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Space + Place
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Space + Place is a conversation about architecture, the city, and the visual culture around us. Hosted by amery Calvelli and produced for CJSW 90.9fm, it airs on the first Tuesday of each month at 11am. Each show considers how we define the space we inhabit. Be part of the conversation in shaping place. Make room for the possibility of tomorrow, today. Space + Place airs on the first Tuesday of every month at 8pm during the “CJSW Presents…’ hour, only on CJSW 90.9 FM.


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Most Recent Episode:
#34 adaptation + resilience (April 1, 2014)
Alexandros Washburn on resilience through urban design , and a preview of Arctic Adaptations, for the Canadian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

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#34 adaptation + resilience

April 1st, 2014

Adaptation. Is difficult. We have to change. Yet as hurricanes persist and as sea levels alter, adaptation is a concept we may learn to admire. Today we delve into adaptation w/in the urban context.

Three Architecture and Planning students at Dalhousie University–Fatima Rehman, Anders Peacock and Caitlin Biggar–share their experience designing a performing arts centre for the Qaggiavvut! Society in Iqualuit on Baffin Island. It’s a conceptual design, for the Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Arctic Bay, photo courtesy of Josia Akpaliapik, 2013

Lola Sheppard is a principal at Lateral Office, the Toronto-based firm that is curating the Canadian Pavilion for the Biennale.  Marking the 15th anniversary of Nunavut’s founding, Lateral Office is modeling the designs generated from the five teams of architects, students and Nunavit organizations. The exhibition called: Arctic Adaptations.

 

Canadian Pavilion interior rendering, courtesy of Lateral Office

Gordon Robertson School Building in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada by PGL, 1973. Photo courtesy of Guy Gerin-Lajoie.

In an effort to reveal not only Nunavit today, but also of yesterday and tomorrow, the question, then, is how the role architecture might be re-defined in the North. Lateral Office is also commissioning Nunavit artists to apply their traditional craft of carving to modern structures in their communities. They’re also collecting 25 community portraits in the form of a photograph, and have plans to include soundscapes that reveal the acoustic differentiators of a particular place.

 

A series 12 historic buildings in the Canadian Arctic territory of Nunavut are carved out of local soapstone by Inuit artists. Image: Lateral Office

From the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, we catch up with Alexandros Washburn, and industry professor of design and Founding Director of the Coastal Resilience and Urban Excellence program. The aim is to tackle both resilience to extreme events and quality of life in cities.  His recent book, The Nature of Urban Design, reveals how change is an opportunity and how urban design can help.

We talk about some of the underpinnings making The Highline a successful revitalization, one of the many projects Alexandros was involved with as the former Chief Urban Designer under Mayor Blumberg in New York City. We hear how the Athenian Oath, “Leave the city better than you found it,” fosters resilience.

Flooding in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, courtesy of Eric Gregory, The Nature of Urban Design

 

Everyplace is an Ecological Place, courtesy of Alexandros Washburn, The Nature of Urban Design

 

Events of note:

d.talks Let’s talk about…Getting Around - Thursday, April 3rd

MakeCalgary Healthy Symposium – Friday, April 11th

#33 city-shapers

March 4th, 2014

Who makes the city? Is it resilient? Is it connected? Diverse? And if so…what human acts shape the character of an urban environment? This episode of space+place explores individual moves by those who make the city.

 

Elke Krasny shares how self-initiated acts to reclaim space have stitched together immigrants, citizens, planners, and just about any diverse community. Studying informal settlements, and fruit and vegetable gardening, we see how simple acts made by individual citizens have lead to big change. The exhibition Hands-On Urbanism: How to Make a Difference is at Urbanspace Gallery in Toronto through March 15th. Read more:  Hands-on Urbanism 1850-2012.

Hands-On Urbanism; Ma Po Po Farm, Ma Shi Po Village, Hong Kong. Photo by Shu-Mei Huang

 

Next, Naomi Potter threads together three exhibitions at the Esker Foundation that explore our built environment. Featuring images of teenagers in non places and a Brutalist housing complex in Naples called Le Vele di Scampia, the work of Tobias Zielony reveals the balancing act between everyday experience and architecture. Without judgement, without confrontation, the images capture “hanging out”.

