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  • RELEASE: Visualizing the City and Beyond: Infographic Competition - Spacing National
    an infographic and win Do you love data visualization information design or information architecture This is your chance to get your work recognized Henry Marshall Tory Chair is sponsoring its first annual juried infographic competition on urban and regional phenomena And we want you to submit an entry Prizes The winning entry and runner up will be published in print and online in Curb Magazine Cash prizes of 750 first prize and 250 runner up How to submit Please submit your entries to curb ualberta ca with a short biography and a statement of intent 100 words Deadline March 30 th 2015 at 11 59 pm Prizes are offered by the Henry Marshall Tory Chair University of Alberta in Canadian dollars and are subject to accounting and auditing regulations The winners will be required to grant a right of reproduction to the publication What is an infographic Whether it is public transportation information or patterns of disease outbreak certain information can always be better conveyed through graphics Infographics are graphic visual representations that simplify complex ideas information or data Often they use visual aids to more clearly communicate patterns and trends What can my infographic be about Submissions may be on any topic related to urban or regional issues There will be preference given to infographics that cover social topics data or phenomena Some ideas include urban sprawl patterns social media activity distribution walkable cities a comparative study disease outbreak patterns etc Examples The True Cost of Owning a Car Urban Agriculture Ebola Outbreak Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Alberta s urban vote breaches the Conservative fortress Cartographically Speaking Canada by Land Cover Type Book Review A Line in the Andes Una Linea En Los Andes Book Review Planning for Community Resilience A

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/03/10/release-visualizing-city-beyond-infographic-competition/ (2015-11-17)
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  • SPACING & Cities For People: Montreal Release Party/Fête de Lancement - Spacing National
    sur notre page Facebook de l événement Spacing s est associé à Des villes pour tous pour vous offrir une version unique tout en français de son dernier numéro national Le numéro Des villes pour tous aborde quatre thèmes espaces urbains à dimension humaine art à vocation sociale économie du partage et façon de donner aux citoyens les moyens de se réapproprier leur ville Nous publions aussi une série en ligne à Spacing ca La soirée se tiendra dans un site historique la maison Shaughnessy au Centre canadien d architecture Soyez des nôtres et venez chercher votre exemplaire du magazine WHAT Cities For People special French language edition release WHEN Wednesday September 10th 6pm 10pm WHERE Canadian Centre for Architecture 1920 Rue Baile Montréal QC H3H 2S6 RSVP Feel free to let us know you re coming on our Facebook event page Spacing and Cities For People have partnered to bring you a unique French language edition of our latest national issue The Cities For People issue focuses on four themes livable civic spaces social purpose arts the shared economy and empowering citizens to reappropriate their cities We are also publishing an online series on Spacing ca The event will take place in the historical Shaughnessy House at the Canadian Centre for Architecture Join us and pick up your copy Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts L indifférence citoyenne a t elle cautionné la période noire de Laval Porch Parade SPACING Celebrate release of summer issue Jane Jacobs Prize winners Lessons on rekindling a regional romance a visit to Hamilton reveals a percolating urban revival Canada needs to watch Tweet More posts by Spacing One comment Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2014/09/02/spacing-cities-people-montreal-release-partyfait-de-lancement/ (2015-11-17)
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  • ROAD TRIP: Let's go to Detroit for the weekend! - Spacing National
    in the city Spacing has teamed up with Cities For People to bring you a series of dynamic urbanism tours over a weekend that will open your eyes to the positive changes that are under way This trip is different than previous tours we leave on Friday afternoon in order to take part in the Detroit Design Festival and Dlectricity Detroit s version of Nuit Blanche happening on Saturday and Sunday nights The Detroit Urbanism Road Trip will include tours of EASTERN MARKET Lunch in Eastern Market surrounding area URBAN DESIGN TOUR A walking tour through downtown focused on skyscrapers and urban design URBAN AGRICULTURE INNOVATION Will explore urban farms workshops and maker s spaces in Corktown HEIDELBERG PROJECT A private tour of the amazing Heidelberg Project and a talk with the artist Tyree Guyton BUS TOUR A ride through neighbourhoods in transition DETROIT DESIGN FEST The annual and sprawling design festival has multiple events throughout the weekend DLECTRICITY Detroit s version of Nuit Blanche spans two nights We take you to the cool events DINNER AT RINO S KITCHEN On Sunday night we take you to dinner at this Windsor institution included in ticket price drinks not included GUIDE BOOK Receive a free copy of the Wildsam Filed Guide to Detroit The cost of a ticket includes bus fare tour guides bridge and road tolls Itinerary is subject to change without notice Hotel room see below and meals are a separate cost except for Rino s Kitchen on Sunday night DEPARTURE We will board the bus on Friday afternoon Sept 26 at 1pm and arrive in Detroit by 6pm We will meet at CSI Annex 720 Bathurst St just south of Bloor at 12 30pm to go over details and take attendance MORE INFO For information on hotel bookings

