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  • OC Transpo gets graphic: The transitway map - Spacing Ottawa
    out the window but not for any reason you may guess In fact I was not looking out the window so much as looking at it For right there in all its window cling transparent glory clung a striking map of Ottawa and its transit way Its simplicity is reminiscent of Toronto s subway maps or those of London s tube system although not nearly as complex as the latter and its bold clean graphics give a visually efficient reading of the city in its totality Gone is the clutter of the street grid and while not to scale or indicative of the expanse of the greenbelt it gives a sense of the major points of connection in our city as well as the water ways which we often forget greatly influence our travel across the city There is even graphic representation of Rideau Island With maps and wayfinding symbols being a hot topic in urban design it is encouraging to see OC Transpo keeping pace in the lead up to what our LRT maps may look like someday down the transit way Image courtesey of OC Transpo Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts LRT Trillium Line Extension enters Stage 2 Image of the Moment Trillium line signage goes up 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 comments entirely See our Comment Policy Michael Roesler 9 months ago Just so you know OC Transpo has been using this map on buses and at stations for years Like 5 years Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2015/01/30/12819/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Urbsanity: Raising the bar - Spacing Ottawa
    It seems that above all else the design must be functional surprise surprise A building that does not work for its intended use is not a good building it doesn t matter how stunning it is visually I m not suggesting that all buildings must be completely utilitarian I believe buildings can be playful and even whimsical without detracting from their use In fact having variety in terms of spaces expression and detailing can help give the design character and personality With function as the building block of the responses most expanded to say that good design will enhance the use of the building By empathizing with our clients we as designers will get a better understanding of how they work or how they live and what their routines may be From there one respondent wrote good design can even teach us something how to live in a better easier way how to perform tasks more efficiently how to be more comfortable To this end good design can and should afford an ease of use it should be intuitive imagine if all buildings were as easy to navigate as the iPod is with only a scroll wheel and a single button Durability and longevity is another key criterion to both architects and non architects When so much is invested in getting the design right it is important to build with materials and craftsmanship that respect this embodied effort Beyond these most people considered the social and environmental sustainability of a project as a key contributor to quality design Is it inclusive safe and welcoming Does the design contribute positively to the environment in which it is built Does the design consider construction or operational waste Noticeably absent from the majority of the responses were beauty and budget Aesthetics of course contribute significantly to the overall feeling of a building or a space but good design should not hinge on personal taste Also good design should not be synonymous with big budgets On the contrary a limited budget demands more creativity in the way you use it to maximize the end product Canada s current architectural darlings 5468796 Architecture have proven repeatedly that bold interesting and good design can come out of limited budgets Our experience is perhaps the best way of tying together all of these criteria Sometimes there are seemingly minor design decisions that go unnoticed but really enhance one s experience It can be installing bi parting elevator doors in a self storage facility that open faster so that you don t bang your trolley into them as you move stuff in or out Or it can be ensuring that when the door to the washroom is left open which is always the case at my house that you see a wall or the vanity because no one wants to stare at the toilet when you are eating or watching TV in a living space These are two very small things found in two very different buildings which

