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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
The articles in this series seek to unveil some of Canada’s architectural riches and emerged from a class project at the University of Toronto. In this fourth-year undergraduate seminar, students were asked to either focus on little-studied aspects of the built environment in Canada, or to approach well-known places from a fresh perspective.
After the Second World War, Toronto underwent development and many buildings were pulverized into gravel. Thanks to the foresight of one collector however, the remains of some sixty-odd buildings were salvaged from the rubble and artfully arranged on the grounds of the former Guild Inn.
Architecture is the language of a city. Ancient Mesopotamians achieved and cultivated a transcendental quality in their built environment.
A long-time fixture of the heritage vocabulary has been the word “save.” To save something is not unnoble; in fact, it connotes heroism and valour. It implies that the advocates for historic places are defenders against an omnipresent threat. However, it also implies we are reactionary.