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    UrbSanity: Brutal heritage

    Brutalist architecture is like the blind date who has a great personality. And we all know what that means . . .she must be ugly. But maybe her beauty is an unexpected kind—one that is slowly revealed when you look carefully. It’s the kind of beauty that comes from character. And love it or hate […]


    New Signage Atop TD Centre Generating Controversy

    Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s TD Centre, the first modern high-rise office complex in Toronto, is unique among neighbouring Financial District office towers due to its lack of illuminated signage. All other major banking towers and complexes in the Financial District have large lit logos emblazoned upon their upper floors—logos which were included in […]


    A NEW NAC: Re-imagining Canada’s home for the performing arts

    The Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs and M.P. for Ottawa West-Nepean, and the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced capital funding of $110.5 million to transform and revitalize the National Arts Centre. Situated in the heart of the nation’s capital, the renewed NAC will include improved performances […]

    Sailboats at Ontario Place - Wikipedia

    Ontario Place, Toronto

    By: All Images courtesy of Zeidler Partnership Architects This article originally appeared in the docomomo US web site on November 12, 2014 Designed as an inclusive space for public entertainment, education, culture and recreation, Ontario Place is an internationally renowned, urban waterfront park in Toronto. With its integrated environment of parkland, lagoons and megastructures, Ontario Place crystallized […]


    docomomo International updates the Eindhoven Statement

    During the most recent International Conference in Seoul, South Korea, the International updated the Eindhoven Statment for the first time since the organization was founded in 1990.  The new name of the Statement is the Eindhoven-Seoul Statement and it is included below: Bring the significance of the architecture of the Modern Movement to the attention […]


    Photos uncover the everyday beauty of Toronto’s post-war high-rises

    Before you find out what’s on view at Pari Nadimi Gallery, the show’s title, Radiant City, snags your attention. Architecturally savvy folks will catch the reference: The 1933 book La Ville Radieuse, written, and dedicated “to Authority,” by the French-Swiss architect and theorist who, since 1920, had styled himself Le Corbusier. For many people who […]


    Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Years On

    In the lead-up to the Centennial of Confederation in 1967, the federal government of Canada instituted funding programs to support the construction of projects across the country celebrating the Centennial. The ambitions of these programs, which amounted to a gigantic public building campaign, were unabashedly about nation-building, and aimed to uncover and give form to […]


    Cultural complex to rise on planetarium site, including Jewish Museum of Canada

    The U of T proposes to create a complex at 90 Queen’s Park Cres. to house a new Jewish museum as well as a performance hall and space for the Institute of Islamic Studies. What will fill the void left in 1995 when the McLaughlin Planetarium was forced to close, less then three decades after […]


    The Don Mills Curling Rink is a lost modernist gem

    In aerial photos from the 1960s and 70s, the Don Mills Curling Rink looks like an bright white spaceship at the corner of Don Mills and The Donway, a glorious modernist centrepiece to an unprecedented modernist community. Don Mills was North America’s largest planned satellite town of the post-war era. In the boom years of […]

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