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1. Urban Toronto: Latest Design for York Square
2. Stratford Beacon Herald: Archives Building in Stratford Ontario at Risk
3. MessyNessy, Loss of the Cincinnati Public Library....in 1955
4. BlogTO: 35 Top Buildings in Toronto
5. BuzzBuzzhome: !5 Toronto Projects Giving New Life to Heritage Buildings in Toronto
6. Torontoist: Thinking about Old City Hall-History In The Making
7. Globe and Mail: Asking for a New Future for Davisville Junior School
8. Dan Schneider Heritage Blog: Important Decision on Development Adjacent to Heritage
9. Annex Gleaner: Was Toronto's Harbord Street named for Edward Harbord?
10. Canadian Architect: Reviews on Two Books on Toronto City Hall
11. CTV-House moving in Victoria BC
12. Toronto Star: Head to Buffalo's Lafayette Hotel
13. Toronto Star: Cardiac deaths and High Rise Living

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1. Urban Toronto: Latest Design for York Square

33 Avenue Road Redesigned as Toronto's First 'Vertical Forest'

Posted February 1, 2016 

Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood could become the site of the city's first 'vertical forest.' New renderings for the long-awaited 33 Avenue Road project bring to light a new design aesthetic for the project, with plantings along the east and west elevations of the tower. The latest renderings of the Zeidler Partnership Architectsand Richmond Architects design also reveal a more sensitive treatment of the ground level, with greater nuance applied to preserving the area's intimate character.

http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2016/02/33-avenue-road-redesigned-torontos-first-vertical-forest

Editor’s Note: There is a pre-hearing on this property at OMB on March 8, 2016. At this stage it is not clear to BHN what the City's position is on this latest proposal.

2. Stratford Beacon Herald: Archives Building in Stratford Ontario at Risk
Steve Rice

County looks at options, including demolishing former archives building

Archives and Court House, Stratford Ontario

Perth County is looking into demolishing the former archives building on St. Andrew St. in Stratford as one possible answer to overcrowded office space at the courthouse next door.

At Thursday's council meeting, county chief administrative officer Bill Arthur gave councillors a detailed analysis of the many issues at the courthouse along with 16 potential solutions, including tearing down 24 St. Andrew St., which has been empty for nearly a year, and rebuilding.

That solution, however, requires approval from Stratford's heritage committee. Although not designated a heritage building, the more than 100-year-old structure is located in the downtown core heritage conservation district.

“To my way of thinking, before we do anything we have to know what we can do with 24 St. Andrew St.,” said Coun. Walter McKenzie. “Can we renovate it? Can we tear it down? What are the restrictions? And until we know that, we really can't take our first step to go one way or the other.”

Most councillors agreed.

The former archives building has only 109 square metres (1178 sq. ft.) of space for offices, and councillors have lamented the problems inside the building, which include asbestos. When it was suggested Thursday that the building could be put up for sale, some councillors questioned who, if anyone, would be willing to buy it.

“It's a beautiful building on the outside, but it's a horrendous space to even contemplate renovating for what you're going to get out of it,” said Coun. Bob McMillan, who agreed with McKenzie that looking into demolition was the first step.

“Realistically we're doing something for 50 years out and the best utilization for that space is to remove it and replace it with something.”

http://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/2016/02/04/county-looks-at-options-including-demolishing-former-archives-building

Editor’s Note: Hoping for a solution that repurposes the building in either public or private hands!

3. MessyNessy, Loss of the Cincinnati Public Library....in 1955
MessyNessy, forwarded by M. Zeidler (Thanks!)

Seriously though, how did the Most Beautiful Library in America get Demolished?

The old Public library of Cincinnati was the sort of place you only see in a Harry Potter film; colossal cast-iron book alcoves and spiral staircases that went several stories high, checker board marble floors that shone beneath the skylight roof; a magnificent maze of books that is now lost forever.

In 1955, without a whimper, the building was demolished when the library opened a more sizeable and contemporary building just a few blocks down on Vine Street. Today, a parking lot and an office building stand in its place…

And now, let us all take a moment to collectively facepalm.

http://www.messynessychic.com/2014/06/17/seriously-though-how-did-the-most-beautiful-library-in-america-get-demolished/

Editor’s Note: Wow, how many of our contemporary losses will be similarly mourned. I would never have known about this one.

4. BlogTO: 35 Top Buildings in Toronto

35 of BlogTO's favourite Toronto Buildings

http://www.blogto.com/slideshows/top-buildings-toronto/8414/

Editor’s Note: Chosen by Blog TO, mostly interesting BIG Buildings. Interesting contrast to the 15 at BuzzBuzzFeed. No doubt one of your favourites has been missed....like the Fort York Visitor Centre, or....please send me your faves and I'll put out a BHN subscribers list in the next issue. email me at cnasmith@builtheritagenews.ca

5. BuzzBuzzhome: !5 Toronto Projects Giving New Life to Heritage Buildings in Toronto
Josh Sherman and James Bombales

There is much to lament in the loss of Toronto’s historic buildings.

