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  • Hassan Arif, Author at Spacing National
    decline of traditional industries such as forestry Often Read More Politics Alberta s urban vote breaches the Conservative fortress In Alberta s recent dynasty ending election a 44 year old Tory dynasty went down in defeat to Rachel Notley s New Read More Urban Design Bangor Maine Beyond the outlet stores how a small sized city is nudging back at bad planning Travelling up the I 95 It was a sweltering Saturday late morning I was sitting in a deli in downtown Bangor and while downtown Read More Urban Design Toronto Caught Between Political Paralysis and Car dependence I do not live in Toronto but it is a city I visit regularly a city where I have many friends and colleagues It is a city I love Read More Photos PHOTO Nature and Suburbia The Meadows of Mississauga Obviously this photo was not taken right now it is from a few years ago actually but it shows the intermix of nature and suburbia Read More Urban Design Lessons from smaller Canadian cities Fredericton s Trail System Fredericton is the provincial capital of New Brunswick and a city featuring two universities an arts college a rich cultural scene Read More Spacing Photo Moncton s Chocolate River The Petitcodiac River also known as the chocolate river for its brown coloured water is a distinctive feature of Moncton New Read More Civic Engagement Class race the underground economy Venkatesh s Floating Cities and Lessons for Canadian Cities A city is more than the towering skyscrapers of its business district more than its landmarks a city in particular one that has Read More Urban Design Smaller city revitalization the case of Fredericton s Main Street A version of this article by Hassan Arif appeared recently in Sustainable Cities Collective Fredericton is a smaller city

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/author/hassanarif/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Porch Parade - Spacing National
    doing so Allison and Stewart are pointing out the power of the porch on a single family home that acts as a transition between the world and the front door of the home as a frame from which to contemplate one s environs and providing a catalyst for the breakdown of social barriers where casual conversation can occur With these two ideas firmly in hand the pair embarked on an ambitious parti to realize their scheme one that would range in scope from the French architect Jean Jacques Lequeu to the architecture of John Hedjuk The point of departure for their design was then the interplay of three elements character connection and construction For character the pair dug deep summoning the wisdom of Lequeu specifically looking at how he defined character as something that was either essential distinctive or relative with Allison and Stewart providing examples of each Having authored their treatise Misguided Tactics for Propriety Calibration as the design manifesto for their Chicago based practice Design with Company much of this can also be found referenced throughout including a bizarre phenomenon in the small town of Mitchell South Dakota famous for a corn palace that they celebrate with a summer festival every year As a curious object in the landscape that represents itself as a moment of peripheral architecture Porch Parade likewise falls into this same category Such whimsy and playfulness is most characteristic of the young couple s practice as also seen in another of their projects Shaw Town of which they showed a short film at their Museum presentation The same whimsy of Shaw Town also plays out in the porches and their connection to the public providing a stage in the city on which people can interact The playful use of colour for the porches also provides a launching pad for this connection with its almost neon cotton candy hues provocatively poking fun at the dull concrete and asphalt surroundings The pavilions are then a shot to the arm to the otherwise business as usual that represents Vancouver s adjacent commercial district Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than by the Nordstrom department store that is transforming the city s old Eaton Centre nearby and which may also be responsible for the hasty departure of Chapters from its corner location at Robson and Howe St forsaking its purpose built digs as the latest victim of the area s skyrocketing rental rates Sadly no one will be reading books on Allsion and Stewart s porches as there is now no where left downtown to buy a book For the third element of the couple s design triumvirate construction Allsion and Stewart enlisted the help of structural engineers at Arup no less in order to ensure the safety of the porch paraders As a precedent the pair tip their hat to John Hedjuk s wall house a theoretical construction in which an entire house is built off of a single wall This is clearly evident in the design

