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These days, I’m learning a lot about the beauty of the Toronto region.

Compared to the West Coast, where there are enormous mountain ranges and wide-girthed trees, Toronto’s beauty lies in the micro, where one can find an infinity of dynamic and fine grained processes — the ice, the soil, the ferns — emerging and fading away.

Toronto’s microscopic beauty is very much of its Carolinian ecology. This Eastern Deciduous forest is a dynamic life zone, its beauty lying in the small, interconnected and temporal.

I also see this in the dynamacy of the human culture that inhabits these lands: Toronto is a land of immigration, of multiple identities. Toronto’s dense neighbourhoods are a fine grain of human settlement.


Please enjoy this GIF I made to illustrate the beauty of Toronto’s micro-processes. Look closely…amongst the ice and the finely textured grasses, you might find a bit of Toronto in there…


It’s my pleasure to share with you an animated map I created for the Mobiation Project.

The map charts the Mobi-01’s nomadic travels through Amsterdam — from its first semi-built incarnations at the Fiction Factory, Friekens and NDSM in Amsterdam Noord, its official launch at the 2012 Magneet Festival on Zeeburg Eiland, it’s short stint as an art piece at Huize Frankandael in Frankandael Park, its winter stay in a playground in sleepy Watergraafsmeer, to its current location on the banks of the Nieuwemeer, in an artist community called Nieuwe en Meer. The map playfully animates this clockwise journey around the city and the trail of goodness the Mobi has left in each of its locations.  The Mobi-01 is the first manifestation of the Mobiation Project. It is a self-built, foldable, fully transportable living space/open house that is working to be off-grid by summer’s end.

It was enjoyable to take a break from digital media and make the map by hand, using a cut and paste technique, with paper and cardboard. I quickly returned to digital media by animating it in Powerpoint, and creating a GIF.

The map was created for the Mobiators’ presentation at the Pop-Up City Live, this Tuesday at Amsterdam’s Brakke Grond. As I have been doing internships with the Mobiators and at the Pop-Up City over the last few months, Tuesday night marks an unexpected colliding of worlds, that appropriately marks the end of my current stint in Amsterdam. Just how will the radical-squat-autarchiks clash with the trendy-urbanists in this surreal manifestation of the extreme sides of my personality and interests? We’ll see on Tuesday night!

// Negotiating space and time in London and Amsterdam :::::






“A Reuleaux triangle is the simplest and best known Reuleaux polygon. It is a curve of constant width, meaning that the separation of two parallel lines tangent to the curve is independent of their orientation.” – Wikipedia.

I’ve noticed the Reuleaux triangle, a lovely and rounded three-pointed shape all over Amsterdam. Two examples ranging from the relatively substantial to the most mundane are the shapes of windows in the Plan-Zuid, Berlage designed homes in the city’s south, and the shapes of common beer coasters in bars all over the city.

I like this shape. Its roundedness makes it playful and approachable. I didn’t know there were shapes out there I had never encountered before. It’s new to me. It feels distinct to this region of the world, and specifically, this city.


Enjoy these GIFs of the reuleaux triangle – I made them using the deep reds and purply blacks that characterize Amsterdam — this undulating and cozy city.


Update: Wild news, readers! It turns out there was a significant Reuleux Triangle in Amsterdam I failed to mention before, one so big that it’s amazing I didn’t see it until now. It turns out that the entire city is a reuleux triangle!

That’s right – on many scales from the canal belt to the ring road that surrounds the city, Amsterdam is shaped like a large, rounded triangle.

amsterdam triangle

Your-UGsee also ::::::::

tree& in this vein, Christopher Hume recently wrote an excellent homage to the late Michael Hough, a Toronto-based landscape architect that intuitively understood the interdependencies of nature and cities, and tirelessly promoted this philosophy.

“Ecology is urbanization,” he declared, “and urbanization is ecology.”

See also tuin./town.