October 5th, 2013
Please join us for a talk by award-winning illustrator and children’s author Frank Viva, followed by a book signing and light refreshments.
Frank will be doing a drawing demonstration for the little ones. (Children are welcome too …)
With its rich colour palette of greys, olives, ambers and cream (it’s printed using nine colours instead of the usual four), Young Frank, Architect is a gorgeous publication, an inspiration for budding architects and a lesson for those who think they’ve seen everything.
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May 1st, 2013
Well, it’s finally starting to feel like spring, and we all know what that means:
No? Okay then, let’s try:
That’s right. In honour of the season and its renewing, motivating forces, we’ve decided to comb through our collection at the 401 Richmond store and reduce prices on a selection of products, books and magazines for pretty much all of the next month. It’s the inaugural Big Sale, and it’s aptly named, unlike our former annual Sidewalk Sale (which we were never actually allowed to have on the sidewalk).
Big Sale offerings include Bodoni’s mammoth Manual of Typography from Taschen;
$5 back issues of magazines and annuals such as Communication Arts, Archive and Print; a mixture of classic and contemporary products from Nava, Arzberg, Umbra, imm Living and Rosti; information-loaded digital weather-station clocks designed by Philippe Starck; past issues of the architecturally uplifting 2G Magazine (which has – rather sadly – just gone digital with the newest issue, so grab those printed copies while you can); and some elegant one-off pieces of silverware (because really, who says you need a table setting of four?).
We’ll be discounting these items, and more, right through to Sunday, May 26, when we’ll be open for the final day of Doors Open Toronto. (Another excellent reason to visit the 401 Richmond building, and Swipe in particular.)
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October 23rd, 2012
Starting this month, we’re honoured to be hosting the travelling Canada Sketches exhibition! Ever wish you could peek into the sketchbooks of leading Canadian design and architecture professionals? Earlier this year, IIDEX, the Toronto Society of Architects, and Milan architects Enrico Cleva and Sara Viarengo Cleva collaborated with Moleskine and sent out blank sketchbooks to firms across the country, inviting them to fill the pages with their ideas and inspirations.
Well, (thankfully) they complied. The sketchbooks were filled with a wealth of illustrations, some beautifully detailed and frame-worthy, then showcased at IIDEX’s International Pavilion. And now? They’re here, fresh from the show and for a limited time only in Swipe’s own humble display.
We’ve got sketches from the studios of Bruce Mau Design, Twenty + Change, Yabu Pushelberg, and Diamond Schmitt Architects, to name a few. They’re only staying until the end of November, so come have a glimpse at the creative workings of Canada’s design greats before they’re on the road again.
In the meantime, check out Azure’s post for more details.
May 24th, 2012
Once again, Doors Open Toronto is just around the corner, and once again, we here at Swipe are thankful to be part of the extraordinary arts and culture complex at 401 Richmond Street West. A prime destination during the festival, 401 is expecting a surge of visitors over the weekend of May 26 and 27. Accordingly, Swipe will also open its doors all weekend: on Saturday from 10am to 6pm, and on Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
In celebration of this celebration of our city’s cultural, social and architectural heritage, we’ll be updating our blog with a rundown of current Torontoniana, beginning with a brand-new release from Toronto’s own Coach House Books that documents the changing facades of this city’s streets. Featuring the photographic work of Patrick Cummins, with text by Toronto flâneur Shawn Micallef, Full Frontal T.O.: Exploring Toronto’s Architectural Vernacular chronicles thirty years of local shift and change. (2012: Coach House Books; ISBN 9781551098913)
The book is available at Swipe for $24.95, and until May 31, you can also visit the Urbanspace Gallery’s free Full Frontal T.O. exhibition, with large-scale versions of many of the photographs on display.
Full Frontal T.O.: Exploring Toronto’s Architectural Vernacular
2012: Patrick Cummins and Shawn Micallef
May 10th, 2012
Launched in 1997, 2G International Architecture Review, from Barcelona-based Editorial Gustavo Gili, has, in the short time since its introduction, become the most respected chronicle of contemporary architecture. Each issue is divided into three sections. The first two offer a critical examination of the work of a single architect, beginning with an introductory essay by renowned critics and colleagues, and followed by an in-depth presentation of 10 to 15 representative projects documented with full-page photographs and detailed plans and elevations. The final section, called Nexus, provides the featured architect an opportunity to write about their own work and to present their ideas as they see fit. Thus, 2G offers a unique opportunity to contrast the architect’s stated intent with critical interpretations of their work.
