July 28 - November 28, 2015
WORKshop, Concourse, 80 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Over the past decade, Toronto’s urban form has changed radically. Hundreds of residential towers have been constructed and hundreds more are underway. As well, a new wave of super-tall towers is transforming the skyline. Are these Toronto’s glory days? Or, as some building scientists maintain, are we building too fast, too cheaply, and missing opportunities for real innovation? Toronto 2020: Where Will We Live? is an exhibition at WORKshop in Toronto that asks these questions and creates a framework for discussion and action. Curated by Larry Wayne Richards, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design along with Assistant Curator Andrew MacMillan, the exhibition is organized in five sections: The Periphery, Tower Living, Community Living, Affordable Living, and Smart Living. Drawings, photographs, and diagrams present a broad overview of Toronto’s rapidly changing architecture and urbanism. Finally the exhibition presents the question: Should Toronto have a housing exposition or annual housing festival? Should there be a dynamic place where citizens, developers, politicians, and designers can obtain information, explore innovative ideas, and participate collectively in the shaping of Toronto’s housing options? WORKshop is a design centre located in the concourse at 80 Bloor Street West. Cofounded in 2009 by Kin Yeung and Larry Wayne Richards, WORKshop includes a product design studio, retail shop and gallery. WORKshop hours are: Tuesday to Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm, and Saturday from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm.
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