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Defying Gravity: Parkour!

Since 2003, Andy Day has been capturing the social interaction of tracers with the built environment. Parkour which originated from a military training discipline, is now used as a method of moving around the city through new and efficient means. Practitioners of the sport challenge their minds and bodies creating freedom of movement; paths defined by city planners are erased and a concrete playground is established, presenting and re-presenting unique ways of using living, social and commercial spaces. Individuals use only their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves, negotiating obstacles in between to creatively reinterpret the subversion of urban spaces.— Continue reading

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Making Connections at Richmond Street West

By Jake Tobin Garrett

401 Richmond in downtown Toronto is an adaptive reuse of an old tin factory into a hub of artist studios and galleries. Located at the corner of Spadina Ave and Richmond St West, this huge brick building extends its exterior, dotted with old loading docks, one entire full block east to Peter St. Up until just a few months ago, however, the south side of this stretch of road had no sidewalk. In order to walk east, you had to cross the street and use the thin strip of sidewalk there.

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