But there are also examples of architectural preservation to be found throughout the city, structures that have made their mark on the streetscape for a century or more, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

http://news.buzzbuzzhome.com/2016/01/15-projects-toronto-heritage-buildings.html?utm_source=Copy+of+E-news+Jan+21+2016&utm_campaign=HT_eblast_jun25&utm_medium=email

6. Torontoist: Thinking about Old City Hall-History In The Making
Erica Ngao

Why Old City Hall could be the perfect grounds for a civic museum

Karen Carter stepped into the courtyard of Old City Hall in awe.

It was Nuit Blanche, eight years back. A cultural worker with a background in history, Carter, like many Torontonians, had seen only the outside of the building. Usually locked, the heavy iron gates guarding the courtyard entrance were open, inviting the public in for one night. Carter has long forgotten the specific installation tied to the unlocking of the gates, but she still remembers the courtyard vividly. In the cobblestone path to the stonework of the wall, the scale and grandeur of the building, she saw possibilities.

“To walk in those gates and think historically about what they may have represented and what that public square may have been … My brain went everywhere,” Carter says.

 

http://torontoist.com/2016/02/history-in-the-making/?utm_source=Copy+of+E-news+Jan+21+2016&utm_campaign=HT_eblast_jun25&utm_medium=email

7. Globe and Mail: Asking for a New Future for Davisville Junior School
Dave Le Blanc

Architects want to save Davisville school from chopping block

Visual artists see potential before the rest of us. They look past the decay and work required to make a neighbourhood habitable and just go with it. A few decades later, the rest of the city agrees and claims the area.

While architects are also artists, they don’t have the same influence. Often, they try to tell us when a building is worth saving for future generations–if only we’d look past the rough edges–but we rarely listen.

Such is the case with Davisville Junior Public School/Spectrum Alternative Senior School on Millwood Road near Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue. It sits on architectural death row while a handful of prominent Toronto architects call for a stay of execution.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/real-estate/architects-want-to-save-davisville-school-from-chopping-block/article28535089/

Editor’s Note: ACO Toronto is involved, if you want to join the Mod Squad, get in touch http:/www.acotoronto.ca

8. Dan Schneider Heritage Blog: Important Decision on Development Adjacent to Heritage
Dan Schneider

Adjacency and the OMB: New decision says the new must respect the old

Adjacency and the OMB: New decision says the new must respect the old

 
2015 ended with an important OMB decision on the question of adjacency — the impact of proposed development on adjacent heritage property.
 
But first, some background.  Ten years previous, a new cultural heritage policy was introduced in the 2005 Provincial Policy Statement.  Policy 2.6.3, known as the “adjacent lands policy”, now reads:
 
Planning authorities shall not permit development and site alteration on adjacent lands to protected heritage property except where the proposed development and site alteration has been evaluated and it has been demonstrated that the heritage attributes of the protected heritage property will be conserved. [Note 1]
 
While new provincial policy measures are clearly a response to emerging problems or issues occurring in many places, as we have seen previously there is often a particular situation or controversy that comes to epitomize the issue and plays an outsized role in convincing decision-makers to act.
 
Was there one such controversy behind policy 2.6.3?  I’m not sure. [Note 2] But there was a high-profile situation that certainly contributed to the wake-up call: the threat posed by new construction near the iconic Sharon Temple.

http://danschneiderheritage.blogspot.ca/2016/02/adjacency-and-omb.html

9. Annex Gleaner: Was Toronto's Harbord Street named for Edward Harbord?
Annemarie Brissenden

Tireless English abolitionist, 3rd Lord Suffield

Harbord Street may have been named for an early nineteenth-century advocate of parliamentary reform and tireless crusader to end slavery, says a past board member of the Harbord Village Residents Association.

I started asking the question a few years ago, explains Wendy Smith. Ive lived in Harbord Village for almost 20 years, but nobody knew about [how the street got its name]. Its really been a mystery.

http://gleanernews.ca/index.php/2016/01/15/harbords-history-a-mystery

10. Canadian Architect: Reviews on Two Books on Toronto City Hall
Aliki Economides

Toronto

Competing Modernisms: Toronto’s New City Hall and Square

By George T. Kapelos. Halifax: Dalhousie Architectural Press, 2015.

Civic Symbol: Creating Toronto’s New City Hall, 1952-1966

By Christopher Armstrong. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.