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2015/08/21/urbsanity-raising-bar/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Image of the Moment: NAC foyer, pre-renovation - Spacing Ottawa
    looking towards Elgin Street and soon to be renovated into a glass enclosed facade Location National Arts Centre Ottawa Canada Date of photo April 12 2014 Photographer Kristen Gagnon With last year s announcement that the NAC will be undergoing a 110 5 renovation focusing on improving amenities and opening up its currently brutalist northwest facade this is a soon to be changed private yet equally urban and even national space Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise 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 comments entirely See our Comment Policy Elie 7 months ago It s a good thing we re wrapping all this beautiful lobby and circulation space with 100 more circulation space https postmediaottawacitizen2 files wordpress com 2014 12 nac redesign mezzanine jpg At least they threw in some skylights above the existing windows to keep some daylight in the original space Reply 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/ottawa/2015/04/14/image-moment-nac-foyer-pre-renovation/ (2015-11-17)
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  • UrbSanity: An Affordability Primer - Spacing Ottawa
    households at or below the 20 th income percentile that is earning 31 500 or less These targets exceed the requirements of many other cities including Toronto and demonstrate a commitment to developing Ottawa into an inclusive and liveable city With that being said Ottawa is still faced with a shortage of affordable rental housing While 40 of Ottawa households rent their housing the 2001 census reveals that that only 5 of housing constructed in Ottawa between 1996 and 2001 were rental units Unfortunately this means that most of the newly constructed housing stock is beyond the reach of many households While the 2012 median total income in Ottawa for Couple Families married or common law was 107 510 for a Lone parent it was 47 500 and even worse for a Person not in census family also known as an individual it was 29 900 So what does this mean The shortage of affordable rental housing coupled with the limited new construction of rentals means that there is an obvious slant towards home ownership Although there is housing available for under 207 800 this price comes with a caveat In the urban core of the city you may if you are lucky be able to purchase a studio in a new condominium or a 1 bedroom that is up for resale As you expand your search to the suburban areas of the city you can stretch the square footage and number of bedrooms and may find yourself in a townhouse As you move further from the city centre you sacrifice livability groceries and other shops are no longer in walking distance access to public transit lessens though this varies to some degree If we step into the shoes of a single parent whose income hovers around the median we are not likely to find affordable housing in the core of the city as the options at the price point aren t conducive to accommodating two individuals each with their own space in the unit Thus we can assume that their search is likely going to take them beyond the city centre Let s consider instead a recent graduate who has yet to find a job in their desired field and is working at a coffee shop on the ground floor of a new condo development Based on your income as a barista it is highly unlikely that you would be able to afford to live in the building where you work and that excludes any consideration for the level of debt most recent grads have This points to an interesting fact that came out of the 2011 National Household Survey 25 2 of Canadians spend more than 30 of their total income on shelter which is the threshold defined by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation CMHC to measure housing affordability In Ottawa the constricted affordable rental market and limited options for affordable ownership in the urban area may result in individuals and families over spending on their housing

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2015/05/15/urbsanity-affordability-primer/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Rethinking the way we use space: Re-developer apartment tour (Ottawa Architecture Week 2014) - Spacing Ottawa
    affirms My partner and I needed twice as much kitchen space and we needed to double the storage space We all have junk and need a place to hide it away It s a question of how do you use every molecule of space and resolve everything pragmatically Removing the bathroom not only opened up more space for the kitchen but yielded prime real estate where Paul gleefully inserted floor to ceiling cupboards in a space unbroken except for one sleek silver fridge and one small cubbyhole for a kettle or flower vase This kitchen is almost the first part of the apartment you see after being welcomed into the generous foyer Which offers an interesting perspective itself The first thing you see is can it truly be a urinal Well that s what it was originally intended to be but Paul foresaw different uses The urinal s anti splash design makes it the perfect drinking bowl for my dog he exclaims lovingly in reference to his 150 pound dog that indeed looks like it would make mincemeat out of a typical bowl But more than that standing in the foyer affords a unique glimpse into the room straight ahead which seems to be a bedroom judging by the pillows one can see Paul is clear on the intent Having this gap between the walls offers a tantalizing glimpse into the next room it creates a sense of momentum and openness without making you feel like you re intruding on a private room This is one of Paul s key tenants that by playing with angles and positioning you can grow your space Case and point His never ending kitchen counter which stretches an impressive four or so metres in length But that s not all his kitchen counter is wider at the entrance and tapers off at the far end greatly prolonging its appearance Of course one is so fixated by the never ending counter that you initially overlook how the floor to ceiling translucent column you re standing next to is actually the shower It s entirely see through unless you are inclined to open a small cupboard within arm s reach and pluck out curtains to ride the ceiling tracks and sheath the shower from view A cupboard that like everything else in the apartment was custom built for this exact purpose And should you not feel so modest you can crank up the shower s studio lights and shine a spotlight on yourself Now for the reason why all the cupboards and walls inside the apartment are white There are so many things that already have colour light plants furniture Paul explains White brightens things With my white reflective floor you can see the sky during the day which makes a small space seem cheerier Standing at the edge of the living room now double the size of when he first bought it he casts his eyes wistfully down the long loping straight of Bank Street

