Too Tall? Harbourfront Centre to host discussion on skyscrapers on Wednesday

Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre has announced a panel discussion on the issues relating to the architecture exhibition currently on show, entitled Too Tall? This free event takes place on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Brigantine Room.

Based on the exhibition Too Tall?, which is currently showing at York Quay Centre, the panel discussion will delve into the issues surrounding vertical architecture: How should appropriate building height be determined within the city? Does “tall” matter if the streetscape is successful? How can Toronto neighbourhoods be redefined vertically? As Toronto currently is building more skyscrapers than any other city in North America, how we tackle these questions is essential.

This explorative conversation, moderated by Misha Glouberman, host of Trampoline Hall, will feature Peter Clewes (architectsAlliance), Bruce Kuwabara (Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects), and Richard Witt (RAW), all of whom are participants in the exhibition. They will be joined by journalist and New York City-based urban critic Roberta Brandes Gratz.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416.973.4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, at the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre is a unique model for the presentation of emergent creative practice in Canada. It is a new paradigm for engagement between the public and art, inviting a broad audience to participate in a discourse of visual ideas. As part of Canada’s largest multidisciplinary arts complex, its position allows for the creation of new frameworks and anticipation of new directions.

The architecture gallery is one of 10 non-profit and non-collecting multidisciplinary exhibition spaces varying from the conventional to the unique that are programmed year-round. For each exhibition, the gallery collaborates with three invited architecture firms and one visual artist to investigate a proposed idea through installations created in a diverse range of media. The three exhibitions programmed each year are structured as debates, dialogues and challenges among exhibiting firms.

The objective of architecture programming at Harbourfront Centre is to present exhibitions and events which will address contemporary issues relating to architecture for peers as well as the broadest general audience.