OAA Announces Queen’s Park Picks
Annual World Architecture Day event celebrates nine Ontario buildings nominated by MPPs
The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) announced its annual Queen’s Park Picks as part of its virtual celebration of World Architecture Day. The OAA invited Ontario MPPs to reflect on the province’s architectural legacy and nominate a favourite building within their riding. From their submissions, nine projects have been selected for this year’s online exhibit.
An emerging theme this year was adaptive reuse of existing buildings, an important strategy for achieving climate stability. Adaptive reuse from demolition and construction. Creatively repurposing existing structures minimizes landfill waste and reduces greenhouse gas emissions from new builds, while preserving Ontario’s built and cultural heritage.
The chosen buildings chosen are as follows:
Dominion Wheel and Foundries Company Manufacturing Complex in Toronto, nominated by MPP Suze Morrison.
“It is wonderful to work with Ontario’s MPPs to broaden public awareness and enthusiasm about the architecture that shapes all of our communities,” notes OAA President Susan Speigel. “As we reflect on the contributions of those whose work has been recognized this year, it’s clear heritage buildings hold a special place in the hearts of Ontarians, and the sensitive and sensible evolution of these buildings ensures they continue to serve our communities for years to come.”