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    The upper terrace and its flags, with the Public Archives National Library to the south

    The landscape architect responsible for the design of the Garden of the Provinces and Territories has past away

    The OALA is saddened to announce the passing of Donald Graham on November 4th 2017. Donald has been a full member of the OALA since March 1970. The Association was notified on November 7th 2017. Donald Walter Graham Donald Graham died peacefully at his Iroquois home, Saturday, November 4th, 2017 just shy of his 87th […]

    The former chapel is the centrepiece of the ensemble

    Campanile Church in Alta Vista now sits like a ghost town, its future uncertain

    Tim Murray carefully climbs the stairs in an abandoned church he designed more than 50 years ago on what were, in the 1960s, farm fields on the outskirts of Ottawa. The church was the centrepiece of Murray’s largest commission to date — a convent and education centre on Heron Road that included a dozen interconnected […]

    Sailboats at Ontario Place - Wikipedia

    Curtain rises, again, on Ontario Place’s Cinesphere

    The theatre, which will open to the public in November, is part of a vision to transform Toronto’s waterfront into a widely accessible park Ontario Place is coming back to life. The province will announce this week that the site’s Cinesphere theatre will open to the public in November for regular events and screenings. Following that, […]

    In 2003, the building was dedicated to a St. Thomas constable who was killed on duty in 1934

    No takers for former police building

    The city has eyes to take down the justice building at 30 St. Catharine St. after no leasers were found for the 1970s administrative building. On Monday city council approved putting the cost of the demolition of the former Colin McGregor Justice Building in the 2018 capital budget. Council members gave staff until September to […]


    For year-round relevance, Toronto’s Exhibition Place needs a makeover

    Last week, I went to the Ex, and it felt like old times: hawkers, ice cream, skee-ball, and my kids won a Pokemon. Okay, some things have changed, but the experience of the fair was deliciously nostalgic. But the fair felt cramped, and behind the flashing lights Exhibition Place looked sad. The fairground is one […]

    Arthur Meighen gardens (1997) at the entrance to Festival Theatre

    Stratford’s new theatre promises to be a jewel

    The $60-million project will become one of the most important cultural venues in the country, so ‘the tolerance for not getting everything right is very low’ he Stratford Festival began with a tent. Now its artistic director has buildings on the brain. The Stratford, Ont., organization recently unveiled the design for its new Tom Patterson […]


    The Brutalist Truth about The National Arts Centre

    A fortress for culture: This is how the National Arts Centre has seemed to many since it opened half a century ago in the heart of Ottawa. And now, the fortress has been breached. On Canada Day, the country’s flagship arts complex officially opens the first phase in a $110.5-million renovation. Its ribbed-concrete walls, speckled […]


    Ontario Place Cinesphere and Pods and CN Tower receive 2017 Prix du XXe siècle

    The National Trust for Canada, in partnership with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), announces the Ontario Place Cinesphere and Pods and the CN Tower as recipients of the 2017 Prix du XXe siècle – recognized for their enduring excellence and national significance to Canada’s architectural legacy. Ontario Place’s dramatic structures by Toronto architect […]


    When architecture meets collective values

    On a winter day, Ottawa looked as if it had all the colour sucked out of it. As I visited the headquarters of the Bank of Canada recently, the building’s reflective glass mirrored shades of greige in the cityscape’s slush, asphalt and limestone. Then I stepped inside the bank’s atrium, a 12-storey-tall space lined with shimmering […]

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