February 19, 2016
Toronto Reference Library (1977)
Within the Toronto Public Library system, considered to be the busiest urban library system in the world, no library is bigger than the...
Image Credit: Courtesy of Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Architectural Credit: Raymond Moriyama Architects (1977), Moriyama & Teshima Architects (2014)
-Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Toronto Reference Library (1909)
Of the 111 libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie in Ontario, none was larger (or more expensive) than Toronto’s first purpose-built...
Image Credit: Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co. Ltd., Montreal and Toronto, 1910. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library
Architectural Credit: Wickson & Gregg and A.H. Chapman, Associated Architects
February 17, 2016
The Story Behind the Benjamin Brown Records
This past Friday, February 12, the Ontario Jewish Archives opened the exhibition Benjamin Brown: Architect, featuring original drawings,...
Image Credit: Elevation drawing of the Beth Jacob Synagogue on Henry Street, 1919-1922. Ontario Jewish Archives, fonds 49, series 1, file 2
Architectural Credit: Benjamin Brown
February 03, 2016
Thomas J. Bata Library (1967)
“We are not committed to any particular style of buildings, but only to a certain spirit…. It is a spirit of appropriateness and...
Image Credit: Perspective drawing by Ron Thom, Trent University (Bata) Library Project # THO 6406, Ron Thom fonds, Canadian Architectural Archives,University of Calgary
Architectural Credit: Ron Thom
January 26, 2016
The Great Library of Osgoode Hall (1860)
“The Library, too, here to be seen, noble in its dimensions and aspect, must, even independently of its contents, tend to create a love...
Image Credit: : City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 3153 (c.1910)
Architectural Credit: Cumberland and Storm (1860), Bruke and Horwood (1895)
November 15, 2015
Built in 1922 to hold livestock presentations and the Royal Horse Show, the Coliseum was a joint effort between the Canadian National Exhibition...
Image Credit: Postcard of the interior of the Coliseum during livestock judging, CNE Archives, 1925
Architectural Credit: George Frederick W. Price
September 22, 2015
Alex Josephson, Co-Founder of PARTISANS Architects, on Celebrating...
September 06, 2015
Queen Elizabeth Building
Image Credit: CNE Archive
Architectural Credit: Page + Steele Inc., with Peter Dickinson as lead designer
Completed in 1956 as the Women’s Building and renamed in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Elizabeth Building was designed by...
Image Credit: Horticulture Building Postcard, 1927
Architectural Credit: George Wallace Gouinlock
One of the 12 buildings designed by Toronto architect George Wallace Gouinlock for Exhibition Place, the Horticulture Building was completed in...
September 05, 2015
Image Credit: Toronto Modern, https://robertmoffatt115.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/exhibition-place-goes-modernist/
Architectural Credit: Philip R. Brook
The original main entrance to the exhibition grounds, this historic gateway has been rebuilt three times (1895, 1910, and 1959). The original...
Image Credit: Illustration of the Press Building (formerly Administration Building) as part of the 1928 CNE programme. CNE Heritage
Architectural Credit: George Wallace Gouinlock
While the Scadding Cabin might be the oldest building on the exhibition grounds (dating back to 1794 and relocated to Exhibition Place in 1879),...
September 04, 2015
Enercare Centre (National Trade Centre)
One of the newest additions to Exhibition Place is the Enercare Centre. Completed in 1997 and designed in joint venture by Zeidler...
Image Credit: Zeidler Partnership Architects
Architectural Credit: Joint Venture by Zeidler Partnership Architects and Dunlop Farrow Inc.
-Zeidler Partnership Architects
September 03, 2015
George Wallace Gouinlock (1861-1932)
Image Credit: OAA
Architectural Credit: n/a
In 1906 George Wallace Gouinlock was appointed as the official architect of the Industrial Exhibition of Toronto (which in 1912 would be renamed...
September 02, 2015
Horse Palace - Detail
Image Credit: n/a
Architectural Credit: John James Woolnough
Detail of one of the many low relief that decorate the Horse Palace (1931) designed by City of Toronto Architect John James...
Image Credit: CNE Archives
Architectural Credit: John James Woolnough
Built to support the equestrian events of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 1931, the Horse Palace is considered one of the finest examples...
September 01, 2015
MWW – Minden Wild Water Preserve
Set among the lush forests of the Kawarthas, near the township of Minden, Ontario, the Minden Wild Water Preserve is an engineered slalom course...
Image Credit: Sketch of Athlete Entry by Alexis Schneider
Architectural Credit: Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee
-Alexis Schneider, Overlay Site Manager TO2015
The Art-Deco CNE Bandshell was built in 1936, replacing the bandstand that had occupied this area of Exhibition Place since 1906. Modeled after...
Image Credit: Bandshell 1936, via http://torontothenandnow.blogspot.ca/2011/09/27-memories-of-canadian-national.html
Architectural Credit: Craig and Madill Architects
August 31, 2015
The Princes’ Gates
Image Credit: The Princes' Gates, ca. 1927, City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 16, Series 71, Item 5795.
Architectural Credit: Chapman and Oxley
The eastern entrance to the Canadian National Exhibition grounds was built in 1927 to commemorate 60 years of Canadian Confederation...
August 21, 2015
Athletes Village – Block by Block
In our last post on the Athletes Village, or Canary District as it is now known, we talked about how the DundeeKilmer Integrated Design...
Image Credit: DundeeKilmer Integrated Design Team consisting of architectsAlliance, KPMB Architects, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects and Daoust Lestage inc.
