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Spacing Magazine's thinkToronto Winners Discuss Designs at View Points
Thursday March 26, 2009 at Harbourfront Centre (7 pm - $5 admission)

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thinkToronto design winners Mike Wilson, Jason Mills and Springboard Creators discuss their winning submissions during View Points at Harbourfront Centre on Thursday March 26 (7 pm, $5). This exclusive discussion gives an unique insight into the thinkToronto competition, which received more than 100 entries as well as mounting exhibitions at Toronto's City Hill and at 401 Richmond's Urban Space Gallery. thinkToronto's goal was to seek ideas from the next generation of city builders who want to challenge how we view Toronto’s public realm. The competition gave participants a platform to explore and experiment with Toronto’s urban landscape while generating a dialogue among Torontonians about creative and sustainable solutions in our shared common spaces. Winners will also take part in a discussion moderated by Shawn Micallef, Senior Editor of Spacing Magazine. More information at

View Points thinkToronto Panelists:

Mike Wilson (Best of Show Winner) - Dubbed 5 Minutes, Wilson's proposal is a pedestrian wayfinding program designed to connect transit users with local businesses and public amenities that lie within a five minute walk of transit stations. The introduction of wayfinding information at Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) stations would promote a multitude of environmental, social, and economic benefits.

Jason Mills (Two Submissions Awarded) - Mills thought of updating the red-and-white-striped bus and streetcar poles introduced to the city in 1933. For his redesign, Mills used the familiar TTC logo affixed to the top of the pole with back lighting, helping to alleviate the problem of riding past hard-to-see stops.

Springboard Creators (Submission Awarded) - SpringBoard began as a fourth-year class project in the York Sheridan Program in Design. Co-creators Amy Mamtura, Cristina Matei, and Esther Hung drew inspiration from their daily commute. They conducted interviews with random subway passengers, and were intrigued by a man who suggested that networking on the subway would be a great way to find a job.

Moderator - Shawn Micallef, Senior Editor, Spacing Magazine - Micallef has devoted himself to the enhancement, archiving and exploration of the Toronto urban experience. His landmark new media intervention known as the [murmur] project (co-created with James Roussel and Gabe Sawhney), has sparked the interest of a diverse array of scholars, journalists and urbanists who perceive this unique approach to mapping history as a new way of relating to Toronto. An avid flâneur, or walker of the city, Micallef organizes walks nearly every Thursday through various and often uncharted or neglected areas of the city.

Spacing is a Toronto-based media company that focuses on the joys, obstacles and politics of the urban landscape of cities. Started in the Fall of 2003, Spacing has risen to become one of the leading voices advocating for a holistic approach to shaping our shared common spaces. Editors and contributors are currently shaping policy at the municipal level on a variety of topics such as urban design, streetscapes, pedestrian issues, public art, architectural heritage conservation, and mass transit. On top of putting out the magazine, Spacing also publishes two daily blogs: Spacing Toronto and Spacing Montreal.

View Points tickets are also available in advance by calling 416-973-4000 or online at -

View Points is a contemporary culture discussion series focusing on cultural issues and local, national and international current affairs. For public information call 416-973-4000 or visit Harbourfront Centre is located 235 Queen's Quay West, Toronto.

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