Video: John van Nostrand on Big Moves / Small Places

A video of SvN PrincipalJohn van Nostrand’s recent talk at University of Waterloo School of Architecture’s 25th Annual Arriscraft Lecture Series, “Architecture on the Line,” is now available online.

Big Moves / Small Spaces: The Urban Role of Public Transit focuses on the current state of the planning and urban design for the Eglinton LRT, which is being carried out by Metrolinx and the City of Toronto. This work is examined against the polarities of regional-versus-local and utopia-versus-agency, reflecting on the shortcomings and the opportunities that have yet to be explored in the planning and design process.

Architecture on the Line is a series of lectures examining the potent role public transit plays in the urban infrastructure, and in the nature of the city. Architecture on the Line is dedicated to exploring the relationship between architecture and urban infrastructure, at every scale, from the sidewalk to the inter-urban transit line.

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