In 1993 Eric Brown was living through a rough patch. He was struggling with his mental health and having trouble finding a place to live. Several landlords had kicked him out, and homeless shelters had banned him. His niece and advocate Sue Sauve was worried he might end up on the street. Then Eric found … Continue reading What would Anna Kaljas Say?
https://youtu.be/-ovOKH0TN9Q Friday, March 11, 2022 – I sit in my cozy, safe attic office looking out over a hushed Canadian neighbourhood. Snow falls, coating trees, sidewalks and cars with a pristine, late-winter mantle of white. Half a world away, millions of Ukrainians flee their own country while Russia’s military bombs civilian targets including residential blocks … Continue reading History Repeats Itself
The email from Dave LeBlanc The Architourist columnist for the Globe and Mail (Canada's national newspaper) arrived just as I was about to sit down at a lecture by well-known Toronto urbanist Ken Greenberg facilitated by the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery at the Walper Hotel in downtown Kitchener. I fidgeted through the whole talk, turning the message over and … Continue reading “Finding John Lingwood” featured in Canada’s national newspaper
Anyone who – in their adolescent years – wanted to paint their bedroom walls black knows that putting your mark on a space makes it your own. Former president of the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Paul Motz, had much more to play with when in 1970 his father assigned him to managing the interior details of the … Continue reading How to choose a carpet … Lingwood style
But, the story of the building doesn't end there ... with demolition.
https://youtu.be/Bw0x2A8tbTI I’ve gathered at least 20 hours worth of interviews, additional hours of location video and 100s of photographs for my film “Finding John Lingwood.” The finished film … 55 minutes. A mountain of information to work with and a lot left on the cutting room floor. It’s not quote as bad as you might … Continue reading Once a darling, always a darling