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My Year with a Giant Tiger

“The bright colours on and around the Giant Tiger property were what first attracted me,” writes photographer, fiction writer and landscape architect Sara Heinonen. While the Canadian discount chain isn’t known for elevated aesthetics, Heinonen’s self-published book of photography finds beauty and depth in the most ordinary of settings.

Showcasing a Hamilton, Ontario, store over the course of a year, the pictures highlight the ways that “even a humble building in a seemingly banal urban setting can offer captivating colour, light and form,” she writes.

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Barry Sampson, Teaching + Practice

Although Barry Sampson passed away in late 2020, the Canadian architect’s legacy of thought and built work continues to address some of today’s most pressing issues, including public spaces, sustainable building methods and critical modes of practice. A principal of Baird Sampson Neuert Architects and a long-time professor at the University of Toronto, Sampson combined public advocacy with a portfolio of influential projects, including Toronto’s Cloud Gardens Park and Niagara’s Butterfly Conservatory. Edited by Brian Carter and Annette W. LeCuyer, this retrospective features contributions from the likes of George Baird, Brigitte Shim, Nader Tehrani and more.

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Serious Fun: The Landscapes of Claude Cormier

The title says it all. Canadian landscape architect Claude Cormier is a practitioner like no other, designing spaces that combine joy, whimsy and humour with a deep commitment to inclusive public life. From Montreal’s rainbow-hued 18 Shades of Gay and elegantly vivid Plage de l’Horloge to Toronto’s canine-themed Berczy Park, many of Cormier’s landscapes and art installations are contemporary Canadian icons. The new monograph by Marc Treib and Susan Herrington traces the contours of an almost 30-year career, outlining the philosophies, methods and forms — and even the occasional controversies — that have shaped Claude Cormier et Associés’ singular civic trajectory.

Media Shelf: Canadian Lit

Three perspectives on the urban landscape of the Great White North — from dog parks to box stores.

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