Centre For Local Research into Public Space (CELOS)


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Research Mandate

Research into the use and administration of public space

posted Fall 2008

CELOS Research is at an early stage. The starting point has been detailed chronicling of activities at Dufferin Grove Park, already thousands of pages. This chronicling activity is gradually expanding elsewhere, notably through diaries of city rinks on cityrinks.ca.

An outgrowth of this has been the detailed documentation of interaction with administrative bodies responsible for public space, notably the Toronto Department of Parks, Forestry, and Recreation, with regard to parks, and rinks.

A further development has been research into the workings of these administrative bodies. In aid of this, CELOS has launched a number of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act.

All three areas of research (activities, communication, and administration) also sometimes involve legal research.

All three research activities are ongoing, and a major goal of CELOS is to organize and supplement an already formidable collection of information, in such a way as to make the information available and useful for public discussion among stakeholders of public space.

All ongoing research is made available to the public through CELOS and related websites.


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