AGAINST MAPSHealth of cities is primarily observed during situations of crisis instead of a constant and gradual pursuit of comprehensive health. Disasters, crime and poverty are likely dealt with by a government that descends upon a neighborhood. Generalizations based on these difficulties begin a cycle of knee-jerk attempts to isolate and fix singular problems instead of treating a city or a neighborhood holistically. This process leads to generic prognosis and a sterile system of treatment.  In medicine, reaction instead of prevention disconnects problems such as crime or poverty from the larger underlying structure of the city and culture. When disease is understood as a call to explore the whole system, a higher level of wellness can be achieved for a neighborhood or a body.
That's why it is good to think:


1. I want to measure how constructive the relationship is between the buildings and people on Vanauley Street by marking examples of the function or failure of the contents of the block based on research, observations, and surveys administered to the residents.

2. In city planning, extensive theorizing has the ability to remove all function from an urban space.  Examples of this deactivation of urban space can be sited in the large projects completed by and inspired by Le Corbusier as well as the work of Robert Moses in NYC.   I will deal specifically with the contemporary function of the block without considering the intention of its makers.

3. Actions taken when redesigning a city:

  1. The drafting of a questionnaire
  2. The collection of data
  3. The interpretation of data
  4. The presentation of the results, preferably in graphic form
Ayurveda Broker

healthy moses


1. People and change are the only constants in a city.  A city changes too fast to be analyzed at once.  In the time taken to map and understand the multi-layered metropolis, it has changed forever.  I will attempt to understand one block in Toronto for one week using Ayurvedic meters derived from popular medicine and through consulting a Vaidya.

2. The practical pursuit of health as compared to standard practice of city planning will consider the usability and effectiveness of space for the users of the block rather than rely on theories of functionality.

3. A neighborhood can be analyzed as a microcosm.  It is a social body with a composition as complex as a human’s.  Based on a series of examinations and systems of classification used in the practice of Ayurveda I will survey the neighborhood.  In order to do so, I will use three vedic barometers of diagnosis:
i. darshana (see and observe)
ii. sparshana (touch)
iii. prashna (inquire by asking questions)
Using these meters I will determine the dosha of the block for the present time.