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by Jessica Hein Projected in a grid on a gallery wall, a video of hands at work creates a rich tapestry of images and sound. Hands deboning fish, kneading dough, beating eggs, whisking, stirring, chopping, skinning. Each task has its own rhythm that moves in and out, at changing speeds. In the background, a bell...
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Free Home University: Experimenting with Learning

by Musagetes A project of Loop House (Lecce, IT) and Musagetes, curated by Alissa Firth-Eagland, Luigi Negro, and Alessandra Pomarico, Free Home University (FHU) is a pedagogical experiment grounded in experiencing life and creativity in common. FHU is a response to the need to generate new ways of sharing and creating knowledge. Created in collaboration with a...
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Nunavut in Venice

by cheyanne turions Fifteen years ago now, the territory of Nunavut was formed, the result of an arduous land claims negotiation that stands as a laudable attempt to reckon the practice of settler colonialism with the reality of Aboriginal title. The expanse of Nunavut—nearly two million square kilometres—is now under Indigenous rule while maintaining federation...
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Manifesta 10

by cheyanne turions This June, the 10th edition of the Manifesta Biennale opened in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since its beginning, the Biennale has been itinerant, typically unfolding in peripheral European cities or contested regions. Prioritizing processes of research as a tool for embedding the event in specific local contexts, the concept of each edition reflects upon...
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From our Blog

The prize-winning city

By Jo Flatt What do canned goods, margarine, fire extinguishers and the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris all have in common? They were all innovations resulting from contests, an old concept that has roared back in style like vintage fashion. Prize contests refer to the practice of crowdsourcing new ideas, strategies or...
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In early October, people gathered at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto to listen to eight speakers talk about how cities can not only grow and develop but also flourish. The Walrus Talks Resilience, produced by The Walrus Foundation in collaboration with Musagetes and Cities for People, responded to the question: how can cities...
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Culture Days presents the new Cities for People award

Culture Days is a non-profit organization committed to reaching the goal of having all Canadians in every community declaring "I Love Culture" and making culture a daily habit. The fifth annual Culture Days weekend took place on September 26, 27 and 28, 2014, and featured thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invited the public...
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Rearview Mirrow ~ Artist Roundtable: GUELPH + SenseLabs: LETHBRIDGE

by Todd Lester {I} Has it really been a month? Hey clock, slow down. On September 11th, we piloted (or as my colleagues emphasize, piloted the pilot) of a new model for bridging artistic and scientific methods … with artists at the center. The new process, produced locally by Musagetes for Cities for People, is...
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Articles from SPACING

12 simple ways Auckland gets walking right

We at Modacity recently spent five days in the beautiful city of Auckland, New Zealand, having been invited by Auckland Council to share some lessons from Vancouver’s recent implementation of an AAA (all ages and abilities) bike network, and how that crucial shift in strategy has broadened the type of people riding bicycles: including women, […]

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Updating St. John’s accessibility

If you’ve ever tried to get around St. John’s at any time of year, (but particularly in the winter), you know one thing: the city is historic, and charming, and blessed with beautiful views — but it is not accessible. Urban environments can provide access to a variety of services for citizens with accessibility concerns — for example, Toronto’s […]

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Spacial continuity in the urban realm

Developing cities sensitive to human needs is a vital task as the world continues to urbanize. A person cannot lead a rich, full life if the urban fabric ignores their psychological necessities. In resource-driven, rapidly developing cities such as Edmonton, the need for spatial continuity is rarely respected. Humans situate themselves in relation to their […]

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Aquaponics: urban growers gaining ground

A generator resting on wood planks sits shut off in a corner and large metal racks line otherwise bare walls at Aqua Greens’ warehouse during a recent visit. Yet in just a couple months’ time, co-owners Pablo Alvarez and Craig Petten hope the place will be green with fresh heads of bib lettuce, arugula, basil, […]

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