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  • Event - Voice to Voice (Free) Concerts, Apr. 2nd & 16th - Spacing Vancouver
    Design Walking Waterfront Region Topic Events Comments 0 Tweet Event Voice to Voice Free Concerts Apr 2nd 16th April 1 2015 By Spacing We invite you to the premieres of 11 original art song compositions based on texts by Thursdays Writing Collective and brought to life by UBC graduate composers and performers The first evening is April 2 2015 at 8pm at UBC s School of Music Roy Barnett Hall 6361 Memorial Rd The second is April 16 2015 at 8pm at St James Anglican Church 303 Cordova St Vancouver Access to free to all those interested in attending Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts EVENT City Conversations Re Imagining Downtown Vancouver August 20 EVENT Beyond the Open House A Primer on Community Engagement for Architects and Engineers RELEASE Lead a Jane s Walk in the 2015 Jane s Walk Festival EVENT Transit Referendum the vote the campaign and the consequences July 16 Tweet More posts by Spacing Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts EVENTS 42nd Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market November 11 15 2015 Do High Rise Towers Destroy Community Solving The Housing Crisis at

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/04/01/event-voice-voice-concert-apr-2nd-16th/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Use Modular Design To Foster Flexible and Incremental City Building - Spacing National
    very little flexibility Once something has been built and it is discovered that it is not performing as expected as it often doesn t any changes require waiting for the long lifecycle of these materials or its total destruction What happens when you don t build with modular in mind The modular elements in Dutch design allow modifications to be made without the destruction of the materials dramatically reducing capital costs associated with street design changes The majority of changes can be done with hand tools and smaller machinery which is significantly less capital intensive If you live in a big city you have probably often seen the scars left from public utility companies that have had to access water gas electric and sewer lines buried underneath the street surface In North America when repairs to the street are required the street needs to be ripped open and an ineffective patchwork design is applied to close it up The module design allows only the affected materials to be replaced restoring the intact aesthetics This unsightly and wasteful scenario can be avoided and money can be saved when the surface can easily be dismantled with the right tools A modular diverter Due to this in North America there is often a struggle to reverse the impacts of street designs that only accommodate automobiles Active transportation and transit are on the rise in North America and many of our streets fail to provide a comfortable experience for these alternative forms of travel With modular design even the curbs and speed bumps can be dismantled and rebuilt easily This means that if you need to change the road design to physically make the street feel unsafe driving at unsafe speeds this can be done The curbs can be easily extended to reduce the street width pedestrian islands can be constructed and speed bumps can be moved or enlarged The street allocation is even more ready to be altered to add bike lanes Everything can be relocated or changed in some way to achieve the optimal results to welcome all people whether they want to walk cycle use transit and drive Modular materials are permeable for rain Water management is also increasingly a problem in cities where the impermeable surfaces redirect local rainfall elsewhere leading to flooding issues The modular design introduces permeable surfaces and allows local rainfall to stay locally With all of this in mind one final thing to note is the Dutch frame of mind towards solving problems which provides true flexibility While they have laws and regulations like everyone else the Dutch view some of them more as guidelines and overall common sense prevails The Dutch do not blindly follow governmental rules treating recommendations as an absolute applicable to any context They recognize that spaces change and our design approach should embrace this Infusing flexibility into our cityscapes requires less long term planning since changes can be made incrementally This philosophy embraces the notion that our cities are not static

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/05/11/use-modular-design-foster-flexible-incremental-city-building/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Lessons From Copenhagen: Key Ingredients For A Successful Public Space - Spacing National
    s Bro a bridge spanning over the Lakes in Copenhagen This is only been possible because of the low vehicular traffic volumes it currently has While the bridge sees several thousands of people cycling and the occasional bus crossing everyday its sense of place isn t eroded by the extraneous noises of high volumes of fast moving automobile traffic 2 Anchor Public Spaces With Food A small food kiosk in the Central City Almost all of these spaces are anchored by some form of restaurant or Café People need to eat and drink and having an anchor no matter how small or large that serves food invites people and suggests that they are welcome to stay 3 Offer Places For People To Sit Whether Formal or Informal A temporary seating solution All of these public spaces also have seating whether informal like the steps of a staircase or the rim of a planter or actual street furniture like benches and chairs People like to sit If you provide seating in a comfortable space along edges and there is something to watch like other people people will use them 4 Allow People To Relieve Themselves Public bathroom Often neglected in designing public spaces in North America is the bathroom This usually means people must go to a nearby restaurant or café and spend money to use the bathroom The Danish make no fuss about public spaces having free public washrooms People are human and if you treat them with respect by acknowledging their need to relieve themselves they will feel welcome and will more likely choose to spend more time in a space 5 Let Public Spaces Self Regulate Often skateboarding is prohibited in public spaces in Canada None of these spaces had signs telling people what they couldn t do Spaces will never work properly if you create them only to put up a sign listing 10 to 20 rules of prohibited actions Public spaces need people in them to be successful Spaces full of people have a sort of self regulation about them Creating spaces that invite people and letting them figure out how to use them demonstrates a striking lack of patronizing oversight It tells people we trust you and we want you to use our spaces This lack of paternalism is inviting as a consequence people use the spaces and seldom misbehave 6 Give People Things To Do A wrestling ring in the Super Kilen On top of this the Copenhagen spaces also invited the more rebellious activities such as skateboarding Often the needs and activities of youth in North American spaces are often neglected opting for a basic definition of a public space The greater variety of people you invite and accommodate for the more successful your public space will be Offering a wide diversity of activities attracts a wide diversity of people 7 Don t Be Afraid To Be Eccentric or Bold One part of the Super Kilen The Super Kilen is one of the

