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  • Navigating Cultural Appropriation in Public Art - Spacing Edmonton
    with intercultural elements That said my understanding on this complex topic is limited and I welcome others to contribute their thoughts and criticisms in the comments section below These ideas do not provide definitive answers nor should they Self criticize Artists should be constantly questioning of their own biases assumptions and habits that shape their understanding of and engagement with other groups and cultures No amount of personal experiences will enable someone to fully comprehend or relate how another individual truly thinks and feels not to mention the fact that many struggle with understanding their own identities and culture This means that individuals also cannot be representative for an entire culture In this continuous process don t expect others to point your biases and assumptions out for you since there is often little incentive for them to do so Reposition your work An artwork s focus shouldn t necessarily centre around the artist s understanding of another group Here there is a prime opportunity for artists to empower others to express their own narrative Consider this analogy the artist is acting as a piano player that accompanies a singer The piano player in this case provides a supportive role while both roles still have opportunity to express themselves freely and the result is music that is richer for the collaboration This arrangement can offer a fuller perspective on the subject matter Engage a broad community Due to the open nature of public art artists should try to maximize the work s value for the public especially if it s receiving public funding This doesn t mean that it needs to be vetted by the general public for aesthetic approval Rather an intercultural piece should at least consider presenting a broader perspective of the issue that is beyond the artist s own experience Simply asking individuals to offer approval for your artwork can be taken as tokenism Instead consider how the narratives of others can be incorporated into your work This requires a higher standard for our artists to engage with the targeted groups and public Effective documentation and communication become necessary skills to provide transparency and strength to the artistic process Recognize your limits Good intention is not a free pass In fact there are no free passes since our personal perspectives operate outside the realm of others Even if you act on everything mentioned above exploring experiences that are not your own is always fraught with pitfalls and challenges This concept may be upsetting or put many at unease myself included but at the same time I feel comforted by this lack of resolution Some might argue that these concepts are an impediment to free expression By all means you are free to express yourself but you should be prepared to be questioned and criticized at any time The purpose of the pushback is to reposition the discussion and provide a fuller perspective Criticisms of the intentions and effects of public art should not scare artists away from approaching

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/edmonton/2015/08/06/navigating-cultural-appropriation-public-art/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Paved with good intentions - Spacing Edmonton
    allowing commuters quick and easy access to dense urban cores think Toronto s Gardiner Expressway Ottawa s Queensway or Montreal s Autoroute 40 for example Autoroute 40 in Montreal Freeway construction slowed during the Great Depression but took off in the heady post World War Two years in part spurred on by Cold War plans for a national network of freeways highways tying the country together US President Dwight Eisenhower was said to have been personally impressed by the efficacy of Hitler s autobahns during a visit to Germany after the war By 1960 40 000 miles of freeways nearly twice the circumference of the earth crisscrossed the continental US The book explains the complex parentage freeways had Highway engineers urban planners economists lawyers judges architects bureaucrats and politicians of all stripes all played an active role in freeway construction underwritten by the dominant industries of the time oil steel and glass Undergirding all of this was of course the aspirational ethos of individualized car ownership epitomizing the American Dream of a striving and affluent middle class However it wasn t too long until the runaway love affair with the freeway started to hit some speed bumps swathes of overlooked residents renters and small business owners Too often new freeway developments ran through poor minority neighbourhoods in major US cities We say no more white man s roads through black bedrooms thundered one opponent of an expanded freeway network in Washington DC By the turbulent 1970 s marginalized citizens whose homes were set to be bulldozed organized against establishment visions of car centric progress and the principle of Eminent Domain allowing for the appropriation of private property for public use A nascent environmental movement and alternative urban thinkers like Jane Jacobs also helped put brakes to the prevailing orthodoxy Eminent Domain appropriating private property for public gain As a case study driven textbook from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Changing Lanes skirts personality for a monochrome narrative Its just the facts ma am approach doesn t touch on Jacobs personality or that of her erstwhile opponent of the era New York City s Master Builder Robert Moses who planned some of Gotham s first freeways It references but says little about the writings of urban philosopher Lewis Mumford who s seminal work on the modern city seems more relevant than ever The book concludes with a snapshot of cities repurposing and even demolishing their freeway networks While New Yorkers have been gushing over the High Line rail bed cum elevated garden other car centric cities like Dallas are turning entire freeways into parks Boston ambitiously buried its Interstate 93 Central Artery in an effort nicknamed the Big Dig While effective and extremely quiet the project ended up wildly over budget at 22 billion landing a man on the moon cost significantly less Water leaks helped make the Big Dig the most expensive construction project in US history But the closing of freeway systems based on the concept of reduced demand

