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  • Tonya Davidson, Author at Spacing Ottawa
    has also written for Briarpatch and Canadian Dimension magazine and is a contributor to the Yolk blog yolksoc blogspot com She can be reached at www tonya davidson ca Architecture The Last Good Year Revisiting the Centennial Craze 1967 was a good year the last good year according to Pierre Berton Canada s centennial sparked centennial project craze across the Read More History Mayoral Ottawa from Fun Frank to Fisher s Folly When it was recently announced that Jim Watson would be joining the mayoral race I began to think about mayors and their stamps of Read More Architecture View from the Hill it s a jumble out there I was walking with my out of town friend around Ottawa when at Parliament Hill my friend remarked that while the Parliament Read More Curiosities Angels in the City Walking around Ottawa with eyes directed only towards the city s 70 plus statues and monuments the heroism of Canada can seem Read More History Spanning conflict from Kettle Island to Big Joe Mufferaw Three years ago the City of Ottawa held a christening ceremony for a long awaited piece of civil engineering The Corktown Bridge was Read More Search Advertisement Spacing

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/author/tonyadavidson/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Vicky Smallman, Author at Spacing Ottawa
    blogging rabble rousing or chasing after two small children she provides collective bargaining and organizing advise as a professional officer for the Canadian Association of University Teachers Politics That vision thing Editor s note Today is municipal election day across Ontario In Ottawa you can enter your address in this polling station Read More Politics Misty eyes phone bots modest promises it s character time in the mayor s race Today October 14 is the last advance poll before election The pace is hopping Debates fundraisers doorknocking Read More Politics Looking for the ideas behind the sniping Someone asked me today when I was going to stop being so polite during my weekly municipal pundit gig on CBC s Ottawa Morning I Read More Politics The Dog Days of Summer Campaign September is approaching and campaigns are picking up the pace Candidates are starting to roll out their platforms Pressure groups Read More Politics Gender and the City parity still eludes us Apparently there are a record number of candidates running for municipal council this year For those looking for some alternatives to Read More Politics The strategist and the policy wonk at last a contest for both What a difference a few weeks make It seems we have a mayoral race It wasn t much of a surprise when Mayor Larry O Brien Read More Spacing New blood versus same old faces who should prevail Much has been written about the need for fresh faces on Ottawa s city council From community coalition Our Ottawa to the high Read More Politics Idea shy mayor s race playing for time or putting us to sleep It s true that elections are no time to debate policy between the hot button pressing and the sound bite speaking no one Read More

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/author/vickysmallman/ (2015-11-17)
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  • The Opening of the First Biodome Garden in Ottawa - Spacing Ottawa
    ceremony that the Brewer Park Community Garden s three year long vision became a reality When asked about the inspiration for the Biodome Garden Oster credited the ever enduring spirit of his co project leader Guy Souliere and the pages of Patricia Watters 1980 book The Biodome Garden Book The project which was first discussed by the BPCG members in 2011 originated as an idea to highlight the importance of introducing year round sustainable organic gardening to the Ottawa Region Over the past three years Oster and Souliere have worked tirelessly to lead the project with the Brewer Park Community Garden association and bring together the talents of community members with support of local funding The result has included generous community funding from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation the City of Ottawa Better Neighbourhoods Program Just Food and the Community Garden Network The completion of the Biodome Garden marks an historic moment for Ottawa The project is the first structure of its kind in Eastern Canada making it an exciting achievement that sets a high standard and precedence for future similar structures to be built in the Region As explained by those involved in the project Since its inception the Biodome Garden has appreciated informal collaboration with both Carleton University and Algonquin College The energy systems for air movement fluid pumping and temperature modulation of the Biodome Garden form the thesis topic of a Carleton Masters Candidate Paula Claudino Recognizing that both Carleton and Algonquin value community collaboration and real world research opportunities the Biodome Garden is hoping to attract more formal partnerships with one or both partners It is the hope of the Brewer Park Community Garden that this innovative project will be replicated many times in several different forms across the City and Ottawa Region Its replication

