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hindsight is an exploration of issues facing our cities: we will revisit the past in order to discover our present and plan our future
hindsight magazine is an exploration of issues facing our cities: we will be revisiting the past in order to discover our present and plan our future
hindsight magazine is an exploration of issues facing our cities: we will be revisiting the past in order to discover our present and plan our future
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Montréal 1965 (Courtesy Archives de la Ville de Montréal)
Montréal 1965 (Courtesy Archives de la Ville de Montréal)

WE DID IT! Thanks to our generous backers, we are on our way to printing the first issue! To ensure you receive the inaugural urban scars, please continue to pledge - this campaign is currently the only way to secure a copy. Any extra support above our goal is greatly appreciated and will be used toward the printing cost of our second issue, entitled fair city

We live in a world that is rapidly urbanizing around us. Half of the globe's population lives in cities and that proportion is growing quickly, each and every day. In this context, we must stop for a moment to consider our urban past, before we are able to truly understand our present, and before we can chart a course for the future. This is especially true in light of recent political upheavals. We question how our cities will fare in such a climate, but are reminded that there is a constant magnetism to the city. The city has long been and will continue to be the cohesive element that bonds together people from a multitude of backgrounds, all seeking to better their lives and the lives of others. It is our job at hindsight to study the cities of yesterday, in order to offer a greater awareness of how they function today, and in order to offer lessons for our collective future.

Issue One Cover
Issue One Cover

At the intersection of the past and the future exists hindsight, a periodical review of the urban spaces that have shaped our lives and that we continue to shape. Cities are naturally dynamic and constantly changing and as we contemplate their evolution, we ask the question, can we do better with what we already have?

Seattle 1971 (Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives)
Seattle 1971 (Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives)

Our mandate at hindsight is to study, observe, and research our cities in order to present timely and relevant issues that are facing the urban condition. We will be exploring, especially through archival photography, a variety of topics through this new series and will be comparing and contrasting our cities, allowing us to learn from each other in the hope of delivering a better urban future for citizens and visitors alike.

New York 1941 (Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives)
New York 1941 (Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives)

The urban ideas exchange we are building through hindsight will open up a new platform of dialogue as we challenge cities to reexamine, reconsider, and recollect what they already have in order to determine how they can become better places and how they can better utilize their assets.

Paris 1990 (Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives)
Paris 1990 (Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives)

Our new platform begins with the production of our first hindsight issue on urban infrastructure. The first of many issues already in the works, we believe our magazine will resonate with anyone who has even a casual interest in cities. Recognizing there is a gap between textual urban histories, coffee table books geared for tourists, and professional trade journals, we offer a compelling new way to appreciate the cities we call home and those we choose to visit. We wish to combine the best parts of these arenas to produce a magazine series that you will covet and be excited to display on your coffee table, after, of course, you learn about all the amazing cities we will profile each issue.

Our ~100 page hindsight issues will be released quarterly, with one special issue per year. After our first infrastructure issue, we will be presenting pressing urban topics including: gentrification, modern architecture preservation, waterfront development, tourism impacts, urban renewal, and many more.

Vancouver 1970s (Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives)
Vancouver 1970s (Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives)

In reality, our vision for the physical production of our project involves much more than loading the printer and clicking on the print icon. In order to deliver a quality product that will boldly differentiate itself in the crowded periodical market, we have partnered with Hemlock Printers in the Vancouver area. Known for their carbon neutral, green mandate and their high-quality work, we believe they are the right choice to print hindsight so that it will indeed become your anticipated source of urban discovery, issue after issue. Of course, here is where you come in. Production costs are quite high, and again, we want to ensure we are providing quality, without ignoring the environmental considerations of the project; we intend to print the magazine in Hemlock's Vancouver facility using 100% post-consumer waste paper stock. Our goal reflects the cost of one production run and every dollar that exceeds our goal will help fund the production cost of the next issue. This Kickstarter campaign is the first, and currently only, way to secure a copy of our inaugural issue.

Toronto 1890s (Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives)
Toronto 1890s (Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives)

We are prepared to construct 20 issues through the year 2020, thereby staying true to the nature of hindsight itself.

Issue One Page Spreads
Issue One Page Spreads

 

Issue One Page Spreads
Issue One Page Spreads

We are truly excited to see our project take one (giant) step closer to reality. Thank you for clicking the green 'Back this Project' button and, with your support, we look forward to the new urban ideas exchange we are about to launch, together.

Montréal 1966 (Courtesy Archives de la Ville de Montréal)
Montréal 1966 (Courtesy Archives de la Ville de Montréal)

Be sure to visit our website: hindsightmag.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

With any production process, there are potential delays that can arise from supply chain and/or technological issues. To mitigate these risks, we have chosen to partner with the highly reputable and award-winning Hemlock Printers, with nearly fifty years of experience as one of North America's premier printers. With a trustworthy partner like Hemlock, we are confident we will be able to print the first issue of hindsight in a timely and impressive manner.

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    Be one of our first advertisers by placing your business on a full page spread in our first issue. We will collaboratively review all submissions to confirm the right fit and we encourage local businesses to join us, especially in Vancouver, Seattle, Toronto, New York, Paris, and Chicago (these are just the first cities we explore, with more to come - from Montreal to Melbourne to Milan!). We would like to express our deep gratitude with our first issue and an invitation to our launch in Vancouver.

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    Your name will be featured in our magazine as a valued partner for the first year of hindsight issues. Our first issue, a postcard, a poster, and an invitation to the exclusive launch event in Vancouver will be sent to you with our year-round thankfulness (and without shipping charges).

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    Become an official sponsor with your name in EACH issue as a founding partner of the hindsight project. Our first issue, a postcard, a poster, and an invitation to our launch in Vancouver will be our small way of thanking your incredible generosity. Of course, shipping is on us and you will be honoured at our launch. Plus, you'll be the first to see the magazine.

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