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    June
    2017

    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 […]

    25
    April
    2017

    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 […]

    13
    April
    2017

    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 […]

    22
    March
    2017
    In 2003, the building was dedicated to a St. Thomas constable who was killed on duty in 1934

    St. Thomas leaders eyeing old police headquarters for redevelopment

    It’s easy to see how the old Colin McGregor Justice Building could be upstaged by St. Thomas police’ brand new headquarters – the $11 million build north of the Timken centre is a show-stopper. But as the department prepares for its monumental move this spring, the aging Catharine St. building is stepping into the spotlight […]

    10
    February
    2017

    School’s out

    A spaceship landed on Millwood Road. That’s how an imaginative child might see Davisville Public School: a pointy-winged product of a distant civilization that loves syncopated windows and hyperbolic paraboloids. In fact, the North Toronto school is the product of a distant civilization: Ours, in 1962, when public buildings had real budgets and Toronto’s school board believed its architecture should […]

    29
    January
    2017

    Petition launched to save McLaughlin Planetarium from demolition

    A campaign to save the McLaughlin Planetarium, slated for demolition on the University of Toronto campus, is gaining momentum. In its prime, the planetarium was a standard field trip for generations of Toronto school kids to learn about the magic of the universe. Others fondly recall the laser shows in the 1980s, featuring music from […]

    5
    January
    2017

    Architect Arthur Erickson’s Bank of Canada legacy

    Why some of the celebrated Canadian architect’s work has been discarded As the Bank of Canada’s roughly 1,600 employees move back into to their landmark Ottawa headquarters early this year, few are likely to pause to admire any of the 50 rather plain oak-and-tubular-steel desks scattered through some of their shared meeting spaces. There are, […]

    22
    July
    2016

    The Toronto Park Pavilion needs your love

    It’s hard not to love the Park Pavilion. Designed in 1958 by British-born architect Alan Crossley and consulting engineer Laurence Cazaly, the space age washroom and shelter in South Humber Park is a wonderful example of the exuberant architecture created across North America during the 1950s and 60s. Think the Space Needle and the Theme Building in […]

    8
    July
    2016

    Save the Toronto Oculus

    The Oculus in South Humber Park, a Modernist pavilion built in 1959 by Alan Crossley, has recently been added to ACO Toronto’s list of at risk buildings due to a new planned refurbishment which will negatively alter portions of the structure. Specifically, the stone faced public washroom facilities will be demolished, and the steel columns […]

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