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/07/20/porch-parade/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Sean Ruthen, Author at Spacing National
    the beginning of the Anthropocene a time when we realized that human beings had Read More Architecture Book Review The West Coast Modern House The West Coast Modern House chronicles the development of mid century modern Vancouver residential architecture and its continued Read More Streetscape Porch Parade Summer is the time to get outdoors and in the same spirit as the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London s Hyde Park the City of Read More Architecture Book Review New Museums in China Museums in China are booming Their unique forms and innovative structures stand out among the more mundane buildings of China s Read More Architecture Book Review From The Stacks Learning From Japan Single Story Urbanism SANAA s work does not introduce order as do those mid century architectures to which it is routinely compared rather it imposes a Read More Architecture Book Review From The Stacks A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver To observe the city s architecture is to enter into the optimistic vision of its planners and designers and so to engage in Read More Architecture Book Review Local Architecture Building Place Craft and Community Sited at the LaHave River estuary on Nova Scotia s Atlantic coast where Samuel de Champlain made his first landfall in the new world Read More Culture Book Review Design School Wisdom Design School Wisdom was born out of a desire to share the wisdom of design instructors with designers everywhere students just Read More Architecture Book Reviews From the Stacks Le Corbusier Homme de Lettres Known for his modern architecture numbering fewer than sixty buildings Charles Edouard Jeanneret Le Corbusier 1887 1965 Read More Architecture Book Review Derrida for Architects Even the most prosaic oppositions of architecture can be cast in terms that indicate something is really at stake This

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/author/seanruthen/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Walking Archives | Page 2 of 3 | Spacing
    Artibise There is a vital ecosystem of social enterprise in the DTES where some of the oldest newest most diverse and widest serving social Read More Vancouver Visual Thoughts 56 By Erick Villagomez Last VT image 564 Beatty Street Vancouver BC Erick Villagomez is one of the founding editors at Spacing Vancouver He is also Read More Toronto REID Busting some myths about pedestrian collisions By Dylan Reid Toronto Public Health published a report this week analyzing the police statistics for collisions where vehicles hit pedestrians and Read More Accidental Parkland Toronto Ravine waterfront documentary 100in1day mapping event By Shawn Micallef Hot drone action White water torrents Underground rivers An urban region of six million people and more coming We need your help Read More Toronto REID Slowly moving towards speed reductions in Toronto By Dylan Reid In the most recent issue of Spacing I wrote about how the idea of slow zones is being overtaken by universal speed Read More Ottawa Jane s Walk 2015 3 Walks in Ottawa By Spacing In a winter city like Ottawa spring is a time for awakening and renewal It s also a great time to get out and explore the city on Read More Visual Thoughts 54 By Erick Villagomez Last VT image Trout Lake Community Centre Vancouver Erick Villagomez is one of the founding editors at Spacing Vancouver He is Read More Reclaiming Spaces Places Revealing a forgotten Indigenous visual narrative in Peterborough By Lacey Mcrae Williams Reclaiming Spaces Places is an ongoing series written by Lacey McRae Williams that shares stories of Indigenous resurgence through Read More Vancouver Keeping Connected Passing on What We ve Learned to the Next Generation By Melissa Bruntlett Each year the Parent Advisory Council PAC of the Laura Secord Elementary School located at East Broadway

