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2005 04 08
Day 5
imageI believe Toronto is as a broad cultural experiment that allows the contemporary to constantly be introduced. The current reshaping of the city – with all the cultural renaissance projects, residential developments, the explosion of retail shops, restaurants and galleries in the neighbourhoods of the city – is reinforcing a civil society in which architecture is playing a significant role.

Today, you see local architects creating projects side by side with international architects such as Gehry, Libeskind, Alsop, Foster, Maki and others, as well as each other. The renewal of the Royal Ontario Museum is framed by simultaneous renewals of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art and the Royal Conservatory of Music. The partnership between a cultural institution, the National Ballet School, and a private residential developer, Context will revitalize the historic Jarvis street district. The new centre for Toronto International Film Festival will be located just down the street from Gehry’s AGO and Alsop’s OCAD. The local and global are generating new and dynamic relationships of the existing urban fabric - dynamic in that it is a revitalizing relationship of architecture and the city that hasn’t occurred since the 1960s.

By 2008, we should all plan to re-read Toronto.
[email this story] Posted by Bruce Kuwabara on 04/08 at 10:04 AM

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