I’ve looked at many city guides before I go on trips and the reason why I don’t purchase any of them is because I can’t seem to find the right things in one book. Lonely Planet has a good section on travel advice while Fodor’s has a great restaurant guide. I need something design-conscious. Phaidon *Wallpaper City Guides seem to be the perfect answer if I ever need to travel to a city I’ve never been to. I always loved the city guides in *Wallpaper magazine. The city guide provides must-see places to go, best places to stay, what to do in 24 hours, urban life, architecture and of course shopping. If you like Wallpaper, these city guides are a must for the next trip to a metropolitan.

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Wow, I know it’s been a while since I blogged. Partly because I’ve been busy but mainly because not much out there that I thought was interesting. THIS IS INTERESTING! I was browsing through several blogs (my daily routine) and stopped over at Supertouch (a great art/lifestyle blog). It seems that the great Frank Genry has come up with another masterpiece. BEAUTIFUL. Unlike his ever so shitty and conservative renovation of Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), his West Paris’ Louis Vutton Foundation for Creation is truly, just TRULY spectular. His “cloud made up of glass” structure will hold art collections, exhibits and other functions for the French luxury goods company LVMH Moët Hennessy. The structure will be completed around 2009, 2010 and will cost an estimated 127 million.

To be honest, 127 million doesn’t seem like that much for something that will definitely become a future landmark for the city. It’s amazing what Gehry (the celebritect) can still create even after building so many landmarks already. Which begs the question why Gehry’s design for the AGO is so crappy? Perhaps he’s still bitter about his time in Toronto (being a Torontoian). Anyways, hopefully I will be alive to see the day which Toronto will hold such structures such as this.

Information/Photo VIA Supertouch

They On Award Tour…

September 13, 2006


…well not really…its more of a tease but we should be thankful A Tribe Called Quest is back (somewhat) and touring again. They’re in the middle of the 2K Sports Bounce Tour. They will be performing in Toronto on September 17th at Kool Haus. Unfortunately, I just found out now and unable to get tickets. 😦 Hopefully a full reunion will occur and a much anticipated comeback album will come out of it. One can pray. I mean someone has to save hip hop right?


Being from my hometown of Markham, the reason why I hated the town was because everything was so spread out. Unless you wanted to walk for 1/2 hour, it was mandatory to have a car if I wanted to go buying something from a store or if I wanted to watch a movie at the theatre. With all the big corporate offices like Apple and IBM residing their headquarters there, I wasn’t suprised that money and development was invested there. But I didn’t expect anything like this. Downtown Markham will be 243 acres of land between the lines of Highway 407 and the Rouge River and extends from Warden Avenue on the west to the GO Transit rail line and the Unionville GO Station on the east. The developer, The Remington Group, proposes an urban feel in a suburban town. So this means, closer proximity in terms of residential, commercial and retail sites would be side by side, all inter-mingled together. From how the renders look, 1- Downtown Markham would have an European feel (ironically, everyone will mostly be of Asian decent) and 2- a sense of community, something that seems to be missing in EVERY Toronto suburban town. Shops, restaurants, cafés, theatres, cinemas, bars, nightclubs and a 10 acre community park all in walking distance (and I mean at most a 5 minute walk) from your house or apartment condo.

I must admit, I am impressed. It looks terrific. If it’s done correctly and if the actual community look like the renders shown, this could be very successful. You can be sure many new towns would look to Downtown Markham as a template of how a real town should feel or look like. Hell, if it looks anything like this, I might move back home and buy a place whenever this will get done. Knowing Canadian construction, I’d say 40-50 years?! Ha.

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Vice Magazine Online

July 11, 2006

Blah I wrote a whole caption about this but WordPress seemed to delete it when I was about to publish it. I’m not even gonna bother retyping it. Fuck you WordPress. Oh well, basically to sum it all up, Vice, like The Fader, decided to publish their magazine online as well. Although it was free at various Vice stores (It’s a shame they closed the Toronto store down on Queen), Vice decided it was probably easier to get a bigger audience via online.

To be honest, Vice is kinda too absurd for me and I never really understood the content and articles they would put in their magazine but it definitely was an interesting read on an extremely uninteresting Tuesday at work. Click here to check it out

The Four Seasons in Toronto definitely needed an improvement from their current building on Avenue Rd, which is completely out of date . The new renderings came out a while ago but I just checked it out recently and I must say it looks really great. It’s good to know that the Four Seasons aren’t fucking Toronto up with an ugly ass design. It’s classy and elegant yet it’s modern enough to last for a long while. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here are the renderings. Not holding my breathe tho, it’ll be completed by 2009.
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Been away from Toronto for a while now and I just found out that West 8 won the competition to revitalize Toronto's much needed waterfront. It looks to be very interesting in terms of design. I especially like the curvy bridges connecting the current harbour-front with the proposed man-made ports. I especially don't like the huge maple leaf island they proposed. I know nationalism is important but lets not get carried away with the maple leaf. You don't see the Americans with a huge island of a star. I would like to see more commercial development in their plans as it would be great to do some ACTUAL shopping along the boardwalk (stuffed beaver toys and maple syrup don't count). But overall, it seems like a well thought out proposal and will go nicely with the Expo 2015 bid if we win. Currently, its not a bad place to go but there's really not much to do other than skating in the winter and going for a stroll during the summer. Hopefully this project will change that.


Superfuture Toronto Maps

June 16, 2006

Yeah. I'm extremely procrastinating at work and even though its only 5 00 and I got at least 3 more hours before I can leave, I feel like I already called it a day. Anyhow, been surfing the web and going on practically every single site I've been to, I jumped to the Superfuture forums. If you haven't heard or been to Superfuture (www.superfuture.com), its a great site for global shoppers where you can find a database of where to buy things all over the world. Incredibly useful if you're looking for rarities, where all the trendy spots are or what people are buying in general. Noticed that they have FINALLY finished the Toronto maps for Superfuture. Check it out. It's definitely not has elaborate as the maps of New York, Tokyo or Hong Kong and there are definitely a lot of cool stores/bars that seem to be missing but nevertheless, its still pretty cool to look at especially if its your hometown.

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