Theses

The Architecture of Place: Placemaking In The Urban Fabric of Toronto
The Architecture of Place: Placemaking In The Urban Fabric of Toronto
Nowadays, due to economic dynamics, modernity, technology and urban sprawl, humans are suffering from “placelessness”. A look at the urban fabric of metropolitan cities makes evident that public places are losing their distinctive idiosyncrasies. 21st-century built environments are diminishing the unique characters that make places noteworthy. The problem with this is that people have the desire to associate with distinctive places. Ignoring this tendency will create a type of environment where places do not matter any more. Public spaces that serve as platforms for life are not only essential to the identity of cities but also provide venues for social-cultural activities that will attract people. This thesis aims to investigate the role of architecture in increasing the quality of people’s daily experiences in the public domain, and to explore opportunities to frame a new type of public market place in Toronto by imbuing ‘The Architecture of Place’ with ‘a sense of place’.
The Arnold Newman Collection of Photographs at the Art Gallery of Ontario finding aid.
The Arnold Newman Collection of Photographs at the Art Gallery of Ontario finding aid.
The Arnold Newman Collection of Photographs consists of 4820 photographs taken by photographer Arnold Newman between the years 1938 and 2004. This thesis acts as a research project investigating the collection and making it accessible to researchers and collections management at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The project includes research on the sitting subjects, an overview of the physical photographs, an annotated bibliography and the organization and housing of the collection for permanent accession into the Art Gallery of Ontario's photography collection. The paper consists of an analytical portion which outlines the methodology of creating the finding aid. The finding aid acts as a standalone paper designed to assist researchers navigating the collection.
The Arthur H. Flint collection : preserving photographic objects for a private collection
The Arthur H. Flint collection : preserving photographic objects for a private collection
This paper describes an applied project relating to a small private collection of fine art photographs created by the little-known American Pictoralist photographer Arthur H. Flint (1864-1943). After suffering years of neglect, the collection was acquired in 2007 by Toronto-based photographer, collector and dealer Steven Evans. Over the course of eight months, I worked with Mr. Evans on the physical and intellectual arrangement of this collection. In addition, I researched the life of Arthur H. Flint and his significance in context to the Pictoralist movement in the USA. This project provides a biography of photographer Arthur H. Flint; an outline of the preservation and collections management process for the Arthur H. Flint photographic collection, and includes a CD containing 234 catalogue records of the Flint collection.
The Balkans in exile : the relationship between Serbian and Croatian communities in Toronto
The Balkans in exile : the relationship between Serbian and Croatian communities in Toronto
The recent growth of the Serbian and Croation communities in the Greater Toronto Area has encouraged a change in attitudes between the two groups. Nationalistic sentiments harbored by many in the post-World War Two wave of predominantly Četnik and Ustaša émigrés have been laid to rest by the most recent influx of immigrants and refugees from the former Yugoslavia. This study will discern the reasons for which the new cohort of Yugoslav expatriates of Serbian and Croatian descent has been able to overcome seemingly crippling issues of nationalism. This paper will discuss how two major political figures in the Balkan wars of the 1990s, Slobodan Milošević and Franjo Tudjman, manipulated the nationalism of these two communities. In addition, an examination of media from Serbia, Croatia, and Canada will provide insight on the intricate web of factors that have influenced the conflict between the Serbian and Croatian communities in Toronto.
The Beat of Change - Fashioned by the Peacock Revolution
The Beat of Change - Fashioned by the Peacock Revolution
The development of British menswear during the first phase of the Peacock Revolution from 1960 to 1965 demonstrated a significant visual change in the representation of masculinity. Examining the elements that helped shape this moment in style indicates a deep rooted relationship between a group of upper class dandies and rock music icons. This practice-based study addresses gaps in existing research, qualitatively exploring the collaborative role of fashion and music that supported the progression of menswear. The methodological framework investigates the process of sociocultural evolution through the study of memetics, accompanied by a semiotic analysis of oppositional dress. Bricolage was applied as a method of shaping and applying new meaning to the themes investigated in this research, expressing the potential of music to serve as a vehicle for change. An interactive audio-visual installation piece has been created to stimulate audience participation, encouraging the public to question more generally how fashion and music collaborate to facilitate shifts in identity.
The Blonde Salad:  a case study of the democratic potential of fashion blogging in a new media environment
The Blonde Salad: a case study of the democratic potential of fashion blogging in a new media environment
This Major Research Project examines the ways in which the trust that consumers have in fashion blogging as a form of user-generated fashion media may aid in the reproduction of conventional fashion hierarchies. Where consumers may assume that all blog content is created by bloggers themselves, other influences (from fashion “experts” and established brands) often play a large role in dictating content for bloggers. This research questions whether fashion blogging has the potential to create a more open and democratic fashion market. To illustrate these ideas, the project engages in an in-depth case study of one popular fashion blogger, Chiara Ferragni and her blog, The Blonde Salad. Using a theoretical analysis based on concepts of capital discussed by Pierre Bourdieu, this research uses The Blonde Salad blog as an example to demonstrate the influences at play within the making of popular fashion blog content and to question power relations at play within the fashion blogosphere.
