Modern cities are spaces of desire,
projection and futurity. One way that cities express inclination and
aspiration, to themselves and to the world, is through real, planned,
projected and imagined infrastructure projects.
Toronto’s R.C. Harris Water
Treatment Plant, completed in 1941, is the city’s palatial ode to shared, public
— it is an over-specified, immoderately adorned expression of the potential of public works and the collective systems that constitute urban life. Sidewalk Toronto is Google subsidiary Alphabet Inc.’s proposed 12-acre development of “smart” infrastructure, urban innovation and improved, sustainable and connected living.
These two sites are productively disjunctive — revealing comparable if opposing motivations in the contemporary history of a city that feels as if it is always becoming, always reaching toward a future it missed somewhere along the way. R.C. Harris and Sidewalk are two infra-structurally connected undertakings only Toronto could produce and/or project, two sites that bookend visions of a modern city that, through technology, attempts to support, nurture and create the social, economic and ecological needs of its denizens.
Palaces of Infrastruture: From Water to Data
at the R.C.
Harris Water Treatment Plant
Sunday's proceedings will include walking, talking, guided tours and discussions at both the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant and the Sidewalk Labs / 307 Corporate Office.
Artists and designers Jacinte Armstrong, Sage Sidley and Daniel Rotsztain we be helping trace the experience of the Sunday walkshop, creating interventions and materialisations for further discussion and exhibition.
10:45am-12:00pm: R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant
2:00-3:00pm: Sidewalk Labs / 307
3:30-5:00pm: an open Discussion at Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design.
1 Spadina Cresecent, Toronto, Room 230.
with Beth Coleman, Shannon Mattern, Biance Wylie and Jamie Allen.
The Walks/ Site visits are a public event with limited attendance. The concluding discussion will be open to the public.
Sun, Mar 3/19
TalkMonday Night Seminar at the McLuhan Centre
A Pedestrian View of Sidewalk Toronto
Associate Professor of Experimental Digital Media; Director, City as Platform Lab, University of Waterloo.
Professor of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research and School of Media Studies.
Open Government Advocate, Dgen Network; Senior Fellow Centre for International Governance Innovation.
at the Mcluhan Centre
39 Queen's Park Cres E, Toronto