Category Archives: Toronto

Part 1: There’s no place … like this place … anyplace!

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

Toronto is celebrated for its varied neighbourhoods, multicultural milieu, and vibrant street life. However, like all cities, its urban and social fabric is a function of shifting policies, social movements and urban development. In short, the Toronto we know has evolved through time, with some histories erased and others preserved. The one constant is change. Continue reading

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Walk the Rows

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Labyrinths have long held the imagination of humanity, from Ancient Greeks to moviegoers in the 1980s. In an urban setting, labyrinths vary in temporality, from chalk drawings on sidewalks to permanent installations in parks. Importantly, labyrinths differ from mazes in that they classically have one way in, and one way out, sparing the user from the frustration of dead-ends. Continue reading

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An 100in1Day Story

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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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Uber we go!

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I am one of many that depend on transit to get in, around and out of the city. And, like my many commutes, my experience is less than pleasant. It’s cheap and crowded versus expensive and fast. So, despite all the negative feedback Uber has been getting in Toronto, I decided to try it. Continue reading

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What’s in a sidewalk?

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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

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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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Aga Khan Museum

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Situated between the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre Toronto, the Aga Khan Park in Toronto has been unveiled just in time for summer. The Museum first opened its doors back in 2014, and has since served as a destination which offers enlightening perspectives into Islamic arts, history and culture.

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