Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto

eBook - 2010
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What is the 'Toronto look'? Glass skyscrapers rise beside Victorian homes, and Brutalist apartment buildings often mark the edge of leafy ravines, creating a city of contrasts whose architectural look can only be defined by telling the story of how it came together and how it works, today, as an imperfect machine. Shawn Micallef has been examining Toronto's streetscapes for a decade. His psycho-geographic reportages, some of which have been featured in EYE WEEKLY and Spacing magazine, situate Toronto's buildings and streets in living, breathing detail, and are informative about the people who use them; the ways, intended or otherwise, that they are being used; and how they are evolving. Stroll celebrates Toronto's details (some subtle, others grand) at the speed of walking and, in so doing, helps readers to better get to know its many neighbourhoods, taking us from well-known spots like the CN Tower and Pearson Airport to the overlooked corners of Scarborough and all the way to the end of the Leslie Street Spit in Lake Ontario. Stroll features thirty-two walks, a flńeur manifesto, a foreword by architecture critic John Bentley Mays, and dozens of hand-drawn maps by Marlena Zuber.
Publisher: Toronto : Coach House Books : Eye Weekly, ©2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781770562608
Characteristics: 1 online resource : illustrations, map


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Oct 20, 2010

I really enjoyed this book. You can pick it up for 10 minutes and enjoy a short stroll or for longer and travel up Yonge St. The book will give you enough information to accurately describe the neighborhoods you stroll through as well as hand drawn guide maps. It's not long on history which I think is its strong point.

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