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    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 […]


    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 […]

    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 […]


    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 […]


    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 […]

    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 […]


    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 […]


    When our country was built: An exhibit at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre will showcase centennial architecture projects

    Roughly 50 years ago, a crop of 900-odd performance art spaces, science museums and rec centres was established coast to coast explicitly to encourage Canada’s development. The intention of giving each young province a few public institutions was to spur homegrown culture, with the governments of the time believing the buildings themselves had a key […]

    Bata Library

    Trent looking for feedback on its new student centre

    As part of developing the design for a new student centre, Trent University has posted three different design approaches, prepared by Teeple Architects, to there web site here .  The options are as follows (from the Trent University web site): Design A is a two-storey building that stretches the of the site from the Bata Library to the […]

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