Mounties without music. Parliament without pageantry.
This is Ottawa, but not the one you know.
This is Official Ottawa. And Official Ottawa is the work of Tony Fouhse.
Official Ottawa is a photographic study of Canada’s capital city as the seat of power – specifically, of federal power. A tabloid of 44 pictures and a brief essay by Ottawa journalist Phil Jenkins, Official Ottawa studies the ways that power manifests itself in “the architecture, functionaries, and tableaux” that embody that federal presence. Continue reading
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.
Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from around the world. This week we bring you Vancouver’s happenin’ food cart scene, a discussion of whether we have hit “peak car”, crowdsourcing feedback on public spaces, and two amazing time-lapse videos of Toronto and Ottawa.