August 21, 2015
by Canadian Architect
This September, all are welcome to visit Toronto City Hall for a three-part lecture series by noted experts on modern architecture, as part of the 50th anniversary of the building. All lectures begin at 7:00pm in the Council Chamber at City Hall, located at 100 Queen Street West.
Impact and Legacy: Toronto’s 1958 Competition for a New City Hall
On September 3, 2015, George Kapelos delivers this lecture on the City Hall international competition that drew over 500 entries in 1958. Kapelos is an architect, planner and professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. He was chair of Ryerson’s Department of Architectural Science, president of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada and Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects. He has curated a number of architectural exhibitions, and written on landscape, architectural modernity and construction.
Civic Symbol: Municipal Politicians Build a City Hall
Christopher Armstrong speaks on Thursday, September 10, 2015 about the background and history of the construction of Viljo Revell’s winning design for Toronto City Hall. Armstrong is Emeritus Professor of History at York University. Having long taught courses on the urban history of Toronto, he has published a book on municipal politics in the 1890s, and most recently a study of the spread of Modernist architecture called Making Toronto Modern.
Innovative Urban Design Aspects of Revell’s Design for Toronto City Hall
George Baird delivers this presentation on Thursday, September 24, 2015, focusing on the urban design aspects of Revell’s winning iconic design for Toronto City Hall. Baird is the former Dean of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, and a noted architect and partner of Baird Sampson Neuert Architects. He has been active in architecture, urban design and heritage preservation in Toronto, across Canada, and abroad. Additionally, he is the winner of numerous architectural and heritage awards, and the author of many books and studies.
The lectures are presented by the Toronto Public Library and the City of Toronto with promotional partner Heritage Toronto.
For more information, please visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT15092&R=EVT15092
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