The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario’s NextGen is excited to offer its 10th annual Design Charrette, taking place on Sunday, November 13th at Charbonnel Lounge, Toronto. 81 St Mary St, Toronto, ON M5S 1J4. The Design Charrette provides future designers the opportunity to reimagine the adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of some of Toronto's under-appreciated urban spaces. This year, emerging … Continue reading ACO NextGen Design Charrette 2022
The Original Schoolhouses and the “Reuse Culture” of the North
By Laurel Wilson Growing up in the rural logging communities of Central Almaguin taught me a lot about being resourceful. Using every bit of what you have is a learned habit that is deeply ingrained in the culture of rural communities. As a by-product of this “reuse culture,” the built environment of Almaguin is nearly … Continue reading The Original Schoolhouses and the “Reuse Culture” of the North
Call for ACO NextGen Executives: 2022-2024
ACO NextGen is currently seeking several students, recent graduates or emerging professionals with an interest in heritage to join us on the ACO NextGen Executive Board until 2024. The following positions are available (details below): Director of Public OutreachDirector of Programs and EventsProgram & Event Coordinator Previous experience sitting on a board is not necessary, … Continue reading Call for ACO NextGen Executives: 2022-2024
ACO NextGen Job Shadow 2023
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario’s NextGen is excited to offer its 11th annual Job Shadow Program, taking place during Heritage Week, February 20- 24, 2023. This program provides students with an opportunity to network and make key professional connections in their area of choice, learn about future job opportunities and gain experience for their resumes, … Continue reading ACO NextGen Job Shadow 2023
The Race to Save Heritage Buildings
Regardless of such preventative measures which might buy a building more time and perhaps change the future of a structure, the demolition of a heritage building will always be a race against time.
Hidden Canada: The Gathering Circle and Indigenous Place-Making in Ontario
The Gathering Circle is an important place of assembly for the city’s residents and provides an inclusive space to celebrate, reflect, and protest. It also sets a precedent of Indigenous place-making that is long overdue.
The Cookstown Collaboration: A Heritage Consultant Opportunity at a Glance
The April edition of the ACO NextGen newsletter brought with it genial wishes for a happy spring and an unexpected prospect: An emerging heritage consultant opportunity. It was a request for applicants on behalf of a concerned community group – the Cookstown Community Development Team (CCDT).
Hidden Canada: The Yin-Yang Spirit of Markham’s Hovering Temple
Wong Dai Sin Temple, an asymmetrical concrete building with an elevated main body, is an unusual presence in the community of Markham and serves as a spiritual space for The Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism.
Hidden Canada: The Perseverance of The Mysterious St. Thomas Church
The St. Thomas Parish Hall is deeply important to the community of Moose Factory. The back of the church holds a graveyard full of generations of Omushkego peoples. That alone, validates the need to restore the church. The church also represents the complex history of the arrival of Christian missionaries on Indigenous land.
Hidden Canada: The History and Future of Rooming Houses in the Annex, Toronto
The distinctive architecture of the Annex has a history rooted in multiple-occupancy living. With proper regulations, support, and upkeep, rooming houses have the potential to provide effective, affordable housing in Toronto.