Category Archives: Accessibility

Mi Teleférico—a cable car in the skies of Bolivia

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A subway in the sky is the new public transportation system in the mountainous and unstable terrain of La Paz, Bolivia. This, the first cable car line in the city, stretches from an area near the center of La Paz and connects with the frenetic city of El Alto located on a high plateau. Continue reading

Bansky mocks Gaza

Once again, Banksy has spontaneously announced the beginning of a new project, with the artist’s latest work using satire to highlight the conflict within the embattled Gaza area. In a mock tourism campaign, Banksy employs dark humor to shed light on the devastation caused by Israel’s Operation Protective Edge last year and the resulting destitution within the volatile region.

Caesarstone Swing

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London-based Canadian designer, Philippe Malouin, is the latest to re-imagine Caesarstone’s diverse surfacing. At the latest Interior Design Show in Toronto, the brand debuted Swings, a playful gesture which takes the composite stone out of its context and re-appropriates it in a surreal installation.

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Vincent Laforet captures New York from above

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Something he has “dreamed of capturing for decades,” Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet has released a stunning set of images that captures his hometown of New York in a way that has never before been seen. Taken from a nauseating 7500-feet above the city, Laforet’s “Gotham 7.5K” series reveals the unrelenting, pulsating energy that radiates from the Big Apple’s city grid. Continue reading

Riding the Rocket

The 15-year-old film student, Russell Wellner, spent part of the summer and the Christmas season filming a gorgeous love letter to the TTC on his Canon T3i DSLR camera. Wellner’s one-minute film features shots of Rosedale, St. George, Bloor-Yonge, and a quick front-seat burst along the Bloor-Danforth line from Christie to Castle Frank.  Continue reading

Showing off some skills

As I was walking downtown I noticed this young man on this bike practicing some tricks. I bet Mies van der Rohe didn’t see this as a use when he designed the TD Buildings back in the day. This is a perfect example of how public space can transform itself into an arena of self expression and imagination through the eyes of a beholder.

OMA wins 11th St. Bridge Park Competiton

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International architecture OMA recently won the competition for the 11th Street Bridge Park — the Anacostia Crossing — in Washington D.C. Described as a place of exchange; the park at Anacostia Crossing will connect two historically disparate sides of the river with a series of outdoor programmed spaces and active zones that will provide an engaging place hovering above, yet anchored in, the Anacostia River. To create this place — more destination than elevated thoroughfare — OMa designed the bridge park as a clear moment of intersection where two sides of the river converge and coexist. Anacostia Crossing will offer layered programs, presenting a new neighborhood park, an after-hours destination for the nearby workforce, a retreat for residents and a territory for tourists to explore. Continue reading