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    February
    2016
    Simpson's Tower - Urban Toronto

    401 Bay—aka the Simpsons Tower—to Receive a New Skin

    The skin of a building is, by its very nature temporary. The desire for its permanence an unrealistic expectation of materials that were often novel in their application and untested in their durability. As a result of this experimentation, modern works of architecture often have a hastened rate of deterioration compared to their pre-modern counterparts. […]

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    February
    2016
    Addition to the National Arts Centre along the Rideau Canal. Diamond Schmitt Architects

    National Arts Centre officially breaks ground for major renovations

    Canadian architect Donald Schmitt is heading the $110-million project The National Arts Centre redesign will use glass to counter the concrete, “adding a layer of transparency,” the architect heading the project said on CBC Radio’s All In A Day after the $110-million renovation project officially broke ground on Tuesday. A new Elgin Street entrance and […]

    5
    February
    2016
    Massey House viewed across McKay Lake

    Split decision: Rockcliffe architect wins severance battle

    A two-year Rockcliffe Park battle that pitted neighbour against neighbour is over — at least for now. In a 37-page decision, the Ontario Municipal Board has ruled that architect Robin Fyfe can go ahead with a plan to sever a large lot at the corner of Old Prospect Road and Lansdowne Road into two lots […]

    21
    January
    2016

    University of Toronto plans to build new cultural, academic centre

    Will house U of T’s department of history, department of near and middle eastern civilizations, institute of Islamic studies, research centre, 250-seat music performance hall.  The University of Toronto is planning to build a dazzling new Centre for Civilizations and Cultures, which will soon rise on sacred ground at 90 Queen’s Park Crescent. Does that […]

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    January
    2016
    Windemere Road elevation (Windsorite News)

    Part of St. Barnabas Church starts new life as art gallery

    The modernist St. Barnabas Church — less than a year ago facing possible demolition — is now born again. At least part of it, anyway, will have a new lease on life as the Windermere Art Gallery, thanks to a couple of Toronto-area entrepreneurs. Gordon Leatherdale, who bought the property from the Anglican Diocese, and […]

    2
    January
    2016

    Peter Dickinson’s modernist gem to be lost to Toronto

    Visiting a building behind a demolition fence is like paying respects to somebody on their deathbed. Such was the mood on a recent visit to the old Regis College seminary in North York. Opened in 1961, it was built by the Jesuit Fathers of Upper Canada and designed by Toronto’s original Mad Men-era architect Peter […]

    23
    November
    2015

    National Arts Centre renovations to begin in December 2015

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) today announced it would begin renovations of its 46 year-old building, situated in the heart of downtown Ottawa, in December 2015. Work will begin in December, earlier than originally anticipated, ensuring completion of the new Elgin Street atrium entrance by Canada Day 2017 as planned. The completion of the NAC’s […]

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    August
    2015
    City Hall with the glazing being replaced on the west tower

    Paul H. Cocker Gallery hosts ‘Shaping Canadian Modernity’

    From September 1 to October 9, Shaping Canadian Modernity at Ryerson University’s Paul H. Cocker Gallery will provide a glimpse at the history of one of the city’s most well-known buildings — Toronto City Hall. The exhibition focuses on the 1958 international competition for the Toronto City Hall and Civic Square.  In addition to showcasing […]

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    July
    2015

    New TD Centre signage reflects a time when brands trump architectural vision

    In the late 1960s, downtown Toronto welcomed three buildings like nothing it had ever seen. They were black modernist monoliths: two skyscrapers and a one-storey pavilion, precisely designed by Mies van der Rohe. The Toronto-Dominion Centre gave the country a new set of architectural icons wrapped in glass and black steel. The complex has been […]

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