Eight simple ways to cool a city

It continues to get hotter in Toronto, with summer temperatures in the high 30s becoming common. We must make immediate changes to our... Read More

Urban planning is not a science

Urban planning is not a science. For as long as planning has been a profession, however, we’ve tried to make it one. I’ve been a... Read More

Why We Can’t Go: A Report on Toronto’s Public Washrooms, pt. 1

Because this is Toronto, and because it’s important for officialdom to do certain things backwards, we’re going to spend... Read More

The Power of Place: Artists as City Builders

Welcome to The Power of Place: Artists as City Builders. This series emerged out of my strong interest to share with you the... Read More

Corner Commons: Creative placemaking on a suburban scale

Clara Stewart-Robertson is Manager of Community Planning and Development, Jane/Finch Centre; Ernestine Aying is Community Design... Read More

LORINC: The paradox of the City’s new sidewalk snow removal program

A question for the immediate aftermath of the heaviest snowstorm in ten years: Following years of resident complaints and half-hearted... Read More

PODCAST: Spacing Radio 063, The War on Robots

We end the year with a classic case of man vs. machine, as journalist and culture writer Graham Isador talks about tiny delivery... Read More

Vancouver’s Dramatic New Plan for Broadway: Five Questions

The City of Vancouver’s Broadway Plan has been released for public comment and is full of dramatic proposals. Profusely illustrated... Read More

Deconstructing Visuals 2.0

It’s been 10 months since I wrote Deconstructing Visuals. Within that piece, I argued that the architectural profession’s dominion... Read More

PODCAST: Spacing Radio 052, Public Realm Resolutions

We began 2020 with a bit of optimism — how could we know? We had an episode about the public realm and its importance, and spoke to urban... Read More