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  • Urbabbles: The Rideau Canal is heating up - Spacing Ottawa
    of spring and after the longest consecutive run for the Rideau Canal Skateway a humourous reminder from Toronto based illustrator Chanel Dehond to stay off the now thawing ice of the Rideau Canal 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 Related Posts Urbabbles The LRT flaunts her speed Image of the Moment Canada s longest skating rink Ottawa s Little Toronto Lansdowne Park s lack of local 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the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts The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

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2015/03/20/urban-comics-rideau-canal-heating/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Ottawa's 'Little Toronto': Lansdowne Park's lack of local - Spacing Ottawa
    a line of t shirts reminding people that Ottawa is a place It has also caught up largely in terms of big name international brands which some in the city had been asking for almost a decade as was the case with H M The irony is however that just as Ottawa seems to be forging an individual and interesting civic identity separate from its government town mentality we appear to have imported a little piece of Toronto a Little Toronto of sorts in the retail component of Lansdowne Park For just as we have a Little Italy and Chinatown Lansdowne appears to be Toronto transplant of shops and restaurants With a Bier Markt and Real Sports already open downtown both Toronto chains it is perhaps no surprise that other companies are wanting to move northeast of TO to capture a part of the growing Ottawa market And as Lansdowne slowly opens its commercial doors a Sporting Life Sunset Grill and South Street Burger are being imported from Toronto and added to the local landscape This is in addition to national chains such as Whole Foods Good Life Fitness and Rexall pharmacy as well as others which have already been imported to Toronto itself such as Joey s Restaurant So while it is still too early to do a full analysis and critique of Lansdowne as a whole it is clear that the northwest corner of the site at least is in fact no longer Ottawa in its personality but rather a Little Toronto Editor s Note Joey s Restaurant was initially indicated to be a Toronto based chain however it is based in Vancouver We apologize for this error Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts UrbSanity Embracing Change Image of the Moment Ottawa

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/12/15/ottawas-little-toronto/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Street art with heart: The Artists of the Glebe vs. Minto - Spacing Ottawa
    creeping closer to its slated date of completion I feel it important to document the colourful comical and critical murals that have graced the constructions boards on the site s most residential street frontage The murals which run the entire eastern length of Holmwood Avenue a formerly undeveloped side of the street which will soon be lined with town and terrace homes have brightened what would otherwise have been a banal construction zone This street art intervention by the community is a bold example of how to turn urban lemons into lemonade and plywood into protests Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Neighbourhood Walk Walkin Down Main Image of the Moment Bank Street underpass revamp Image of the Moment Canada s longest skating rink Keeping the stoke alive The grand opening of Charlie Bowins Skatepark Tweet More posts by Kristen Gagnon 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 Graffiti 2 years ago The city and private interests have managed to build using our money and by stretching the law a very ugly shopping mall The architecture screams of box stores and looks like an ugly stuffed fish mirroring the greed and broken judgement of people making decisions for the city They couldn t even leave a decent view of Aberdeen So it s nice to see local artists at work Hopefully time will put people with a brain and a heart in charge and they will tear down this very misplaced box mall on this very misused piece of land and put something meaningful in its place Thanks for capturing this precious moment in time Comments are closed Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/05/09/street-art-heart-artists-glebe-vs-minto/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Urbsanity: Great Architects, Great Stories - Spacing Ottawa
    truism great architects are also great story tellers While discussing how the Museum of Civilization came to be Douglas Cardinal described a lengthy meeting with Pierre Trudeau the Prime Minister at the time where he was ultimately asked how soon they could start construction He drew a chuckle from the crowd when said that he had to inform the Prime Minister that he only had sketches at that point and that Quebec still owned the property on which the museum would eventually sit He recalled the Prime Minister stressing the importance and urgency of the project reminding him that this is a democracy and although things take time decisions can be undone if too much time elapses mainly if another political party takes power For this reason the 1980 s were also quite an interesting and exciting time for the City for Ottawa During Trudeau s reign the National Gallery of Canada was also commissioned and constructed by the Federal Government here in Ottawa and was completed only one year ahead of the Museum of Civilization The National Gallery was designed by Moshe Safdie who had gained international recognition for his design of Habitat 67 and would later design Ottawa s former City Hall Not unlike Cardinal or Safdie in the 1980 s Daniel Libeskind comes to Ottawa with an established reputation and whether you like the aesthetic of his work or not he has made a career of designing landmarks For those of us in Ontario we most likely think of his controversial crystalline addition to the Royal Ontario Museum ROM in Toronto however that is only one of many significant projects that he has completes Not surprisingly Libeskind is also a great storey teller he was engaging and speaks with enthusiasm and passion on the topic of the Holocaust as it is one that resonates very closely with him He was born to Holocaust survivors in communist Poland following World War II during a time where anti Semitism was still very present This of course stayed with him During his lecture he discussed his design for the Jewish Museum in Berlin his first project to receive international acclaim As he talked us through the design Libeskind described his struggle designing part of the building called the Holocaust Tower which was going to be empty with no openings except a door leaving the inside completely dark He goes on to tell us that he came across an account of a Holocaust survivor by accident who had found strength in a crack of light while locked in the cattle cars That storey inspired Libeskind to add an opening allowing a sliver of light into the tower that sliver of light representing hope This sentiment echoed something he said at the outset of the lecture when he asked us to consider what it is to create a monument of this nature How do we preserve a memory of evil while introducing a sense of hope His question is a reminder that

