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Microclimate of Winter Public Spaces

November 29, 2023

2023 Public Space Fellow Celeste Davis Meledath underscores the potential of our communal spaces to be hubs for innovative experimentation. ‘Microclimate Of Winter Public Spaces’ examines how public spaces interact with our evolving climate and offers design directives to enhance natural integration and ensure community safety.

Who Are The Ghosts of Condoland?

October 24, 2023

Welcome to the pumpkin patch of Ghost Landing! Caterwaul Theatre invited a group of local artists to imagine more ghosts of CityPlace (and their own spooky stories) through a series of Jack-o’-lanterns. HINFOS Despite our close proximity, living stacked above others, we move amongst one another as ghosts. The building crane is our ghost of […]

Deceptively Simple, but Endlessly Complicated

October 24, 2023

For a (very) brief period in the early 2000s CityPlace was home to a 9-hole golf course and driving range. “A Gentleman’s Guide to Golf” – As dictated by a Ghost (who wished to remain anonymous) upon discovering the sport at the CityPlace Golf Club in the summer of 2000. *Editor’s Note: The CityPlace golf […]

These Ain’t Your Grandma’s Ghosts

October 24, 2023

With 30 residential towers built since 2001, CityPlace has one of the highest population densities in Toronto. 18,000 residents call the community home, and their stories will shape how we remember this neighbourhood in the future. We the Ghosts of CityPlace, hereby set down in words: THE GRIEVANCES OF THE MODERN GHOST. We, who have […]

Unflappable

October 24, 2023

Did you know: Toronto is located at the convergence of the Atlantic and Mississippi “flyways,”which are important routes for migrating birds in the spring and fall.  It is estimated that more than one million birds die from window collisions in Toronto every year.  It started with the pigeons. Arturo didn’t find he could walk so […]

The Last Lone Tree

October 24, 2023

Did you know: Big and red ‘Tom Thomson’s Canoe’ sits overlooking the Gardiner Expressway. This public artwork created by Douglas Coupland is viewed by millions of motorists a year. Tom Thomson is considered an “unofficial” but highly influential member of the Canadian landscape painters known as the Group of Seven. An avid outdoors person, Tom […]

Saturday Night Fever Shed

October 24, 2023

Did you know: In 1847, a typhoid epidemic was brought to Toronto along with Irish immigrants escaping the Great Famine, and the terrible living conditions on the “Coffin Ships” that carried them across the Atlantic. When they arrived, the sick were forced to quarantine together in close contact in “fever sheds” built close to the […]

Miles to Go Before I Sleep

October 24, 2023

Did you know: Terry Fox and his courageous Marathon of Hope are memorialised in Canoe Landing Park by an artwork designed by Douglas Coupland. Every year the community hosts a Terry Fox Run around the park to raise money for cancer research.    Terry ran for 143 days, at about 42 kilometres a day, through the […]

The Ghost Hotel

October 24, 2023

Did you know: From 1916 until 1927 the Ontario Temperance Act prohibited the sale of alcohol in Toronto. Bootleggers ensured a steady flow of alcohol from the United States by travelling across Lake Ontario and delivering their wares to Toronto harbour under the cover of darkness.  Some of the buildings in Condoland have an infamous […]

All’s Whale That Ends Whale

October 24, 2023

Did you know: Much of the area that is now CityPlace was once the Canadian National Railway Lands, a busy track switching yard moving goods and people in and out of the city by train. In 1881 Henry Piper, an enterprising Torontonian, had a dead whale shipped by rail from Nova Scotia for display at […]

Small poster with the words "A Public (Art) Notice" on a concrete column.
A Public (Art) Notice

October 16, 2023

Synthetic Collective and Centre for Sustainable Curating, in partnership with The Bentway and Evergreen, are pleased to announce the launch of “A Public (Art) Notice,” a free poster and downloadable guide promoting more environmentally conscious ways to curate, create, and produce public art.

Looking beyond concrete with Jochen Lempert

September 27, 2023

As the final installment of our Beyond Concrete story series, guest editor Brian Sholis reflects on what it is to look beyond the concrete through his engagement with the photographic work of German artist Jochen Lempert. This summer, we’ve published a series of essays, interviews, and other stories that relate to the themes of Beyond Concrete, a […]

Film Favourites from Lisa Jackson

September 18, 2023

Anishinaabe filmmaker and Beyond Concrete artist Lisa Jackson shares her cinematic favourites and why. This summer, we’re publishing a series of essays, interviews, and other stories that explore the themes of Beyond Concrete, a season of programs that explore the urban ecosystem beneath the Gardiner Expressway, where human-made infrastructure intertwines with flora and fauna. For Beyond Concrete, […]

Climate Emotions with Nocturnal Medicine

September 5, 2023

In July 2023, artist duo Nocturnal Medicine welcomed hundreds of guests to the Bentway for “Earth Dreams,” a summer party for climate grief and urgency. Here are some other recent reflections we’re turning to on how people are processing their responses to major environmental changes. The Bentway’s Beyond Concrete summer season explores the urban ecosystem […]

“Groundcover”: Transforming Archival Gardiner Photos

August 8, 2023

Brooklyn-based artist Genesis Báez gives us a closer look at Groundcover, her contribution to Beyond Concrete, and the process of its creation. The installation features archival images of the Gardiner Expressway that Baéz re-photographed and buried in the soil beneath the highway. This summer, we’re publishing a series of essays, interviews, and other stories that explore the […]

Filling In: Anjulie Rao on “vacant” urban lands

July 27, 2023

Anjulie Rao explores the cultural and historical value, agency, and stewardship of Chicago’s vacant land in this personal essay. The Bentway’s Beyond Concrete summer season explores the urban ecosystem beneath the Gardiner Expressway, where human-made infrastructure intertwines with flora and fauna. The relationship between concrete and nature is complex and interconnected. In this story series, […]

The Ecology of Concrete: An Interview with Matthew Gandy

July 18, 2023

Beyond Concrete guest editor Brian Sholis talks with Matthew Gandy, author of Natura Urbana, about the ecology of concrete, engineered versus spontaneous landscapes, and the politics of design language. The Bentway’s Beyond Concrete summer season explores the urban ecosystem beneath the Gardiner Expressway, where human-made infrastructure intertwines with flora and fauna. The relationship between concrete and […]

Exploring public space in Sāo Paulo

June 15, 2023

Felipe Morozini, president of the Parque Minhocão community association, shares the challenges of creating vibrant public spaces in Sāo Paulo. This summer, we’re publishing a series of essays, interviews, and other stories that explore the themes in our Beyond Concrete season, highlighting local and global projects that centre interconnectedness. This story is inspired by Clarice Lima’s project Woods, […]

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