Category Archives: Accessibility

An 100in1Day Story

vacant lot

It started with a vacant lot; an unloved, mostly ignored, plastic-bag-and-broken-bottle-strewn patch of city. I, and am sure many others in my neighbourhood, passed by it every day. Sometimes I’d grumble about its sorry state but usually I would just ignore it. At some point, I knew, given Toronto’s current real estate frenzy, this corner would be developed, its barren ground again serving an essential function. With earphones in and a whole other three corners to survey during my commute, I could wait a while for this gap in the urban fabric to be filled.

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People For Smarter Cities

You may know that IBM is committed to creating solutions that help cities all over the world get smarter, in order to make life in those cities better. That’s why IBM and Ogilvy joined forces to spark positive change with the “People for Smarter Cities” project, that unites city leaders and forward-thinking citizens. To spread the word, Ogilvy created outdoor advertising with a purpose: a bench, a shelter and a ramp that are not only designed to be beautiful, but to be useful to city dwellers as well. Watch the interaction unfold.

What’s in a sidewalk?


Sidewalks figure centrally in our experience and conception of a city. Jane Jacobs began her influential Death and Life of Great American Cities with a look at sidewalks. My work this summer has taken me to all corners of the city of Toronto, and in so doing has shown me the many forms sidewalks can take.

When we think of urban sidewalks, something like this tends to spring to mind…

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A Ribbon of Green Space


When I moved to Toronto from Winnipeg in 2013, I was immediately fascinated with the city’s invigorated spirit, so much so that I limited my apartment search to the downtown core. I found a small bachelor apartment on Church Street, situated in the busy Church/Wellesley Village. One day while walking home from the subway station, I stumbled upon a series of parks linking Dundonald and Charles Streets, called the Dundonald Parkette. This stretch of greenery is a multifunctional urban intervention, offering space for outdoor activities. Whether a user is simply passing through, or passively taking it all in from the comfort of a park bench, the parkette offers a varied set of opportunities.

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