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    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 […]

    28
    March
    2016

    Building Resilience: Practical Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada Officially Launches

    The Federal / Provincial / Territorial Collaboration on Historic Places in Canada Working Group has released Building Resilience: Practical Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada. Co-authored by Mark Thompson Brandt and Chris Warden of MTBA Associates Inc., Building Resilienceis a comprehensive and sustainable building toolkit that presents practical illustrated guidance and real life […]

    24
    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. […]

    9
    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 […]

    10
    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 […]

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