Campaign to name new school after Jean Earle Geeson: teacher, artist, journalist and early champion of Fort York

Last year Spacing published an audit report that found 292 Toronto parks were named after men, with just 82 after women. Coupled with... Read More

PODCAST: Spacing Radio 008, Booming!

In this episode, we talk about the changing face of the city, about what we preserve, and what gets left behind. We talk to Kaitlin... Read More

The demise of the first “air rights” project in Toronto

When Toronto’s first subway line opened in 1954, much of track north of Bloor Street was located in a shallow, open trench. The... Read More

The Shell Oil Tower is a lost 1950s masterpiece

A little over 30 years ago this winter, one of Toronto’s earliest Modern buildings was pulled to the ground. When the Shell Oil... Read More

LORINC: The new Toronto Courthouse emerges from The Ward

As archeologists begin to reveal two centuries of commerce on the North Market site, Toronto’s other major active dig site – the... Read More

The rise and fall and rise of St. Lawrence Hall

In 1966, Toronto’s St. Lawrence Hall was in terrible shape. The venerable old neoclassical building at the southwest corner of... Read More

Bringing the Chinese Canadian Archive into view

On Dominion Day, 1923, Canadians were in a celebratory mood. But those good feelings didn’t extend into any Chinatown. July 1 came to... Read More

A warning to the Electors of Toronto (or Trump voters)

There has been a lot of critical (and not so critical) thinking and writing in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as the US... Read More

The story behind the first computer in Canada

In 1949, a team of professors and graduate students at the University of Toronto began building a machine no-one in Canada, and few in... Read More

When will Toronto love its Modern architecture?

What do you picture when you read the words “heritage building.”? It probably isn’t the Carlton Tower at Yonge and... Read More