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/08/22/opening-first-biodome-garden-ottawa/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Old Ottawa at play: The Ottawa Curling Club - Spacing Ottawa
    greatly from Bytown s burgeoning lumber industry The curlers first gathered outdoors for games on the Rideau Canal By the end of the decade the OCC had a shed on Lisgar Street to call home A frame rink with two ice sheets was erected on Albert Street in 1867 Eleven years later the rink was moved to the now disappeared Vittoria Street where the Supreme Court sits The club remained there until the O Connor Street building was completed in 1916 the same year the Centre Block of Parliament was consumed by fire It should come as no surprise that one of the inaugural sporting clubs in Ottawa was dedicated to curling the oldest sporting club in Canada is the Montreal Curling Club founded in 1807 Throughout British North America the precursor to the Dominion of Canada clubs devoted to the favoured activities of English and Scottish colonists including curling cricket and football soccer were commonplace According to historian Gillian Poulter these clubs tended to be peopled by the colonial aristocracy whose interests and allegiances were oriented toward Britain This in contrast with the middle class which gravitated towards Indigenous sports such as snowshoeing lacrosse and canoeing Curling had an obvious appeal to British immigrants for its association with the Old World In addition as a game originating on the icy waterways of Northern Europe there is still debate as to whether the Scots or the Dutch invented the game it seemed well suited to the Canadian climate and landscape It didn t hurt that curling was perceived as promoting good behaviour amongst participants The manner in which the game was played was more important than the outcome Curling at this time was a sport of the elite Joe aptly described it as the golf of the nineteenth century and the Ottawa Curling Club was no exception In the early years OCC members were a who s who of Ottawa society In the 1870s Sir Sanford Fleming of CPR fame and Canada s second Prime Minister Alexander McKenzie were both members Beginning in 1875 the club s official patron was the Governor General I should note here that Fleming was only briefly a member In 1881 he and other curlers left to form their own club the Rideau Curling Club The impetus for their departure The OCC s policy on drink Apparently Fleming and his cronies wished to enjoy a little whiskey with their rocks Sporting clubs were more than places to gather for an evening of curling They were also spaces for socializing Clubs routinely held at homes smokers dinners and the like that cultivated relationships between club members Access to the club building and participation in club activities was typically reserved for members To join an individual usually had to complete a form that included details about their professional political and social affiliations It was not uncommon for sporting clubs to require that a current member vouch for new applicants or for applicants names to be published so

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/10/16/old-ottawa-play-ottawa-curling-club/ (2015-11-17)
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  • An Inhabitable Space - Spacing Edmonton
    were a few challenges in how I wanted my studio work sleep and storage space to work together Money and time were the main issues We have an excellent wood shop so its only natural to fabricate in house for quality control and it s cheaper It took a long time to complete the reno as we were only able to work on the studio in between jobs Overall we like how it turned out What was the hardest part for you in making this space what it is now I know you mentioned a few interesting scenarios about how you acquired certain types of machinery and fixed them up to serve your needs tell me more about them In a way that is ultimately what a designer is Haha Since money is tight I love to go to the auctions and buy left over machines and fix them up The idea of giving new life to rejected machines is romantic I visited the Architectural Clearinghouse and the REStore regularly during my renovation period to find my shop windows and doors What brought you to Edmonton as a designer I am a homegrown Edmonton Industrial Designer I graduated from the Industrial Design program at the U of A How do you describe what you do Gee this sounds like a speed dating question you sure you want me to respond Olivia Hehe yes Mike I mean aren t you and your work already in a committed relationship at this point OK I see myself doing both product and furniture design Some products I produce as functional others like furniture products I inject emotions In general I like to create beauty Nothing compares to seeing a smile or feeling the vibe of a happy client If my work reminds people of the humanity within them I did my part The idea of sharing the space and machineries with other artists designers came after friends complained that the start up cost of a business is quite expensive The cost of rent utilities and machineries is quite high in Edmonton for fresh grads and small scale owner operators and they have to sign a contract This cooperative approach would generate contacts share overheads and build community of artist and designers I have many projects resulted in new contacts Its perfect for artists designers or cabinet makers from other cities on a exchange program to rent a short period of time here The shop has a kitchen and a shower Sharing my shop space machines also create a community of design Other artists like poets have used my studio as a workshop too My part in the collective is just one of many efforts to allow everyone involved to share beauty Lam s urban warehouse space hosting the Edmonton Design Show in December 2014 What are the ingredients of your daily life as an industrial designer Oh there is always work at the shop and I go to REStore and Architectural Clearinghouse once every

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/edmonton/2014/08/14/inhabitable-space/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Olivia Fung, Author at Spacing Edmonton
    had the greatest pleasure of sharing a conversation with one of Canada s most well known architects Douglas Read More Curiosities An Inhabitable Space Nested in a small industrial district just south of Whyte Ave Mike Lam s industrial design studio embodies a remarkable supply Read More Photos Romance and the Fringe I took this photograph of the Edmonton Fringe Festival earlier this week As the overarching theme reverberates love 8221 Read More Architecture Designing a great building starts at the street level I took this photograph of 104 ave above just a couple days ago After walking up and down several times I ve come to realize Read More Community self made finding cultural identity in Chinatown How do we design for identity Two weekends ago I have had the pleasure of attending a small conference within the Chinese community Read More Curiosities I live Here A Commentary on Greisbach s suburban model The growth of our city has been flourishing from the various family and eco friendly developments occurring around its periphery Read More Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts Edmonton s urbanism headlines November 9 15 Induced Demand How

