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    February
    2015

    Goodbye concrete shroud – hello dazzle fit for a capital

    David McCuaig stands on the crimson carpet of the National Arts Centre’s mezzanine level and gestures northwest. Through the concrete-slatted windows, he points to Parliament, to Confederation Square, and to the terrace just outside. “You’ll enter right here,” he says, “right into the beautiful new space.” Mr. McCuaig is the director of operations for the […]

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    January
    2015
    Windemere Road elevation (Windsorite News)

    Demolition permit sought for landmark St. Barnabas Church

    St. Barnabas Church with its extraordinary modernist design should be saved from demolition, Windsor heritage planner John Calhoun said Wednesday. “I think it’s one of the finest 1950s buildings we’ve got.” The landmark church at Chilver and Tecumseh roads has been vacant and for sale for a few years. In early January a demolition permit […]

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    January
    2015

    Demolition Under Way at Dickinson-Designed Regent Park High-Rise

    Demolition is well under way on the second last of Regent Park’s noted Peter Dickinson-designed high-rise apartment towers. As Toronto is typically too intensely developed to allow for implosions, a careful teardown of the 1958 modernist structure at 605 Whiteside Place is occuring, with the removal of much of the building’s north facade happing on […]

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    January
    2015

    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 […]

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    December
    2014

    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 […]

    10
    December
    2014

    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 […]

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    November
    2014
    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 […]

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    October
    2014

    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 […]

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    October
    2014

    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 […]

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