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.
Guild Park and Gardens: Toronto’s Architectural Sculpture Gallery
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.
Searching for Meaning in Mesopotamian Architecture
Architecture is the language of a city. Ancient Mesopotamians achieved and cultivated a transcendental quality in their built environment.
Opinion: House-by-House to Holistically
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.
15 Queen Street Initiative
In May of 2021, ACO NextGen partnered with the Cookstown Community Development Team (CCDT) to provide a small group of students with real-world experience in architectural preservation.
Becoming a Heritage Detective: Identifying Historic Wallpapers in the Mann House (1861)
After a stack of old wallpaper is discovered behind some plaster in a heritage home, Sarah Harrison tries to figure out how old each layer is.
NextGen Job Shadow: Insights from our participants in the age of COVID-19
As the 7th annual Job Shadow Program came to a close, we asked some of our participants to reflect on their epxeriences.
Thank you to our 2021 Job Shadow Hosts
In February of 2021, ACO NextGen celebrated Heritage Week by offering its annual Job Shadow program for students and emerging professionals. We would like to express our gratitude to all of this year's Job Shadow Hosts. Despite the challenges and uncertainty brought on by the pandemic, these organizations welcomed students or emerging professionals into their virtual workplaces this month, providing … Continue reading Thank you to our 2021 Job Shadow Hosts
The Rise and Fall of “The Prettiest Street in Ontario”
In 1988, Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village in Whitby proposed expansion to include a street of heritage Victorian homes. It was a project doomed to fail.
Call for ACO NextGen Executives: 2020-2022
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