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/edmonton/author/oliviafung/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Five Short, Linear Stories on the LRT - Spacing Edmonton
    altered to Bay Enterprise Square I guess I could think about Star Trek s Enterprise instead Bay Enterprise Square Station Photo by Michael Chu Next Stop Corona Station Considering that the Corona Hotel was demolished two years before the station opened this station s name remains an oddity It would be a funny idea to have large pillars of Corona beer bottles to match the six metre tall chandeliers that grace the platform A standing bar in the middle and a bunch of beer advertisements plastered throughout the walls were other foolish thoughts that came to mind I m sure Edmonton Transit would have a heyday with such a proposal Chandeliers hanging above Corona Station Jamey M Photography Next Stop Grandin Station Government Centre This station has always been a little awkward for me Even before I became more aware of the controversial mural portraying Edmonton s francophonie and the glossing of the residential school system I felt out of place standing there Perhaps it s the faux park furniture theme or the dim lights Whatever it was there was an awkward stiffness to that station The recent mural addition with bold colours and incredible spirit has made the space feel more inclusive but still retains this nervous tension in the air And there s nothing wrong with that There is a definite need for such powerful spaces of reflection Grandin Mural by Aaron Paquette Photo via City of Edmonton Dudley B Menzies Bridge As we fly over the river valley I think back to when I was a silly student and laugh I would frantically call friends or family during the brief minute of phone reception if I was running late for some rendezvous But why the hurry Gorgeous views of the High Level Bridge Rossdale Power Plant the North Saskatchewan and Edmonton s modernist skyline are well worth the life delay As I see other passengers fixated to their electronics during this spectacular intermission I smile and hope they can enjoy this moment too Dudley B Menzies and High Level Bridges overlooking the North Saskatchewan Photo by Marcel Schoenhardt Next Stop University Station Unfortunately I do not have many strong thoughts on this station since it feels so institutional Being deep underground the few memories attached to this station were the times I would wait for the train after school The High School Gymnasium as my friend likes to call it Still he points out a small detail tied with the rather cold design whenever we boarded on or off this station together we knew that we were having an awesome day University LRT Station Photo by Mack Male Next Stop The Future As the LRT surfaces out from the tunnels I hope that new stations will have their own unique character as demonstrated by our underground stations Minute differences such as those between Churchill and Central Stations are not distinct enough as I often mix up my memories with the two Design elements whatever form they come

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/edmonton/2014/07/22/five-short-linear-stories-lrt/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Four wild but cheap ideas Edmonton can introduce – right now – to protect cyclists - Spacing Edmonton
    no traffic requiring they stop Forcing them to do so to obey the law ruins their most valuable resource momentum That s a disincentive to cyclists who want to play by the rules designed for cars When it comes to a red light allowing a cyclist to proceed through an intersection before allowing cars to do so allows cyclists to get ahead of the main clutch of traffic waiting behind them at the light It also allows them out of the danger zone at intersections Sitting at the curb on a red light on a bike while impatient drivers are trying to turn right on a red is dodgy to say the least This would surely be contentious motorists often think cyclists behave with little regard for rules as it is And on lights could we at least think about timing on certain downtown streets A ride down 102 Ave in the morning sees little traffic but lights timed near perfectly to catch cyclists not to mention pedestrians at each intersection The lights are timed for car speeds not bike speeds That could easily be changed Four Ban big trucks from some downtown streets The drivers of garbage trucks dump trucks semis and other machinery struggle to see cyclists from their elevated perches We could easily figure out routes that can allow them to do their needed work but prevent them from crushing our cyclists in the downtown core If you have ever nearly been run over on your bike by a truck as I have you would struggle to see how cyclists and trucks can safely integrate Why risk it Get the trucks off streets designated as cycle friendly Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Look Both Ways Crosswalk design vs data Debunking Edmonton s War on Cars Why are Jasper and Whyte Ave 7 Lanes Wide Bike Collisions in Edmonton Tweet More posts by Tim Querengesser 7 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 Mark 1 year ago The traffic light timing issue gets even better when the lights are triggered by vehicle sensors Crossing 105 St North of downtown at the intersections reconfigured for the new LRT tracks I ve sat at a couple of intersections where I swear the full cycle of the lights goes by without the crossing ave getting a green because a bicycle is too small to trigger the vehicle sensor Only when a car pulled up alongside me did the next light cycle contain a green for us Jana 1 year ago I love the idea of raised bike lanes I cycle occasionally but mainly I walk and take transit with my toddler I would cycle more but I m afraid to do so with my toddler who I bring south across the river to daycare every day I don t feel safe cycling around the hospital and

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/edmonton/2014/07/02/four-wild-cheap-ideas-edmonton-can-introduce-right-now-protect-cyclists/ (2015-11-17)
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