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Draft Culture Strategy, Respond by May 13

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Draft Culture Strategy, Respond by May 13


Apr 23, 2016
Last fall, the Ontario government launched Culture Talks to start a conversation with Ontarians about the value of culture in their lives and communities to help us develop Ontario’s first Culture Strategy.  We would like to thank the thousands of participants who shared their ideas and ... +read

Bulletin: Ontario Ministry of Culture Releasing Draft Ontario Cultural Strategy

Catherine Nasmith
Apr 22, 2016
The Draft Core Elements of the Ontario Culture Strategy is being released today, comments are due on May 13. Please watch for it, as soon as I have more information I will send out links on twitter, post on BHN, ACO website.  The schedule is to revise in May, and to take the Ontario Culture St... +read

Is this the City we Want? Preservation in 2016

Catherine Nasmith
Apr 22, 2016

On Monday night, April 25 join ACO Toronto for an important conversation about Toronto. Six Toronto observers who will be answering the following questions, in five minutes or less each, with only a few images. Their opening remarks will be followed by comment from each other and from audience membe... +read

In Praise of Architectural Modesty-Torontos York Square

Catherine Nasmith, April 11, 2016
Apr 22, 2016
Proposal for York Square, headed to OMB
Proposal for York Square, headed to OMB
Whenever I mention that ACO Toronto is interested in protecting Toronto’s York Square people ask where is that? In some ways that is a compliment to its success. This modest project, a seminal work of the ground breaking architectural firm of Diamond and Myers, set the architectural and planni... +read

Join Architectural Conservancy Ontario online

Catherine Nasmith
Apr 20, 2016

If you would like to support the excellent work of this organization (I'm the President), you can now join, renew or donate online. You will get your tax receipt instantly by email. Here's the link.   ... +read

"Mr. Mayor, don't tear down this building" (Winnipeg's Public Safety Building at Risk)

Bartley Kives
Mar 04, 2016
Winnipeg Public Safety Building
Winnipeg Public Safety Building
Brian Bowman campaigned for office on a promise to make city hall more open and transparent. In light of that, the mayor must explain why he wants to take a wrecking ball to the Public Safety Building. During his state of the city speech this week, Bowman vowed to demolish the soon-to-be-decommissi... +read

Canadian Architect: Reviews on Two Books on Toronto City Hall

Danish architects 3XN to design condo tower on Torontos waterfront


Apr 29, 2016

Following a design competition, real estate firm Hines and developer Tridel have selected Danish firm 3XN as the design architect of their latest waterfront residential project at Bayside Toronto. Joined by 3XN principal and senior partner Kim Herforth Nielsen, the development partners and architect... +read

Cottage Life:10 of Ontario's Prettiest Historic Towns

10 of the quaintest towns in Ontario

Susan Laux
Apr 28, 2016

We know, we know—Ontario is overflowing with pretty, historic towns. Once you get away from the big cities, it’s hard to travel very far in any direction without coming across lovely Victorian storefronts and graceful heritage houses—so narrowing it down to only 10 towns was pretty... +read

Once Upon A City: Opulent estate was doomed from inception

Stately Chorley Park is no More

Carola Vyhnak
Apr 24, 2016
. And with that announcement in the March 17, 1961 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, the story of Canadas most magnificent mansion ended in a heap of rubble. Built in 1915 for more than $1 million  $26 million in todays dollars  the official residence of Ontarios lieutenant-governor was both... +read

Ministry of Culture: Draft Ontario Culture Strategy

Core elements of Ontarios draft Culture Strategy

Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport
Apr 23, 2016
Last fall, the Ontario government launched Culture Talks to start a conversation with Ontarians about the value of culture in their lives and communities to help us develop Ontario’s first Culture Strategy.  We would like to thank the thousands of participants who shared their ideas and ... +read

ACO's Acorn Magazine Now Posted Online

Acorn Spring 2016 Edition


Apr 20, 2016

While nothing matches the pleasure of looking at a magazine in the flesh, we are now posting as pdf's online.  Acorn, Spring 2016 Another wonderful issue from our all volunteer Acorn Committee, led by the more than able Liz Lundell Stories on buildings repurposed for food purposes, heritage ... +read

