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Attracted to everything colourful and whimsical, Dee integrates this with her interest in urban planning. She is passionate about play(scapes) for all citizens, particularly the encouragement of interactive participation and the integration of public art in communities.

June Callwood Park — Toronto, Ontario.

A joyful, $2.6-million space is sandwiched between condos in Toronto’s waterfront district.  Designed by gh3, this urban park was named after Canadian journalist, radio/television host, and activist June Callwood, who (co-)founded over 50 ...

“Four Seasons” — Toronto, Ontario.

Imagine looking out your window daily and seeing these modern, multi-hued sculptures!  The local residents (and passers-by) of the Emerald City Condos in North York can thank Douglas Coupland, the artist behind these constructed forms. The ...

TELUS Spark — Calgary, Alberta.

TELUS Spark — which was first called Calgary Centennial Planetarium in 1967 — is a science museum with youth programming that ranges from science and art camps to digital media workshops to scheduled sleepovers.  The HD Digital Dome Theatre, ...

Franklin Children’s Garden — Toronto, Ontario.

Everyone’s favourite turtle, Franklin, has his own ‘theme park’ in Toronto that is only a scenic ferry ride away. Inspired by Paulette Bourgeois’ book series and located on the Toronto Islands, here one would find the “TD Storybook ...

Sherbourne Common Park — Toronto, Ontario.

Sherbourne Common, a waterfront park in Toronto, was constructed in one of the city’s former industrial areas.  Designed by landscape architects Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, it is “the first park in Canada to integrate an ultraviolet ...

Sharp Centre for Design [OCAD University] — Toronto, Ontario.

In Toronto, immeasurable out-of-the-box thinking occurs in a pixellated block … in the sky!  The award-winning Sharp Centre for Design hovers over the older buildings on the campus of OCAD U, Canada’s “university of imagination.”  ...

Play Café — Toronto, Ontario.

Children seem to be fuelled by solar-power and youth.  Adults, on the other hand, sometimes appreciate — or require — the stimulating effect of caffeine.  Toronto’s Play Café offers a family-friendly space, which serves a variety of ...

“Revolution(s)” — Montréal, Québec (+ Paris, France).

Walk-up apartments or plexes in Montréal differ from those found elsewhere.  Since the early 20th Century, outdoor staircases spiral up to the second-floor to allow access to upper-storey apartments.  “Found in almost every neighbourhood, ...

Neshama Playground — Toronto, Ontario.

All children deserve to play.  Unfortunately, most playground designs physically exclude certain kids from playgrounds.  The materials used, construction, and/or topography (i.e., elevations) can be barriers to childhood fun. After years of ...

Snowking Winter Festival — Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

The 2013/2014 winter season has been one of polar vortexes plus many, many, many feet of snow on the North American east coast (i.e., storm in Atlanta?!).  In Canada’s Northwest Territories, however, it has been a typical one. For those of ...

West Edmonton Mall — Edmonton, Alberta.

For some adults, the mall is their playground.  (Clearance) Rack-rummaging and credit card-swiping are not the only activities happening at West Edmonton Mall in Canada.  Instead, think: skating, watersliding, and rollercoaster-ing?! An unconventional ...

Salamander Playground — Montréal, Québec.

Montréalers see the value in art, culture, and the finer things, which includes appreciating the beauty of their natural landscape.  A major example of such a geographical gift is Mount Royal, a mountain that has preserved views and sightlines ...

Underpass Park — Toronto, Ontario.

Canada, the northern nation of poutine and permafrost, is known more for being polite than playful.  However, I will introduce some spaces in which our joie de vivre is expressed, beginning with a relatively new one in my hometown. Located ...