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THEN // NOW

January 19, 2012
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Patrick Cummins. Photographer. Toronto, ON.

100 Adelaide St. East, 1989 & 1998.

140 Boulton St. 1988 & 1998 & 2004.

515 Queen St. West, 1984 & 1999 & 2011.

Patrick Cummins started taking photos of Toronto architecture in the 1980s and has documented the ever-changing cityscape. There are thousands more photos on Patrick’s flikr here. He has a book in the works & I look forward to getting one for my coffee table.


TRAFFIC ISLAND

December 13, 2011
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The city is a nice place you always think about escaping…
By klisterpete and akay.
 

High in a rocky tree-covered area between two busy highways, a minature Swedish summer cottage painted traditional red with white trim suddenly appeared. Of course, it didn’t actually appear, klisterpete and akay carried it up there. They built the red picket fence to surround the tiny grassy area. They hung the clothes line across the yard. They brought the promise of the swedish countryside everyone wants to escape to, right into the middle of the city. They took an unused, unappreciated space and made it a charming and peaceful place of wonder despite the traffic below, the train passing on its tracks behind, buildings stretching out farther behind those…

What if more people made the places they ARE the places they WANT TO BE? It’s not so hard.

-kidpe

>>>I found out about AKAY from V.


ANTIFORNIA

September 28, 2011
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it’s been a long while since ive posted here at farmcity!, but this short lil documentary just about sums up the ethos that i strive toward – diy, do&hope.

‎”basically, all this is just…going out there and doing it.”

video by http://www.seanpointing.co.uk/


abandon me.

June 16, 2011
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Numi Thorvarsson. Photographer.

eyðibýli 6

eyðibýli 1

eyðibýli 16

eyðibýli 11

eyðibýli 9

Haunting photos, abandoned homes, Iceland (I think).
See the rest here.


On My Mind:

March 27, 2011
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Nick the Tailor; ‘love’; Nanook; Gaia; city-heart.


flow.

March 24, 2011
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Herbert Baglione. Graffiti Writer. Artist. Brazil.




Baglione makes cool art. A lot of the stuff I’ve seen by him is on paper, but these are some of his works on walls and in public. The graffiti-debates continue in Toronto these days, spurred on by a suburban Mayor who is out of touch with the urban core of the City. It’s making me excited for spring & the new work going up.


lend a helping hand.

March 20, 2011
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overunder + No Touching Ground. Graffiti. Wall Art. Wheat Paste. Brooklyn, USA.





An interesting wheatpaste / paint mural combo. Playing on the notion of paper as an ephemeral medium (when pasted out-of-doors, especially). Over time, the piece will disintegrate but also introduce a new mural.
I like this idea. From overunder, who also seems to be responsible for my favourite blog / project idea of recent times – blogcabinbrooklyn.


considering the gravity of stuff.

March 14, 2011
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escif. Graffiti. Street Art. Murals. Valencia, Spain.

brick / break

considerar la gravedad del asunto

Biologia Aplicada 01

Nice time for a revolution?

...insiders!

escif is prolific as fuck. check out hundreds of large-scale pieces here. I’m really into the style and the subject matter – a mix of natural motifs, portraits and architectural elements.


arkitektur.

March 2, 2011
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Todd Saunders. Architect. Newfoundland / Norway.




I saw Todd speak last night at the University of Toronto’s Architecture School. I have recently been thinking a lot about geography, identity and culture, so this was right up my alley. Saunders uses traditional materials (mostly wood) to build inventive, modernist structures that interact with the location. His ideas stem from a respect for the natural form – the cliff overlooking a fjord in Norway, the violent shoreline of Newfoundland’s North Atlantic – and attempt to build something that is able to highlight the beauty of these spots.

He’s building a lot. The project shown above was his first. It wasn’t even commissioned; after graduating, a buddy and him bought the land and self-financed the build. His portfolio is growing and includes a utopian project in Newfoundland’s Fogo Island. I’ll post more about that some other time.


subtle disaster.

January 26, 2011
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EKTA. Murals. Gothenburg, Sweden.

Bright & Colourful! EKTA’s a prolific graphic artist, graffiti artist, muralist. Check out more of his stuff here.


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