Category Archives: Urban Issues

Environmentally Sound Waste Management

Of the big three ecological challenges, garbage, land use, and carbon, garbage is perhaps the most tractable. But what with sorting, streaming, and less frequent collection, home waste management has, of late, become something of a chore. It has also become a bit ugly. Here we offer a selection of attractive garbage receptacles that, while they won’t solve the crisis, will help to make the solution more aesthetically pleasing.

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Clothespin Trash Can

? 2007: Hung-Ming Chen

An exceedingly clever design, the flexible spars of this plywood garbage bin adjust to allow one to reuse almost any size bag, paper or plastic. Simple, effective, and economical: get the original now and be justifiably smug when Ikea™ knocks it off at twice the price!

$29.95

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Garbo Eco Trash Can

? 1996: Karim Rashid cdnmapleleaf

Umbra has puts an eco-friendly spin on the 1997 Good Design Awards-winning Garbo trash can by Karim Rashid. Not only is the updated version made of 100% recycled plastic, it’s biodegradable and will likely break down in a landfill long before the garbage it once held.

Umbra Matte Blue Garbo (perfect for home office recycling): $12.95
Umbra Matte Green Garbino (makes a great bathroom organics bin): $7.95

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Calypso Compost Bin

? 2008: Rosti Mepal in-house

From classic Dutch / Danish manufacturer Rosti, a compact and stylish lidded compost bin in stain-resistant, dishwasher-safe white melamine. At about 8″ in diameter, it is nicely proportioned for the typical downtown kitchen.

$19.95

And while we’re on the subject of:

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Alphabet City 11: Trash

? 2006: John Knechtel cdnmapleleaf

From the MIT Press, Trash is the eleventh edition of Toronto editor and culture martyr Jon Knechtel’s acclaimed multidisciplinary journal Alphabet City. In a visually arresting volume from undisputed Canadian book design champ, Gilbert Li, a series of high-profile writers, artists, and filmmakers investigate the proposition that we are what we throw away.

Alphabet City 11: Trash: $22.95

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The Las Vegas We Learned From.

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Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archive of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown

? 1968 / 2009: Robert Venture & Denise Scott Brown with Hilar Stadler & Martino Stierli, Editors

While Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, Venturi’s 1966 manifesto challenging the austerity of Modernist orthodoxy, is undoubtedly his theoretical masterwork, it is Learning from Las Vegas: the Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form written in 1972 with Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour that is most often read by architecture students today. The book summarizes studies of the Las Vegas Strip undertaken by Venturi and Scott Brown with students at the Yale School of Architecture in 1968. What the book failed to reproduce was the extensive photographic and filmed documentation of the Vegas Strip taken by the group as part of the study process. It is these seminal images, drawn for the Venturi / Scott Brown archives, that Las Vegas Studio makes available for the first time. This is a truly lovely little publication and a remarkable photographic record of Las Vegas in a formative period. (2009: University of Chicago Press; ISBN 9783858817174)

Las Vegas Studio: $62.95

Venturi / Scott Brown Study Group’s Las Vegas Helicopter footage 1968

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thinkToronto? think Swipe!

Starting February 10th, Spacing Magazine will be displaying the winning entries to the urban design ideas competition ThinkTORONTO (a summary may be seen in the in the current issue of the magazine) in the Urbanspace Gallery directly adjacent to Swipe at 401 Richmond West. For those who haven’t seen the issue, Spacing invited Torontonians 35 years old or younger to submit creative ideas on how to improve the city’s public spaces. Even if you’ve studied the issue it’ll be worth a visit as the exhibit includes several entries that didn’t quite make it into the magazine.

Opening Reception:
When: Thursday, Feb. 12, 7-10pm
Where: Urban Space Gallery, 401 Richmond St. W. 1st floor
How Much: free
RSVP: Facebook listing

Personally, as a non-driver (Junction 40 bus to Dundas West station, subway to the Spadina streetcar and down – all with a two-year-old in tow), I loved the proposal for a smartphone driven social-network on the TTC . And I can’t think of a better place downtown for a public park than the parking lot at the corner of Queen and Soho. My first bookstore job (circa 1980) was at an antiquarian shop in the building that was torn down to create this open space in the first place. A couple of years later I was working for Marc Glassman at Pages who should be credited (along with 401 Richmond neighbour Martin Heath at CineCycle) with bringing outdoor cinema to Toronto, with shorts and features projected on the exterior wall of the rattan warehouse that later became the Bamboo (you cannot imagine what a feat it was to get away something like that in the era of the Ontario Censor Board). It’s a space resonant with history for me and for culture in this city. – David

And remember, always available at Swipe:

Spacing Subway Stations Buttons

?2005: Spacing Magazine cdnmapleleaf

If you love your ’hood, what better way to wear your heart on your sleeve than by wearing your station on your lapel.

Spacing Subway Stations Buttons, Singles: $2.00
Spacing Subway Stations Buttons Downtown Set: $15.00
Spacing Subway Stations Buttons Complete System Set: $48.00

Spacing Magazine

Celebrating its fifth year, Spacing Magazine is the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors ‘Magazine of the Year’, and is also possibly the best issues-oriented magazine ever published in Canada. Spacing Magazine Current Issue: $7.00

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