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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: 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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Book Review – Destination Architecture
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Book Review – Destination Architecture
Author: Phaidon Editors (Phaidon Press, 2017) The global perspective provided by this portable book makes it the ideal companion for all travelers who love architecture. It includes work from countries as culturally, geographically, climatically and economically diverse as Argentina, Senegal, Den...
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Book Review – The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream
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Book Review – The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream
Author: Stefan Al (The MIT Press, 2017) The first time I visited Las Vegas, I was quickly taken aback at the structures. I’d just returned home a week earlier from a trip to the Atacama desert in Chile, and the two landscapes were more eerily similar and egregiously contrasting than I could have ...
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Women Mobility Survey and #UrbanDesign4Women Twitter Chat
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Women Mobility Survey and #UrbanDesign4Women Twitter Chat
RELEASE: Slow Streets Have you ever wondered if our city streets, mobility networks, and public spaces could be redesigned to enhance the well-being and safety of women and girls? Slow Streets would like to share an important survey addressing this question. Prepared through a partnership of Slow...
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Book Review – Rethinking A Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking
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Author: Eran Ben-Joseph (MIT Press, 2015) Surface parking lots are ever-present in the contemporary city. Moovelab’s incredible visualization project What the Street!? that inventoried parking lots in 23 cities around the world found, for example, that car parking takes up 17,020,594 square meter...
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Notes from Italy
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Notes from Italy
“To make this course of action clear to my French readers, I must explain that in Italy, a country very far away from us, people are still driven to despair by love.” Stendahl Stendahl Syndrome can be defined as an emotional anxiety attack that one can be stricken with as a result of ...
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Book Review: Friedman House
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Book Review: Friedman House
Written by Richard Cavell, ORO Editions (2017) UBC SALA West Coast Modern House Series Following Dr. Friedman’s passing, the fate of the house was uncertain, and an attempt to acquire a heritage designation failed. Alerted to the sale of the house (and to the possibility of its demolition) an Ott...
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Book Review – Villages in the City: A Guide to South China’s Informal Settlements
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Book Review – Villages in the City: A Guide to South China’s Informal Settlements
Editor: Stefan Al (University of Hawai’i Press, 2014) Although writing and research on informal settlements has increased significantly over the past decades, works that attempt to accurately capture and represent the physical characteristics of these environments remain few and far between...
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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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