 

Installation view of Vele: Tobias Zielony. Esker Foundation 2014. Photo: John Dean.

We also discuss Peter von Tiesenhausen, the Alberta-based artist who copyrighted his property in 1995 in a move of defense from a pending pipeline. His Floodplain is made of reclaimed MDF. Cedric Bomford’s photographs of concrete air vents from the Prague metro system round out the conversation. Each of the three exhibitions explore material, power and place. Don’t miss a talk by Chaseten Remillard called The Gendered City, that is expected to explore gentrification, suburbanization and identity construction as a response to the urban.

Peter von Tiesenhausen, Floodplain, 2013. Photo: John Dean.

 

And finally, we head to New York where Stephen Duncombe describes what’s behind a call for proposals called Designing for Free Speech. The competition is organized by Theatrum Mundi, a collective of urbanists, architects, planners…but also performing and visual artists. Together they seek to stimulate discussion about practices spanning stage and street. Cities involved in this provocation where art and urbanism meet include: London, New York, Frankfurt, Berlin, Copenhagen and Rio de Janeiro.  Theatrum Mundi is a term that sociologist Richard Sennett wrote about in his book, The Fall of Public Man (1977),  as a way to understand street life in terms of social connection. Sennett is an advisor to Theatrum Mundi, the organization.

Duncombe describes the issues around the design of public space, both in terms of  physical attributes and performative interventions. Our conversation ends with an ever-so-brief discussion on the library.

Designing for Free Speech, poster by: Jacob Ford.

 

Events of note:

PFS Studio at Design Matters on Wednesday March 5th

Safe and Smooth – March 13, 14th with Pieter de Haan and a workshop called City Surgery

Chasten Remillard – Gendered Cities – March 29th - Esker Foundation 3-4pm

 

#32 penned with an open hand

February 5th, 2014

Some places are comfortable. Others are monumental, but barren. We explore urban design that’s been penned with an open hand.

Andreu Arriola of Arriola & Fiol, practices in the interstitial space where architecture, urbanism and landscape overlap. He and his partner, Carme Fiol were part of Urban Projects, a genesis for the revitalization of Barcelona that we’ve come to respect today. Andreu was also a director of the Institute of Urban Development that oversaw the Barcelona 92 Olympic Games. Gran Via de les Cortes Catalanes is a 2.5km linear park that the firm transformed from an arterial road in a dense urban neighbourhood. Underground parking, a tram line, and pedestrian bridges were added.

Gran Via de les Cortes Catalanes, courtesy of Beat Marugg for Arriola & Fiol

 

La Rose de Cherbourg is a project on the boards by Arriola & Fiol. The redevelopment is in the Paris district La Defense, a ring road transformation.

La Rose de Cherbourg, Jean Craiu for Arriola & Fiol

 

At the Canadian Centre for Architecture is an exhibition of two non-western cities that, in the midst of decolonization, encountered a different modernism. A modernism less universal and more accommodating.  Lessons from a simple 8×8 metre grid offers a system of public spaces to be adjusted over time.

Co-curators Maristella Casciato and Tom Avermaete share how the modern plans for Casablanca and Chandigarh were in fact not top-down, but instead, a negotiation amongst many.

Who was negotiating? The show’s title, How architects, experts, politicians, international agencies and citizens negotiate modern planning: Casablanca Chandigarh, reveals all.

Chandigarh, image commissioned by the CCA, Montreal, ©Takashi Homma

Casablanca Chandigarh, image courtesy of the CCA, Monreal

Casablanca, commissioned by the CCA, Montréal. © Yto Barrada.

Service de l'urbanisme. Population densities by neighbourhood, Casablanca. c. 1950. Photothèque, École Nationale d’Architecture de Rabat, Morocco.

 

Matt Green has been walking the five boroughs of New York City for over 750 days. His blog, I’m Just Walkin’ unveils a new layer of place. Along with maps, there are photographic impressions of architecture, signage, graffiti, memorials, statutes, lamp posts, and doorways. Matt shares why he’s walking every single public street in New York City.