2G #60: Lacaton & Vassal
? 2012: Iñaki Abalos, Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal & Karine Dana
With a professional career of more than twenty years behind them, French architects Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal, to whom 2G devoted an issue of in 2001, continue to pursue their own coherent, personal approach to architecture. Theirs is a position far removed from formal originality, being based, instead, on an ethical conception that upholds the essential idea of the architect’s social responsibility. Lacaton & Vassal have constructed a discourse of their own that, although seemingly simple, embraces the complexity of contemporary reality. (2012: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425223457)
2G #58/59: Kazuo Shinohara
? 2011: Enric Massip-Bosch, David B. Stewart, Shin-Ichi Okuyama & Kazuo Shinohara
Kazuo Shinohara (1925-2006) has proved to be the most influential architect of his generation in shaping contemporary Japanese architecture. Shinohara carefully selected the photographs and texts that accompanied each project, and even refused Gustavo Gili’s first proposal in 2001 to revisit and photograph his buildings. This publication has only been possible after his death in 2006, thanks to the generosity of the heirs. This double issue of 2G focuses solely on his single-family homes and is the result of a long process of research to identify the site and condition of each of the houses. Some no longer exist, others have been altered considerably, but fortunately the majority remains and have been photographed exclusively for 2G by the Japanese photographer Hiroshi Ueda. Spanish/English. (2011: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425224140)
2G #55: Robbrecht and Daem
? 2010: Ivona Blazwick, William Mann & Paul Robbrecht
Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem have been active as architects in the Belgian city of Ghent since 1975. Their buildings address different typologies, from cultural buildings, spaces for art and public spaces to conversions of old offices, in which painstaking construction with traditional materials and schemes that are simple in layout and of great spatial richness inscribe their work within a certain central-European tradition of the ordinary. Issue 55 presents eighteen projects by Robbrecht en Daem, fifteen of them built, which extend from public spaces for various Belgian cities (Antwerp, Ghent and Knokke) and urban amenities of major importance like Bruges Concert Hall to small projects inserted in the landscape, like a cabin the woods, a pair of observation towers and a dovecote. English/Spanish. (2010: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425223747)
2G #54: Joao Vilanova Artigas
? 2010: Joao Vilanova, Guilherme Wisnik & Kenneth Frampton
The Brazilian mid-century modernist master, whose poetic constructions built upon the plastic-concrete language of Sao Paulo school of the 1950s. This extensive monograph on his public works and private residences of the 1940s through 70s illuminate an eclipsed contributor to Brazilian architectural history. English/Spanish. (2010: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425223532)
2G #52: Sauerbruch Hutton
? 2010: Barry Bergdoll, Louisa Hutton, Matthias Sauerbruch & Philip Ursprung
Dividing their time between London and Berlin, Matthias Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton are known for a practice that eschews the straight line and a muted palette, designing curvaceous buildings with bold, bright colours. (2010: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425223365)
2G #51: MGM Morales Giles Mariscal
? 2009: Laurent Beaudouin, Sara de Giles, Jose Morales & Carlos Muro
This issue examines the work of another iconoclastic regional practice: in this case the Sevillean studio MGM Arquitectos. In both their high-density residential projects and public buildings, MGM infuses a distinctly contemporary architecture with the traditional interplay of interior and exterior space typical of Andalusian architecture. (2009: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425223143)
2G #50: Sou Fujimoto
? 2009: Toyo Ito & Julian Worrall
Sou Fujimoto is the most representative practitioner of a distinctively Japanese style in contemporary architecture which incorporates traditional Japanese attitudes toward nature and the relationship between interior and exterior space. Fujimoto is one of the youngest architects to be profiled in 2G, and his work has been restricted primarily to smaller residential projects and a variety of conceptual exercises. The issue features a critical assessment by renowned Japanese architect Toyo Ito, in many ways Fujimoto’s conceptual antecedent. (2009: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425222931)
2G #48–49: Mies van der Rohe : Houses
? 2009: Beatriz Colomina, Moises Puente & Hans Christian
This double issue focuses an aspect of Mies’ body of work that, up to now, has been poorly documented. All of Mies’ single-family dwellings, in both Germany and the United States, are examined in new commissioned photos from Hans-Christian Schink, along with the original drawings and other archival material. Essays by Beatriz Colomina and Moises Puente provide critical context and a special section catalogues the known unbuilt residential projects. (2009: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425221880)
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April 24th, 2012
Ever feel depressed at the amount of garbage spewing forth from TV, the internet, social networking sites, CNN news flashes, digital media in general? Toppling out of screens and smart phones into living rooms, streetcars, gallery openings, intimate dinner conversations… We at Swipe can’t really talk: we blog, we tweet, we facebook, we’re total hypocrites. Well, Kyle May and the team at CLOG have decided to paddle out of the digital maelstrom, one cleanly printed magazine issue at a time. (Okay, so they do have a website in order to promote their work, but let’s not get too nit-picky here.)
Their aim with CLOG is to cut the noise. Focus. Pay attention to one thing at a time, and do it properly. From their website: “CLOG slows things down. Each issue explores, from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now. Succinctly, on paper, away from the distractions and imperatives of the screen.”