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/edmonton/2014/01/25/paved-good-intentions/ (2015-11-16)
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  • 10th Anniversary Archives - Spacing National
    Media 10th Anniversary More Topics All Topics 10th Anniversary Architecture Bikes Cities For People Civic Engagement Communication Community Culture Curiosities Events Features Film Video Food Green Space History Housing Infrastructure Maps Media Neighbourhoods Parks Photos Politics Services Spacing Spacing Films Streetscape Traffic Transit Urban Design Walking Waterfront Region Topic 10th Anniversary Street photographer Kevin Steele and the ever changing Queen West By Kara Matthews Kevin Steele is a Toronto based graphic designer and photographer widely known for his work photographing and combining images of Read More Q A with the cake artist behind Spacing s 10th anniversary cover By Kara Matthews Sarah Fortunato is a pastry artist living and working in Toronto After receiving a Fine Arts education at the Ontario College of Art Read More Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts Overhaul or demolish 24 Sussex Investing in Cycling in Scarborough SPACING FILMS Powers Of Towers documentary Ever wonder how a house gets an address number Looking to Norval Morrisseau s art to indigenize Canadian city planning Part I From the Spacing Store 22 Buy yourself a subscription 22 Buy a renewal subscription 22 Buy a gift subscription 5 Back Issues

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/10th-anniversary/ (2015-11-16)
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  • New Slow City: Living Simply in the World's Fastest City - Spacing National
    idea of slowing down but within a bustling metropolis As I said it never seemed easy for Powers The opportunity arose when his wife was promoted but from there on it was a roller coaster of very interesting emotions One of the most amazing things about New Slow City is that Powers had no problem letting readers know where he got his information from and never deemed to be a mastermind behind it all For example He talks about several studies about the average work day about a friend of his who pops in and out of the story who is working on GDH Gross Domestic Happiness instead of GDP One item that truly stuck with me was the 80 20 study which used the original Pareto Principle which showed that during our workday we are running at 80 efficiency for only 20 of the day and 20 efficiency for the remaining 80 of the day The latter is based on another well known study from 1958 called Parkinson s Law which demonstra ted that people will fill their days as per the hours set for instance if I gave myself three hours to write an article I would find myself clocking in at about three hours every time I finished one so setting a shorter work day for yourself can lead to higher returns in happiness and in productivity To put it simply the law states that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion This is perhaps where the issue of applicability to the masses returns For instead of packing our bags and moving to the country we now have a city as the background but the underlying problem still exists the readers life is not Powers life I work a nine to five job for example while Powers is a writer lecturer When he does take on a teaching role later into his experiment he basically sets his own hours and keeps them to a minimum Very few of us have that ability or freedom and it would be a grave error to at the book as a template for ones life Powers surely would agree to this since he never professes the book s content as being a strict template Instead one would be best served to pick up on the many little thoughtful seeds that Powers leaves for readers throughout the book Furthermore Powers excellent citations open the doors to many other learning opportunities I found at least fifteen more books that I have on my to read list thanks to New Slow City each of which has nuggets of wisdom From ideas such as counting out your chewing thirty times before swallowing to truly savour your meal to books on managing a stressful workday within the confines of our need for money to survive The truth is every chapter left me feeling like I had a new piece of information that I could try as a means of starting my

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2014/12/23/new-slow-city-living-simply-worlds-fastest-city/ (2015-11-16)
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  • SPACING: Celebrate release of summer issue & Jane Jacobs Prize winners - Spacing National
    Take the Martion Goodman Trail or cross at Jameson bridge Roncesvalles bridge or at Dowling Ave On transit The 504 streetcar south east from Dundas West station exit at Queen St W stop cross on Roncesvalles bridge walk east to location On the 504 streetcar westbound exit at Jameson stop walk south cross on Jameson bridge walk west to location Another option for the 504 streetcar westbound is to exit at Dowling stop walk south on Dowling cross Lake Shore at lights location is right there By car There is a public parking lot just east of Legion Hall on south side of Lake Shore Blvd From 8 8 30pm the event will double as the ceremony for our 2015 winners of the Jane Jacobs Prize This year we have three winners their identities will be revealed the day of the event After the ceremony you can dance in the main hall or lounge on the expansive patio Our newest edition is packed with great features for your summer reading Architects Joe Lobko and Megan Torza outline a detailed history of the West Don Lands development from 1987 2015 home to the Athlete s Village during the 2015 Pan Am Games We reveal the three winners of the 2015 Jane Jacobs Prize A ranking of the best and worst of urban design that surrounds the stadiums and arenas of Canada s professional sports teams John Lorinc Kimberley Noble and Alex Steep provide a summary and update to the Spacing investigation into why the City of Toronto has collected over 250 million since 2010 for parks acquisition but only spent 10 million How civic hashtags on Twitter are helping people engage with municipal politics Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Book Review Shore to Shore