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/walking/page/2/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Small is Beautiful #2: The Findlay Meeting - Spacing Atlantic
    in the first place When a public engagement meeting was announced for September 28 at the Findlay to discuss the CFMP the Hawthorne residents decided that the best approach was to mobilize fans of the Findlay and deliver a clear message to the City that Dartmouth s priority was to keep it open Here are the steps they took to ensure concerned residents showed up at the meeting Flyers printed at their expense and distributed by volunteers Use of social media to advertise the consultation session Emails Outreach to Findlay groups Encouraged anyone concerned to write their councillor My own contribution to the effort was Tuesday s Spacing article identifying the potential threat and arguing that the Findlay is an important community institution Everything stated in the flyer and my article is factually accurate See the flyer here and my article here They are of course presented with the interpretation of the facts that there could be a threat to the Findlay but the facts are still the facts and it was reasonable to reach that conclusion based on them Irresponsibility or Engagement Both during Tuesday s meeting and in media interviews afterwards Councillor McCluskey lambasted the efforts of the Hawthorne residents as irresponsible and accused them of spreading false information What kind of message does that send Is mobilizing a community to protect a treasured institution from potential closure irresponsible Is doing their own analysis of the risk and acting accordingly irresponsible What misinformation did they share In my view the Hawthorne residents demonstrated intelligence strategic thinking and forethought They epitomize responsible caring and engaged citizens the very kind that a democratic society requires I m very impressed by their efforts and what they achieved and I stand by my own contribution It s divisive and hurtful for Councillor McCluskey to call their efforts irresponsible and publicly accuse them in front of their peers of spreading misinformation Engagement and participation is held out as an ideal and desirable thing but in this instance it wasn t only unwelcome it was actively and publicly derided Are regular Dartmouthians likely to get involved and engage in the municipal process in an environment where a difference of opinion gets them publicly scolded by an authority figure It doesn t seem likely I think it s part of a wider public participation problem a lingering tendency from a more technocratic era in which public engagement and community voices weren t valued Take the Canal Greenway Park as a recent example There was a consultation process to establish a vision for the Park but the plan has since been significantly modified leaving only fragments of the original concept Despite the new plan having been released more than a year ago there has still been no public engagement by the municipality to discuss the changes or the rationale The Silver Lining The positive part of all of this is that in my view the Hawthorne residents have achieved their goal of minimizing any threat the

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/atlantic/2015/10/01/small-beautiful-2-findlay-meeting/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Civic Engagement Archives | Page 2 of 5 | Spacing
    success Join IAP2 Read More Toronto Beyond threatening tweets students tackle campus safety By Jay Pitter Last year it was accusations of post secondary institutions failing female sexual assault victims The year before that it was rape Read More Toronto Toronto flirts with participatory budgeting By Alexandra Flynn This fall Toronto residents not bureaucrats or politicians will decide if the city adds benches along Danforth Avenue lighting Read More Toronto How to stop billboard proliferation along our highways By Dave Meslin As the Ontario government considers allowing digital billboards on Ontario s highways community activists from across North Read More Atlantic Financing Halifax s Elections Part 3 Options By Sam Austin In Part One of Financing Halifax s Elections I explored how political campaign contributions can be problematic due to the potential Read More Ottawa UrbSanity The public city By Sarah Gelbard Cities are communities While we all have our private concerns goals and obligations as a city we also have to think collectively Read More Atlantic Financing Halifax s Elections Part 2 The Developers By Sam Austin HALIFAX Where did Halifax s current 16 councillors get the cash for their 2012 campaigns To find out for part two of Spacing Read More Atlantic Financing Halifax s Elections Part 1 Why Worry By Sam Austin HALIFAX Last week Halifax Regional Council voted to ask the Province to grant the municipality the power to regulate Read More Vancouver EVENT PLAYtheBLOX Re Imagine Downtown Vancouver Edition September 25 By Spacing What will Vancouver s downtown core become 25 years into the future Re Imagine Downtown Vancouver and the Vancouver Design Nerds Read More Vancouver EVENT AxA Art by Architects By Spacing The Metro Vancouver Chapter of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada RAIC would like to invite you to Art x Architects

