2005 03 30
More Than Just a Bridge
"It's a city of ravines. Remnants of wilderness have been left behind. Through these great sunken gardens you can traverse the city beneath the streets, look up to the floating neighbourhoods, houses built in the treetops. It's a city of valleys spanned by bridges."
(Anne Michaels - Fugitive Pieces, writing about Toronto)

Arterial roads intersect with Toronto's natural system of ravines. Our proposal for "Living Bridges" is designed to celebrate these intersections, in conjunction with intensified redevelopment along Toronto's main streets. At these points, inhabited bridges over the natural valley topography provide intense nodal connections - horizontal continuity and vertical access.
[email this story] Posted by David Oleson on 03/30
Does Toronto need a new architecture journal?
imageToronto needs a journal on architecture that is, first of all, independent (and needs the arm’s-length funding to be so). It needs a journal that does not subscribe to celebrity culture. This journal would be concerned with critically analyzing the effects of globalization on the environmental culture of Canada and the Americas, and on the cultural context in which the architect operates. Therefore it has an interest in issues of budget, political process, landscapes of commodity, the local condition, but with a knack of ferreting out the significance of the unglamorous. It pursues the everyday, the utilitarian, unseen design, Pevsner's bicycle shed, the highway ramps beside 1920 rue Baile; and investigative, rather than access, journalism, to provide a story other than the Official version on more celebrated and familiar works. It would be Canadian design culture's Adbusters. It would be a journal involved in the reformation of a distinguishable cultural identity (Canadian, or that of any other country) in the face of globalizing pressure to become a colony of US corporate interests.
[email this story] Posted by Graham Owen on 03/30
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