Tokyo at Night

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Alleyways, lanterns, neon signs and merchants are the cinematic backdrops of local Japanese photographer and artist Masashi Wakui. His quite and intimate moments provide the spectator with a view of Japan that is appreciated by those who like to wander the streets and discover cities on their own accord.

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Placemaking in Hamilton, A Driver for Economic Growth

Several months ago, the Ontario Association of Architects, in partnership with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce presented a panel discussion, “Hamilton Placemaking as a Driver for Economic Growth.” The event featured talks by Jason Thorne (General Manager of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Hamilton,) Steve Kulakowsky (Partner, Core Urban, Inc.,) Sonja Macdonald (Principal, Civicplan,) Rob Zeidler (Partner, The Dabbert Group,) Richard W. Allen (Director of The Renew Hamilton Project, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.)

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The discussion was held during the 2015 Supercrawl, a local festival with a success story of explosive grassroots growth that leveraged the creative energy of its arts sector. This set the perfect stage to have this type of discussion; with a  community that is eager to grow and link its neighbourhoods. Rob Zeilder, who has several successful properties in Toronto, talked about the importance of placemaking in a building. Continue reading “Placemaking in Hamilton, A Driver for Economic Growth”

Dear World… Yours, Cambridge – Miguel Chevalier

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Artist Miguel Chevalier recently created a series of immersive projections that added a spellbound layer to a University of Cambridge charity event. The fundraising occasion featured Chevalier’s designs front and center in the King’s College Chapel, as they wrapped the historic interior in a myriad of changing colours, patterns, and textures. It was a striking juxtaposition that fused contemporary imagery with 16th-century Gothic English architecture—a mashup of old and new that brought the building to life.

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Brandalism takes over the COP21 climate talks

Over 600 artworks critiquing the corporate takeover of the COP21 climate talks were installed in advertising spaces across Paris ahead of the United Nations summit beginning on November 30th. Amidst the French state of emergency banning all public gatherings following the terrorist attacks on 13 November in Paris, the Brandalism project has worked with Parisians to insert unauthorised artworks across the city that aim to highlight the links between advertising, consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change.

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Nova by SOFTlab

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute recently announced that SOFTlab is the winner of the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition.  The second annual competition called for proposals from New York design firms for a temporary installation at the heart of the Flatiron District. SOFTlab’s winning proposal, Nova, will be the centerpiece of the Partnership’s annual holiday programming and a highly visible landmark in this thriving neighborhood of New York. Continue reading “Nova by SOFTlab”

Project: Under Gardiner

The City of Toronto announces a partnership with visionary philanthropists and Waterfront Toronto to reclaim unused space under major elevated highway. The City of Toronto, together with private donors Judy and Wil Matthews and Waterfront Toronto announced a $25-million partnership that will create a new public landscape beneath a large section of the Gardiner Expressway. In making the announcement, Judy Matthews was joined by Mayor John Tory, Waterfront Toronto CEO John Campbell, and other city officials and residents. Continue reading “Project: Under Gardiner”

Legacy at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago has a long history of reinvention. After the Great Fire of 1871, the city has had to think big, dream boldly and push the boundaries of what is possible in the urban landscape. From the world’s first modern skyscraper to the iconic bungalow, Chicago has always used architecture and design to continually transform itself and its identity. This past weekend, marked another milestone for the city with the opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the first and largest exhibition in North America dedicated to contemporary architecture.

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Urban decay at Prudhomme’s Landing

What happens when your childhood water park closes down? Well, me and a couple friends decided to find out one sunny day. If you live in the Niagara Region, we’ve all passed Prudhomme’s Landing, an amusement park that in it’s hey-day was decked out with Bumper Cars, Go-Karts, a “Tilt-A-Whirl”, water slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, a haunted house and a motel. Today, the site is more of an eyesore than an attraction. Continue reading “Urban decay at Prudhomme’s Landing”

Floating observation deck over Grand Central Terminal

What does the future of hold for New York City? To maintain its stature as one of the world’s great global cities, New York City continues to cultivate opportunities and nurture innovation in all spheres. MAS Summit for New York City, presented by the Municipal Art Society invited over 1000 innovative city shapers and thought leaders to discuss the summit themes of: Development, Density and Diversity – explored the balancing act of users and uses and the challenge of building a globally competitive city that is socially, economically and environmentally resilient – and liveable – for all New Yorkers. Continue reading “Floating observation deck over Grand Central Terminal”