Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

Toronto, Ontario; Munich, Germany; Krems, Austria; Vancouver, BC

EditDX

EditDX: Soap kettle interior illuminated @EditDX, in the former Lever Brothers plant. History of industry in a massive abandoned factory near urban centre celebrated, rather than hidden. (EditDX, 21 Don Roadway, East Harbour, Toronto, Ontario) 20171003

EditDX

EditDX: New Urban Crisis @Richard_Florida @EditDX is growing inequality between winner-take-all cities and places in a poverty trap. Instead of iconic buildings and starchitecture, need a communing architecture, not a cutoff architecture. Retraced life history from Newark to Pittsburgh to Toronto. Digest at https://ingbrief.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/20171002-1305-richard-florida-urban-futures-keynote-editdx/ (EditDX, 21 Don Roadway, East Harbour, Toronto, Ontario) 20171002

EditDX

EditDX: Brigitte Shim @alexbozikovic @EditDX making ancient invisible fishing weirs visible. Mnjinkaning Fish Fence Circle by bridge at the Narrows between Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. (EditDX, 21 Don Roadway, East Harbour, Toronto, Ontario) 20171002

UToronto iSchool

UToronto iSchool: Digital @gamespacenl @ischool_TO Platformization of Cultural Production research on 3 pillars of business studies, political economy and platform studies. Multisided markets, with gaps for deeper inquiry into economics, governance and infrastructure. Research in progress, students in classes at Scarborough College partially immersed in ongoing knowledge development. (Faculty of Information iSchool, St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20171003

October 31st, 2017

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Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, BC.

Brian Cauley, Neighbourhood Messages

Brian Cauley, Neighbourhood Messages. Installation of school desk and typewriter for messages on tags to be hung from the tree. Late Tuesday afternoon saw a mother and daughter in composition, otherwise the art space was unoccupied. Brian Cauley, “Neighbourhood Messages” is part of A Piece of a City with Art of the Danforth. (East Lynn Park, Toronto) 20120605 1853

Don River Park

Don River Park. Beyond construction fences, the urban marsh, playhill and pavilion would seem to be mostly completed in the new Don River Park. Rerouting of Bayview Avenue connecting to River Street is still underway and residential housing is still skeleton, so children jumping the gates are a low probability. (Toronto) 20120609 1458

Mill Street Dining

Mill Street Dining. Table for 300, please? Temporary chairs around banquet table stretching half a city block on Mill Street. Friends presumably sit beside each other, rather than across a table. Couldn’t they have planned for more, shorter tablecloths? President’s Choice 1000 Tastes of Toronto starting the Luminato Festival has kiosks also inside the Distillery District on Trinity Street and Gristmill Lane. (Toronto) 20120609 1718

Convocation diploma

Convocation diploma. Adam Ing, Bachelor of Applied Science, Materials Engineering, University of Toronto Convocation, June 20, 2012.

June 30th, 2012

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Las Vegas, NV; San Jose, CA; Alameda, CA; Palo Alto, CA; Vancouver, BC; Toronto, Ontario.

Opera Las Vegas Venetian

Opera Las Vegas Venetian. Encountered opera in St. Mark’s Square of the Venetian Hotel, Carnevale di Venezia. Arrived in time to hear the singing of Arrivederci. Since I’m not a fan of opera, the last few minutes was enough. (Las Vegas, NV) 20120503 1421

Almaden chair sculptures

Almaden chair sculptures. On walk outside IBM Almaden building with @jimspohrer, art installation of chairs with high backs and singing wires. Better to walk and talk on a warm spring day, than spend the hour in the office (San Jose, CA) 20120504 0957

Oakland runway end

Oakland runway end. Marshes of Alameda at the northwest end of Oakland Airport, with Bay Bridge in the distance. Hotel room has view of jets way taking off, amidst waterfowl nesting below. Was impressed at nearby Victorian homes in Alameda, crossed a lot of bridges to reach hotel. (Alameda, CA) 20120505 0825

SJSU fountain

SJSU fountain. Walked SJSU campus in anticipation of ISSS 2012 in July. Being there surfaces insights that viewing maps online doesn’t. Fountain at the intersection of Paseo de San Carlos and S. 7th St. is a landmark in the middle of campus (San Jose, California) 20120505 1543

May 31st, 2012

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Calgary, Alberta; Vancouver, BC; Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec.