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/04/27/lessons-from-copenhagen-key-ingredients-for-a-successful-public-space/ (2015-11-16)
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  • REID: That's a nice laneway, but it's no woonerf - Spacing Toronto
    they are not if only because then we won t realize there is still something even better to strive for Photos by Dylan Reid unless otherwise indicated Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts REID Laneways as shared spaces GARDINER EAST Using the rail corridor to crack the highway riddle Why we need youth created art in public spaces The slow and deadly evolution of Toronto s crosswalks Tweet More posts by Dylan Reid 10 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 Justin Peters 10 months ago Laney s Mill along False Creek has beautiful pourous brick that allows grass to grow and emergency service vehicle access Climate helps but that s what I picture when I hear of woonerfs Larry 10 months ago If it s still too easy to barrel through it in a straight line in a car it s not a woonerf Ideally there should be some homes that do not front directly onto the road and scattered parking spaces to break up the straight lines Something like this http goo gl maps t2ESN Market Street has the potential to be a winkelstraat shopping street if motor vehicle traffic is restricted and parking is either dispersed or removed entirely Tom West 10 months ago I m surprised fire trucks somehow need 6m given they fit down a standard road lane 3 7m wide David James 10 months ago Tom West I read somewhere a while back that the idea of a 6 m width is that there is sufficient room i e 1 5 m for firefighters to work on either side of a firetruck 3 0 m max width parked in the middle of the lane I had come to the same conclusion as the author that true new build woonerfs are basically impossible in Ontario and possibly Canada due to fire route rules since not only is a large minimum width specified but also that entire width must be clear of parked cars or other obstructions Having a 6 0 m clear width for some length of road say 15 m every say 30 m and never less than 3 75 m wide between these clear areas just isn t enough under existing rules even though that kind of layout would likely allow for woonerfs of a sort those numbers aren t entirely arbitrary on my part they add up to 45 m which is the rule for fire hydrant spacing Chris 10 months ago I live in the middle of this and have a couple of observations Firstly all of the parking you note particularly in the second image and and sixth images is illegal there are No Parking signs and on occasion drivers have been ticketed However with ongoing construction the city seems less inclined to properly patrol and flag these vehicles The only legal street parking that I

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/02/03/reid-thats-nice-laneway-no-woonerf/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Cadillac-sized strollers and complicated commute patterns - Spacing Toronto
    an 8 9 year old in it Derek 6 months ago Why can we not go back to the strollers of the 80s They werent SUV sized and worked just fine Blake 6 months ago I think the wider issue that seems to be overlooked in this thread is how the design and layout of public spaces are not conducive to allowing access to parents more oftentimes female as the research stated with strollers who also have to juggle other loads Not to mention even the elderly or people with disabilities also mentioned in this piece Yes as a strapping virile male I have had to and fortunately been able to hoist my son in his stroller while guiding the older one beside or in front of me However not everyone is able to negotiate these obstacles Furthermore not everyone can afford some of the more compact and sturdy strollers like a 1000 plus Bugaboo status pram The economical and almost factory like manner in which space is designed these days does not afford a lot of space to strollers Instead perhaps such criticism that is being cast about should be directed towards those who strategically seat themselves so as to occupy three seats with their bag and spread eagle as if patiently almost waiting for a protracted genital exam Ellen 6 months ago I found a back pack carrier so much better than a stroller Moaz Ahmad 6 months ago I ve taken lots of strollers on the bus from the easy and light Maclaren umbeella stroller to the Chicco Travel System to the biggest honking one of all the Kolcraft or is it Colkraft Options lT Double Stroller and I can definitely say that it is easier as a guy People will throw side eye at an Asian lady with a kid but a big white guy chattering with his kids seems to get a pass even with the big honking stroller To the person commenting on parents with kids using up the blue seats everyone who pays has the right to use the transit system Our bags don t deserve seats but we cannot always fold up the strollers and put our kid s in our lap as much as we would like to Instead of complaining about strollers and d kids taking up seats especially now since we don t have fares for kids under 12 maybe complain about the poor line management and maintenance issues that keep the buses from being as frequent as they should be Cheers Moaz lewarcher 6 months ago I was hoping this was an article centred around a rant on Cadillac sized strollers When they block an entire bus width and force people to climb over them that s a whole other story than a parent with a regular sized stroller trying to wrangle kids and groceries I d love to see a size restriction on transit personally Jess 6 months ago The woman in that illustration isn t even

