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Spacing is one of the most unique magazines to appear on Canadian newsstands in years. The magazine uncovers the joys, obstacles and politics of Canada’s big cities by cutting through the cynicism that often pervades any discussion about urban issues. Spacing pushes readers to think critically about how they can shape the public spaces that surround their everyday lives. Spacing is also the publisher of a wide array of digital media, including a network of blogs in Canadian cities.

Recent Blog Posts

Book Review – Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession
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Book Review –  Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession
Author: Reinier de Graaf (Harvard University Press, 2017) Architecture is a strange discipline, full of contradictions: it is at once simple and complex, ordinary and extraordinary. On the one hand, anybody can ‘design’ and construct a habitable structure. On the other hand, it is a field of prof...
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We’re looking for creative mappers!
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We’re looking for creative mappers!
Back in 2012, we ran one of our most popular cover sections in Spacing magazine’s history: creative mapping. For our summer 2018 edition, we want to bring it back! We’re calling all visual map-makers to submit their amazing creative maps focused on a Canadian city to be included in ou...
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The City of Illusions – Part 3
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The City of Illusions – Part 3
[Editors Note: This is a the third and final part in a series that seeks to connect the insights of Thomas Picketty’s well-known book Capital in the Twenty First Century to contemporary city-building issues and urban planning practices. You can read Part 1 that summarizes some of the larger...
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The City of Illusions – Part 2
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[Editors Note: This is a the second part in a series that seeks to connect the insights of Thomas Picketty’s well-known book Capital in the Twenty First Century to contemporary city-building issues and urban planning practices. You can read Part 1 that summarizes some of the larger themes o...
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Book Review – Chandigarh Revealed: Le Corbusier’s City Today
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Book Review – Chandigarh Revealed: Le Corbusier’s City Today
Author: Shaun Fynn (Princeton Architectural Press (2017) More than sixty-five years have passed since Le Corbusier was commissioned by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to fulfil the role of architect and planner for Chandigarh. A bold experiment, Chandigarh broke from tradition to define a new vision for ...
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The City of Illusions – Part 1
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The distribution of wealth and the shape and form of cities are intimately related.  As such, Thomas Picketty’s bestselling Capital in the Twenty First Century has as much to say about cities and settlements as it does about the nuts and bolts of wealth over time. If his rigorous analysis of econ...
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Book Review – Redesigning Gridded Cities: Key Examples
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Author: Joan Busquets with Pablo Perez-Ramos, Nikos Katsikis, Christina Crawford, Dingliang Yang (Applied Research + Design Publishing, 2016) Former MIT Professor of the renowned Theory of City Form course Julian Beinart, once described the grid as the closest things cities have to a universal la...
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Book Review: Infinite Suburbia
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Editors: Alan M. Berger, Joel Kotkin with Celina Balderas Guzman (Princeton Architectural Press, 2017) According to Queens University’s David Gordon, approximately 70% of Canadians live in automobile-oriented suburbs. His research, that rigourously analysed Canadian census data between 2006-2011 ...
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Book Review: The Sagrada Familia
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Author: Gijs van Hensbergen (Bloomsbury Press, 2017) Giljs van Hensbergen has pulled off a remarkable feat, taming the monster sacré of twentieth-century architecture without diminishing him. He takes a levelheaded and highly readable journey through the life of Antoni Gaudi, an architect loved b...
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Hidden Intelligence: Preserving Historic Settlement Patterns
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Humanity’s collective drive towards urbanization within the past century has gone hand-in-hand with the mindless erasure and destruction of past urban environments. Historic preservation of historically significant architecture and districts has helped to cull this tide, yet the prevalent modes o...
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