Toronto Festival of Architecture and Design in May 2005

The new Festival of Architecture and Design (FAD) in May 2005 is an initiative of the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) with the solid partnership of the City of Toronto and others in the Toronto design community. The festival has the potential to become an annual celebration of architectural and design talent in the city. Led by TSA members Joe Lobko, Marie-Jose Therrien, Michael McClelland and John Ota, FAD joins a list of other TSA-generated ideas such as the Toronto Urban Design Awards and the Architectural Tour Map that have made a contribution to architectural life in Toronto. While there are many fab FAD events this May, below are a number of highlights that might be of interest to TSA members.

TSA Film Series: Swiss GlancesArtistic Director Scott Sorli hopes that the new venue at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will attract “a lot more general public” and could be the beginning of strong ties with Swiss architects. Friday evenings in May at 8:00pm at the ROM.

City of Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Awards GalaMayor David Miller is expected to give a state of the union address on the architecture and urban design of Toronto as well as presenting awards. May 16th at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Tickets are $50.00.

Living Spaces Exhibition: 21 Contemporary Canadian HomesCurated by TSA members Marco Polo and John Ota with David Theodore and Christine Macy, the exhibition features the photography of TSA member Heather Dubbeldam. Public opening is on May 19th from 7:00-9:00pm in the York Quay Gallery at Harbourfront. Admission is free.

Ballenford Books 25th AnniversaryA story of perseverance, passion and generosity, the 25th anniversary of this unique architectural bookstore is truly a happy event. May 25th from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Doors Open Toronto LaunchMusic, architecture, filmlast year, this launch party drew the largest number of people ever into the ROM in a single evening. May 27th from 4:30 to 9:30. Admission is free.

Doors OpenThe Festival of Architecture and Design culminates in this amazingly popular event of architectural open houses that is spreading around the world. May 28th and 29th in various locations. Admission is free.