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Buying and Selling

September 11, 2013 by


Buying and Selling Created in collaboration with Sara French Part of the monumental public art exhibition Land|Slide: Possible Futures Co-presented by FADO Performance Art Centre September 21, 2013 to October 14, 2013               There is no choice, except when you have one.                […]

Life Cycle of the Programless Pavilion

July 3, 2012 by


Art of the Danforth Innovators’ Fair: A series of Programless Pavilions opened May 20, 2012 as Department of Unusual Certainties’ contribution to Art of the Danforth. DoUC inserted three sculptural forms into East Lynn Park constituting the Innovators’ Fair. DoUC intends to publish a small pamphlet for the project later in the Fall.

SAUGA 2030

September 27, 2011 by


SAUGA 2030 is an iPhone app and installation that looks at a future Mississauga and its public spaces in the year 2030. It debuted at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in the summer of 2011 as a part of the Meet Us On the Commons show.  Through demographic and statistical projections, science fiction coppings, and […]

Spaces of Negotiation

September 22, 2011 by


Spaces of Negotiation is a sculptural installation that teases apart the complexity of a current labour dispute in Hamilton, ON. One year ago DoUC started a research project about Hamilton focused by a broad question about the use of ‘creative economy’ rhetoric to negate the city’s strong industrial economy. Two months into that project US Steel locked […]

Toronto Parkettes and the New City Landscape

July 7, 2011 by


The summer 2011 edition of Harbourfront Centre’s Architecture Room is entitled New City Landscape and features the works of Department of Unusual Certainties, Khoury Levit Fong, David Lieberman, and Jason Van Horne. New City Landscape aims to explore the new role of landscape in urban design thinking – how landscape as a conceptual tool and […]

DoUC Un/Earthed in Chicago

April 7, 2011 by


If you happen to be in Chicago on April 9th Soiled Magazine will be hosting an event around their inaugural issue Groundscrapers, which features DoUC’s continued work around our favourite pollinators. You can find out more about the event here UPDATE:  The Soiled Launch party was had and by all accounts it was a great […]

String Theory

March 16, 2011 by


Chicago’s Empty Necklace At the end of the 19th century plans were made to connect 7 major parks in Chicago with a network of 26 miles of boulevards.  The boulevards and parks would wrap around the city creating a so-called Emerald Necklace. The plan was largely successful and is still visible from satellite photos today. […]

Some Notes Towards a Lake Ontario City

January 7, 2011 by


Lake Ontario City Prologue Shortly after the enviro-economic double meltdown of 2012 an emergency meeting was held at an undisclosed location somewhere at the bottom of Lake Ontario.  The meeting, affectionately dubbed by the press years later as “lacus mos servo” (the lake will serve), was attended by various government officials from both Canada and […]

The Botanical Highway

December 9, 2010 by


The following project was a collaboration between DoUC and Samo Pedersen(NoMadSpaceLab) for the Solar Park South competition held this summer in Calabria. The competition called for  a strategic plan for the re-use of an about-to-be-decomissioned highway. Botanical Highway The Botanical Highway is a response to societies changing attitudes towards the way we understand and view […]

StairSpace to Heaven

November 21, 2010 by


DoUC recently contributed to the John Street Ideas Competition held by the Toronto Entertainment District BIA with our submission entitled StairSpace.  The competition called for a new public space concept as the centre point of what has been dubbed a major cultural axis in the city – John Street. The current space is bland and […]

The Main Street Express

August 4, 2010 by


…..and the Plug-In Common The Long Island Rail Road is the busiest commuter rail network in North America. It serves over 81 million passengers each year.Despite this, most of Long Island is suburban. Shopping malls and cars are the preferred choice. Downtowns and the areas around train stations are neglected. The Long Island Index estimates that […]

Alexandria Inflatable Defense

July 29, 2010 by


Working with honorary Danish DoUC affiliate Samo Pedersen, the Department put forth a proposal for UNESCO’s Delta City of the Future Competition, choosing the fabled city of Alexandria at the mouth of the Nile River Delta as its test site, for no better reason than it is a fabled city at the mouth of a […]

Anatomy of a Parkette

June 2, 2010 by


Our observations suggest strongly that open places intended as public squares should be very small. – Christopher Alexander The attraction of urban life is in being able to obtain a level of convenience and comfort similar to inside a room even while outside. – Atelier Bow-Wow The Virtue of Small Public Places In the classic […]

Preservation Hole – Mine the Gap

May 16, 2010 by


Preservation Hole was DoUC’s submission to the Mine the Gap competition held by the Chicago Architectural Club.  The brief of the competition asked competitors to think of  a new use for a giant gaping hole in the middle of the city – the beginnings of a shelved project to build the Calatrava-designed Spire Tower.  The […]

Public Extr(actions) for Due per Cinque

March 31, 2010 by


Department of Unusual Certainties together with Gil Meslin produced a public space concept for the Due per Cinque competition in Milan, Italy.  The competition asks designers to conceive of a public space and public function that can be inserted into the space of a parking spot.  DoUC proposed the use of a scaffolding tower to […]

Continuous (Table) Manifesto

February 5, 2010 by


The Continuous (Table) Monument is a never-ending table.  It stretches from countryside to city to countryside without a beginning or an end.  It weaves itself through the urban fabric of our cities, overcoming all obstacles it encounters.  It climbs up buildings, breaks through walls, arches over roads, and squeezes through alleyways. Nothing can halt its […]

Strange(r) Encounters in Bat Yam

December 28, 2009 by


2 Proposals for the Bat Yam Biennale of Landscape Urbanism ‘Strange(r) Encounters in Bat Yam’ is a pair of proposals for community infrastructural interventions that would take place during the Bat Yam Biennale of Urbanism, in Bat Yam, Israel. A common thread in both of the proposed projects is the attempt to stimulate engagement between […]


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