Category Archives: Projects

Spinning tops and summer streets

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“Los Trompos (Spinning Tops),” a set of six, eight-foot-tall interactive seating elements, created by Mexican-based design team Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena was placed within the Astor Place Rest Stop all three Summer Streets Saturdays. Inspired by the popular children’s toy, the seating elements enabled Citi Summer Streets participants to experience a life-sized “spinning top” first hand as they twisted around and within the sculptures. Continue reading

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Lumiere London


Web app and lighting design by Art AV strung between buildings at Oxford Circus.

Cold January nights have a tendency to trigger an instinctive need to hide away indoors until springtime but recent efforts in London have residents and tourists alike flocking to the streets. The first annual Lumiere London was a 4-night urban festival that re-imagined London’s urban landscape and architecture through the work of 30 installations across four main areas of the city. Continue reading

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The Distillery District Christmas Market


Toronto’s Distillery District Christmas Market lived up to yet another successful year filled with traditional winter festivities, delicious treats, and holiday cheer. From November 20th to December 20th, visitors from both near and afar came to partake in a wide range of activities and sightseeing opportunities in the historic district. At night, the market transformed into a festival of lights where one could enjoy a ride on the ferris wheel to catch a glimpse from a birds eye view, or savour a hot mulled wine by the fire.

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Nuit Blanche 2015

Nuit Blanche is  an annual dusk til dawn contemporary art celebration in Toronto, Canada. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the event and featured over 100 projects. The event featured curated and independent projects that utilized light, sound and mixed media to transform Toronto’s urban landscape for one evening.  Continue reading

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October Events


It’s officially fall, but the events aren’t slowing down. This October we are celebrating cities and design. Here are just a few events taking place this month:

Nuit Blanche
October 3, 2015
Toronto, CA

Chicago Biennial
October 3, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Chicago, USA

CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges
October 18 – 20, 2015
London, UK

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Part 2: Engaging the Community

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This is the second of a four-part blog series chronicling the proposed redevelopment of Mirvish Village.

Often overlooked, community consultation is a critical component of urban development. Perhaps it should not be surprising that Torontonians feel development fatigue at times – the only thing more ubiquitous than cranes are the development placards affixed to buildings, fences, and plywood walls separating pedestrians from construction sites. Moreover, until recently development placards were difficult to understand, or worse yet, contained little information other than the proposed height and use, and a time and location for the city facilitated community consultation – consultations which are held at City Hall at times not convenient for all citizens to attend. Contemporary planning literature has much to say about this model, critiquing its efficacy around democratic participation.

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August Events

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August is the month for open streets and general pedestrian domination. Here are just some of the events taking place this month.

August 9, 2015
Culver City, CA USA

Summer Streets
August 1, 8, 15, 2015
New York, NY USA

ParaPan Am Games
August 7 – 16, 2015
Toronto, ON Canada

OpenStreets TO
August 16, 2015
Toronto, ON Canada

June 20 – September 13, 2015
Toronto, ON, Canada

Piso Piloto
June 4 – October 25, 2015
Barcelona & Medellin

Photo by Pawel Pacholec from Flickr CC

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Quayside Seaside


A beach has popped up in the most unlikely of places. Adjacent to the River Tyne in Newcastle Quayside, a sandy oasis complete with seating, palm trees and beach volleyball has materialised for the summer. The small patch of land has worked to activate the area, attracting passersby to sit and stay a while. The temporary installation is in it’s fourth year and runs until the end of September.  Continue reading

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