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Media Shelf: Community-Centred Design
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Charlotte’s Castle
Charlotte's Castle documentary poster

Charlotte Mickie has lived in apartment 7 of Toronto’s Spadina Gardens since 1993. Located in the Annex neighbourhood, the 16-unit mid-rise, completed in 1904 by esteemed architect Arthur R. Dennison, boasts a rich history. Set in the wake of the building’s sale to Amsterdam-based development company ProWinko in April 2018, this documentary by director Jamie Kastner follows the tenants of Spadina Gardens as they band together to conserve its heritage under the looming threat of renoviction. The film raises important questions: What constitutes heritage? And what is at stake if we fail to preserve it? For the tenants association, it was about more than protecting the units’ spacious Edwardian layouts,...

Media Shelf: Community-Centred Design

Two books and a documentary unpack the ways that communities shape their settings — and vice versa.

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