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/07/03/spacing-celebrate-release-summer-issue-jane-jacobs-prize-winners/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Ever wonder how a house gets an address number? - Spacing National
    do something different not many do Most of the boroughs in Montréal have the same bylaw or numbering which is quite simple What if you want to change your building s number Some numbers have deep significance in certain cultures which can impact the resale value of a property As a result sometimes an owner will seek to change a building s number In Calgary you must pay 735 to the city for one address number change If you are changing multiple addresses the charge is a 735 base fee and then 86 per additional address In Vancouver like other cities you must be the registered property owner to request a number change The cost is 690 In Montréal you don t have the option of changing your number Because numbers are assigned according to where your door is located in relation to the other doors on the street changing one would mean changing all of them The exception would be a building with a wide façade such as an office building In a case where a door position moves significantly or a new one is added a number can be assigned which costs 56 50 plus taxes If a number is removed in this case it cannot be used again It exists and will be attached to that building whether it is used or not In Toronto if the owner of a property wishes to change the address of a building they have to pay 300 and then 29 for each additional address photo by Amber Daugherty Interestingly the following five Canadian cities assign different sets of numbers on different sides of their streets Vancouver North odd South even East even West odd Calgary North even South odd East even West odd Toronto North even South odd East odd West even Montréal North odd South even East odd West even Halifax North odd South even East even West odd Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts SPACING Celebrate release of summer issue Jane Jacobs Prize winners Book Review Tactical Urbanism Book Review From the Stacks Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities Design Strategies for the Post carbon World Alberta s urban vote breaches the Conservative fortress Tweet More posts by Amber Daugherty 11 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 W K Lis 3 years ago What bugs me is the lack of 4 or 13 as address numbers because of superstitions Brent 3 years ago At least in the older part of Toronto not only are the street numbers not tied to blocks or distance but you can have dramatically different numbers on opposite sides of the street I used to rent an even numbered apartment on Queen Street East east of Woodbine The corresponding odd numbered address was 500 metres to the west Jacquilynne 3 years ago I got burned by my lack of understanding

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2013/03/11/ever-wonder-how-a-house-gets-an-address-number/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Mass transportation system boosts transit for the future - Spacing National
    Spacing Films Streetscape Traffic Transit Urban Design Walking Waterfront Region Topic Transit Comments 0 Tweet Mass transportation system boosts transit for the future July 2 2013 By Jonathan Zettel This transit system looks like it is straight out of a science fiction film Part plane part train the Horizon System is an entirely electric transportation system A maglev style mechanism allows small trains carrying passengers to be hoisted to a large aircraft without the need to stop at a central station This would eliminate the need for large congested airports Who needs a pilot The Horizon System could be the largest drone ever conceived Via Inhabitat Urban Planet is a roundup of blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments For more stories from around the planet check out Spacing on Facebook and Twitter Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Accidental Parkland Toronto Ravine waterfront documentary 100in1day mapping event Tweet More posts by Jonathan Zettel Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts Overhaul or demolish 24 Sussex Investing in Cycling in Scarborough SPACING FILMS Powers Of Towers documentary Ever wonder how a house gets an

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2013/07/02/mass-transportation-system-boosts-transit-for-the-future/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Five unique urban bridges in Canadian cities - Spacing National
    is wide enough 6 3 metres to accommodate separate pedestrian and bicycle lanes It was even built to withstand Calgary s one in 100 year flood cycle Which bridges would you add to this list Leave us a comment below Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Alberta s urban vote breaches the Conservative fortress Household waste in urban space Lessons From Copenhagen Key Ingredients For A Successful Public Space Funiculars of Portugal Tweet More posts by Amber Daugherty 14 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 Ben 3 years ago You should definitely add Swinging Bridge in Renfrew Ontario to this list lol 3 years ago There is nothing more beautiful bridge wise in Canada than the Lions Gate Brent Bellamy 3 years ago I m not sure how urban the Capilano Bridge is Winnipeg s Esplenade Riel should be included It has become the post card image of the city junctionist 3 years ago I think Toronto s Humber Bay Arch Bridge ought to have been included as well Its design is spectacular I would have also included the Lion s Gate Bridge Arleigh 3 years ago Corktown is a gorgeous bridge Looking north gives you the classic Ottawa postcard In a city with monuments to the famous and powerful it is named for the shanty town near Somerset where the Irish labourers who built the Canal lived Kevin Love 3 years ago I nominate Hamilton s Red Bridge For details and lovely photographs of this bridge see http www canadianconsultingengineer com awards pdfs 2012 B8 EastHamiltonWaterfrontLinkPedBridge pdf I note that this beautiful bridge which was completed in 2011 at a cost of 10 2 million is currently completely useless due to the failure of the City of Hamilton to clear the snow and ice currently obstructing it The bridge provides a key link to the industrial employment areas of East Hamilton The City is sending a message loud and clear We do not want you to be able to get to work unless you drive a car Hereward 3 years ago When my kid saw Toronto s Humber bay Arch Bridge from the Gardiner he would call out Trader s Bridge J H Keen 3 years ago Laurel landbridge crossing 6th Av into Charleson Park on False Creek Vancouver charleson aerial jpg Jade 3 years ago Corktown is sooo pretty but I didn t know it only opened in 2006 I moved to Ottawa in 2007 and I m definitely glad it s there would have been a pain having to cross at Mackenzie King all the time instead Chris Erb 3 years ago It s not particularly amazing but the former rail bridge turned walking bridge in Fredericton that spans the St John River is quite nice and offers a great view of the city and the river http blog tourismfredericton ca wp

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2013/03/06/five-unique-urban-bridges-in-canadian-cities/ (2015-11-16)
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