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/05/19/cadillac-sized-strollers-complicated-commute-patterns/ (2015-11-16)
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  • A Partial History of A Roadway, Plan 524R - Spacing Edmonton
    purchased an eleven hectare plot largely in what is now King Edward Park in 1907 and promptly had it surveyed for residential development by the prolific Robert Watt Lendrum whose family farm became the Lendrum Place neighbourhood The 1907 Robert W Lendrum Plan with the lot highlighted The story of Osborne is lost in time but we know a great deal about Shirreff The first fact that jumps out is that he passed away in 1948 making the parcel an orphan from before the railway was shut down The second fact is that land development did not seem to be an important part of his life He was born in Edinburgh in 1871 where he served in the 4 th Volunteer Royal Scots Battalion After he arrived in Edmonton he worked for Alberta Government Telephones in various roles as well as being an occasional bookseller He was perhaps most famous for playing Cyrano de Bergerac for fellow soldiers after engaging in the Canadian Over Seas Expeditionary Force in 1916 One gets some queer jobs in the army At present I am writing love letters for a Canadian comrade and I think I will cinch matters for him He s a wee bit bashful so I put in some twirls o my ain to help matters along I once did the same thing for a Welshman in Montana and it ended in a happy marriage So let us hope this one will In a way you may say that is one way of promoting Unitarianism It just happens that a small parcel with a railway already built on it was included when he purchased land as part of his speculation sideline The parcel was understandably ignored by his estate leaving it in limbo for everything but unpaid property taxes Unbeknownst to

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/edmonton/2015/04/13/partial-history-roadway-plan-524r/ (2015-11-16)
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  • False Creek Flats Planning Workshop, June 22nd - Spacing Vancouver
    culture activities Please join us June 22 to help identify Flats questions challenges and opportunities related to arts culture FALSE CREEK FLATS PLANNING WORKSHOP A Thriving Cultural District Arts Culture and the Role of Inner City Industrial June 22nd 5 30 8 00pm National Works Yard 701 National Avenue This is the fifth in a series of six introductory workshops designed to help frame the conversations in the False Creek Flats planning process These workshops will help identify the big questions that we need to address for a successful plan as well as begin to brainstorm potential solutions to the challenges and opportunities in the area To Register for this and other workshops subscribe to the False Creek Flats e list take the False Creek Flats Survey and access background information on the area please go to http vancouver ca home property development false creek flats aspx Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts EVENT City Conversations Future of the Viaducts VIDEO VANCOUVER We the City An Evening at the Centre EVENTS Neworld Theatre Empowers Kids to Re Imagine Vancouver with Me on the Map Release AIBC Call for Papers for 2015 AIBC Annual Conference

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/06/22/false-creek-flats-planning-workshop-june-22nd/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Cartographically Speaking: Vancouver Neighbourhood Puzzle - Spacing Vancouver
    hue as a different value relative lightness and or darkness and level of emphasis it allows one to see the graphic pattern behind the block structure more readily than the typical block street bias of a standard black and white figure ground map Since I was also interested in neighbourhood patterns I decided it would be interesting and fun to create a Vancouver neighbourhood puzzle by exploding and dislocating each group of blocks by the local area boundaries as defined by the Open Data provided by the City of Vancouver The result is seen here a playful yet informative graphic This process was so fun that my Little Ones wanted to help and they played their part in digitally colouring a lot of Vancouver s blocks and in doing so learned a bit more about their city Thanks Kids Needless to say I think this is a marketable product in waiting So if anybody is interested fire me a note In the meantime test your knowledge of Vancouver s local areas neighbourhoods by trying to guess the name of each neighbourhood by urban form and block geometry alone It s a great exercise As the name implies you can also print up the sheet cut out the neighbourhoods and put them together to form Vancouver Also very fun I ll publish another piece with the names of each neighbourhood within the next couple of weeks Enjoy Erick Villagomez is one of the founding editors at Spacing Vancouver He is also an educator independent researcher and designer with personal and professional interests in the urban landscapes His private practice Metis Design Build is an innovative practice dedicated to a collaborative and ecologically responsible approach to the design and construction of places You can see more of his artwork on his Visual

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/02/16/cartographically-speaking-vancouver-neighbourhood-puzzle/ (2015-11-16)
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