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Endless summer at the CNE

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As Torontonians enjoy the last days of August, OpenCity Projects examines one of the city’s perennial favourite summer activities. A visit to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), held at Exhibition Place annually since 1879, is as much a harbinger of summer’s end as it is a tradition for local families. Continue reading

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Alley Artwork


In a city as vibrant as Toronto it seems like the most dynamic elements of public space are hidden away from view. Why is the dynamism—the people, the colour—concealed? What if we turned the city inside out, so the artwork in alleyways is the main show piece? What would our city look like if it was a canvas for colour rather than a concrete jungle? Continue reading

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Landscapes from the Kitchen Table

Expansive landscapes and mountainous coastlines play with our perspective in the following series by photographer and graphic designer Luke Evans. Though you feel like you are looking at a collection of images that capture a timeless quality of nature, ‘Forge’ is actually a set of miniature models created on Evans’ kitchen table. Through the use of common household materials such as shaving foam, glycerine, flour and bricks a visual world is created and explored. Continue reading

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Peek-A-Boo, Eye See You

Located deep in the Vancouver’s Pacific park are the remains of seven ‘Sentinels’. Hand picked by creative studio Dear Human, these grand Douglas firs were cut down over a century ago. The project offers an alternative perception to everyday landscapes by revealing the hidden potential of overlooked places. What remains are eerie empty eye sockets that have been given a second life with some fine crafted porcelain peepers. Continue reading

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Lost & Found items from Japan’s 311 earthquake

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku, Japan, hit the country. It triggered tsunami waves that devastated the eastern shores sweeping 25 million tonnes of debris into the Pacific Ocean. Toronto-based filmmakers John Choi and Nicolina Lanni have developed the film LOST & FOUND that looks to reunite recovered belongings with their original owners. Continue reading

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There’s no place like home

The Colonne di San Lorenzo is a Roman ruin in Milan, Italy. Located in front of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, it is a place of gathering and impromptu exhibitions.
The plaza hosted several dozen red shoes (both painted and patent) in long rows extending the length of the square. The static soles ranged from pumps to sneakers offering the once fashionable items a final platform on the sidewalk.
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Ingredients of the City

The Santa Caterina Market is a paradise for the senses. Located in Barcelona, Spain, the gastronomic temple dates back hundreds of years housing everything from food chains to fresh produce. The current-day structure comprises of an undulating wood roof which sits high above the stalls opening up for the visitors to enter.
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