ERA Architects

The 34th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards

We are pleased to announce that the Heritage Toronto Board has selected the following ERA projects as finalists in the upcoming 34th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards.

Wesley Building at 299 Queen Street West
(William Greer Architectural Conservation & Craftsmanship Award)

Regal Road Public School Portico
(William Greer Architectural Conservation & Craftsmanship Award)

Concrete Toronto: A Guide Book to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies
(Book category)

“What Lies Beneath” Newspaper Series by Scott Weir
(Media category)

The 34th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards will take place Monday October 27, 2008 at the Carlu.

For more information visit the Heritage Toronto website at
http://www.heritagetoronto.org.

Suburban Speculations

This panelist discussion will be held tonight from

5:00pm to 7:00pm

It will be taking place at the Munk Centre for International Relations.

Campbell Conference Facility
1 Devonshire Place

Fringe Benefits

Cosmopolitan Dynamics of a Multicultural City

Curated by Ian Chodikoff

Opening Reception will be taking place on
Wednesday July 9 starting at 7:00pm

The exhibit will be taking place at the
Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street

To view work by ERA Architects Inc. displayed at Fringe Benefits, please use the following link:

http://www.era.on.ca/blogs/towerrenewal/?p=144

Heritage Toronto – Poster Design Finalists

If you missed seeing the Heritage Toronto 2008 Poster Design finalists at the Toronto the Good party you can view the work at the Urbanscape Architectural Gallery which is located at
2959 Dundas St.W

The opening reception is this Friday June 20 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Concrete Toronto Music

Toronto indie and contemporary musicians get brutalist on iconic city buildings

Sunday June 1

2-5pm

Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Rd

*Free with admission to OSC

Or purchase tickets: $20 regular/15$ member INCLUDING SCHOOL BUS RIDE from Music Gallery
(meet at 12:45pm)

Advance tickets available at: http://www.ticketweb.ca

More info: http://www.musicgallery.org

Presented by the Music Gallery as part of the soundaXis festival

TORONTO the GOOD

TORONTO THE GOOD: MAY 27th

WHEN: Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 starting at 7pm
WHERE: Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District
HOW MUCH: $10 gets you into the site, plus food • CASH BAR
DJs: Track Meet
ATTIRE: dress to impress, but not enforced

RSVP: email rsvp@torontothegood.org

WEB: http://www.torontothegood.org

Dear Torontonians,

The Festival of Architecture and Design is here again, and the folks at ERA Architects, Spacing Magazine, Toronto Society of Architects, Heritage Toronto, Wireless Toronto, and [murmur] have come together to throw the fourth annual Toronto the Good party to celebrate our city.

This year, Toronto The Good wants attendees to explore an idea: planners, architects, developers, and interested residents from around the world are using a new tool – the urban centre – to educate the public and debate local development issues. Cities such as London, Amsterdam, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco have a place for the masses to come and learn about how their metropolis has grown and where it is headed.

Does Toronto need a similar centre? If so, what should it do and where should it be located? At the event, we want you to talk to your friends and colleagues, and even strangers, about your thoughts on this topic.

The party’s programme includes the now traditional stickering of the Big Map of Toronto, the results of TSA’s annual poster design competition, the last of Ballenford Books’ Toronto postcard series, a public text message display created by Wireless Toronto’s offshoot Toronto Media Lab, background but danceable music by the DJ trio Track Meet, and other charming activities. Come out May 27th to have a drink with people who care about your city.

Harbourfront Reading Series

International Readings at Harbourfront Centre with Mark Kingwell, Michael McClelland, Graeme Stewart

Wednesday, May 14th at 7:30pm in the Brigantine Room

Part of the 4th annual Festival of Architecture and Design (fAd), this reading, talk and slide-show presentation features Mark Kingwell, Michael McClelland and Graeme Stewart. All three authors then take part in a round-table discussion on the subject of Sacred Space, moderated by Lisa Rapoport.