Architectural Credit: DundeeKilmer Integrated Design Team consisting of architectsAlliance, KPMB Architects, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects and Daoust Lestage inc.
August 20, 2015
After 37 days of incredible athletic and cultural performances, the Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games have come to an end. The banners that...
Image Credit: DundeeKilmer integrated design team consisting of architectsAliance, KPMB Architects, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects and Daoust Lestage inc.
Architectural Credit: DundeeKilmer integrated design team consisting of architectsAliance, KPMB Architects, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects and Daoust Lestage inc.
August 14, 2015
MIS – Mississauga Sports Centre
Not every venue for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games was a new build. Many competitions were held across the region in existing...
Image Credit: Richard Johnson Photography
Architectural Credit: Parkin Architects in Joint Venture with Zawadzki Armin Stevens Architects
July 21, 2015
MIV – Cisco Milton Pan Am / Parapan Am Velodrome
A key challenge shared among many Pan Am venues – indeed among many large scale facilities built for multisport games - is ensuring a...
Image Credit: City of Milton
Architectural Credit: Cannon Design (Architect of Record), FaulknerBrowns (Concept Design Architect), B+H Architects (Master Planning and PDC Consultant)
July 13, 2015
CEB - Centennial Park Pan Am BMX Centre
Located in Etobicoke, on the western end of the City of Toronto, the 2.3 hectare Centennial Park Pan Am BMX Centre is home to the BMX...
Image Credit: Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects
Architectural Credit: Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects (KMA Inc.) in association with Elite Trax Inc.
-Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects
July 11, 2015
The Making of SkyDome / PAD (1988) - a short film exploring the design and construction of PAD and the people...
July 09, 2015
Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, Toronto, Ontario, 2014
Image Credit: Tom Arban Photography
Architectural Credit: Patkau Architects & MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects
While not a Pan Am competition site for Toronto 2015, this OAA Design Excellence Award 2015 winner will serve as a practice venue for men’s...
July 08, 2015
David S. Ingalls Skating Rink, New Haven, USA, 1958
Image Credit: Eero Saarinen, Library of Congress; http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2008680870/
Architectural Credit: Eero Saarinen
Built in 1958 and lovingly known as the Yale whale, the David S. Ingalls Skating Rink at Yale University was designed by renowned...
July 07, 2015
Olympic Oval, Richmond, British Columbia, 2010
Image Credit: Nic Lehoux, Derek Lepper, via Archdaily
Architectural Credit: Cannon Design
Built as an indoor Olympic long-track speed-skating venue for the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010, but now repurposed as...
Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1962
Image Credit: Hiram Bithorn: Visión, ícono y estadio
Architectural Credit: Orval E. Sifontes and Alexander Papesh
Recognized for its mid-20th century design, and in particular its accordion-like roof, the Hiram Bithorn Municipal Stadium, is the largest...
July 06, 2015
Maracanã (Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1950
Image Credit: http://www.lecoinsport.com/les-stades-de-la-coupe-du-monde-bresil-2014-22/
Architectural Credit: Michael Feldman, Waldir Ramos, Raphael Galvão, Oscar Valdetaro, Orlando Azevedo, Pedro Paulo Bernardes Bastos, and Antônio Dias Carneiro.
Known as the Temple of Soccer, the Maracanã has been host of numerous sporting events including the 1950 World Cup,1989 American Cup, 2007...
July 04, 2015
Soldier Field, Chicago, USA, 1924
Image Credit: 1937
Architectural Credit: Holabird & Roche
Designed in 1919 and opened in 1924, this historic Neoclassical stadium hosted the 3rd Pan American Games in 1959. Part of the larger North...
Poliedro, Caracas, Venezuela, 1974
Image Credit: El Universal, 1976
Architectural Credit: Jimmy Alcock, in collaboration with Hector Hermidas and Roberto Andrade
Once the world's largest geodesic dome, measuring 145m in diameter and rising 38 m above the playing surface, the Poliedro of Caracas was designed...
July 03, 2015
Astrodome, Houston, USA, 1964
Image Credit: Historic American Engineering Record
Architectural Credit: Hermon Lloyd & W.B. Morgan, and Wilson, Morris, Crain and Anderson
Originally called the Harris County Domed Stadium, the Astrodome was completed in 1964. Conceived as the home of the Houston Colts and...
Olympic University Stadium, Mexico City, 1952
Image Credit: González, Lourdes. "El Estadio Olímpico Universitario del Pedregal. Permanencia y vigencia", Revista Arquitectura vol. 21, UNAM, 201, pp. 34
Architectural Credit: Augusto Pérez Palacios in collaboration with Raúl Salinas Moro and Jorge Bravo Jiménez
Conceptual sketch for the Olympic University Stadium in Mexico City. Completed in 1952, the stadium hosted the 1955 Pan American Games and the...
June 23, 2015
The film explores the way Parkour and Freerunning is changing the perception of urban space and how the space is changing the traceurs...
March 24, 2015
Image Credit: T. Dreessen
Architectural Credit: Various
In my busy schedule, we attempted to take a vacation for March Break and spent a few days in Washington DC. Not that I am advocating for...
March 21, 2015
Visit to Calgary
Image Credit: T Dreesseen
Architectural Credit: Foster + Partners; Zeidler Partnership
As president, had the opportunity to visit Calgary and meet with AAA on their on-going discussions on insurance within the profession. Managed...