 

day 763 courtesy of i'mjustwalkin.com

Day 692 portal of the day. Courtesy of imjustwalkin.com

Day 655 portal of the day. Courtesy of imjustwalkin.com

 

interesting and upcoming:

Design Matters hosts Andreu Arriola tomorrow at 6pm.

The City of Calgary’s call for public input on the Civic District Public Realm Strategy

BaconFest film series

 

#32 penned with an open hand

February 4th, 2014

Some places are comfortable. Others are monumental, but barren. We explore urban design that’s been penned with an open hand.

Andreu Arriola of Arriola & Fiol, practices in the interstitial space where architecture, urbanism and landscape overlap. He and his partner, Carme Fiol were part of Urban Projects, a genesis for the revitalization of Barcelona that we’ve come to respect today. Andreu was also a director of the Institute of Urban Development that oversaw the Barcelona 92 Olympic Games. Gran Via de les Cortes Catalanes is a 2.5km linear park that the firm transformed from an arterial road in a dense urban neighbourhood. Underground parking, a tram line, and pedestrian bridges were added.

Gran Via de les Cortes Catalanes, courtesy of Beat Marugg for Arriola & Fiol

 

La Rose de Cherbourg is a project on the boards by Arriola & Fiol. The redevelopment is in the Paris district La Defense, a ring road transformation.

La Rose de Cherbourg, Jean Craiu for Arriola & Fiol

 

At the Canadian Centre for Architecture is an exhibition of two non-western cities that, in the midst of decolonization, encountered a different modernism. A modernism less universal and instead, more accommodating.  Lessons from a simple 8×8 metre grid offers a system of public spaces to be adjusted over time.

Co-curators Maristella Casciato and Tom Avermaete share how the modern plans for Casablanca and Chandigarh were in fact not top-down, but instead, a negotiation amongst many.

Who was negotiating? The show’s title, How architects, experts, politicians, international agencies and citizens negotiate modern planning: Casablanca Chandigarh, reveals all.

Chandigarh, image commissioned by the CCA, Montreal, ©Takashi Homma

Casablanca Chandigarh, image courtesy of the CCA, Monreal

Casablanca, commissioned by the CCA, Montréal. © Yto Barrada.

Service de l'urbanisme. Population densities by neighbourhood, Casablanca. c. 1950. Photothèque, École Nationale d’Architecture de Rabat, Morocco.

 

Matt Green has been walking the five boroughs of New York City for over 750 days. His blog, I’m Just Walkin’ unveils a new layer of place. Along with maps, there are photographic impressions of architecture, signage, graffiti, memorials, statutes, lamp posts, and doorways. Matt shares why he’s walking every single public street in New York City.

 

 

interesting and upcoming:

Design Matters hosts Andreu Arriola tomorrow at 6pm.

The City of Calgary’s call for public input on the Civic District Public Realm Strategy

BaconFest film series

 

#31 viewfinder

January 7th, 2014

How can we think differently about our planning? What kind of flexibility is possible when urban design embraces frameworks instead of plans? And when it comes to sustainability, what is a sustainable solution…particularly when plopped into the context of an unsustainable world?

Photo by Eric Mairiaux for Rotor

Lionel Devlieger co-curated the Oslo Architecture Triennale with fellow Rotor colleague Maarten Gielen.  Called Behind the Green Door: Architecture and the Desire for Sustainability, the exhibition pried away layers of thinking “green” in order to reframe the context surrounding sustainability.

 

photo by Eric Mairiaux for Rotor

photo by Eric Mairiaux for Rotor

And speaking of frameworks, Arun Jain explains how social and cultural considerations foster better urban design decisions.  Part of a think tank of the  International Federation of Housing and Planning called Another Urban Future, Jain guides us on an exploration a few key issues that will dominate the future agenda of cities.  He also unravels the complexity of urban planning and talks about accommodating future rather than predicting it.

image courtesy of IFHP

courtesy of IFHP

courtesy of IFHP

courtesy of IFHP

courtesy of IFHP

Also, Design Matters hosts Scott Marble tomorrow at 6pm.

 

 

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