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For the past 27 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent that appeared at our 28th festival on September 24, 2017
Toronto is at the edge of a new epoch—with elections on the horizon and urban intensification on order, the future of our city’s architecture is yet to be designed. International experts and Canadian magazine contributors Adele Weder (Canadian Architect Magazine), Shawn Micallef (Spacing Magazine), and Miriam Ho and Ruth Jones (SITE Magazine) will share their design visions of the new urban frontier.
Adele Weder is a writer, curator, and correspondent for design journals and anthologies in Canada and abroad, and is the acting editor of Canadian Architect magazine. Her nationally travelling exhibition ‘Ron Thom and the Allied Arts’ exhibited at the Gardiner Museum in 2014. She has a Masters of Advanced Studies in Architecture from the University of British Columbia, and has co-authored several books on Canadian architecture. A former Torontonian, she now divides her time between Vancouver, Toronto, and Haida Gwaii.
Shawn Micallef is the author of Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness (2017), The Trouble with Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure (2014), Full Frontal TO (2012), and Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto (2010). He’s a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, and a senior editor and co-founder of Spacing magazine. In 2002, while a resident at the CFC’s Media Lab, he co-founded [murmur], the location-based mobile phone documentary project that spread to over 25 cities globally. Shawn teaches at the University of Toronto and was a 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at Massey College.
Miriam Ho is an architectural designer, writer, and editor based in Toronto. She has worked for some of the world’s most innovative design firms, including Philip Beesley Architecture Inc. in Toronto, Dominique Perrault Architects, and Jean de Gastines & Shigeru Ban Architects in Paris and New York. Her work has been exhibited at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto and at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. She is working on a chapter for an upcoming book on Vernacular Architecture: A New World Survey to be published by Thames and Hudson. She is a co-editor of –SITE Magazine.
Ruth Jones is a Toronto-based writer and editor. She holds a PhD in French and Francophone Studies from UCLA, with research focusing on literary subjectivity, perception, and urban space, and has taught courses on writing and infrastructural space at ArtCenter College of Design. With Jen Davis, she is currently at work on a critical translation of the French architect Patrick Bouchain. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Canadian Architect, and Quebec Studies. She is one of the managing editors at –SITE Magazine.