The British Press Agencies Collection At The AGO
The British Press Agencies Collection At The AGO
This thesis project discusses the British Press Agencies Collection ("BPAC") which was donated to the Art Gallery of Ontario ("AGO") in 2008 by the Archive of Modern Conflict in London, England. The BPAC, a collection of 1240 gelatin silver prints includes works from over 50 press agencies and 70 photographers.Completion of this thesis project involved researching the images in the BPAC, organizing and re-housing the collection and creating a finding aid.This thesis project has three parts: 1)an analytical paper, 2)the organization and re-housing of the collection, and 3)the creation of a finding aid.The analytical paper discusses the methodology of the research undertaken, the choices made in the organization and re-housing of the collection, and the issues surrounding large press collections in museums. The finding aid is intended to be a document available to researchers in the Marvin Gelber Prints and Drawing Study Centre at the AGO.
The Brown Family archive : assigning intellectual order & physical arrangement to a private photographic collection
The Brown Family archive : assigning intellectual order & physical arrangement to a private photographic collection
This project focuses on the methodology of assigning intellectual and physical arrangement to private family photographic collections. I selected the Brown Family Archive as a case study, working directly with the Brown Family and Lake County Historical Museum in Crown Point, Indiana. The collection brings together photographs and related artifacts from the Civil War, the First National Bank of Crown Point, Indiana, and several interrelated families. The size and scope of the collection is analagous to many family collections. It is historically and culturally significant due to its visual documentation of a sociological milieu in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. Equally important, the photographs offer insight ito the widespread problem of deterioration due to improper housing, mishandling, and chemical break down. Through research and best practices in photographic preservation and collections management, the project delivers a model for use by family historians, museums, historical societies and libraries.
The Bus Stops Here: Rethinking Our Approach to Bus Transit
The Bus Stops Here: Rethinking Our Approach to Bus Transit
This paper will challenge the traditional approach to providing bus transit, particularly on busy high-frequency arterial routes. It posits that conventional bus services are unable to meet contemporary urban sustainability and mobility challenges. Emerging approaches, such as the various forms of bus rapid transit, hold promise as ways to improve the perception of the bus and its usefulness to current transit riders and potential riders. This study uses a survey of best practice in bus transit improvements, as well as key informant interviews with professional service planners in the transit industry. Key findings are directed at the need for new and interdisciplinary ways of working, interdepartmental coordination, a high degree of active public engagement, and physical changes to bus transit systems. The findings informed a series of recommendations to help address the image and performance of bus transit in Toronto.
The CBC's "Seven wonders of Canada" : exclusionary aspects of a project of national identity
The CBC's "Seven wonders of Canada" : exclusionary aspects of a project of national identity
The topic of my major research paper is national identity in the context of cultural pluralism. The paper has as its goal a socio-cultural analysis of national belonging. Immigration policy as gateway has, historically, excluded certain groups from entry to the country; nationalisms have prevented some of those who have gained entry to the country from gaining entry to the nation. I argue that the CBC's"Seven Wonder of Canada" campaign is one such nationalism, revealing nationalist tropes which include the cultural centre's longstanding tradition of identifying with the landscape and its more recent tradition of identifying with multicultural ideology - in its construction of national identity. Ultimately, this paper demonstrates that the campaign reflects an a-historic notion of national identity in which both geography and multiculturalism are used by the cultural centre to exclude. The construction of an exclusionary notion of national identity is necessarily challenged by notions of cultural pluralism. In the context of imbalanced power relations, mainstream Canadians, the cosmopolite and the Other vie for a share of national space.
The CC-Game: A Variant Of The Game Of Cops And Robbers
The CC-Game: A Variant Of The Game Of Cops And Robbers
Cops and Robbers is a vertex pursuit game played on graphs. The objective of the game, as the name suggests, is for a set of cops to catch the robber. We study a new variant of this game in which the robber can attack a cop or fight back. This variation restricts the movement of the cops and changes many of the parameters and strategies achieved in the regular game. We explore aspects of this variant such as classifications for certain cop numbers, upper and lower bounds, strategies on special graphs, the cop number on products of graphs, complexity of computations, and density of cops in infinite graphs.
The California Gold Rush:  approaches to producing daguerreotype views.  An examination of views in the Matthew R. Isenburg Collection at AMC Toronto
The California Gold Rush: approaches to producing daguerreotype views. An examination of views in the Matthew R. Isenburg Collection at AMC Toronto
This thesis examines daguerreotypes of outdoor views made during the California Gold Rush from 1848 to 1856, now in the Matthew R. Isenburg Collection at AMC Toronto. The views were made for private commissions, public viewings, and as models for engraving. Daguerreotypists encountered a number of challenging working conditions in the field, different from those in galleries where portraits were taken. In analyzing 18 daguerreotypes from the Isenburg Collection, this thesis investigates how working conditions during the Gold Rush such as light, climate, and terrain, influenced daguerreotypists`s decisions when making views; these include the choice of camera apparatus, optics and aperture, variations in exposure times, and composition and vantage points. By considering the purposes of such views, and the photographer`s approaches to making them, the thesis explains the appearance of these early visual documents of the western American frontier.