Archive for the ‘urban health’ Category
Recently I led a Jane’s Walk which looked at a wide range of settings in terms of how they make us feel and why.
My message was that our daily visual diet affects our state of mind. We can make better choices as individuals and as a society if we become better critics.
During my walk I mentioned that “building beloved places is a sustainability issue.” Up to 40% of solid waste in landfills comes from construction debris. If we aim to build places that are love-worthy, they will not be destined for demolition. Our recent SAB Magazine article explores this idea in more detail.
Everyone has a different “Love List.” I’ve noted in the slides above some of my reasons for choosing these particular places.
What places do you love in your city?
– Sharon VanderKaay
1. They give us fresh perspective on the city. (Union Square, San Francisco)
2. They bring diverse people together. (The High Line, New York City)
3. They are a great place to eat lunch. (Vancouver Art Gallery)
4. You can be both alone and part of a group. (Pioneer Square, Portland, OR)
5. Your friends can more easily find you. (Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC)
6. They motivate you to study. (Ryerson Student Centre, Toronto)
7. They mix formal with informal. (Four Seasons Centre, Toronto) (photo source)
8. Some combine ramps + stairs (“stramps”). (Robson Square, Vancouver)
9. They are a perfect venue for your brass band. (Philosopher’s Walk, Toronto)
10. You might see a pillow fight or Spider Man on a very early Spring day. (City Hall, Toronto)