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Spacing is one of the most unique magazines to appear on Canadian newsstands in years. The magazine uncovers the joys, obstacles and politics of Canada’s big cities 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 also the publisher of a wide array of digital media, including a network of blogs in Canadian cities.

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What other cities can learn from Toronto’s ride-hailing experience
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What other cities can learn from Toronto’s ride-hailing experience
With British Columbia rolling out its ride-hailing regulations in August, Toronto City Council re-examining its bylaws,  and Halifax looking to do the same, it seems like a good time to dive in on what we do and don’t know about ride-hailing in our cities. Part one of two pieces by Nick Sanderson...
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Book Review: Design Process in Architecture – From Concept to Completion
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Book Review: Design Process in Architecture – From Concept to Completion
Geoffrey Makstutis – Laurence King Publishing (2018)  This book will be particularly useful for those who are considering – or are in their first year of – studying architecture. Because of the nature of the design process, there are many aspects that may be translated to other design disciplines...
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Planning City-Wide: A Primer – Part 8
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Planning City-Wide: A Primer – Part 8
By Way of Conclusions We’ve come a long way, covering a lot of meaningful ground around the city-wide planning process. Like Lynch over half a century ago, however, we aren’t really any close to answering our initial question of whether a contemporary city plan can be good. “Good” is a relative t...
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Book Review – Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities
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Book Review – Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities
Author: Vaclav Smil (MIT Press, 2019) There are few terms as pervasive in discussions about contemporary cities than “growth”. It monopolizes debates around everything, from economics and population, to buildings and agriculture. This being the case, getting a strong understanding of growth, in a...
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Planning City-Wide: A Primer – Part 7
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Planning City-Wide: A Primer – Part 7
Time and the City: A Living City-wide Plan We’ve come a long way in addressing the many challenges associated with city-wide planning, but the issue of time deserves further elaboration. When I discussed how designers develop alternatives, I mentioned that city planning and design grew out of arc...
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Planning City-Wide: A Primer – Part 6
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Planning City-Wide: A Primer – Part 6
Developing Alternatives Let’s assume that we’ve managed to develop clear, meaningful objectives that have been made more comprehensive through connecting them strongly to the form of the city, we still face the challenge of generating and evaluating different city-wide design alternatives. It’s w...
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Planning City-Wide: A Primer – Part 5
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Planning City-Wide: A Primer – Part 5
Weighting Goals and Objectives Now that we have a sense of how to approach setting usable goals and objectives for city-wide planning and criteria to weight them against, we’re still left with many questions, including how to weigh them against one another. There are sure to be conflicts and tens...
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Planning City-Wide: A Primer – Part 4
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Planning City-Wide: A Primer – Part 4
Planning Goals and Objectives – Criteria In light of the common shortcomings described earlier, let’s consider a list of criteria that should be met by any set of goals and objectives for a city-wide plan, based on Lynch’s insights: Objectives should connect to concrete changes to the city ...
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Planning City-Wide: A Primer – Part 3
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Planning City-Wide: A Primer – Part 3
Planning Goals and Objectives – Shortcomings The usefulness of the methods and techniques described in Common City Planning Initiatives revolves around the fact that they generally avoid the challenges associated with outlining, critically analyzing and evaluating specific objectives and go...
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Planning City-Wide: A Primer – Part 2
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Planning City-Wide: A Primer – Part 2
Common City Planning Initiatives We would be forgiven if our initial reaction to the nature of the contemporary city described in Part 1 is to run away screaming, but that does little for the problem at hand. Yes, cities are complex, interconnected and unpredictable. Yes, they transcend current p...
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