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August 13, 2012


DoUC takes holidays and this year we are pleased to be spending part of that time in Venice, IT. As a strategic partner of the Migrating Landscapes Organizer (Canada’s selection for the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture). DoUC will be presenting our contribution – Making History. Making History takes the form of a 2×3 foldable […]


July 11, 2012


On June 14th DoUC had the privilege of being one of 10 presenters for Pecha Kucha Toronto #16 part of this year’s NXNE music festival. DoUC’s presentation “Change through time” looked at three of our recent projects with attention to how we represent time and how we experience it – both you and us! You can see the presentation […]


April 3, 2012


For immediate release. The winter is finished and with it the first leg of DoUC’s work with Migrating Landscapes…Next stop Venice! In the meantime Spring is a busy season for DoUC…With 5 exhibitions that aim to please. Pre-occupied – featuring Steel not Steal, March 11th – April 1st Jubilee at the Harbourfront Centre, Opening April 20th – […]

Things to Remember

February 3, 2012


The following are some DoUC projects you may know but somehow slipped through the cracks. For your viewing pleasure two DoUC projects from long ago. Project 1: World and Home  Appeared in Onsite 25 - Identity . An attempt to reflect on Canada’s illustrious past and fledgling present. By comparing Canada’s actions on the world stage and the […]

#MOVE CHARRETTE- Food Diffused

December 6, 2011


On the weekend of October 11th-13th DoUC took part in the Move Transportation charrette (part of the Move Expo) hosted by Evergreen and the Institute without Boundaries. The Charrette focused on ten different themes all revolving around a core theme of transportation. DoUC was given with the role of lead designers for the Food not […]

DoUC in Conversation with Broken City Lab

November 30, 2011


Department of Unusual Certainties in conversation with Broken City Lab…two practices, one love.  A roving night of dialogue focusing on the city as a workplace. When: December 8th 2011 6:30-7:30pm Where: The Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, Toronto. This is event is pay-what-you-can. Drinks will be served. This is the third instalment of the Design […]

Who Feeds the City?

November 19, 2011


The Fall Issue of Spacing Magazine is all about food and the city. Hunting down remnants of old farms in the city, enjoying culinary treats in strip malls, growing grain in hydro corridors – you can find it all here in this issue. DoUC also contributed something special –  a map which looks at the […]

SAUGA 2030

September 27, 2011


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


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 […]

Hamilton Field Work – A Tour With Tony Butler

August 30, 2011


DoUC is in the middle of preparations for a show at the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre called Hammering Away opening September 9th 2011.  Our contribution, called Spaces of Negotiation, looks at the broader landscape in which issues of the lockout between Local 1005 and U.S. Steel take place in the city and abroad. While […]

Mississauga: A Retrospective Science Fiction

July 15, 2011


“Sauga 2030″ – DoUC’s foray into science fiction city narratives mediated through smart phone based applications – premieres next week at the Art Gallery of Mississauga as a part of the Meet Us On The Commons show, curated by Elizabeth Underhill. The main product being exhibited is an audio driving tour smart phone application – […]

Toronto Parkettes and the New City Landscape

July 7, 2011


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 […]

Visualizar ’11- Back from Madrid

July 6, 2011


On Thursday June 29, DoUC employee Christopher Pandolfi completed his time at Medialab Prado’s Visualizar ’11 with the presentation of From Extraction to Reaction (final presentation video to follow). You can read the project description below as well as see a demonstration of the final application developed by the project team here. DoUC would like to thank […]

A Play Nation Preview

June 29, 2011


The programming team at the Design Exchange have been pulling late hours all week getting ready for the Play Nation show opening this Canada Day.  Play Nation looks at the culture of outdoor recreation in Canada, and how our own hinterland has influenced the design of our recreation equipment. DoUC have contributed to the show […]

Mississauga Field Recordings

June 27, 2011


In preparation for DoUC’s contribution to the Art Gallery of Mississauga‘s exhibition Meet Us On The Commons, Department employees Simon Rabyniuk and Brendan Cormier, with Department affiliate and sound wizard Lisa Conway, took a field trip to Mississauga to gather the sounds, noises and tintinabulations that make up the city’s soundscape. The sounds will be […]

Making Headlines: 47 Years of Parkdale

June 21, 2011


DoUC are premiering their most recent work “Making Headlines” this week as a part of the Parkdale Film and Video Showcase.   There will be an artist’s talk held at the Ground Level Cafe in Parkdale this Wednesday which will include DoUC employees Simon Rabyniuk and Brendan Cormier. Wednesday, June 22 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm Ground Level Cafe, […]

DoUC at Visualizar 11 / MediaLab Prado

June 14, 2011


DoUC employee Christopher Pandolfi is currently in Madrid leading a workshop on information visualization as a part of Visualizar 11 at the MediaLab Prado.  You can also note that our Timeline of Spectacle also made the banner of their homepage.  Assange quotes will be read, derivative trading will be mapped and/or the discussion on the […]

Neon Blocks x 1,445 at the Harbourfront

June 10, 2011


DoUC and the people at the Harbourfront Centre are preparing for a new exhibit opening Friday June 17th and running throughout the summer.  The exhibit, entitled New City Landscapes, features works by Department of Unusual Certainties, Khoury Levit Fong, and David Lieberman and Jason Van Horne. Our contribution will examine small park spaces in the […]

Mapping Emerging Leaders

May 25, 2011


DoUC has been working with Civic Action’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) for the last six months to produce a map depicting the various networks of civic involvement taking place in Toronto.  ELN is an initiative of Civic Action concerned with bringing together and fostering new and emerging leaders working on projects that make the city a better […]

DoUC Summer Preview

May 9, 2011


If things seem to be a bit quiet on the DoUC blog, it’s because we’ve moved into full production mode for a slew of summer events that we’re excited to share with you. Here’s a small preview of some of the projects we’re working on. Parkdale Film and Video  Showcase (June 24-26) DoUC have been […]


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