• Let's stand up for the cities we want
  • Voices of New Economies: Nature As the Reflection of Our Best Selves
  • Join the 5th SIRC Webinar: Judith Marcuse on Art That Changes the World  
  • What are Cities for People? Watch the intro video! 
  • [Spacing] Grassroots transit advocacy in Halifax

Recent Stories


cheyanne turions There is no shortage of ways to be in relation, but subject as we are to instinct and instruction, patterns emerge. Over his 30 year career as a musician, Dong-Won Kim has observed tendencies in the practice of improvisation: some performers are great communicators, playing with their eyes open; other performers are lone...
Read Story

The Parable Conference

cheyanne turions I assume that the experience of direct address—rare and potent—is the desired effect of any art work. The tactics are manifold and the media diverse, but the consequence, when everything works just so, is that the viewer is arrested. Over the summer and fall of 2014, this idea of direct address was literally...
Read Story


By cheyanne turions Classic theories of aesthetic enjoyment are based upon ideas of harmony or exercises of proportion or the invocation beauty, all of which were severely disrupted in the 20th century by movements such as Abstract Expressionism and Dadaism. With these new forms, pleasure was to be mined in other places: vulgarity, non-representation, asymmetry,...
Read Story


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...
Read Story

From our Blog

Voices of New Economies – An Interview with Lis Suarez

Voices of New Economies – An Interview with Lis Suarez By Alicia Tallack Through a focus on women’s economic independence, Lis Suarez is working toward poverty reduction among both local and immigrant women in Canada. The FEM International founder works with women to increase awareness of social and ecological practices, provide tools for successful entrepreneurship,...
Read More

Voices of New Economies – Nature As the Reflection of Our Best Selves

By Victoria Wee What are some key elements of “new economies”? 1. Education for sustainable development integrated at all levels of education. There is a lot I am grateful to the public education system for. However it’s clear that currently there is a lack of education for sustainable development in the classroom. Concepts of what...
Read More

Voices of New Economies – An Interview with Mike McGinn

By Alicia Tallack Mike McGinn knows exactly what real wealth means for him, and it’s simple: health, and friends. These have been fundamental to everything he has done, from being a community member volunteer, to a lawyer, a non-profit founder, and the Mayor of Seattle. Mike has found the motivation for his ongoing work in...
Read More

Articles from SPACING

Weekly feature blogs produced by our partner, Spacing, the Canadian urbanist magazine

Grassroots transit advocacy in Halifax

By Sean Gillis and Scott Edgar Halifax desperately needs better public transit. To be sure, the city would benefit from the decrease in carbon emissions that would come with more people commuting by transit instead of by car. But high-quality transit is also essential for making a city affordable for families that can’t afford two […]

Read More

Design Citizens: professional-grassroots urban tactics

For one dreary rainy afternoon this past July, an underpass of Ottawa’s Queensway was overtaken by acoustic guitars and hot pink shag carpets. With bicycles and runners, and the rumble of the O-Train and highway as a backdrop, passersby were invited to play a song on the guitar or lounge on the carpeted concrete slopes […]

Read More

L’indifférence citoyenne a-t-elle cautionné la période noire de Laval?

En 2005, une étude gouvernementale identifie Laval comme la ville où le taux d’appartenance des citoyens à leur communauté est le plus bas au Canada. Cette étude est réalisée quelques mois avant les élections municipales, qui reconduisent le maire sortant Gilles Vaillancourt pour un cinquième mandat. L’écrasante majorité de sa victoire contraste de manière inquiétante […]

Read More

Travelogue: CityLab 2014

Recently, Los Angeles became the subject of much attention as the civically-minded flocked to the city to take part in this year’s CityLab conference. CityLab is a symposium for over 300 of the world’s mayors to openly discuss challenges, create scalable solutions and share in situational urban advancements. Conversations are curated to inspire solutions for […]

Read More

Our Partners

  • Musagetes