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Toronto Tuesday : thinkToronto competition, Books set in Toronto, and Laundromats

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Each Tuesday, Spacing Montreal will share with you some posts from our sister blog, Spacing Toronto. We hope it will enable constructive dialogue on the urban issues faced by both cities, though we’ll settle for some witty jibes against la Ville reine in the comments.

thinkToronto urban design ideas competition : Spacing launches thinkToronto, a competition on urban design for the city. Participation is open to anybody under 35 willing to submit and present their plan for making Toronto’s shared public spaces more sustainable, attractive and functional. Deadline is Friday August 29th, 2008.

Literally in Toronto : Just a few weeks back, I was asking myself about books set in Montreal. This article by Patricia Simoes gave me the answer. Although focusing on Toronto based books, it gives a link to (connection will be down until May 16th) with its searchable database of 3,000 books set in cities around the world.

Exploring laundromats : Spacing photographer Christine Mullen posts a beautiful visual essay on Toronto laundromats. As Matthew Blackett points out, unlike regular commercial spaces, laundromats benefit from the absence of on-site personnel that turns them into great semi private or semi public spaces.


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