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Toronto, May 30 (Canadian-Media): The problem of empty space in Canada due to decades-old suburban apartment districts have become sites of immigrant settlement and integration during the last decade, media reports said.
Tower near highrise buildings. Image credit: Unsplash
The suburban private-rental apartment district is Canada’s unique contribution to housing.
There are 2,000 such concrete towers in the Greater Toronto Area alone, most of them marked by empty voids and sprawling parking lots separating buildings from one another and from the wider world and its economy.
Canadian cities seem to lag at least a decade behind many of their European counterparts in recognizing the social, economic and ecological problems posed by empty spaces.
Some suburban cities, notably Surrey, B.C., and Mississauga have confronted this problem as part of their efforts to build more dense “downtown” districts.
And the construction of new rapid-transit lines in Vancouver, Montreal and the northern and western suburbs of Toronto has enabled higher-density development along those lines.
Canada’s most ambitious confrontation with empty spaces is the set of incentives Toronto has developed to encourage the owners of those slab apartment buildings to turn the parking lots and empty lawns between the buildings into hives of commerce, learning, community activity and, potentially, more housing.
Among those incentives is the city’s “Residential Apartment Commercial” (RAC) zoning category, which became law in 2016, and allows building owners to create restaurants, shopping and eating districts, galleries, child-care centres and other services in the spaces beneath their buildings without applying for approval.
Graeme Stewart, the architect (with ERA Architects) who developed and promoted these “Tower Neighbourhood Renewal” policies, says that these incentives have been slow to be taken up by owners.
“What we’ve found is that while there’s huge opportunity in all the open space around these buildings, there isn’t clarity on what’s the best way to do it. A lot of this housing belongs to existing neighbourhoods, so bringing change in is political and complicated.”
But a set of new developments this year, including more than $6-billion in funding for building rehabilitation (including in private-rental buildings) in the federal government’s housing strategy, may kick-start a spurt of construction in the valleys between towers.
Canadian cities are beginning to learn the lesson of Mexico City – that it’s the small things that count in transforming the dead zones. “The challenge is going from these micro-interventions – which are beginning to happen – to bring in macro-investments, like new housing, like mass transit,” Mr. Stewart says. “I think we’re at the beginning of a larger conversation about how we open up these spaces.”
But Canada also needs to learn the lesson of Amsterdam – that the empty spaces can house many more people and allow greener, more enjoyable lives, if we think big.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
TORONTO, June 23 (Canadian-Media): The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will be the final North American and exclusive Canadian venue for Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs.
Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs. Image credit: rom.on.ca
Organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the cooperation of Succession Raghubir Singh in Paris, this retrospective presents the visionary works of late photographer Raghubir Singh (1942-1999), who pioneered the use of colour film to document the rapidly changing social, political, and cultural scenes of India from the late 1960s to the 1990s. The exhibition will be on display at the ROM from July 21 to October 21, 2018, following its run at The Met Breuer in New York City and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
“As home to one of the world’s largest collections of South Asian art and culture, we are pleased to host this retrospective on the pioneering work of photographer Raghubir Singh,“ says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO. “Singh’s illuminating portraits of India, taken from within the culture, have had a major influence on shaping our understanding of the richness and complexity of South Asian society and its unique place in the modern world.”
Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs traces the full trajectory of Singh’s career from his early work as a photojournalist in the late 1960s through to his last unpublished projects of the late 1990s. The exhibition features more than 80 photographs and other objects on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Succession Raghubir Singh.
Using a handheld camera and colour slide film, Raghubir Singh recorded India’s dense milieu in complex frieze-like compositions, pulsating with opulent colour. His work was influenced by the humanist street photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004), whom he met in Jaipur in 1966, and by the modern cinematic vision of Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray (1921–1992). Unique in his approach, Singh worked exclusively in colour, continuing an Indian aesthetic tradition that reaches back to the vibrant court paintings of the Mughal Empire (1526–1857). As he travelled along his own artistic path, Singh forged a distinct style of modern photography—a cultivated amalgam of Western and South Asian modes of picturing the world that stands, as he put it, “on the Ganges side of modernism.”
