The built environment and Toronto’s missing middle
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13 April 2017
This week we talk to Sarah Williams Goldhagen on the way our built environment shapes us, hear about Toronto’s missing middle and New York’s latest addition: a floating food forest.
13 April 2017
The built environment has a direct impact on the way we relate to each other, as well as our cities. In a new book ‘Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives’, architecture critic and scholar Sarah Williams Goldhagen makes a compelling case for human-centred design.
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Toronto’s housing stock is increasingly split between the high-rise glass towers of downtown and the larger townhouses of the city – with little in between. Architect Marco VanderMaas tells us about Toronto’s “missing middle”.
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This month the Swale floating food forest will be docking in three different boroughs of New York. The farm features fruit trees and other crops such as kale, asparagus and coriander, allowing visitors to enjoy nature by picking and sowing – in the middle of the river.
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