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Alexis Cohen presents at the College Art Association (CAA)

1953 aerial photograph from the City of Toronto Archives, annotated by ERA.

1953 aerial photograph from the City of Toronto Archives, annotated by ERA.

Alexis Cohen presented at CAA’s 108th Annual Conference, held in Chicago February 12-15, 2020 as part of a panel exploring zoning in the histories of modern art and architecture. The panel was hosted by Christopher M. Ketcham and Deepa Ramaswamy.

The CAA is the preeminent international leadership organization in the visual arts, and promotes these arts and their understanding through advocacy, intellectual engagement, and a commitment to the diversity of practices and practitioners. CAA (collegeart.org)

Her paper, “An Incremental Urbanism: Zoning Infractions at Toronto’s Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village, 1943-1963,” examines user-driven zoning infractions that led to the incremental creation of Toronto’s most beloved and iconic discount retailer – Honest Ed’s – and the adjacent artists’ colony known as Mirvish Village.

This research emerged from ERA’s work as heritage consultant for the redevelopment of Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village. Special thanks to Amanda Ghantous for her research support.

Hidden house-forms at Honest Ed’s, by ERA.

Hidden house-forms at Honest Ed’s, by ERA.