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2014/08/07/road-trip-lets-go-detroit-weekend/ (2015-11-17)
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  • What Rob Ford can teach us about populism in Canada & some strategies to counter it - Spacing National
    capitalistic forces that cause and profit from inequalities populist simplicity would be lost But if simplistic and homogenizing stances are maintained the resulting left populism would have little chance of successfully competing with right wing populists Those people at least in places like Toronto who are most susceptible to populist mobilization are also those most likely to be attracted to the rhetoric of the right Moreover there is the longer term concern that even if a left populist campaign were successful this would be at the price of encouraging a politics that preys upon fosters and depends upon simplistic and agonic attitudes Such left wing populism is socially destructive and can turn into something hard to distinguish from right wing populism Remove the Conditions for Populism This brings us to a strategy based on understanding the sources of populist appeal It is doubtful that populist messages could take hold in a population without certain favourable conditions already in place I think of three such conditions Bigotry and Prejudice Nearly all populists draw on racist homophobic sexist national chauvinistic or other bigoted and prejudicial attitudes Such sentiments are themselves prime examples of homogenizing and simplistic thinking and they lend themselves to agonic hostility if they can be associated by the populist with whatever the enemy of the people is supposed to be In a gesture that plays well to segments of his constituency Ford has made a point of not attending the annual Toronto Gay Pride parade unlike previous mayors Thin citizenship Aristotle described a citizen as one who shares in governing and being governed He differs under different forms of government but in the best state he is one who is able and willing to be governed and to govern with a view to the life of virtue This is a robust or thick sense of citizenship Its two main components are that people are not only able to be governed but also able to participate in governing where this means civic engagement beyond just voting and that they partly act out of a sense of civic virtue That is they respect one another act not exclusively in their personal interests but to support common goods and value their city insofar as it promotes these things When these characteristics are lacking when people are only concerned to lead their own private lives and to be left alone to do so citizenship involves no more than voting if even this Such thin citizenship is ripe for populism Enemy forces are seen as interfering with someone s personal aims and easy solutions to problems not requiring much effort on the part of the thin citizen are attractive Insufficient information and deficient critical thinking skills S implistic policies appeal to populations lacking the information and critical skills to see through them Ford s Scarborough subway venture is an illustration Critics point out that this subway would require increasing the city taxes Ford proclaims he will cut and having only three stops would not serve more than a small minority of Scarborough residents Supporters of Ford are either ignorant of these facts or do not understand their implications and instead take criticism of the proposal as further evidence of disrespect for the former suburbs by the downtown elites These considerations suggest as an anti populist strategy exposing bigotry helping to empower people and to provide forums and institutions to nurture robust citizenship and engaging in formal and informal educational campaigns These things most certainly ought to be pursued However this is only a long range strategy requiring for success a concerted effort by many people over protracted periods of time years if not decades So shorter range strategies are also required Targeted Campaigning Foes of populism sometimes suffer themselves from homogenizing and simplistic thinking It is not uncommon in Toronto for instance to hear critics of Ford writing off all the residents of the former suburbs as irredeemably susceptible to his approach In such large and diverse populations however this cannot be accurate Ford won the election in a three way race with 49 of the vote cast and the voter turnout though relatively high was still under 50 Moreover analysis of poll by poll voting reveals some support for Ford in the city centre and also opposition by significant numbers of suburban voters This suggests a strategy that while it involves more traditional electoral politics than many political theorists favour still has potential This is