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2015/02/13/12872/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Image of the Past: Skating at Rideau Hall, 1915 - Spacing Ottawa
    Source Basil Reid Library and Archives Canada PA 030206 Library and Archives Canada One of the great benefits of living in the Capital is the ability to go trick or treating at the Prime Minister s house do some yoga on the lawn of Parliament Hill or go skating at Rideau Hall home to the Governor General Built in 1872 by Canada s third GG the Earl of Dufferin the public is now invited to skate on the rink every weekend from noon to 5pm January 5 to March 15 2015 Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Image of the Past The Rideau River from Billings Bridge early 1900s Image of the Past Ottawa Electric Railway Image of the Moment Canada s longest skating rink Image of the Moment The Rideau River lets off a little steam 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

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2015/02/05/image-past-skating-rideau-hall-1915/ (2015-11-17)
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  • A Crack of Light, A Crack of Hope – A Night with Daniel Libeskind - Spacing Ottawa
    by the Nazis Libeskind detailed the three angular volumes which comprise the museum as symbolically representing three stages in the painter s life before the war during the war and the future which contains paintings attributed to Nussbaum after his death Each with its own material palette the forms intersect in almost violent ways and give a sense of the fractured non linear life story of one of the millions of lives lost Libeskind next spoke to his intentions for the Jewish Museum Berlin one of his best known works and explained that the project had initially been designed when the Berlin Wall was still standing referring to a line which seemed to divide the museum in plan and that it is likewise in plan that the folded Star of David can be identified This use of the line and the oblique angle would ultimately act as the two most prominent architectural and metaphorical devices used in the design of the museum In one space for example there is a seemingly dead ended corridor with an impossible angle to inhabit It is then lit solely by a glow of reflected light as if coming through a crack in the building s façade This architectural moment was inspired through a survivor s story when she explained that even during her times of immeasurable strife there was always a crack of light and I held onto that white line Libeskind continued stating that without hope we could never build a museum about the Holocaust for without the faith that the future can be different from the past we could not face the horrors that have taken place This is symbolized through the angular planes representing an unstable territory but which are then pierced with linear openings of light acting as a graphic representation of a folded Star of David Other projects discussed during the evening included the Danish Jewish Museum The Ohio State Holocaust Memorial and Dresden s Military History Museum for which Libeskind explained It is important not to be nostalgic about history or see it just as one thing in reference to the double experience of the building Libeskind later concluded the evening by presenting the designs for the National Holocaust Monument to be built adjacent to the War Museum at LeBreton Flats and coordinated by the NCC First referring to the overall composition of the various triangular forms again resembling a Star of David a continual motif in the architect s work Libeskind stated that the meaning of the form for him was found in a line from The Diary of Anne Frank when she questioned Why us Why the star Speaking openly and personally throughout the night about his own family s experiences during the war Libeskind then showed a diagram of the various triangles that had been used to identify the many groups of people who were systematically persecuted by the Nazis and referred to this use of geometry as the triangulation of evil However when these

