Category Archives: Economics

Slow Food market at Castle Sforzesco

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Festivals and events have always been a great way to attract people to public spaces and create a vibrant and social atmosphere. An important consideration that is sometimes overlooked is how they can be creatively or appropriately integrated into their physical surroundings. A noteworthy example that illustrates this potential is a temporary farmer’s market at the Sforzesco Castle in Milan.

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Pop-ups in Budapest

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In recent years, there has been an emerging trend of using pop-up shops and temporary structures as a way to intensify public spaces. A particularly exceptional example of this practice, which I discovered on a trip to Hungary, is the Borbar Wine Bar. Located in Budapest’s Vörösmarty Tér, a popular evening destination for locals, the outdoor bar is a unique architectural intervention that provides a commercial function and increases the activity of the public space. Continue reading

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Hamilton by Joseph Hartman

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“Hamilton” is photographer Joseph Hartman‘s largest body of work to date; it spans seven years and includes more than 40 photographs captured with a 4 x 5 view camera on colour film. Hamilton, a city best known for its steel industry, a town I grew up in, is now in a state of transition as heavy industry slowly leaves. Continue reading

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Fogo Island

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Canada is the largest land mass in the world. While about half of Canadians live in the 50 most populated municipalities, the remaining half reside in the country’s smaller, rural communities. With a large decline of populations leaving these areas for the big city, there has been a strong sense of urgency to foster a revitalization effort in these regions. Continue reading

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Revitalizing Jakarta’s Fatahillah Square

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Few cities in the world can compete with the energy and activity on the streets of Jakarta. If you’re new to the megalopolis, the heat, the noise, the smells and the sheer volume of people and traffic can easily overwhelm your senses. But it’s exhilarating to take it in and experience all the amazing and baffling things those streets have to offer. Continue reading

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Airport City

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Last week I was part of an Institute without Boundaries charrette, Airport City, that examined how Toronto Pearson International Airport can better integrate into its surrounding neighbourhood and the region in the context of future growth, in relation to community, government and corporate stakeholder needs.

As you may or may not know, Toronto Pearson International Airport has an ambitious goal to become North America’s premier gateway to the globe. It is already one of the fastest growing connection airports in North America and is the continent’s second largest international airport to New York’s JFK. Today, the Airport serves 36 million passengers and by 2030, is expected to double the number of passengers it serves. Continue reading

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