Just say no to 0%

There’s a thread of an idea around this city that every incumbent city councillor needs disposal in the next election. Well, there are a few good ones, and there are some who need removal. The whole ‘throw them all out’ idea needs some sound second thought.

This is my contribution to that.


66 ThanQs

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/23273/66%20ThanQs.pdf will give you a 30 meg download of  this PDF book of a selected set of Qs for the Jian in London Campaign

https://picasaweb.google.com/107162781169108803437/QsForQCampaign is 74 Q images inspired by contributing to this campaign.

A queue of Qs in London

Some folks have started a media and Twitter campaign to bring the CBC show Q, and radio host Jian Gomeshi to London to do a broadcast. I thought I would make a bunch of Qs on my iPad and post them to the #jianinldnont twitter stream.

I had intended that I would create an image, tweet it and delete it. Some drawing apps have direct to Twitter connections. Otherwise the process required exporting to iPhoto app and tweeting from there. Well, of course photo stream caught every new import and backed them up anyway. Then iPhoto app starts to balk at connecting to Twitter – other apps connected just fine. Maybe Twitter, or the photo service decided I was spamming? Who knows. So now I pull the images from photo stream and have to tweet them from my Mac.

@3oh6 view full profile → decided to collect them to a Flikr stream. So i am now also sending them to mine, and sharing them with Bring Q to London Ontario! So, ironically, I have to back them up in order to share them.

Use these images freely.

Update December 7:  https://picasaweb.google.com/107162781169108803437/QsForQCampaign is 74 Q images inspired by contributing to this campaign. I’m certain ?) all the images are still on Flikr, but only 44 are displaying.

Article: Call The Office (York Hotel) as historical centre for London artists.

Call The Office (York Hotel) as historical centre for London artists.

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The Ed Blake Park Report

Ed Blake cover
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It’s an original peel!

A long-lost painting, likely by long dead London artist Paul Peel, was unveiled this month at Museum London. Now, long lost originals have been showing up out from under everyone’s bed

Cull or be culled

Yes! The city is in safe hands!

The crocodile deer solution

This oughtta’ fix up Storybook Gardens!

Orchestra Pit

Wouldn’t you know it! Those people are spending money on something I don’t think is worthwhile. Taking applications for Money Managers!

Hey! You wanna see a match?

Donkey face
My ass and my face!

Fire crews are at the Brunswick Hotel, where a massive blaze has destroyed the 153-year-old building. The building had undergone an unauthorized, partial demolition on October 19 but was shut down by an Ontario Ministry of Labour investigation on October 20.

Moshe Safdie Architect interviewed by Eleanor Wachtel

Reading this interview with Moshe Safdie in Queens Quarterly while waiting out the prep of Thanksgiving dinner.

Referencing his experience with McGills mega-hospital, a project he resigned from, he says; Most buildings going up have little or no archtectural input  in their design. Most everything is predetermind by developers.

The government sets up the procedure which minimizes the governments involvement in the building with a P3 public-private partnership. Government says, ‘We have so much money – give us the proposals. You design the facility, you operate it, you hire the architect and engineers, give us a product within the budget.’ 

This is happening across the board with jails, with airports and with hospitals. 

“I suppose at some point it’ll happen with houses of parliament. Who knows where the end of the line is?” 

Safdie feels this process stifles any innovation. The developers are out to deliver a product at the lowest cost. They have to. That’s the process. If they don’t, they don’t get the job. 

Architects are hired who’ll do an expeditious job. There is no place to reinvent or rethink past the lowest common denominator that’ll do the job, which is okay for a warehouse or a parking garage, but for buildings of a greater cultural purpose it is questionable. 

When the private sector developer decides what our libraries will look like, what our hospitals will look like,  we are saying the marketplace is going to decide our image, our fundamental image 

Buildings tell the story of our culture. When we delegate that to the marketplace, to the lowest common denominator, we are saying something about ourselves. 

Queens Quarterly Summer 2008 
Moshe Safdie architect interviewed by Eleanor Wachtel

A very Gehry parking spot

Let’s play demo ball

It’s a game of push and pull. Continue reading

Three strips with a winter theme

three comic strips

Considering a Performing Arts Centre

Mr. Potatohead considers a performing arts centre.

Mediocre? Since when?

London trails growth