Toronto Star: Reproduction of Arch of Triumph in Trafalgar Squar

2,000-year-old Syrian arch destroyed by Daesh recreated in Trafalgar Square


Apr 20, 2016

  Last year, ISIS destroyed the ancient Arch of Triumph, which once stood in Palmyra, Syria. Now, a 20-foot replica of the monument stands in London. LONDON—A 2,000-year-old triumphal arch destroyed by Daesh, also known as ISIS or ISIL, in Syria has been recreated in London’s Traf... +read

Toronto Star: Destruction of Palmyra Arch of Triumph

Palmyra a ghost town after Daesh destruction

Albert Aji, Associated Press
Apr 20, 2016

After Syrian troops retake Palmyra from Daesh, their next goal is to take back Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.Share on Facebook Reddit this!Palmyra's remarkable Arch of Triumph, built under the Roman emperor Septimius Severus between A.D. 193 and A.D. 211, has been reduced to a pile of stones by... +read

ACOToronto.ca: Toronto Modern to Post Modern

Talks available at Resources, ACO Toronto

Catherine Nasmith
Apr 19, 2016

"Death from Above"- Redevelopment Proposal for York Square
We've been having a lovely time listening to stories of great experiments in architecture and politics for the last three weeks. Sitting in the beautiful auditorium on the sixth floor of the former Board of Education Building, inspired by the architecture of Peter Dickinson, we have heard Robert Mo... +read

The Guardian: Obituary Zaha Hadid

Queen of the Curve dies at 65

Caroline Davies, Robert Booth and Mark Brown
Apr 19, 2016

  Dame Zaha Hadid, the world-renowned architect, whose designs include the London Olympic aquatic centre, has died aged 65. The British designer, who was born in Iraq, had a heart attack on Thursday while in hospital in Miami, where she was being treated for bronchitis. Hadid’s building... +read

Metropolis: The loss of OMA's Netherland's Dance Theatre after 30 Years

Postmortem Preservation

Anna Kats
Apr 19, 2016
Completed in 1987, the Netherlands Dance Theater (NDT) in The Hague was architect Rem Koolhaass first seminal building
Completed in 1987, the Netherlands Dance Theater (NDT) in The Hague was architect Rem Koolhaass first seminal building
  The Netherlands Dance Theater, the first major project built by Rem Koolhaas, was demolished earlier this year to very little note in the architectural press. It was a strangely hushed finale for a building that had drawn immediate praise when it opened in September 1987 and earned the estee... +read

Globe and Mail: Classic Plastics at Design Exchange

In praise of plastic

Danny Sinopoli
Apr 19, 2016

Few materials are considered more disposable but, as Danny Sinopoli writes, a new exhibit covering 75 years of Canadian design in the medium shines a light on its endurance and value The Classic Plastics exhibition, which runs until August, comprises an all-Canadian collection of house wares made f... +read

Globe and Mail: Winnipeg's Brutalist Public Safety Building in Jeopardy

The Brutalist truth: 1960s concrete is part of history

Alex Bozikovic
Apr 19, 2016

ALEX BOZIKOVICThe Globe and MailPublished Friday, Apr. 08, 2016 1:53PM EDTLast updated Friday, Apr. 08, 2016 7:06PM EDT46 Comments 40234161 Print /License AAThe young man behind the desk was a BRUTALIST. That’s what the button on his lapel said, although he looked friendly enough, with his n... +read

Globe and Mail: Halifax- Be Careful What you Wish for

Construction for Halifax convention complex disastrous for merchants

Michael Gorman
Apr 19, 2016

When he opened the Carleton Music Bar and Grill on Argyle Street in the heart of downtown Halifax in 2008, Mike Campbell thought it was a sure thing. Self-admittedly Entering the third act of his working life, the veteran of MuchMusic and a staple of the east coast music scene saw room for a place ... +read

Toronto Star: Woodbridge's Maynard Family

Saving old Woodbridge one Building at a time

Noor Javed
Apr 19, 2016

There is the Woodbridge Ave. of today, and the one that resides in Ken Maynard’s memories. Maynard, 82, stops at the corner just past the train tracks and points. “My great grandfather Amos Maynard owned the property here, he had a machine shop, and he built all the houses on the street... +read