Revue Theatre Public Forum Announcement

On Saturday, March 22nd at 10:30 am, ERA Architects Inc. will participate in a public forum to discuss restoration and design opportunities for the Revue Theatre. All are welcome to partake in this discussion, which will be held inside the theatre.

The Revue Theatre is located at 400 Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto, Ontario.

Building Toronto: Archives and Architects Lecture Series

February 27, 2008
Thursday March 6
7pm – 9pm

City of Toronto Archives
255 Spadina Road


Stephen Otto and Michael McClelland

The Importance of Archives

Historian Stephen Otto will address the challenges that archives face while trying to stay ahead of the collecting curve with respect to architectural records, and will suggest some strategies for acquiring the best of the best. Michael McClelland of ERA Architects will explore how academic and popular interest in building types and materials changes over time, and how important it is for archives to support primary research in these new and different areas.

* Admission to the series is free, but pre-registration is required for the lecture. Please contact Paul Sharkey at psharke@toronto.ca
for tickets or information.

Concrete Toronto Launch – November 1

The Canadian Urban Institute presents monthly roundtable breakfast seminars. On Thursday November 8th, Michael McClelland and Graeme Stewart will be discussing “The Tower Renewal Project: New Ideas for Old Buildings”.

Maple Leaf Gardens – A National Historic Site

Built in 1931, Maple Leaf Gardens is one of Canada’s most iconic buildings. The home of hockey and many historic cultural and political events, the ‘Gardens’ holds a special place in the country’s popular culture.

ERA was privileged to prepare the nomination for Maple Leaf Gardens as a National Historic Site. In June of 2006 the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada met to consider the building’s national significance and recommended its designation. This June we are happy to announce that the Minister of the Environment recently designated Maple Leaf Gardens a National Historic Site.

Stay tuned for information on the plaque unveiling ceremony.

Convocation Hall Centennial

On Thursday, May 31st, Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto celebrated its centennial anniversary. Thursday’s ceremony included the announcement of extensive renovations to the building. Plans call for a renewal of the circular foyer, increased accessibility and replacement of selected seating. These enhancements will include all decorative finishes, historical millwork, lighting installations, and a fresh coat of paint to recapture the interior’s original colour scheme. Phase one of the work will begin this summer with the reburishment of some seats. A fundraising campaign is currently underway for the work with matching commitments from the UTAA and the University.

TORONTO the GOOD

It’s that time of year again for the annual Toronto the Good party presented by ERA Architects, Spacing Magazine, ‘murmur’, and the Toronto Society of Architects! Keep May 15th open in your calendars for another great night of celebration. For details go to http://www.torontothegood.org/

We have good reason to celebrate as ERA has announced the creation of 5 new Associate positions, including Scott Weir, Lindsay Reid, Philip Evans, Andrew Pruss and Robyn Huether.

New Projects

ERA is excited to get started on the following new projects:

Casey House Redevelopment with Hariri Pontarini Architects

Bridgepoint Health Site Plan with Stantec Architecture Ltd. and KPMB Architects

West Don Lands Public Realm Development with the Planning Partnership

Green Arts Barns Recieves $3 Million

On January 30, 2007 the Honourable Caroline Di Cocco, Minister of Culture announced that the Government of Ontario will invest $3 million in the Artscape Green Arts Barns to redevelop the historic Wychwood TTC streetcar repair barns, in the St. Clair and Bathurst neighbourhood into a 61,000 sq ft multi-tenant arts and environmental centre run by and for the community.

ERA is pleased to be involved in the development of this project. For more information please visit www.torontoartscape.on.ca

Image courtesy of Joe Lobko Architect Inc.

Best New Rental Development

ERA is pleased to announce that Jazz by Concert Properties was selected as the Best New Rental Development High-Rise at the 6th Annual MAC Awards held by the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO). ERA worked with Burka Varacalli Architects as the Heritage Architect for this project.

http://jazzbyconcert.com/

Far Coast Coffee

ERA worked with K. Paul Architect Inc. to restore 95A Bloor Street West in the spirit of its 1950s Scandinavian design for the launch of Far Coast coffee in Toronto on September 22.