their 35 50 year term with no signs of renewal The switch in focus through the 1990s and early 2000s towards more market driven housing development has placed pressure on the lower end of the rental market making it difficult for low and modest income renters to find affordable housing The Federation of Canadian Municipalities reports that one in five renters pays more than 50 per cent of their income on housing Ottawa has approximately 10 000 households on a five year waiting list for affordable housing Despite demand construction of new affordable rental units has significantly dropped off in the last twenty years On top of that many of the original units constructed in the early days of federal housing programs are reaching end of life or in need of significant repair The withdrawal of public funding for public housing programs on the federal level is leaving both provincial and municipal governments and local organizations to face the huge battle to maintain services and keep up with serious demand Public participation Part of the flaw in the idea of public as it solidified in the mid twentieth

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2015/09/18/auto-draft-2/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Ottawa Architecture Week 2015: The city is a house built by many hands. - Spacing Ottawa
    be proud of Since the implementation of the Gréber Plan Ottawa has been recognized across the country as a beautiful city of cultural landscapes and urban artifacts of national importance Today s National Capital Commission the direct descendent of the Federal District Commission is owed a great deal of credit for forming these symbols of the contemporary city However the work of the National Capital Commission continues as the struggle between city and Capital will always play a role in the city Proposed Greber Plan Highway System 1950 The duality of Ottawa as city and Capital is a condition specific to its place in Canada For visitors and tourists the National Capital strives to meet their expectations for a place that symbolizes the entire country and is recognized as an object of pride For local residents daily life in the City of Ottawa is complex and diverse This side of Ottawa would be difficult to capture in the Official Plans of either the City of Ottawa or the National Capital Commission Many of the contemporary spatial clashes in the City of Ottawa today are defined by the struggle between the federal National Capital Commission and the municipal City of Ottawa In these well intentioned conflicts it is easy to lose sight of the role of the citizen the local urban actor The successful planning of Ottawa as a Capital occurs on a scale of time that operates outside the lifespan of a building This is a scale that is difficult for an individual to relate and contribute to But on a daily occurrence the local urban actor populates the public spaces between the buildings We negotiate and navigate parts of the city that belong to different time periods and planning strategies These local conditions are the most relatable aspect of the architecture of the city to the individual As local actors and citizens of both the City of Ottawa and the National Capital it must be remembered that space and its subsequent planning has the power to embrace or exclude Ottawa s architectural history extends far beyond the construction of the Rideau Canal or the founding of Bytown It existed before the explorations of Étienne Brûlé and Samuel de Champlain Long before European contact the Algonquin people knew this place as adawe meaning to trade It is from adawe that we have the name Ottawa We define trade to be the act of exchanging goods or services for other goods or services To trade is an important part of society and life It is a process which requires two parties to undertake trust in the face of risk This exchange of trust continues to define the contemporary city of Ottawa Trust plays a paramount role in the compromises and collaborations between the National Capital Commission and the City of Ottawa trust allows for public consultation on city and Capital planning issues and without trust there would be no local actors to populate Ottawa s public spaces Ottawa as a city

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2015/09/10/13232/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Image of the Moment: Suburban Sidewalks - Spacing Ottawa
    Walking Waterfront Region Topic Photos Comments 0 Tweet Image of the Moment Suburban Sidewalks March 31 2015 By Spacing Image The toll of spring run off on suburban sidewalks rending them unusable Location Orleans Boulevard south of Innes Road Orleans Ottawa Date of photo March 27 2015 Photographer Kristen Gagnon Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Image of the Moment Canada s longest skating rink Image of the Moment Trillium line signage goes up Image of the Moment The Rideau River lets off a little steam Image of the Moment Northern Lights Parliament sound light show 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 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

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  • EVENT: Ottawa Winter Spaces Walking Tour - Spacing Ottawa
    THEME Urban winter spaces ITINERARY Begin tour at entrance of Sun Life Building atrium located on Albert Street between Bank and O Connor next to Starbucks Public plaza at World Exchange Plaza Sparks Street pedestrian mall National War Memorial of Canada Plaza at 700 Sussex Bus station at National Defense Building Mackenzie King Station Rideau Canal Stakteway National Arts Centre rooftop terrace Confederation Park End tour at Jean Pigott Hall at Ottawa City Hall For more information on the tour please check out this link To register for the tour please contact Randolph Wang randolph wang ottawa ca Image Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts EVENTS 2015 16 Ottawa Design Lecture Series Jane s Walk 2015 3 Walks in Ottawa Ottawa Architecture Week 2015 The city is a house built by many hands UrbSanity Streetside spots new tactics for public space 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/ottawa/2015/01/26/event-urban-forum-walking-tour/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Spacing Ottawa takes a '(de)tour': Play and leisure in the Capital - Spacing Ottawa
    first implemented physical recreating in schools Laurier also referred to Ottawa as being the ugliest capital while trying to turn it into the Washington of the North Former Jewish Community Centre in Lowertown At the the former Jewish Community Centre in Lowertown the building has since been sold amenities such as a gymnasium steam rooms ballroom dance studio and squash courts were built as a safe space for Ottawa s Jewish community at a time of antisemitism even in our own city It was also interesting to note that 70 of Lowertown s population was Jewish in the 20s and 30s leading to it being a prime location for the community centre Bytown Cinema Famous for its flashing lights Bytown Cinema was a part of the 1940s wave of neighbourhood cinema building being one of two still remaining and active today and having replaced the three Nickelodeons that once lured entertainment seekers along Rideau Street And just down the road the Public Library acted as a free place for leisure when play started to become increasingly commercialized as incomes increased along with free time Champagne Bath At the Champagne Bath still in use today swimming was once again made respectable unlike those who took the plunge in the River at Strathcona Park through the use of flamboyant swimming costumes the watchful eyes of lifeguards and the fact of the matter being that it was inside Yet despite the majority of swims being segregated between males and females in 1928 Champagne Bath took the shocking step of allowing co ed swims on Monday nights so long as males arrived with a female chaperone These were just a few of the stops as the walkers learned how leisure itself becomes institutionalize over the past hundred years or so of play And for

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/10/22/12661/ (2015-11-16)
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