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  • Visual Thoughts #54 - Spacing National
    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 Architecture Comments 0 Tweet Visual Thoughts 54 May 20 2015 By Erick Villagomez Last VT image Trout Lake Community Centre Vancouver 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 57 Visual Thoughts 48 Visual Thoughts 49 Visual Thoughts 50 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 Store 22

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/05/20/visual-thoughts-54/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Small Housing Toolkit Released for Free Download - Spacing National
    dream are losing their dominance to very diverse households seeking smaller homes in pedestrian and transit oriented neighbourhoods Municipalities and developers have started to respond to these changes and are slowly introducing small housing options that reflect these new preferences but the market penetration of small housing forms is still relatively small even as consumer demand grows In response Small Housing BC a British Columbia based advocacy and educational non profit organization has just release Small Houses Innovations in Small scale Living from North America a toolkit showcasing 10 innovative examples of housing under 1500 square feet from around North America and intended to give people a better understanding of small housing forms Available for free download from the Small Housing BC website the toolkit surveys and documents recent innovations in small house types from small lot homes to cottage housing in places where the regulations have been purposefully designed or substantially reformed to encourage the development of well conceived small forms of housing A general background and attributes are analyzed within as are important regulations and the benefits and drawbacks for each house type As such it s a wealth of knowledge worth for house builders planners architects municipal officials citizen activists and anybody interested in small houses And at no cost the price is right For more information visit the Small Housing BC website The Toolkit was graciously supported by various individuals and groups including the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia CMHC Metro Vancouver and CMHC 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

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/02/25/small-housing-toolkit-released-free-download/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Book Review - The Language of Space - Spacing National
    dominance or submission and our status in society We can use it to bring people together or keep them apart We can use it to convey complex collections or rules of acceptable behaviour We can also use it on occasion to signal our intention to break those rules From the annoyance of a close talker and the fundamentals of proxemics to seating arrangements for collaboration and Bill Hillier s space syntax Lawson comprehensively slices across various facets of spatial communication at a number of scales Although delving into the specifics is well beyond the scope of a simple book review the chapter headings within will give you a sense of the cross section of the topics covered Space as Language Space and the Human Dimension Mechanisms of Perceiving Space Four Ways of Perceiving Space Space and Distance Proxemics The Territory Space and Time and Recording Space Each chapter is divided into subsections for convenience and easy referencing while images interspersed throughout speak well to the content Tackling such a colossal topic is certainly not for the faint of heart and to my mind Lawson does an excellent job of describing the complex issues around space in an meaningful way highlighting the many things we take for granted on a daily basis and that as a result designers of the built environment often fail to address Although I would love to say that cities and architecture designed in the 14 years since its initial publication have done well to reflect the wonderful and nuanced understanding of the human dimension of space so well described in the book even a quick glance at our everyday environments would clearly point to the opposite This being the case the content within The Language of Space is as relevant as ever especially for students and

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/02/24/book-review-language-space/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Visual Thoughts #50 - Spacing National
    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 Curiosities Comments 0 Tweet Visual Thoughts 50 February 18 2015 By Erick Villagomez Last VT image View towards Udaipur India 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 57 Visual Thoughts 49 Visual Thoughts 54 Visual Thoughts 48 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 Store 22 Buy

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/02/18/visual-thoughts-50/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Visual Thoughts #49 - Spacing National
    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 Architecture Comments 0 Tweet Visual Thoughts 49 February 4 2015 By Erick Villagomez Last VT image Dundas Square Christmas Tree Toronto 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 57 Visual Thoughts 50 Visual Thoughts 48 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 Store 22

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/02/04/visual-thoughts-49/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Visual Thoughts #48 - 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 48 January 6 2015 By Erick Villagomez Last VT image Small building Deception Pass State Park Washington US 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 57 Visual Thoughts 50 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 Store

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/01/06/visual-thoughts-48/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Marcher le pipeline - Spacing Montreal
    journée intitulée Marcher le pipeline Cette marche de 13 km empruntera le tracé de l oléoduc 9B du transporteur Enbridge entre le parc industriel de Lachenaie et le quartier Saint François à Laval En traversant zones industrielles et résidentielles voie ferrée et chemins de VTT nous suivrons la trace de ce pipeline dont l inversion du flux vient d être approuvée par les gouvernements canadien et québécois Les affichettes d avertissement terrains clôturés et chantiers de travaux en cours permettront de découvrir la matérialité de cette infrastructure très discrète tout en servant de prétexte à une discussion sur les enjeux mondiaux et régionaux soulevés par le transport de pétrole La tracée de cet oléoduc controversé peut a été cartographiée par l organisme Équiterre L expédition proposée par Marcher la région vise à mieux comprendre les infrastructures de transport pétrolier et le territoire dans lequel elles s inscrivent tout le monde devrait se sentir à l aise d y participer peu importe leur avis sur le sujet Ce parcours sera ponctué de rencontres avec des personnes concernées par le projet Les participants seront attendus le 24 mai à la station de métro Montmorency à 10h et seront de retour au même endroit vers 17h Les intéressés peuvent s inscrire à la marche en utilisant le formulaire suivant ou bien peuvent contacter walktheregion gmail com Les places sont limitées Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Tweet More posts by Alanah Heffez 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

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/montreal/2014/04/24/marcher-le-pipeline/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Mind the Gap - What the Tropical Jungle can Teach the Concrete Jungle about Diversity - Spacing Montreal
    These pioneer species take root and flourish for a while but eventually become overwhelmed by taller bushes palms and trees that cast the forest floor into shadow once again A few decades later one tree will manage to out compete its fellows taking up most of the soil nutrients and blanketing the gap with its canopy This massive tree will also provide homes for thousands of other living things like vines orchids insects and birds By that time the pioneer species will be long gone and spot will once again reach it s climax growth Its a very micro scale version of ecological succession One the reasons that tropical rainforests are so famous for their biodiversity is that gaps are always being created and filled in somewhere or other Climax communities and pioneer species exist side by side This lot between St Henri duplexes and a tentacle of the Turcot Interchange feels a bit like one of those gaps With no external plan for the land the local community has crept in The field is surrounded by colourfully painted concrete blocks hosts a swing set and is used by local residents for weekly bar b q s during the summer Another local example is the parc sans nom in the Plateau home to a community pizza oven a semi legal St Jean Baptiste party and until recently exhibits and movie projections by artist collective Dare Dare These places are constantly on the brink of disappearing Any day community organizers warn the shared space will be taken over by parkinglots condos new road developments or even city parks Perhaps this is as inevitable as a tree spreading its leaves under the sunlight After all isn t the ephemeral quality of these places part of what makes them feel so precious Aren t city sanctioned graffiti walls picnic areas and skate parks a little less beloved than their rogue counterparts Perhaps the municipal government and private developers are like the dominant trees that will eventually fill in the gaps in the canopy But these dominant species are not the only actors at play citizen actions and community groups are the pioneers who will creep into un used spaces and make them livable They have an equally valid role to play in maintaining a diversity of activities and spaces available to us and in order to foster our collective resilience they should be encouraged This isn t something we can ask city planners to do for us any more than grasses in the jungle can ask a towering tree to push over It is something that has got to come from the bottom up A little further on in my lab book this phrase sticks out In biological conservation we seek to preserve the capacity for evolution Now how does this apply to cities Photos above Panamanian Cloud Forest by Alexandra Gaudreau January 2003 Below lot behind Village des Tanneries by Alanah Heffez Oct 2008 Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/montreal/2008/10/27/mind-the-gap-what-the-tropical-jungle-can-teach-the-concrete-jungle-about-diversity/ (2015-11-17)
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