Concrete Toronto

Concrete Toronto

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After World War II, concrete became increasingly popular as a building medium around the world. Brutalism, the fashion for plain, heavy design, reigned.Toronto was particularly affected. The city has concrete buildings of all stripes international landmarks, metropolitan infrastructure and even the single family home. Hundreds of these structures were built, including Viljo Revells groundbreaking New City Hall, John Andrews seminal Scarborough College and the record-smashing CN Tower. Toronto is a city cast in concrete.However, as architectural fashion has shifted from postmodernism to the glass-and-steel neomodernism of today, these concrete structures have been ignored, misunderstood and, in some cases, demolished.Concrete Toronto acts as a guide to the citys extensive concrete heritage. A diverse group of experts has been assembled to re-examine the uniqueness and value of these buildings. Included are the insights of many of the original concrete architects, university faculty, local practitioners, journalists and industry experts. Together they explore the past and future of Torontos concrete buildings.Included is a wealth of new and archival photos, drawings, interviews, articles, as well as case studies of Torontos major concrete architecture.A Guide to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies Michael McClelland, Graeme Stewart ... Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto Questioning institutions of authority, including academia, was ... Two levels of underground parking, retail stores on the ground floor and offices on the second complete the program of this hybrid building. ... These cultural forces that emerged include Coach House Press (now Coach House Books); Toronto Freeanbsp;...

Title:Concrete Toronto
Author:Michael McClelland, Graeme Stewart
Publisher:Coach House Books - 2013-09-27


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