I’m Daniel Rotsztain, the Urban Geographer, an artist, writer, and cartographer based in Toronto, Dish with One Spoon. My work examines our relationships to the places we inhabit. As an admirer of public libraries, malls, and strip malls, my projects also seek to understand and support the diverse settings of the city’s public life. As a geographer of European descent working in Turtle Island, I am committed to understanding and sharing the treaties and Wampum Belts that outline our roles and responsibilities toward this land and its people.
I’m the author and illustrator of All the Libraries Toronto, a colouring book featuring every branch of Toronto Public Library and A Colourful History Toronto, a collaboration with the City of Toronto featuring the city’s historic sites.
My work has also been published in the Globe and Mail, Now Magazine, Toronto Life, New York Magazine, and Spacing Magazine, and my past clients include the City of Toronto, Heritage Toronto, ERA Architects, the Toronto Board of Trade, and the Canada Council of the Arts. I have a semi-regular column on CBC Radio One’s Here and Now about exploring the Greater Toronto Area.
I’m the co-lead of plazaPOPS, a project to enhance strip mall parking lots to become vibrant public spaces, and I’m a consultant with PROCESS, a planning and design firm in Toronto.
Check out my writing, illustration, cartography and other projects, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need an urban geographer for your next project!
Photo by Hannah Davison