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/09/30/rethinking-way-use-space-re-developer-apartment-tour-ottawa-architecture-week-2014/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Spacing Ottawa Tour: Beaver Barracks Community Housing - Spacing Ottawa
    21 2014 a group of 20 Spacing Ottawa readers met to tour the sustainable and socially innovative Beaver Barracks community housing project Designed by Barry Hobin Architects and managed by the not for profit Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation CCOC the mixed income community based project includes geothermal heating and cooling ample bike parking and community gardens both at grade and as a roof garden CCOC Development Manager Graeme Hussey lead the two hour tour which provided access to the main lobby roof garden community garden a vacant unit as well as the geothermal plant onsite In addition Hussey provided details on the history of the corporation site and architecture in addition to the environmental and social considerations of the Beaver Barracks project It was an informative and interesting tour which brought together architects developers and Spacing enthusiasts a like Both the roof which has panoramic views of The Canadian Museum of Nature and central courtyard around which the five buildings on the site are grouped around contain community gardens which can be used by residents CCOC works to help educate its residents on the importance of and ways to live green This includes signage throughout the site an informative calendar given out when they sign their lease and a voluntary green living contract Thank you to the CCOC for the tour For an earlier Spacing Ottawa piece on Beaver Barracks please visit here Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Doors Open Ottawa 2015 A look at Ottawa s Community Support Services Finding Value in Heritage Architecture ERA Architects UrbSanity An Affordability Primer EVENTS 2015 16 Ottawa Design Lecture Series Tweet More posts by Kristen Gagnon Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts The history of the Ottawa

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/06/26/spacing-ottawa-tour-beaver-barracks-community-housing/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Urbabbles: A Tale of Two Senators - Spacing Ottawa
    Comments 0 Tweet Urbabbles A Tale of Two Senators June 25 2015 By Spacing As the NCC waits on five proposals for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats Spacing Ottawa muses over the possible confusion one such option could lead to Illustration Chanel Dehond Chanel received her Master of Architecture at the University of Waterloo Her thesis entitled A series was comprised of five illustrated short fictions that constructed metaphysical space the way an author might construct a single room or entire world in one s mind Chanel is a Toronto based designer who practices as a writer and illustrator within the field Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Tweet More posts by Spacing 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 Posts The history of the Ottawa subway UrbSanity Streetside spots new tactics for public space Dreaming in colour The story behind Ottawa s world class transit

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2015/06/25/urbabbles-tale-two-senators/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Installation: The City is a Technology - Spacing Ottawa
    two cell phones call each other an eerie and melancholic instrument is created Image Ryan Stec The course which is taught by Carleton doctoral student Ryan Stec is meant to encourage students to think about the technology of the city in a playful and artistic way leading to the development of non destructive urban interruptions or additions as a way of appropriating the landscape of the technological city The project also challenges the notion of the perfect conditions of the white cube of the tradition gallery allowing students to see the outdoor context of the majority of our public space as an opportunity for new and layered meaning Image Ryan Stec The works will be present until April 18 2015 located in Jack Purcell and Minto Parks For more information visit The City is a Technology blog A list of the works locations and artist descriptions below Image Brynne Campbell Natalie Castilloux Protect the Heart Location Minto Park We are able to view this motor through the germ shaped window The motor is protected in the box but it is not protected from the world It is what makes the piece but it will eventually stop and die Seems familiar perhaps Anna Eyler The Last Fortress of Metaphysics Location Jack Purcell Park Drawing attention to the ubiquity of electronic indicators within the urban environment The work displays the GPS coordinates of the exhibition site on an embedded LCD screen suggesting that the ways we define space geographically and the ways that we experience it psychologically are often at odds Image Brynne Campbell Lissann George Shanglaria The Shanglaria is a space creature that is tame to be your companion It s perfect for lounging on the couch and walks with the elderly Mercedes Inksater Trash Can Illumination Trash Can Illumination explores the use of light with structures that are often overlooked or forgotten The artwork will literally and figuratively bring to light our use of these trash cans and hopefully add to the discussion of our city s production and displacement of waste Renaud Delaquis City Feedback Location Minto Park This interactive piece amplifies the sounds of the city through a pointless phone call The city is talking to itself and we can only watch and dance Image Brynne Campbell Pierre Richardson Call and Response Location Jack Purcell Dog Park or anywhere An attempt to see if people will interact with something that is very mysterious just a phone number in public The calls will be recorded and looped over and over on top of itself giving the caller its own performance unique to them but with people being able to listen in on the loop and the callers spies in the arts building Will the city speak to us A phone number connected to a loop pedal that will accumulate and layer lengths of telephone calls for whoever calls Tess Ruel An elegy for the city night Location Jack Purcell Park Drawing on the history of magic lanterns and early

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2015/04/16/installation-city-technology/ (2015-11-17)
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