to identify those ridings where voters not sympathetic to the populist position reside and targeting campaigns in part at them Of course an electoral campaign of this sort like one that could avert splitting the anti Ford vote would require organization and co ordination If this anti populist strategy has merit it therefore highlights the need for these things and I confess to not knowing what agency could undertake them Address Sources of Anxieties Earlier it was noted that populism plays on people s anxieties Sometimes anxieties are of a racist or other prejudiced nature but often they derive from other sources Concerns about inadequate transportation and insecure employment are cases in point So an anti populist campaign might identify and directly address such sources with realistic proposals Fear of crime is high among many city dwellers and this is almost always greatly exaggerated in populist rhetoric In reaction one need not just cite statistics demonstrating relatively low crime rates but also recognizing that crime is a problem in many jurisdictions propose ways to address it as alternatives to those of the populist which are typically to met out stronger sentences and relax constraints on the police A downside of this strategy is that alone it allows the populist to define the issues of an election but this need not be the case if it is combined with focus on other issues Ford s predecessor David Miller identified 13 priority neighbourhoods marked among other things by persisting crime and established task forces that tried to identify and address

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2014/07/24/rob-ford-can-teach-us-populism-canada-strategies-counter/ (2015-11-17)
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  • SPACING: Come to our release party on July 15th! - Spacing National
    July 15th July 7 2014 By Spacing WHAT Release party for summer 2014 issue WHEN Tuesday July 15th 7pm 12am WHERE Centre for Social Innovation Annex 720 Bathurst St ground floor COST free mag costs 5 RSVP Feel free to let us know you re coming on our Facebook event page The new issue of Spacing is about to come back from the printer which can only mean that a release party is around the corner Come celebrate the release of our national edition Cities For People focused on four themes livable civic spaces social purpose arts the shared economy and empowering citizens to reappropriate their cities We ve already published a handful of articles on these topics on Spacing ca And what better place to to launch this issue than at the Centre for Social Innovation This is the last event we ll be hosting at CSI as we begin to move over to our new retail space at 401 Richmond set to open in the fall Subscribers will begin to receive their copies on the week of July 14th Copies will appear on newsstands around the same time but will take more time to arrive the further you are away from Toronto BONUS the launch will be the first time The Trouble With Brunch Work Class and the Pursuit of Leisure will be on sale in Toronto the brand new book out by Spacing s Senior Editor Shawn Micallef published by our friends at Coach House Books Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts SPACING Celebrate release of summer issue Jane Jacobs Prize winners Reclaiming neighbourhood planning Rolling Youth into Toronto s Bicycle Renaissance Alberta s urban vote breaches the Conservative fortress Tweet More posts by Spacing Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2014/07/07/spacing-come-release-party-july-15th/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Results Driven Land-Use Planning - Spacing National
    the historic buildings and infrastructure built in the growth boom of the early 1900 s such as the Rossdale Power Plant the Walterdale Bridge or the McDougall United Church are requiring repairs Incredulously the conversations often results in demolition While these 100 year old buildings may no longer be able to serve their original purpose they were built in a time when things were built to last as proven by their existence still today Modern buildings today are often only built to last twenty years Therefore it is in our best interest to set aside a little bit of maintenance funding and to be flexible with tolerated uses within these precious historic buildings These buildings not only create economic value for the surrounding area but create cultural value by connecting us to our shared past Additionally as community landmarks they play a critical role in wayfinding and creating a sense of place Re purposed crane in Amsterdam Noord houses a hot tub with the best view Amsterdam has examples of this creative reuse of infrastructure in spades whether it is a radio tower rig converted into a restaurant a former industrial crane converted into a hot tub an old water tower converted into a flexible development show room a tram storage facility converted into a shopping and food court facility warehouses converted into bars or event centres oil tanks or historic storage buildings are converted into community centres the list goes on Amsterdam understands the savings and value generation for the public that come from maintaining and repurposing historic infrastructure Amsterdam s Pakhuis de Zwijger used to be a warehouse but it now houses a community cultural centre Part of