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Yonge St.: development, heritage, and change

by ERA Architects

...new projects. So much so, in a number of cases, that the new design can end up playing “second fiddle” to the heritage fabric. This type of development will be seen more and more along the city’s historic Yonge St., which will see big changes over the next several years. To read Dave’s article, please visit the Globe & Mail...

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Peter Dickinson

by ERA Architects

The O’Keefe Centre for Performing Arts, 1960. In the vein of raising awareness for Toronto’s modernist legacy, BlogTO has a good little feature on Peter Dickinson (1925-1961) inspired by the recent monograph authoured by John Martins-Manteiga and published by Dominion Modern. Born in England and educated at the AA, Dickinson immigrated to Canada in 1950. He immediately began working with...

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The Future of the Glass Tower?

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Tuesday, April 30, 6 pm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Seminar Room 1 (Weston Family Learning Centre) ERAer Graeme Stewart joins David Pontarini, Sam Crignano, and moderator Mathew Blackett for a Pug Talks presentation and discussion on the glass tower in the GTA. Toronto has 143 buildings 10 storeys or higher under construction, more than doubling the count found in New...

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ERA Presents at TCLF Second Wave of Modernism III: Leading with Landscape

by ERA Architects

...Rosenberg & Studio and Mayor John Tory set the tone for the days’ discussion. Charles Birnbaum, founder and president of TCLF, followed by asking: How do we measure success in this second wave? Who can manage change? How can we be sure that heritage and first-rate modernist design co-exist within our physical landscapes? Guild Park & Gardens. A number of...

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Toronto to Detroit

by ERA Architects

...revitalization at several scales, from community gardens to large-scale economic reinvestment. Organizations such as the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) and the Detroit Economic Growth Commission are rethinking the city step by step. The result is a burgeoning arts community, an increasing number of interesting adaptive reuse projects in formerly abandoned buildings, and important improvements to infrastructure and the public...

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Proposed Heritage Policies in the ‘Toronto Official Plan’ Review

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...review of the draft policies and is proposing a number of significant amendments, in order to enhance their clarity and transparency, and eliminate potential redundancies. The amendments are also intended to make explicit the strong connection that exists between heritage conservation and sustainable development, and the critical contribution that cultural heritage makes to the character and livability of Toronto’s neighbourhoods....

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We’re off to Botwood, Nfld.

by ERA Architects

As part of the Culture of Outports initiative, ERA’s Andrew Pruss, Alana Young, and Jordan Molnar are heading to Botwood Newfoundland from Feb. 15 to 22. Together with a group of Ryerson Architecture students, we’ll be collaborating with the community on a number of events, as well as the design and construction of an intervention in the local landscape. Botwood,...

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One Spadina Crescent: When All is Finally Revealed…….

by ERA Architects

...Presbyterian Church bought the land and commissioned architects James Smith & John Gemmell to build Knox College. Having been adapted over the years to a number of different uses, the structure survives today as a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture, with a heritage designation (designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act on March 17, 1976). Beginning in...

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Women in Architecture: A Seminar Presented by Building Equity in Architecture, Toronto (BEAT)

by ERA Architects

...as a prelude to International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8th. Given the findings of recent surveys that show a decrease in the percentage of women who study architecture versus those who are currently practicing, and the number of firm partners and principals who are women, the seminar’s mandate was: 1. To provide insight into the professional histories of...

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Micallef: Canada’s identity, modernist architecture

by ERA Architects

...our residences, universities, schools, malls, factories, and corporate headquarters, Canada is a nation stitched together with modernist fabric. Every urban area, it seems, has its share of brutalist concrete slab towers, curtain-glass minimalist icons, geodesic domes, and long elegant bungalows with exaggerated eaves. Though we might call out a small number of masterpieces as worthy of our attention, Canada in...

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