Category Archives: Identity

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

Canadian Lessons for Winter Cities

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As the mercury begins to rise above zero in many Canadian cities in March, it’s tempting to pretend that we’ll never again have to bundle up and suffer through frozen-numb faces and temperatures colder than Mars. Though probably required to alleviate our collective cabin fever, in reality about one quarter of our lives in northern cities is spent dealing with winter and its many discontents. This annual recurrence of snow and slush, blizzards and black ice, has largely and traditionally been ignored by urban planners and designers whose work tends to focus on making our cities and spaces livable and functional for only three quarters of the year. Lately, however, a movement has been gaining momentum that is challenging this seasonal myopia and is seeking innovative solutions to combat this oversight.

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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.

StreetARToronto

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The City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program invests in street art projects across the city, which aims to beautify public space and attribute the local culture and heritage of its host community. The program is rooted in a transformation that celebrates graffiti artwork, murals and stencil graffiti through diverse expressions, which contrast the harmful effects of vandalism. As part of StreetARToronto, the Underpass program START UP has transformed one of Toronto’s oldest communities, Corktown, and its King East pillars beneath the Richmond St E. and Adelaide St. E. overpasses. Continue reading

London is changing

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Why do people choose to move to London? And why do they choose to leave? A new project exploring these questions is currently playing out in an unlikely venue—two advertising billboards in the center of the U.K.’s capital. Called London is Changing, the project is run through a website that invites people who are moving into, out of, or across London to share the reasons and emotions behind their migration. Continue reading

Four case studies in transit visual identity

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Rapid transit has become a nearly-ubiquitous part of urban life since it was introduced in Victorian London. How do transit systems around the world use design to brand themselves and promote wayfinding, and how much do their visual identities recall the original London Underground? Continue reading

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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