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Public Places

May 16, 2013 by


Public Places March 7 – April 20, 2013 | Mississauga, ON Commissioned by the Art Gallery of Mississauga in partnership with the Mississauga Library System Part of the Roots and Branches exhibition Over the last six months Department of Unusual Certainties (DoUC) has been travelling across Mississauga with a question asking device. We have been seeking insight […]


April 5, 2012 by


DoUC is participating in the exhibition Preoccupied curated by Cadence Collective.  We’re presenting the STEEL not STEAL infographic from our larger project Spaces of Negotiation; which charts the 11 month lockout of Local 1005 in 2011. We gave an impassioned rant about the project  on April 1 as part of panel of speakers at the exhibition. To honour the conversation […]

Things to Remember

February 3, 2012 by


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 […]

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 […]

This is W.A.R.

February 14, 2011 by


DoUC was recently awarded honourable mention for their contribution to Conditions Magazine’s Tell Them What They Need competition concerning the future of competitions.  All of the winning entries will be featured in the most recent issue of the magazine.  We strongly recommend that you go and get yourself a copy – but in the meantime […]

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 […]

DoUC presents RE:Site

December 29, 2010 by


In the fall of 2010 DoUC worked closely with On Site Review to produce a companion piece to On SIte 23: Small Things. The issue is available for all On Site subscribers and will be on sale at the next On Site issue release party in the springtime.  In the meantime, you can peruse the […]

Secrets of the Beehive

December 9, 2010 by


The following text was written by DoUC employee Brendan Cormier and appears in the November 2010 issue of Canadian Architect. The DoUC graphics will be appearing in the forthcoming debut issue of SOILED, an American publication assembled and edited Cartogram. Secrets of the Beehive Bees may have more to do with architecture than we think. […]

“Vancouverism is Everywhere” in Monu

October 18, 2010 by


DoUC is especially excited to announce that we appear in the latest issue of Monu Magazine.  If you live in a city which has a decent bookstore that carries Monu, then go out and get yourself a copy. If you don’t live in a global world urban monstro-polis with a cool underground bookstore struggling on […]

It’s Mayor Time!

October 10, 2010 by


For the Fall 2010 issue of Spacing Magazine, an issue devoted to the upcoming Toronto mayoral election, DoUC looked back in time by preparing a timeline of the past 63 mayors that have presided over Toronto the Good. The research revealed a few revelations: 1. Toronto has had a lot of mayors – mostly due […]

Pocket Manifestos – a DoUC Reissue

June 10, 2010 by


DoUC is proud to present the first two of what is hoped to be a series of reprinted architecture manifestos, printed in small format and easily portable in your pocket, purse, or iPod case. Be the life of the party, by reciting the famous lines of dead architects, and pass their powerful message on to […]

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 […]

Heroes and Guidelines

May 16, 2010 by


Introduction Every city needs a hero. For urban planners that hero is a document. It goes by the name of Urban Design Guidelines (UDGs) and in the last ten years variations of its kind have been popping up in municipalities across North America. For decades the good intents of urban planners and designers have been […]

Bee City

December 26, 2009 by


A map depicting the average roaming radii of bees and the intensity of bee diversity thoughout Toronto – published in the upcoming issue of Spacing Magazine Bees are a hot topic these days. First there’s the new wave of disaster-hypothesizing correlating the discovery of a declining bee population, with the extrapolated consequence of diminishing food […]


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