Concrete Toronto: A Guidebook to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies

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Michael McClelland, Graeme Stewart
Coach House Books, 2007 - Architecture - 353 pages
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Toronto is a concrete city. From international landmarks to civic buildings to cultural institutions to metropolitan infrastructure and the single-family home, reminders of the era of 'brutalist' architecture surround Torontonians. But for how long? As architectural fashion has shifted to the glass-and-steel neomodernism of today, these concrete structures have been increasingly ignored - and in some cases, demolished.

Concrete Toronto takes readers on a guided tour of Toronto's concrete architecture. Editors Michael McClelland and Graeme Stewart have assembled a diverse group of industry experts - architects, university faculty, local practitioners, city planners, historians and journalists - to examine the unique and important qualities and the past and future of Toronto's concrete buildings in interviews, articles, archival photos, drawings and case studies.

Appealing to both the average reader and the enthusiast, Concrete Toronto provides a refreshing look not only at the neglected buildings, but also at the trends that produced them and the impact and consequences that resulted from their construction.

 

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Contents

Why Concrete Toronto?
12
Concrete Buildings
22
On Concrete Toronto George Baird
48
Looking and Seeing George Thomas Kapelos
54
Reinforced Concrete in Toronto Robert G Hill
68
Design in Concrete and Ronald Mar
78
Designing ii
88
The Sheraton Centre Michael McClelland
112
Building Med Sci Anne Miller
160
Metro Concrete John Van Nostrand
176
The Gardiner Expressway Calvin Brook
182
Eglinton West Subway Ian Chodikoff
190
Michael Clifford
198
The CN Tower Michael McClelland
204
Torontos Modern Suburbs Graeme Stewart
212
The Age of Modern HighRise Ivan Saleff
218

Toronto Hilton Hotel Alex Bozikovic
120
Polish Combatants Association Liam Woofter
126
A View of Toronto from Frederic Urban
132
Ontario Institute for John MartinsManteiga
138
Rochdale College Scott Sorli
144
Medical Sciences Building Scott Sorli
154
Ortho Pharmaceutical Dave LeBlanc
240
The Yonge Eglinton Centre Robyn Heuther
246
Ontario Science Centre Raymond Moriyama
252
Richard Serra Shift Adrian Blackwell
260
Trent University Lisa Rochon
274
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Michael McClelland, OAA, FRAIC, is a registered architect with over twenty years of experience. He is actively involved in the promotion of Canada's architectural heritage and is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Professional Heritage Consultants (CAPHC). Prior to establishing E.R.A. Architects with Edwin Rowse in 1990, McClelland worked for the Toronto Historical Board. He is the recipient of a certificate of recognition from the OntarioAssociation of Architects and the Toronto Society of Architects for his outstanding contributions to architecture and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.Graeme Stewart is a designer with E.R.A. Architects, and has worked on a variety of planning and reuse projects of some of Toronto's major historic sites. His research into adaptive reuse of Toronto's high-rise apartment blocks is to appear in several upcoming publications, including Coach House's GreenTOpia. He is a regular contributor to Spacing and Reading Toronto.

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