"This exhibition celebrates a pioneering colour photographer within a global history of photography. It also foregrounds images of India that reject a touristic or ethnographic lens, and embrace complexity," says Dr. Deepali Dewan, Dan Mishra Curator of South Asian Art and Culture at the ROM. "The bold colours and striking compositions of the work bring together Western modernism and South Asian visual modes, allowing us to look at both ordinary and iconic views of rural and urban India with new eyes."
Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs will be included with general Museum admission. The ROM will host a slate of associated programming to complement the exhibition. More details to follow.
The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art with the cooperation of Succession Raghubir Singh.
About Raghubir Singh
Born in Rajasthan, Singh (1942-1999) lived in Hong Kong, Paris, London, and New York, but his lifelong subject was India. He began his career in photojournalism, publishing work in The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. He would go on to develop his considerable skill as a fine art photographer, focusing on the rich and vibrant street life of India. Singh's dramatic use of colour and complex compositions combines elements of Western modernism and traditional South Asian art to tell powerful stories about India’s people and landscapes. His masterful use of Kodachrome film and flash sets Singh apart from photographers of that era, most of whom favoured black and white photography. His adoption of fine-grained 35mm slide film allowed Singh to create images of vivid yet naturalistic chromatic profile. Working with labs in Paris and New York, Singh’s meticulous control over the printing of his images led to a signature body of work that helped usher in the modern era of fine art colour photography.
About the ROM
Founded in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum showcases art, culture, and nature from around the world and across the ages. Among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum is home to a world-class collection of 13 million artworks, cultural objects, and natural history specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. As the country’s preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new discoveries, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our understanding of the artistic, cultural, and natural world. Combining its original heritage architecture with the contemporary Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, the ROM serves as a national landmark, and a dynamic cultural destination in the heart of Toronto for all to enjoy.
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TORONTO, June 23 (Canadian-Media): The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) announced yesterday that it planned to launch a series of public engagements that explore the concept of #MeToo and the arts with a focus on museums, media reports said.
#MeToo & the Arts. Image credit: rom.on.ca
#MeToo & the Arts featuring on original display and a slate of programs on sexualized harassment and gender inequity in the arts would be launched on July 21, 2018,
ROM’s upcoming presentation of Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs, and an allegation of sexual harassment made against the deceased artist had prompted this public engagement.
#MeToo & the Arts aims to encourage a larger conversation on how museums, and the public, are engaging with art within the context of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
“In the ROM’s role as a vital civic hub, we have a responsibility to take on important and challenging topics that are shaping our society today,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO. “The issues of power dynamics, sexual misconduct, and gender inequity raised by #MeToo are transforming the way we think about art. Museums everywhere are grappling with these issues and we believe that by creating public space for debate and discourse, we have an opportunity to advance the discussion on a critical issue of our time.”
The #MeToo & the Arts display, which is open free to the public will be located adjacent to the entrance to the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.
The display will focus on how museums are engaging with issues raised since October 2017 when the #MeToo movement gained momentum in the wake of allegations made against a number of powerful men in the film industry.
The display will consist of graphic elements, a video installation, and a contemplative space that invite audiences to learn, reflect, and consider their own questions and answers on the issues.
Washington, Jun 21 (Canadian-Media); Adoption of a new fee schedule is being proposed by the U.S. Copyright Office, media reports said.
US Copyright Office. Image credit: Wikipedia
This proposal was authorized by the Congress to set and adjust Copyright Office fees that are fair, equitable, and give due consideration to the objectives of the copyright system.
Every three to five years, the Office adjusts its fees, after first conducting a study of the actual cost to the Office of providing its fee-based services.
In June 2017, a new cost study was initiated by the Office and based on its outcome and proposes the fee schedule described in the notice of proposed rulemaking.
The model used to craft the fee schedule, based on the findings of the cost study has also been provided.
The Office may not be able to achieve full cost-recovery, but the proposed fees aims to recover a significant portion of the costs the Office incurs for providing fee-based services.
Written comments must be received no later than September 21, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.