Globe and Mail: Saving A Little of Woodgreen Discount Drug Store Building

A little bit of Leslieville will live on in new Queen East condo

Dave Le Blanc
Apr 19, 2016

Heritage architecture is kind of like cool jazz. Almost everyone claims to dig it – put on Brubeck’s “Take Five” and you’ll get a room full of tapping feet – but everyday clubs have trouble finding bums to fill seats. Similarly, while everyone gets worked up over... +read

Toronto Star: Future of Yorkville

Yorkvilles Hazelton Lanes gets a facelift

Francine Kopun
Apr 16, 2016
One hundred and twenty-five million dollars later, Hazelton Lanes, once cramped and hidden, is preparing to launch a new look, new name and something it always needed but never had: A proper entrance on Yorkville Ave.Renamed Yorkville Village, the complex is part of a $400 million investment by Firs... +read

Stratford Beacon Herald: Stratford's White House

OMB battle brewing over Stratford's White House

Mark Beitz
Apr 14, 2016
Stratford's White House
Stratford's White House
An upcoming Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing on a contested development proposal for the so-called White House property in Stratford just got a little more crowded. Following a presentation Monday night by Birmingham St. resident Seana McKenna on behalf of the Friends of the Stratford White Ho... +read

CBC Manitoba: Public Safety Building to be demolished, no date yet

Architect, heritage advocates lose battle to save brutalist building

Staff
Apr 14, 2016
The PSB will be fully vacant by July, once the police service has entirely moved to its new headquarters on Graham Avenue. (Google Streetview)
The PSB will be fully vacant by July, once the police service has entirely moved to its new headquarters on Graham Avenue. (Google Streetview)
Winnipeg's Public Safety Building is coming down. The architect and heritage advocates made last-ditch attempts to save the 51-year-old building at city hall on Tuesday, but they were unsuccessful. After lengthy discussion and debate, the property and development committee voted to send in the wrec... +read

CBC News: Public Safety Building's architect makes last plea to save structure

It's a gross exaggeration to say that since the building is experiencing some structural issues that the building is unsound

Staff
Apr 12, 2016
Public Safety Building (Google Street View)
Public Safety Building (Google Street View)
The architect of Winnipeg's Public Safety Building made his way to city hall on Tuesday, battling the flu, in an effort to save the 51-year-old building. Les Stecheson, 81, describes the building as one of the most important structures he's ever worked on and fully disagrees with a city-commissione... +read

The Toronto Star: Unbuilt Plans Can Tell Us a Lot About Our City Today

Exhibit showcases plans for Toronto buildings and neighbourhoods that never were

Shawn Micallef, Mark Osbaldeston
Mar 29, 2016
Opera Place is the name of a residential building at 887 Bay St. and just north of it is another musical building, the rather up tempo Allegro at Opera Place. Even the park tucked in behind the Metro Central YMCA is officially called Opera Place, though the names dont resonate much. The down-tem... +read

CityLab: Los Angeles' Cinderella Homes

The Fading Romance of America's Cinderella Homes

Kriston Capps
Mar 18, 2016

All fairy tales fade. But few ever sparkled as deliberately as the Cinderella Home. This story starts in 1954 in Downey, California, just outside Los Angeles, where Jean Valjean Vandruff built his first Cinderella Home. These low-slung, ranch-style houses, marked by high-gabled, shake-shingle roofs... +read

St. Marys Journal Argus - The Green Bridge

Cultural Impact Cited in Provincial Funding for Green Bridge

Stew Slater
Mar 17, 2016

This very week, a steel truss bridge for which a group of community members fought more than once to preserve — the Trafalgar Bridge, spanning the Thames River on the boundary between the municipalities of West Perth and Perth South — is being removed. But in St. Marys, thanks in part to... +read

Events
Jane at Home
April 29-May 8, 2016
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Lea Exhibit
Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7, 9am - 5pm
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Leaside Jane's Walk
Friday May 6 at 1pm and Saturday May 7 at 10am
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Lea Talk
Tuesday May 3, 7-9pm
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Lea Talks, Jane's walk and Lea exhibit

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Heritage Ottawa Free Public Lecture
April 20, 2016
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Continuing Education Course: Historic Streets of Toronto
Wednesdays, May 4 - June 22, 2016 (8 sessions)
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Continuing Education Course: Toronto
Tuesdays, May. 3 - June 21, 2016 (8 sessions)
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Willowbank's: Views On A Room: Heritage Charette
April 30th, 2016
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