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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links

  • A new project hopes to revitalize the Golden Mile of Scarborough, along Eglinton Avenue. The Toronto Star reports.
  • blogTO looks at how IKEA is going to be opening a new smaller store in downtown Toronto in the next two years, here.
  • blogTO looks at a plan to make 80 Bloor Street West, in Yorkville, into a golden skyscraper 79 stories tall.
  • Sadly, Chick-Fil-A at Yonge and Bloor still has long lines. blogTO reports.
  • Radheyan Simonpillai reviews the new Kevin Donovan book The Billionaire Murders, looking at the unsolved killings of the Shermans in 2017.

[PHOTO] Surprise IKEA Shuttle Bus, Kipling Station

Surprise IKEA Shuttle Bus sign #toronto #ttc #kiplingstation #ikea #ikeaetobicoke #signs #bus

Written by Randy McDonald

October 18, 2019 at 9:30 am

[PHOTO] Five photo links: Jonathon Keats, architecture, Sophie Calle, QSize, Fernando Bengoecha

  • Motherboard reports on the Millennium Cameras of Jonathon Keats, who will be taking photos with a thousand-year exposure from the Lake Tahoe shoreline to document climate change.
  • Oliver Wainwright at The Guardian reports on the growing impact of Instagram, and social photography generally, on architecture and design.
  • JSTOR Daily reports on the photography of love and obsession of Sophie Calle.
  • Drew Rowsome looks at the photography of QSize.
  • Peter Rukavina shared a link to a documentary telling the story of photographer Fernando Bengoecha, whose photo of Amsterdam has become iconic thanks to its IKEA association.

[NEWS] Five links from around the world: Montenegro, Donbas, Warmbier, IKEA in India, futures

  • This Open Democracy article examines how, exactly, Montenegro could start a Third World War. (It would need help from the Great Powers, for starters.)
  • Politico Europe notes that wildlife seems to thrive on the depopulated front line in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas.
  • Doug Bock Clark writes at GQ about the sad story of Otto Warmbier, finding much evidence to confirm that he was not tortured but rather that he suffered a sadder fate.
  • The New York Times takes a look at the first IKEA in India, still recognizably an IKEA but tailored to fit local conditions.
  • Douglas Rushkoff writes at The Guardian about the blind alleys of nihilism and fear that at least some corporate futurists and transhumanists are racing into.

[PHOTO] Traffic on the Gardiner past IKEA Etobicoke

Traffic on the Gardiner past IKEA #toronto #ikea #ikeaetobicoke #gardinerexpressway #islingtoncitycentrewest

It’s probably not by chance that IKEA Etobicoke is located just a few minutes’ walk west on the Queensway from Toronto’s last Zellers, the one I first visited June 2015 and then again, with my parents, in November 2017. Commercial real estate in south Etobicoke is substantially cheaper than in many other parts of Toronto. Still, I can’t help but see something symbolic in the siting of a new successful store in a world-famous chain so close to the last remnant of a failed Canadian chain.

The views offered from the IKEA restaurant of the Gardiner Expressway to the south are amazing. Well-planned, IKEA, well-planned.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 12, 2017 at 11:30 am

[PHOTO] The patriotic blue and gold, among others

The patriotic blue and gold, among others #toronto #ikea #ikeaetobicoke #flags #ontario #canada #sweden

I visited IKEA’s Etobicoke store yesterday with my visiting parents, down at Kipling and Queensway not far from the Gardiner. There, the Swedish flag was flying proudly alongside the flags of Ontario and Canada.

By happy coincidence, yesterday happened to be Gustavus Adolphus Day, an event commemorating the Swedish king of that day celebrated in the former realms of the Swedish empire.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

[PHOTO] 17 photos from IKEA Then & Now, Design Exchange (#ikeacan40)

Ads for the exhibit IKEA Then & Now, running at the Design Exchange downtown between the 21st and the 30th of this month, kept appearing on my Facebook feed. Why not go? It was free, after all, and the Financial District is always fun to roam around. The exhibit’s hashtag #ikeacan40 beckoned, and so, Thursday night, I went.

Here for #ikeacan40 #toronto #designexchange #ikea #financialdistrict

The exhibit heavily plays up the origins of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad in the southern Swedish province of Småland, described in the exhibit as a poor but frugal region in a country that was rapidly developing. Making good things inexpensively, the exhibit had it, was IKEA’s key to global success. That, and a certain amount of cosmopolitanism: Kamprad apparently picked “IKEA” because the phrase sounded French to him.

Ingvar Kamprad #toronto #designexchange #ikea #financialdistrict #ingvarkamprad

Logos through time #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea #logos

In a better Sweden #toronto #designexchange #ikea #financialdistrict #sweden

Stationary #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea

We exhibit-goers got to see samples of some of IKEA’s many different manufactured goods.

Rainbow of goods, 3 #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea #rainbow

Rainbow of goods #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea #rainbow

Rainbow of goods, 2 #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea #rainbow

Designs through time #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea

The POÄNG in miniature #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea #poäng #chair

One element of the exhibit I liked were the different model rooms staged in different decades’ styles, from the 1970s to the present.

IKEA of the 1970s #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea

IKEA of the 1980s #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea

IKEA of the 1990s #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea

IKEA of the 2000s #toronto #designexchange #ikeacan40 #financialdistrict #ikea

IKEA of the 2010s #toronto #ikeacan40 #designexchange #ikea #financialdistrict

I did take the chance to get some photographic evidence of my presence.

Me, catalogue model #toronto #ikeacan40 #designexchange #ikea #financialdistrict #me

I also jumped in the ball pit, full of globes in Swedish blue and yellow.

Me in balls #toronto #ikeacan40 #designexchange #ikea #financialdistrict #balls #blue #yellow #me #selfie

Written by Randy McDonald

October 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm