New York: The Endless City

My recent visit to NYC was inspiring and I got to revisit some old and new sites as it is relevant to the kind of projects that Space Animator is engaged with at the moment. If you are an urban explorer, below are a few hidden gems that you can experience on your next visit.



Hidden sound installation by Max Neuhaus in the midst of chaotic and overwhelming Times Square. Originally installed in 1977, the sound art is a rich harmonic sound texture emerging from beneath the subway grating, resembling the after-math of a gong bell. Be patient, trace this static noise in contrast with the rapid changing visual environment of Times Square.

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Direction: North end of the triangular pedestrian island located at Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets in New York City. Opens 24hours a day, 7 days a week.


Instructions: download the audio and image files to prepare for your walk. When you arrive to the starting point, put on your headphones and listen to the audio tracks. Save the photos to your phone or print for your soundwalk journey.

Starting point: 59th street W and 6th Ave
A digital archive of supporting materials for "Her Long Black Hair" is available through the links below. After you've downloaded the audio material into your iPod/iPhone/MP3 player, print the image files below or open them on your mobile phone while you're at the Park.

Art is woven into the fabric of New York city and it doesn't take much to absorb its endless quality... I spent most of my time on High Line observing people and reading. In his book Milan Kundera talks about the beauty of New York and how the view changes with each step,

"as if they were following a winding mountain path surrounded by breathtaking scenery: a young man kneeling in the middle of the sidewalk praying; a few steps away, a beautiful black woman leaning against a tree; a man in black suit directing an invisible orchestra while crossing the street; a fountain spurting water; strange iron ladders running up and down buildings with ugly red facades, so ugly that they are beautiful; and next door, a huge glass skyscraper backed by another, itself topped by a small Arabian pleasure dome with turrets, galleries, and gilded columns. ... Sabina was very much attracted by the alien quality of New York's beauty. Franz found it intriguing but frightening; it made him feel homesick for Europe."  __The unbearable lightness of being by Milan Kundera

Architecture for Humanity talk

SPACE ANIMATØR was invited to talk about the importance of collective memory in building culture and our city. 

Old friends, new collaboration

Old friends and new collaboration with Gardening by Design over a weekend charrette for scheming the Abbott Residence's journey through the garden and exploring variety of options in relation to hardscaping and horticultural elements. 

Weekend Project

A sheet of 4' x 8 ' Douglas Fir Plywood

Two 4' Metal J-Trim that is usually used to finish drywall edges

DIY inspiration board with metal holdings for books and materials. You can find the Metail J-Trim at Rona in the construction isle. 

West Toronto Railpath walking tour

Thanks to local naturalist Richard Aaron and our curious group for joining this week to learn about the diverse urban ecology of the West Toronto Railpath park. For over two hours, Richard shared ethno-botanical tales, railpath history, wildlife facts and plant ID for more than 30 vines, perennials, shrubs, and trees that thrive in this dynamic landscape. 

Learn more about Richard Aaron and his various hikes, workshops and talks throughout the GTA.

The Friends work with the City of Toronto and local organizations to help build a vibrant railpath park community.  Please share this with your neighbours and others who live and work near the railpath park. Send us your email so we can stay in touch.  

New ideas, New people, new Call for Submissions for Grow Op 2016

Exhibition Dates: April 21-24, 2016

ENTRY DEADLINE: September 30th, 2015. Submit a project, an idea, a dream ... And watch it grow op

Gladstone Hotel’s fourth annual Grow Op exhibition, a four-day exhibition celebrates innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape, gardens, art, and place-making under this year’s theme, the culture of landscape is open for submissions for 2016!

SPACE ANIMATØR will be part of the jury for the second year for pushing boundaries of exhibition making and re-imagine new territories for place-making and engaging public art. It will be an exciting new show with Graham Teeple and LeuWebb Projects as curators. 

Last year, plants could talk, Septic Mounds were At Work, Leslie Spit was relocated and new creatures added to the encyclopedia of fauna and flora. Bees and beehives re-imagined in the lobby and warm tea ceremony brought curious minds at the table. A mysterious pine forest pulled people in while a roving van harvesting seeds around parks in the city. what's your idea for 2016? 

Festival Talks


Festival Talks was a series of short, candid interviews recorded during the 2013 Toronto Design Offsite Festival. I co-directed the video with ALSO Collective and co-produced it with TO DO. Each 1-2 minute video features local designers, artists, and administrators: Lars and Jason Dressler (Brothers Dressler), Sara Diamond (President of OCAD University), Zahra Ebrahim (Founding Principal of archiTEXT), Joy Charbonneau (architect and artist), Ange-line Tetrault and Michael Madjus (imm Living and TO DO), Tara Lee Towers (fibre artist), Andrew Sardone (Style Editor at NOW Magazine), Vivien Leung (PechaKucha Night Toronto), Vanessa Nicolas (Programs Coordinator at OCAD U Student Gallery), and Noa Bronstein (Director of Exhibitions & Cultural Promotions at the Gladstone Hotel).