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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

Bike and pedestrian infrastructure and the pursuit of global city status: A look at Mexico
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This post by Ryan Anders Whitney is part of Spacing’s partnership with the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank at the University of Toronto. Ryan is an urban sustainability planner and current PhD student in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. This post is part ...
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The Robbie collection of Expo 67 objects
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Rod Robbie is a Canadian architecture legend, but to Caroline, Angus, Karen, and Nicola ­— the keepers of Rod’s vast archives — he was just a dad with a cool job and a pack-rat tendency. Torontonians are probably familiar with his work on a little ol’ building formerly known as the SkyDome (they ...
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Book Review: The Visual Biography of Colour
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Book Review: The Visual Biography of Colour
Author: Frank Jacobus (ORO Editions, 2016) Like so many wonderful facets of world that permeate our lives, colour is often taken for granted. More than a visual phenomenon, its references penetrate the language we use—think, “That came out of the blue” or “I’m tickled pink” or “He is green with e...
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Film Review: BIG Time
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Film Review: BIG Time
Director: Kaspar Astrup Schröder Not often does Spacing have the opportunity to review a movie receiving its North American premier, including an interview with the film’s director, but such has been the case here with BIG Time, a personal and in-depth documentary of Bjarke Ingels and his whirlwi...
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Book Review – Architecture’s Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson
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Author: Hugh Howard (Bloomsbury Press, 2016) In architectural terms, the twentieth century can be largely summed up with two names: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. Wright (1867-1959) began it with his romantic Prairie Style, Johnson (1906-2005) brought down the curtain with his spare, post...
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Book Review – Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability
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Author: Eyal Weizman (MIT Press, 2017) I was as surprised as anybody: consoling a number of design students in the foyer of the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) after spending three hours navigating the third floor exhibit. We were the last ones to be ushered out of the space a...
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Call for Entries: Urbanarium’s 2017 Missing Middle Housing Competition
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Call for Entries: Urbanarium’s 2017 Missing Middle Housing Competition
What would it take to solve Vancouver’s housing crisis? The not-for-profit organization Urbanarium has issued an invitation to talented designers from around the world to develop and present innovative solutions for Metro Vancouver’s ‘Missing Middle’ housing crisis. “Statistics show that the Vanc...
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Book Review – You Say To Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn
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Author: Wendy Lesser (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017) When I was completing the final project of my Interior Design degree, I started the project off by buying a monograph of well-known modern architect Louis Kahn. Fascinated by the symmetry and the use of hard materials that somehow read as sof...
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Book Review: Binning House
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Book Review: Binning House
Author: Matthew Soules (ORO Editions, 2017) Spending time in the Binning House is like being enveloped in a gentle super-reality, not a parallel reality, but a simple amplification or re-positioning of specific characteristics that are always, already present. This Binning House reality pivots ar...
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Book Review – Los Angeles Boulevard: Eight X-Rays of the Body Public
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Author: Doug Suisman (ORO Editions, 2014) As an urban design instructor, practitioner and bibliophile, it is a rare pleasure to discover lesser known, critical and insightful books on urban structure. More so on Los Angeles, a city well endowed with iconic texts—from Reyner Banham’s Los Angeles: ...
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