This is the final entry of a four-part blog series chronicling the proposed redevelopment of Mirvish Village.
Development in Toronto remains a loaded word, encompassing a wide range of perspectives rooted in the social, the economic, and the political: height, density, gentrification, heritage, scale, the competitive city, the OMB. There is a multiplicity of threads to follow and pull, depending on your position in the process. This nuanced narrative is captured in daily newspaper articles, op-eds, blog articles, and discussions in community newsletters. When coupled with the City’s growing mandate to cast wider the net of consultation, developers are increasingly having to build relationships not only with City Council and the Planning Department, but in the communities in which they build as well. What this means is that development is no longer the sole province of boardrooms comfortably buffered from a nebulous community by closed doors, a relic of a bygone Robert Moses model. To be sure, there remains considerable mileage between where we are now, and the democratic, equitable process imagined by the Chief Planner, City staff, community organizations, and academic scholars. But it is a step in the right direction.
In a recent staff report the City of Toronto has recommended 41 KM of new bike lanes, including a pilot project for Bloor Street – a highly contested battleground in the “war on the car”.
Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you the power of the bus stop, streets as places and zombie walks. Continue reading
The following is an interview with Toronto dancer, Bo Lam, who finds constant inspiration in occupation of city space through diverse artistic endeavours. Continue reading
This is the third of a four-part blog series chronicling the proposed redevelopment of Mirvish Village.
At first glance, the proposed changes to the built environment in Mirvish Village are dizzying. Towers, trees on roofs, a mélange of midrise buildings with equally variegated facades, and a glass covered public market combine to create a built environment that is unrecognizable from the low rise massing currently inhabiting the space. It is what makes this project so complex, and so fascinating to be a part of.
My Prime Minister Embarrasses Me, Pascal Paquette / Ellyn Walker (2015)
In light of Canada’s federal election, artist Lisa Klapstock gained momentum at her collaborative exhibition, VOTE, which hosted a collection of reflective, throught-provoking text-based installations by Canadian artists and designers.
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
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:
October 3, 2015
October 3, 2015 – January 3, 2016
CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges
October 18 – 20, 2015
As we march towards the Canadian Federal elections, a topic of interest to many urban planners has gained considerable attention: affordable housing. A recent study conducted by a consortium of affordable housing groups in Canada tells us why: 1 in 5 renters in Canada allocates fifty percent or more of their monthly income to shelter costs. There should be no equivocating on the enormity of this conclusion. We are in an affordable housing crisis.
Central stations are at the heart of urban history: they play host to the mass transportation systems that allow for the collective movement of millions into city centres. Conveniently, the rise of regional rail systems corresponded with a period of remarkable architecture, as Beaux-Arts and Neoclassical buildings sprung up as hubs for regional mobility. Continue reading