Welcome to Spacing Vancouver, a daily blog about urban life in Canada’s largest west coast city. Vancouver is one of Canada’s most fascinating urban centres because of its people, geography, and social history. The city is home to a dynamic public realm thanks to a high standard of design, but it still faces many challenges.
Like our sister blogs Spacing Toronto, Spacing Montreal, Spacing Ottawa, and Spacing Atlantic, Spacing Vancouver examines the state of public spaces, mass transit, cycling, city hall, neighbourhood planning, community development, urban design, green spaces, public art and countless other themes that continue to play a role in shaping our cities. We profile the city builders who shape our cities and the reveal the small details that make this city both unique and frustrating.
Spacing Vancouver welcomes your feedback, editorial submissions, and any inquiries you may have. Email us at email@example.com.
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PUBLISHER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Matthew Blackett
SENIOR EDITORS: Shawn Micallef, Dylan Reid
MANAGING EDITOR: Todd Harrison
Spacing Vancouver is published by Spacing, one of the most distinctive voices in magazine publishing to appear on Canadian newsstands in years. The magazine uncovers the joys, obstacles and politics of Toronto’s urban landscape 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 published four times a year: two issues focus on Toronto while the other two issues are national in scope.
Spacing was launched in the fall of 2003 by a group of young journalists and public space advocates who felt that Toronto needed a publication that would bring together a number of key urban issues that were not being discussed by the local media. Topics like active transportation, public transit, public art, community planning and sustainable development were brought together under one umbrella to create a forum for residents and the urban curious to discuss and debate.
In 2005, Spacing began publishing a daily blog in Toronto which was quickly joined by the launch of the Spacing Montreal blog. In October 2009, Spacing Atlantic — which publishes from numerous east coast cities — was launched. Spacing Ottawa joined the network in November 2009, while Spacing Vancouver was launched in June 2011. Spacing released the magazine’s first national issue in May 2011.
Spacing also produces Spacing Radio, a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by CBC Radio news anchor David Michael Lamb.
A FEW OTHER THINGS: Spacing was named Small Magazine of the Year in 2007, 2008, and 2009 by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. Matthew Blackett and Dale Duncan were name Editors of the Year in 2007 and 2008 by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. Spacing has been nominated for ten National Magazine Awards and captured two for Best Editorial Package in 2006 and 2008. Spacing was also one of three finalists nominated for Magazine of the Year in 2009 at the National Magazine Awards. Spacing’s blogs in Toronto and Montreal have also won numerous awards.