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    24
    October
    2017
    Sailboats at Ontario Place - Wikipedia

    Curtain rises, again, on Ontario Place’s Cinesphere

    The theatre, which will open to the public in November, is part of a vision to transform Toronto’s waterfront into a widely accessible park Ontario Place is coming back to life. The province will announce this week that the site’s Cinesphere theatre will open to the public in November for regular events and screenings. Following that, […]

    8
    September
    2017

    For year-round relevance, Toronto’s Exhibition Place needs a makeover

    Last week, I went to the Ex, and it felt like old times: hawkers, ice cream, skee-ball, and my kids won a Pokemon. Okay, some things have changed, but the experience of the fair was deliciously nostalgic. But the fair felt cramped, and behind the flashing lights Exhibition Place looked sad. The fairground is one […]

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    August
    2017
    Arthur Meighen gardens (1997) at the entrance to Festival Theatre

    Stratford’s new theatre promises to be a jewel

    The $60-million project will become one of the most important cultural venues in the country, so ‘the tolerance for not getting everything right is very low’ he Stratford Festival began with a tent. Now its artistic director has buildings on the brain. The Stratford, Ont., organization recently unveiled the design for its new Tom Patterson […]

    23
    June
    2017

    The Brutalist Truth about The National Arts Centre

    A fortress for culture: This is how the National Arts Centre has seemed to many since it opened half a century ago in the heart of Ottawa. And now, the fortress has been breached. On Canada Day, the country’s flagship arts complex officially opens the first phase in a $110.5-million renovation. Its ribbed-concrete walls, speckled […]

    13
    April
    2017

    When architecture meets collective values

    On a winter day, Ottawa looked as if it had all the colour sucked out of it. As I visited the headquarters of the Bank of Canada recently, the building’s reflective glass mirrored shades of greige in the cityscape’s slush, asphalt and limestone. Then I stepped inside the bank’s atrium, a 12-storey-tall space lined with shimmering […]

    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 […]

    6
    July
    2015

    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 […]

    30
    June
    2015

    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 […]

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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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