the reason for this prolific reuse of infrastructure is mixed use zoning which establishes the tools needed right from the start in order to ensure that a neighbourhood is complete The Amsterdam planning department does not blindly follow rigid guidelines dictating what uses can go where Rather they use sound case by case judgment to determine whether specific land uses are appropriate in relation to their context However as a rule one notices that the repurposing of structures ensures that the new buildings meet a high level of architectural standard This is critical for ensuring that the building creates value in its context If the cost is prohibitive to reuse a building in a specific way first try to change the regulations If that fails find a more cost effective way to use the building Even if the municipality donates the space for free more on this later this can serve to generate more value from new business taxes or the public life new inhabitants create In the end the reuse of historic buildings serves to create an interesting adaptable and resilient city I mean a hot tub at the top of a crane how cool is that Lighter Quicker Cost Effective Finally we need the flexibility to build critical infrastructure now not two to three years from now Often

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/09/08/results-driven-land-use-planning/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Cost Effective Improvements for Better Transit Today - Spacing National
    limited then the biggest impact can be achieved by focusing on critical areas with a low investment high return on investment ratios Most transit systems run into delays and performance issues in the core therefore limited funding improvements should be focused in the core or at specific high demand stops If you have specific stops with high boarding and disembarking volumes such as at Universities malls or in the city core then start by creating off board fare systems at those stops which can allow all door boarding and alighting The same can be done by dedicating bus only lanes through specific high volume corridors through the core In Canada many of the conversations around transportation tend to focus on big expensive projects This expends considerable political and economic capital We need to look at cheaper and simpler options that can offer high levels of service at a fraction of the cost Focusing less on the need to improve the system all at once will allow for the incremental growth our mobility systems need now not in the future Sources 1 http www theglobeandmail com news politics canadian cities lobby ottawa for transit funds article23680380 2 http bc ctvnews ca broadway bus pass ups unacceptable ubc president 1 2263923 3 http www scpr org news 2015 06 16 52440 boarding at the back la metro s experiment to spee Slow Streets is a Vancouver based research group providing evidence for slower better streets Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Funiculars of Portugal Use Modular Design To Foster Flexible and Incremental City Building ELECTION What does each party say about city issues Event Re Imagining Urban Form and Policy Symposium Call for Abstracts Tweet More posts by Slow Streets 8 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 layton 4 months ago Interesting and certainly easily tested My only concern for Toronto at least is the lack of bike lanes shown in your examples Given our very aggressive bikers ignoring road rules and pedestrians I can see them abusing these lanes at the expense of the buses their drivers and passengers Any thoughts Slow Streets 4 months ago Hi Layton Thanks for your commentary There is a concept called a floating bus stop which allows for a physical separation between people walking people cycling and those traveling by transit Here s one iteration of the concept http www urbanmovement co uk uploads 1 4 1 9 14194615 1909552 orig jpg Mike 4 months ago Interestingly Calgary announced last week that its doing the exact opposite of what the article suggests its ditching a proposed 50 kilometer BRT line in favour of going straight to LRT along the same route Slow Streets 4 months ago Hello Mike Thank you for your commentary We are not advocating for the removal of permanent solutions such as LRT or full fledged BRT

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/07/27/cost-effective-improvements-better-transit-today/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Visual Thoughts #57 - Spacing National
    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 Curiosities Comments 0 Tweet Visual Thoughts 57 July 22 2015 By Erick Villagomez Last VT image Jericho Beach on a sunny summer day Vancouver BC 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 Thoughts Tumblr Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Visual Thoughts 54 Visual Thoughts 50 Visual Thoughts 48 Visual Thoughts 49 Tweet More posts by Erick Villagomez Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts Overhaul or demolish 24 Sussex 12 ways to make cities more child friendly Moving Millennials how a generation is changing mobility Investing in Cycling in Scarborough SPACING FILMS Powers Of Towers documentary From the Spacing

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/07/22/visual-thoughts-57/ (2015-11-17)
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