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/civic-engagement/page/2/ (2015-11-16)
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  • EVENT: City Conversations—Future of the Viaducts - Spacing Vancouver
    Vancouver at Harbour Centre 515 W Hastings St Two years ago a unanimous City Council asked staff to prepare a report on the condition of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts and to explore what opportunities might exist if they were to be removed The Staff Report will go to Council in September following public consultations and SFU City Conversations is getting a preview The plan is designed to remove the viaducts physical and psychological barrier that since the 1970 s has separated Chinatown Strathcona Crosstown and the False Creek neighbourhoods The extensive report looks at costs of retaining the viaducts and the benefits and challenges of removing them It recommends replacement with at grade roadways provision for significant affordable rental and rental housing major expansion of parks pedestrian and bicycle routes cultural and sports opportunities and a new connection from Georgia Street to a reconfigured Pacific Boulevard Presenting the plan will be Vancouver city staff Holly Sovdi lead urban planner for downtown and Devan Fitch lead transportation engineer for the Viaducts Project SFU has also invited a representative of ReConnect Vancouver a grassroots citizens organization supporting a new future for the top end of False Creek Then it s your turn to question observe and offer your perspective and opinion Please feel free to bring your lunch Free event 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 False Creek Flats Planning Workshop June 22nd EVENT SFU City Conversations Can Vancouver Play in the Big Leagues of Renewable Cities EVENT City Conversations Federal Election Forum on Urban Issues Oct 1 EVENT SFU City Conversation Does Vancouver need a city wide plan Nov 20 Tweet More posts by Yuri Artibise Search Advertisement

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/08/04/event-city-conversations-future-viaducts/ (2015-11-16)
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  • REID: Busting some myths about pedestrian collisions - Spacing Toronto
    know It would require a self report on the part of the pedestrian and how many would admit to being on their phone or iPod I don t believe the result However no question that the more cyclists there are on the road the more drivers are aware of them and the more likely to look out for them Common sense Stephen 5 months ago So how much traffic was on the 40 km h street How much traffic was on the 30 km h street If one were to compare crashes on arterial roads to residential without comparing cars and km h traveled it would show the low use residential roads as safer YOU ALWAYS need to use distance traveled Not using it is misleading IN fact basing speed limits on impact speed and not what really caused is also misleading Stephen 5 months ago Let me also add that I don t see where playing speed limit politics will work Quote on that 2007 report Collision Types of Cases Intersection 1 Vehicle turns left while pedestrian crosses with right of way at intersection 632 13 2 Vehicle turns left while pedestrian crosses without right of way at intersection 196 4 3 Vehicle turns right while pedestrian crosses with right of way at intersection 422 9 4 Vehicle turns right while pedestrian crosses without right of way at intersection 117 2 5 Vehicle is going straight through intersection while pedestrian crosses with right of way 232 5 6 Vehicle is going straight through intersection while pedestrian crosses without right of way 654 14 Total at Intersection 2 253 47 Of the intersection crashes either it was a turning issue where cars are NOT going very fast or straight thru of which MORE were CASUSED BY THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING WITHOUT RIGHT OF WAY Quote on the rest Non Intersection 8 Pedestrian hit at mid block location 1 042 22 9 Pedestrian hit at private driveway 347 7 10 Pedestrian hit at pedestrian crossover PXO 232 5 11 Pedestrian hit on sidewalk or shoulder 163 3 Total at Non Intersection 1 784 37 Other Unknown 55 Pedestrian hit in parking lot 508 11 99 Other Unknown 230 5 Total at Other Unknown Category 738 16 NO SPEED LIMIT reduction will really work as lets see 28 were at intersections INVOLVING TURNING VEHICLES 14 were at intersections involving PEDESTRIANS CROSSING AGAINST RIGHT OF WAY 22 were mid block no doubt JAYWALKING 7 hit on private driveways 3 on sidewalks how many were DUI on the driver 11 in PARKING LOTS 85 WOULD NOT BE STOPPED BY A SPEED LIMIT reduction IT IS LYING TO CLAIM a speed limit manipulation would really make things much safer Eric S Smith 5 months ago Yup crossing mid block basically eliminates the chance of some jackass looking the other way while making a turn and running over you from behind Lula 5 months ago The stats Stephen lists fog the picture of the main argument of

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/06/24/reid-exploding-some-myths-about-pedestrian-collisions/ (2015-11-16)
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