Viljo Revell’s competition-winning design for Toronto City Hall and Square marked a key moment for Canadian architecture, with impacts that resonated globally. (Panda Photography)
Viljo Revell’s competition-winning design for Toronto City Hall and Square marked a key moment for Canadian architecture, with impacts that resonated globally. (Panda Photography)
Officially inaugurated on September 13, 1965, Toronto’s City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square are a stunning pair: an iconic landmark in the city and a highly successful public plaza. The story of how this civic complex was realized offers a revealing glimpse into the socio-cultural and urban character of Toronto during the postwar years of its metropolitanization. More broadly, the competition that drew over 500 entries from 42 different countries and the winning scheme by Finnish architect Viljo Revell signals a key moment in the development of Modern architecture in Canada—and illuminates the state of international architectural culture in the late 1950s. Marking the 50th anniversary of Toronto City Hall’s opening, two monographs focus on the complex and on the competition leading to it, from complementary perspectives.

In Civic Symbol: Creating Toronto’s New City Hall, 1952-1966, historian and emeritus professor Christopher Armstrong describes Toronto in the 1940s and 50s from firsthand experience as well as based on archival research. He provides a behind-the-scenes account of the politics that drove—and threatened—the civic centre’s coming into being. Tensions ran high between the ambitions of local politicians, planners and architects who promoted the idea of an international competition and others who resisted what was perceived as radical change. Armstrong adopts a critical stance towards what he terms the “underlying currents of backwardness and timidity” and the “local protectionism” exhibited by various groups, including the Ontario Association of Architects.



https://www.canadianarchitect.com/features/1003730157/

11. CTV-House moving in Victoria BC

Heritage Homes trucked to Inner Harbour

Quite a sight from Victoria

Two heritage homes in Victoria floated to new homes....interesting footage. 

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=791645

12. Toronto Star: Head to Buffalo's Lafayette Hotel

Buffalos renovated Hotel @ The Lafayette offers experience a chain hotel cant match

BUFFALO-Some hotels are charming, some are modern and some have storied histories. 

Few have all three, unless you’re talking about the Hotel @ the Lafayette where French Renaissance interior architecture, contemporary furnishings and a fascinating past combine to create a unique experience with a down-to-earth friendliness that is a hallmark of everything Buffalo.

Built in 1904 when Buffalo was the eighth wealthiest city in America, the hotel was designated as one of the country’s top 11 luxury inns. Designed by Louise Blanchard Bethune, the first American female architect, the hotel is now on the coveted United States Register of Historic Places.

For decades, the Hotel Lafayette (as it was first called) hosted presidents and dignitaries, businessmen and local elites. But as the city gradually lost its industrial might, the hotel mirrored Buffalo’s steep economic decline. 

Gradually, the Lafayette devolved into a fleabag hostelry, home to vagrants, crack addicts and assorted pigeons, its once grand public spaces and guest suites literally rotting. 

Enter Rocco Termini, a prominent local developer who bought the property in 2009 and launched a three-year, $40 million (U.S.) restoration.

http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2016/01/18/buffalos-renovated-hotel-the-lafayette-offers-experience-a-chain-hotel-cant-match.html

Editor’s Note: This hotel was under restoration during the recent National Trust Conference, it is terrific we can now go and stay there. Buffalo is a very interesting place for art and architecture fans.

13. Toronto Star: Cardiac deaths and High Rise Living
Diana Zlomislic

Cardiac arrests and highrises a deadly combination, Toronto study shows

 A new study examining 911 data in Peel Region and Toronto found survival was “negligible” for heart attack victims on the 16th floor or above.

Cardiac arrests happen most often at home. Researchers knew that. What they didn’t know, until now, is this: If your home is a highrise, the higher your floor, the lower your chance of survival.

A new study published on Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal examined five years of health data from the City of Toronto and Peel Regions — areas selected because of high population density. Specifically, researchers wanted to see how “vertical delay” affects matters of life and death.

Researchers at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital examined nearly 8,000 cases of cardiac arrest between 2006 and 2011 that occurred in private residences, including highrises, houses and townhomes. Those who lived on the ground or second floor fared best in the study. The data showed 4.2 per cent of them survived to hospital discharge. Survival dipped to 2.6 per cent for patients on or above the third floor. Above the 16th floor, the survival rate was “negligible” — less than one per cent. The statistics are most grim, though, for the 30 patients who went into cardiac arrest on or above the 25th floor.

“They all died,” said Dr. Laurie Morrison, a scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital and one of the study’s authors. “It’s like the higher you go the more isolated you become.”

http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2016/01/18/heart-attacks-in-highrises-a-deadly-combination-toronto-study-shows.html

Editor’s Note: For you lovers of the comfortable low rise neighbourhood, here's a powerful argument against moving to that new condo. Not to mention the wind they churn up that makes it near impossible to walk or cycle some days!