Group Chat 1
March 11, 2016

263 Adelaide St. West
Unit 310
Toronto, Ontario

$2 Cans of Beer

Claire Lubell
Maps are often considered finite realities, fixed in time, that architects and urban designers instrumentalize to provide irrefutable, apolitical justification for projects. But a map is as much a project of constructing a new context as of describing its current state. Fiction informs the real. To think of a project as a cartography is therefore to reconsider the linear relationship between research and design, arguing that research (of which the map is an emblem) must be acknowledged as projective as much as it is descriptive.

Alex Willms
"Rome wasn't built in a day" has become a platitude, but it often seems as if our North American cities grow without intelligence and without direction. What then is the aesthetic experience of the emerging city? This writing and photography looks closely at commonplace urban environments to find beauty in a state of becoming: the absurdity of the mundane.

Shit Ship City is available in PDF and paperback from the Canadian Academy in Rome.

Dylan Macaulay
Three eggs any style, toast, bacon, ham or sausage, all for $6.95. There aren't too many breakfast spots like that in the city of Toronto anymore. Just a week ago, The Skyline closed its doors after fifty plus years of business. It was a quintessential kind of diner that catered to every demographic and remained unchanged since its opening - even as the urban landscape around it transformed. What happens when neighbourhood classics which facilitate social interaction disappear, and how does that affect the identity of individuals who call that place home?

Piper Bernbaum
The Jewish Eruv (mingling, mixing) is a defined physical area that, in effect, symbolically extends the 'home' beyond its walls into urban space to permit actions that would otherwise be forbidden on the Sabbath. Typically made with wood posts connected by fishing wire, an Eruv is undetectable to the untrained eye, but changes the use of space and gives it a multiplicity of meanings. In its physical and spiritual form, the Eruv is architecture's minimum – it changes readings of cities by defining new limits, and uses the primordial understandings of 'home' to provide a sense of security and belonging through the most mundane materials and simplistic means. Constructed entirely by the individuals who desire the Eruv's leniencies, and without the need or support of architects, these invisible boundaries question what it really means to "build community".