Toronto is a concrete city. From international landmarks to civic buildings to cultural institutions to metropolitan infrastructure and the single-family home, reminders of the era of 'brutalist' architecture surround Torontonians. But for how long? As architectural fashion has shifted to the glass-and-steel neomodernism of today, these concrete structures have been increasingly ignored - and in some cases, demolished.
Concrete Toronto takes readers on a guided tour of Toronto's concrete architecture. Editors Michael McClelland and Graeme Stewart have assembled a diverse group of industry experts - architects, university faculty, local practitioners, city planners, historians and journalists - to examine the unique and important qualities and the past and future of Toronto's concrete buildings in interviews, articles, archival photos, drawings and case studies.
Appealing to both the average reader and the enthusiast, Concrete Toronto provides a refreshing look not only at the neglected buildings, but also at the trends that produced them and the impact and consequences that resulted from their construction.
Includes contributions from James Acland, Kathryn Anderson, Chris Andrews, Tom Arban, James Ashby, George Baird, Philip Beesley, Tom Bessai, Adrian Blackwell, David Bowick, Alex Bozikovic, Calvin Brook, Ian Chodikoff, Ian Clifford, Michael Clifford, Macy DuBois, Wiss Janney Elstner, Philip Evans, Steven Evans, Wilfred Ferwerda, Douglas Gibbons, Milo Glii, Jennifer Haliburton, David G. Harris, Jeff Hayes, Robert G. Hill, Alfred Holden, Robyn Huether, Elizabeth Hulse, Chistopher Hume, Jesse Jackson, J. R. Jowett, Rohit Jigyasu, George Thomas Kapelos, Marsha Kelmans, Ted Kesik, Robert Lansdale, Dave LeBlanc, Chase Z. Li, David Lieberman, Mary Lou Lobsinger, Andrew Louis, Ronald Mar, John Martins-Manteiga, Michael McClelland, Shawn Micallef, Anne Miller, Veronica Madonna, Raymond Moriyama, Nick Nelson, Robert Ouellette, Ian Panabaker, Pina Petricone, Lewis Poplak, Uno Prii, Gilberto Prioste, Andrew Pruss, Payam Rajabi, Lindsay Reid, David Rich, Larry Richards, Hugh Robertson, Lisa Rochon, Brian Rudy, Ivan Saleff, Kathryn Seymour, Paolo Scrivano, Scott Sorli, Gordon Stewart, Graeme Stewart, Joan Stewart, Thomas Tampold, Mari-Josée Therrien, Vincent Tovell, Frederic Urban, John Van Nostrand, Peter Varley, Jegan Vincent de Paul, L. F. Webster, Scott Weir, Liam Woofter, Derek Wuenschirs and Morden Yolles.