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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 – Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise: Green and Gray Strategies
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Book Review – Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise: Green and Gray Strategies
Author: Stefan Al (Island Press, 2018) Many of our world’s urban centres lie along the shores of oceans and seas. As areas of rapid urbanization, critically understanding strategies that minimize the negative impacts of sea level rise on coastal cities, and the lives contained within them, are of...
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Acton Ostry Architects: 25 Years Young
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Acton Ostry Architects: 25 Years Young
While an architecture student at UBC in 1998, our class was asked to go out around Vancouver and photograph examples of ‘weather registers’, instances in the built environment where nature was overgrowing the architecture. As it happened, my apartment building was undergoing an envelope restorati...
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National Housing Week: the missing middle
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National Housing Week: the missing middle
We hear a lot about missing middle housing in Toronto these days: it’s something our city needs more of, it’s one of many solutions that could address our housing challenges, and it’s a change pro-development YIMBYS seem to support. But what exactly does the missing middle mean in the Toronto con...
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Book Review: Smith House II
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Book Review: Smith House II
The design of a house is for me a resolution between the needs of a family and the demands of a site. The relationship between building and site should be so intimate and inter-dependent that a dialogue seems to be established between the two – or a play of counterpoint between land shape and res...
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The Rough House
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The Rough House
With ‘Freespace’ the theme of the 2018 Venice Biennale, described by the curators as ‘a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture’s agenda, the Biennale’s focus is on the quality of space itself.’ This description also perfectly illustrates t...
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A closer look at the City of Canada transit map
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A closer look at the City of Canada transit map
EDITOR’S NOTE: On Canada Day this year, Spacing’s creative director Matthew Blackett published a map of a fictional City of Canada in the Toronto Star. This is a follow-up post. You can buy a print of the map at the Spacing Store. I began to think about the concept of the City of Cana...
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Book Review – Preston Scott Cohen | Taiyuan Museum of Art
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Edited by Benjamin Wilke – No. 11 Source Books in Architecture (Applied Research & Design 2017) Preston Scott Cohen has built a distinctive design language on the convergence of geometry and construction. His work reminds us that architecture is a complex intellectual labor, carried out with ...
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The Architecture of Michelangelo Antonioni
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In the history of modern cinema, the relationship between architecture and human drama has only been fully exploited by a few filmmakers, and it could do an architect well to learn how architecture is used as a mise en scene for film. This was thoughtfully articulated by Finnish architect Juhani ...
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Notes from the Maritimes
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At the end of May, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) held their 2018 Festival of Architecture in Saint John, New Brunswick, and celebrated the organization’s 111th year. As a joint event held with the AANB for the first time since 1988, highlights included the Fellows Convo...
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Book Review – Copp House
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Book Review – Copp House
Author: Adele Weder (ORO Editions (2017)  In a mansion-filled Vancouver neighbourhood not far from the University of British Columbia stands a low-slung cedar fence, silvering in decay and overflowing with rogue greenery, but still marking the entry point to the D.H. Copp House… Embodied wi...
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