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2015/01/28/crack-light-crack-hope-night-daniel-libeskind/ (2015-11-17)
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  • This day in history: The 98th anniversary of the Parliament Hill fire - Spacing Ottawa
    in the Reading Room the roof of the House of Commons had collapsed and the fire was spreading towards the Senate In the chaos of the blaze senators and soldier alikes rushed to rescue historic paintings from the Senate and in a feat of great heritage value quick thinking Parliamentary librarian Connolly MacCormac saved the Parliamentary library by shutting the wing s heavy iron doors against the flames By 11 00 p m the Victoria clock tower had caught fire Dramatic eye witness accounts claimed that immediately after the clock chimed midnight the clock tower had become completely engulfed and came crashing down in flames It would take another four hours into the frigid February night for fire fighters some still operating horse drawn engines to contain the fire In the intervening years of the rebuilding of Centre Block members of Parliament appropriated exhibition spaces in the Victoria Memorial Museum now the Museum of Nature for their offices Despite wartime concerns giving Parliament a permanent home was deemed a priority and reconstruction began in July 1916 John Pearson and Jean Omer Marchand s new design for Centre Block was finished in 1922 with the Peace Tower being completed in 1927 to commemorate the lives lost in the first World War In a ceremony to lay the cornerstone for the new building Governor General Prince Arthur declared Let us hope that in the new Parliament Buildings that are about to spring up many a speech will be made by many a distinguished man of the future all for the good and advancement of Canada Almost a hundred years later Arthur s words ring true as many distinguished women and men have made moving speeches in these no longer new buildings of Parliament which represent our nation and which occupy a great

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/02/03/day-history-98th-anniversary-great-fire-parliament-hill/ (2015-11-17)
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  • What's in a name? Or rather, how much does it cost? The renaming of Lansdowne Park - Spacing Ottawa
    arenas fields and stadiums often resemble soccer jerseys with corporate logos emblazoned across the sides of their stands or venue However while we all know this does not add civic identity create community or aid in place making we accept it because it pays for our hometown teams Besides these arenas are often so banal in their design that they already lack any sort of real character in the first place with a name change resulting in little difference to their already non place existence The CT Centre was already goofy enough in its coliseum esque pastiche before losing it more fitting albeit cliché original moniker But we are no longer simply talking about a sports centre succumbing to the financial pressures that result in such naming For it is not Frank Clair Stadium or the Ottawa Civic Centre after all that are being renamed yet that is By the way good on you FCS and OCC but rather an entire site which will also include commercial park and residential spaces And while it is not unheard of for mixed use towers which include some of these programs to also be named through sponsorship Lansdowne Park is a historical and significant place and name within the Ottawa psyche What then does this all mean for a site that will not only become home to hundreds and used by thousands but also one that is situated in the community focused neighbourhood of the Glebe And how does this affect our historical ties and identity to a site that is hoped to once again become a heart of the city Ultimately what we will be losing is more than just a name It is a history a character and a place According to The Citizen s report The agreement will pay OSEG an annual fee said to be in seven figures which will also allow for a full service TD banking centre at Lansdowne But while we can put a monetary value on the actually pay off for naming rights not including the costs of rebranding an entire site what is not included in the calculations is the cost to our city s identity Lansdowne Park has been a part of Ottawa s history since 1868 But with a few million dollars it appears 145 years of existence can be bought So who wants to join me on Sundays at the TD Farmer s Market Image Kristina Corre UPDATE In the official announcement made on the afternoon of Tuesday January 7 2013 it was announced that it is in fact Frank Clair Stadium and the Ottawa Civic Centre which will be renamed as TD Place While this is a more logical move and expected in terms of sports branding and corporate sponsorship with a monument planned to honour Frank Clair in lieu of a stadium to bare his name Ottawa will still be losing a cultural connotation to a corporate company As of this time The Ottawa Citizen has not changed its

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/01/07/whats-name-rather-much-cost/ (2015-11-17)
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