The Site Magazine is the leading independent journal of contemporary architecture, landscape, urbanism, and design in Canada. Through our predecessor, On Site review, The Site Magazine has a 15-year legacy of publishing independent, critical thought on the built environment. Our recent name change acknowledges our shifting value-system on contemporary architecture and urbanism’s relationship to context: globalized and digitized, speculative and transgressive, “Site” lacking prefix (or ready to accept any offered) is better suited to represent the valuable and often radical investigations, narratives, and scholarship that we publish.
Our mission is to provide a platform for interdisciplinary exchange by publishing essays, photography, art, design, journalism, and stories from a variety of contributors with fresh ideas and unique perspectives. By curating each volume around topical themes published semiannually, we intend to stimulate dialogue on the profound questions - ecological, social, political and economic - which affect built culture in the 21st century. The Site Magazine contributes to a global discussion, leveraging the multi-faceted Canadian lens that includes the Canadian perspective abroad. Our accessible and high-quality content brings this discussion into the mainstream, to the breadth of audience it deserves.
The Site Magazine is a nonprofit organization sustained through funding by the Canadian Council for the Arts. Along with the generosity of private and corporate sponsors we are able to ensure that The Site Magazine remains editorially independent and can continue to publish critical pieces without agenda or bias.
To view our archive and order back-issues, please visit On Site Review.
The Site Magazine is the winner of the 2017 Canadian Magazine Awards Grands Prix for Best Art Direction of an Entire Issue. From the judges: “In its inaugural issue—exploring the concept of Borders—this publication provides a fascinating glimpse at painting the ordinary as extraordinary. It is filled with stunning photos, which add to the depth and colour of the stories presented—and to the imagination of its readers.”
VERNACULARS: CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Lung Liu is a photographer working out of Vancouver. His experience growing up in a refugee camp has helped him to develop the themes of loneliness and longing within his photography. Throughout his career, Lung has won numerous, prestigious awards and competitions including: The Pollux Awards, The Color Magazine Portfolio Contest, The Lux Awards, The International Photography Awards, The Prix de la Photographie Paris, The London Photographic Awards, The Billboard Year in Music Moment Photo Contest, and The International Expose Your World Competition among others. Lung's photo essay Cafe Om: Coffee, Hugs, and Happy Endings has been used to create the visual identity of Volume 36: Vernacular.
VERNACULARS: GUEST EDITORS
DoUC is a creative studio that employs its natural curiosity to design experiences, visualizations and spaces in order to simplify the seemingly complex and inspire thought and dialogue. In 2010, DoUC started from the shared need to question everyday existence. Over the years this need has led to projects that traverse urban design, public art, social engagement, cartography and education. DoUC aims to influence positive change through the physical world and to help build society through their work. They experiment with storytelling and practice the tradition of pragmatism. Sometimes strange, beautiful and controversial, DoUC tells each story with a dedication to creating substantive experiences and content that people can engage with, reflect on and react to. DoUC and Pantopicon are the guest editors for Volume 36: Vernacular. They have structured the issue around a system for evaluating the vernaculars of the future, repositioning the magazine as a tool for interpretation.
We all know that our choices today affect the tomorrow in which we will live. However, we too often forget that how we imagine tomorrow affects our choices today. That is why Pantopicon does what it does: enable others to explore and envision imminent futures; to inspire them and help them to anticipate in order to be more successful. Panopticon is a strategic foresight and design studio. Through speculative and analytical means they craft tools and processes, stories and strategies, products and services to stimulate debate and translate its outcomes into actionable content. They work with - rather than just for - their clients, in both the public and the private realm, enabling them to see, design for, and act upon the challenges that tomorrow might bring. Pantopicon and DoUC are the guest editors for Volume 36: Vernacular. They have structured the issue around a system for evaluating the vernaculars of the future, repositioning the magazine as a tool for interpretation.
Aisling O’Carroll is a landscape architect and architect, involved in practice, research, and teaching, currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work is currently focused on the relations between culture, landscape, infrastructure and ecology.
Amrit Phull is an architectural designer and writer based in Toronto. Her previous work in Eastern James Bay Cree Territory informs her current research on empathic design and Indigenous place-making within Canadian urban centres.
John Sadar has worked in private practice with various firms in Finland, Slovenia, Canada, and the United States, and is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary design studio little wonder.
Michael Taylor is an architect and consultant in Zurich. He has studied at The Architectural Association, UBC, and The Queen's School of Business. His work focuses on strategy in business and design.
Carey van der Zalm is an intern architect, graphic designer, and philanthropist. Her studies in Vancouver, Japan, California and Brazil have influenced her career and allowed her to take the lead in a number of architecture/design start-ups, in addition to designing and publishing several books and magazines.
Nicky Bruun-Meyer is an intern architect, photographer, and writer based in Toronto. With a background in both Communications and Architecture, she has been involved in a number of design initiatives related to public space, the temporary nature of spaces, and community engagement.
Miriam Ho is a writer, editor, installation artist and architectural designer based in Toronto. She also writes fiction and narrative essays. She previously worked for internationally renowned architects Philip Beesley and Shigeru Ban.
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. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Canadian Architect, and Quebec Studies.
Ania Molenda is an independent Rotterdam-based researcher and curator. She is a founder and editor-in-chief of Amateur Cities and a member of Rotterdam’s Culture Council 2017-2020. Ania publishes on architecture in various periodicals and academic journals.
Matthew Neville is a licensed professional planner in Canada, who writes and edits for architecture and urbanism publications, with a focus on academic editing for non-native English writers writing on big issues in big cities.