YYC baggage wildlife

YYC baggage wildlife. Hippopotamus in baggage carousel at Calgary international airport. Arrivals promotion of local zoo, then other attraction at other carousels. Something to look at, while waiting for luggage, it’s creative use of public space (Calgary) 20120306 1453

Kota Ezawa 2008 Hand Vote

Kota Ezawa 2008 Hand Vote. Installation illuminated at night, at Vancouver Art Gallery Outside, Hand Vote (2008) by Kota Ezawa. On Georgia Street, a main stream, between two towers, could be easy to miss if not on foot. (Vancouver) 20120308 1910

Tracks west from Commercial Drive

Tracks west from Commercial Drive. Downtown Vancouver in the distance, late on a rainy afternoon. North of East Broadway, south of Grandview Highway, rail is the faster way into the city centre. Coming on the Skytrain eastbound, it was a long way from the previous station, and the route turned south before continuing east (Vancouver) 20120309 1724

Riverdale Cemetery, Parkway, Park

Riverdale Cemetery, Parkway, Park. View eastward on warm late winter from Toronto Necropolis, overlooks Don Valley Parkway, and Riverdale Park East in the distance with apartment towards Danforth Avenue. Can see through the trees, but leaves will obscure the view in a few weeks (Toronto) 20120311 1714

March 31st, 2012

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Vancouver, BC; Toronto, Ontario.

Dunleavy Ave at Railroad St.

Dunleavy Ave at Railroad St. Mission to Seafarers historic Heritage Home, with cargo cranes of Port of Vancouver in the background. Self-guided walking tour around Powell Street and Oppenheimer Park, discovering original Skid Row. Still a tough neighbourhood. On the periphery of Chinatown, and streets from DY’s childhood (Vancouver) 20120202 1655

Fog On Burrard Inlet

Fog On Burrard Inlet. Not a ghost ship, just a freighter off the Port of Vancouver, as seen from the Seabus. Heavy low fog has obscured the mountains earlier in the day. Bright sunshine cleared mist by later in the day. (Vancouver) 20120203 0936

Bagel Samples, King at Bay

Bagel Samples, King at Bay. Free bagels at temporary hut in financial centre, for people leaving the office at 5 pm, from Dempster Bakery. Everyone loves a freebie, still lining up at temperature near freezing. Off camera to right, people were spreading toppings on their bagels (Toronto) 20120215 145906

Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto

Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto. Tokyo-bound, sons waiting for toast in the international departures Maple Leaf Lounge, Toronto. Last time I travelled with these two, they were about 6 and 4 years old. Service is too early for alcohol, bottle racks are locked off (Toronto) 20120216 105433

February 28th, 2012

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Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, BC.

Prince Edward Viaduct at dusk

Prince Edward Viaduct at dusk. View west from Danforth, towards towers at Bloor and Yonge. Red sky at sunset suggests sunny day tomorrow. Temperature just above freezing means winter pants, park and cap for cycling. Approaching the shortest day of the year, getting dark (Toronto) 20111202 1636

Vegan Raw Festival

Vegan Raw Festival. Christmas Cannelloni, with zucchini was wrap, red pepper and arugula for festive colours, cheese of cashews, agave, lemon juice and beetroot. Delicious. Free samples courtesy of Jennifer Italiano and her chef, from Live Food Bar (Toronto) 20111203 1438

Scrap Metal Gallery entry

Scrap Metal Gallery entry. “1. If this sign is on, the gallery is open. 2. If this sign if off, the gallery is closed but we forgot to turn the sign off. 3. If this sign is off, the gallery is closed. 4. If this sign is off, the gallery is open but we forgot to turn the sign on.” An installation titled “This Sign (For Scrap Metal), 2011, by Micah Lexier. Contemporary art at its finest, in a new private gallery in the back courtyard of 11 Dublin Street, in the Bloor Street West / Lansdowne Avenue neighbourhood (Toronto) 20111210 1505

December 31st, 2011

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