We think we might be in love.
Issue No. 1, BIG, sold out rapidly and is now out of print. Issue No. 2, APPLE, is still available at the time of writing, though happily trotting off our shelves and out the door. We await issue No. 3, DATA SPACE, with anticipation. (If you’d like a call or email when it arrives, drop us a line to avoid disappointment.)
CLOG: BIG (No. 1): $24.95 (SOLD OUT)
CLOG: APPLE (No. 2): $24.95
January 12th, 2012
The Centre for City Ecology and Creative Urban Projects have been actively preparing for the launch of their City Builder Book Club, which is set to kick off on February 1. And what better volume to start proceedings with than that veritable classic of urban discussion, Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities? Fifty years ago, in this enormously influential work on town planning, Jacobs argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners. Her words, and her demonstration of the value of the experiences of people who live and work in cities, still hold sway today: a 50th Anniversary Edition of Death and Life was published late last year, with an insightful new introduction by the book’s original editor, Jason Epstein. (2011: Random House Publishing Group; ISBN 9780679644330)
CCE and CUP welcome you to strengthen their discussion of this book by joining the conversation on their blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter. Your experience in your own city is a valuable part of this conversation about what makes a city welcoming and vibrant.
Copies of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, 50th Anniversary Edition are available for sale at Swipe for $25.95.
September 7th, 2011
On September 9th, we will be celebrating the world premiere of Urbanized as part of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Gary Hustwit (Helvetica/Objectified) returns with the final documentary in his design film trilogy. Urbanized focuses on the design of cities and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, and thinkers, including Sir Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Jan Gehl, Oscar Niemeyer, Amanda Burden, Enrique Peñalosa, Alejandro Aravena, Eduardo Paes, Rahul Mehrotra, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Ricky Burdett, James Corner, Michael Sorkin, Bruce Katz, Candy Chang, Edgar Pieterse, and many more, including extraordinary citizens who have affected change in their cities.
Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? And how does the design of our cities affect our lives? By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects in dozens of cities around the world, from massive infrastructure initiatives to temporary interventions, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities.
Check out the TIFF schedule here!
April 18th, 2011
Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder
? 2011: Ken Greenberg
Ken Greenberg has worked in an enviable number of cities around the world – Amsterdam, New York, St. Paul, Montreal, Boston, San Juan, Toronto … we could keep going – and in his new book Walking Home he brings this experience and knowledge to a discussion of city building. Eschewing the negative outlook of many urban writings, Greenberg’s book is filled with positive, constructive dialogue about how we can improve the conditions in our cities, from building better public spaces, to increasing density in smart and sensitive ways, to connecting cities back to their waterfronts.
For Greenberg, city building is best done incrementally, inserting density and contemporary buildings into the existing fabric of the city, building upon what is already there as opposed to starting with a blank canvas. In this way we can create more dynamic and organic spaces, allowing our cities to evolve over time. He calls this an open-platform kind of city building; the role of the urban designer is to create flexible spaces that can adapted to different uses over time.
For Toronto, this book is both timely and important. It should be a wake-up call to those at City Hall: a reminder that city building takes work, courage and collaboration, but that the potential for vibrant places to live is worth it.
Walking Home enjoyed its official launch on Wednesday 25 May, and Swipe Design was thrilled to be partnering with 401 Richmond’s Urbanspace Gallery to perform the honours. Oh yes, and Greenberg was wielding his authorly pen on the night. (2011: Random House Canada; ISBN 9780307358141)
April 12th, 2011
Grounded: The Work of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg
? 2010: Julian Smith, Ken Greenberg, Bruce Kuwabara, Doug Paterson, Jacqueline Hucker, Eduard Koegel & Kelty McKinnon; forward by Michael Van Valkenburgh
With a book called Grounded, it’s hardly surprising that the founding partners of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg are so, well, down to earth. We had the pleasure of meeting the Smallenberg and Farevaag components of the PFS team at a recent Toronto gathering, celebrating the launch of the Vancouver firm’s impressive monograph.
Showcasing PFS’s planning, urban design and landscape architecture works, Grounded is also an intriguing walk through time and place, featuring seven commissioned essays by some of today’s most influential architects, planners and historians. Jacqueline Hucker discusses commemorative architecture, including the Canadian memorial in Vimy Ridge, France, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa; Bruce Kuwabara explores landscape architecture’s civic role; and Ken Greenberg, Douglas Paterson, Julian Smith, Eduard Koegel and Kelty McKinnon offer a range of PFS-oriented perspectives.
All of this is wrapped up in the lush, clean design of Argentinian-born Canadian Pablo Mandel. Oh, and that cover? It may look like a Legoland paradise, but it’s all real. Check it out next time you’re hovering over the Washington Mutual Centre’s Roof Garden in Seattle. (2010: Blue Imprint; ISBN 9781897476208)