Have you heard of the urbane Spacing Magazine & Blog Network?
As the purveyors rightly proclaim on their website: "Spacing is one of the most unique magazines to appear on Canadian newsstands in years. The magazine uncovers the joys, obstacles and politics of Canada’s big cities by cutting through the cynicism that often pervades any discussion about urban issues. Spacing pushes readers to think critically about how they can shape the public spaces that surround their everyday lives. Spacing was launched in the fall of 2003 by a group of young journalists and public space advocates who felt that Toronto needed a publication that would bring together a number of key urban issues that were not being discussed by the local media. Topics like public transit, urban design, public art, community planning, and sustainable development were brought together under one umbrella to create a forum for residents and the urban curious to discuss these pressing topics."
Although Houseporn.ca focuses on dwellings in every landscape across Canada, we wanted to draw your attention to Spacing's initiative to create a ranking of urbanism-centric programs at Canadian universities and post-secondary institutions to be included in their Fall 2013 issue.
The review will include both undergraduate and graduate programs that focus on architecture, urban studies, landscape architecture/environmental design, urban design, and urban planning. Given no such comparable ranking exists in Canada, we applaud Spacing's endeavor to fill that need with one that is reliable and thorough for students and the wider public.
As a result, Spacing is looking for your help.
They've designed a survey oriented towards professionals at relevant firms and public institutions across Canada — including architects, private and public urban planners, real estate developers, landscape architects, and so on. The more responses they receive the more effective and accurate their rankings will be, which is why your assistance is critical. So if you fit the above description, we're asking that you complete the survey and circulate this amongst your colleagues.
Click HERE to link to the survey, and then pat yourself on the back for doing a good deed today! This is important stuff!
~ Steven Fudge, proprietor of Houseporn.ca