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    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 […]

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    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 […]

    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 […]

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