"…the question of what kind of city we want cannot be divorced from the question of what kind of people we want to be, what kinds of social relations we seek, what relations to nature we cherish, what style of daily life we desire, what kinds of technologies we deem appropriate, what aesthetic values we hold. The right to the city is, therefore, far more than a right of individual access to the resources that the city embodies: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city more after our heart’s desire. It is, moreover, a collective rather than an individual right since changing the city inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power over the processes of urbanization. The freedom to make and remake ourselves and our cities is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights."
laneway housing is an interesting option to increase density in a city like toronto, without building up. right now the concept is more of a boutique architecture solution, but in other cities with more flexible regulations laneway housing can be an affordable prospect and housing solution. and could be in toronto, too!
coming up this friday, fittingly:
Rear View (Projects) is pleased to present Flipping Properties, a project by Jimenez Lai in Toronto during Summer 2014.
Flipping Properties was commissioned by Rear View (Projects) for an unconventional exhibition platform – a laneway in Toronto’s Little Portugal neighbourhood. The project is a continuation of an ongoing study of super-furnitures by Lai, an architect, and the team of Bureau Spectacular. The installation takes the familiar house icon, the pentagon, as its formal starting point. Lai denatures this symbol of domesticity, converting it into super-furniture which is ‘too big to be furniture and too small to be architecture.’ This intervention in Toronto’s urban fabric provokes us to reconsider the potential uses for overlooked spaces in the city and question typical modes of interaction between art, place and audiences.”
July 11 – September 14, 2014. The laneway at Sheridan Avenue & Gordon Street, Toronto.
“While experimenting with displaying the hologram in landscape orientation with a digital projector near a corner, I realized three manifestations of the image are seen: the hologram’s dimensional scene on the glass plate, the reflected projection, and the refracted projection – each pitching in different colours.” by my old friend natalie logan, part of her show “trapped light” of beautiful holograms at luff art + dialogue in toronto.
it’s really beautiful that there is a spanish (and italian) word that means peaceful or calm, clearly in reference to the ocean. i like the idea that the ocean is a synonym for calm - even though it absolutely isn’t as well.
bldgblog is undeniably an interesting blog for art, architecture, design, and geography. worth checking out every so often. above, the work of artists kahn & selesnick - here’s the link to the original post.
this is an 18th century windmill, built in the english tudor (15th century) style. these screenshots are taken from an episode of the BBC’s show tudor monastery farm, which, full disclosure, i’ve been watching a lot of.
i thought the mill was striking, not only because it is so weird looking - a tall windowless structure on a rotating base - but for its fairly advanced functions. the stairs lift off the ground so that the top building, weighing approximately 20 tons, can be rotated manually to orient the windmill’s blades to catch wind. inside, wind powered gears grind grist to make flour. later developments in wind technology simply made a small section, to which the blades were attached, rotate to catch wind. but imagine if we had houses like this that could rotate or move to catch the sun, rather than just panels that did. i mean, yes, i understand that one set of movements is much simpler. but wouldn’t it be so cool?