Canadian Architect


Local History as Natural Resource

November 14, 2015
Wychwood Barns, Toronto, Ontario

Toronto’s Wychwood Barns, an environmentally sustainable adaptive reuse project, is a living example of heritage architecture as natural resource. With heritage preservation and community interaction as its guiding principles when it was conceived and developed over 10 years ago, chief architect Joe Lobko says: “Heritage means sustainability; we shouldn’t be tossing these buildings away. What’s key to the success of this project is first and foremost the community’s involvement.” A decade later at 11:00am, Lobko will tour the Textile Museum of Canada’s Conscious Consumption participants through the former TTC streetcar repair barns, now a multi-use arts and community facility, as he speaks to the original materials, essential craftsmanship, and philosophy of community-led design that dominates the future of city building.

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