Book Review—Local Code: 3659 Proposals About Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities

Author: Nicholas de Monchaux (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016) Sometimes, you don’t know where you are going until you get there... Read More

Video Vancouver: Return to Hogan’s Alley

Secret Vancouver: Return to Hogan’s Alley Discover how this hotbed of historic jazz was nearly forgotten by time and erased by... Read More

Book Review—Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs

Author: Robert Kanigel (Knopf , 2016) Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs is the first significant biography of the woman who... Read More

Book Review – Austere Gardens: Thoughts on Landscape, Restraint, & Attending

Author: Marc Treib (ORO Editions, 2016) With no less than sixteen books under his belt focused on landscape and architecture... Read More

The Shell Oil Tower is a lost 1950s masterpiece

A little over 30 years ago this winter, one of Toronto’s earliest Modern buildings was pulled to the ground. When the Shell Oil... Read More

How To Pronounce Muttart

Like every place, I suppose, Edmonton has its share of mysteries. Consider the tunnel under Jasper Avenue, the garage castle and the... Read More

LORINC: The new Toronto Courthouse emerges from The Ward

As archeologists begin to reveal two centuries of commerce on the North Market site, Toronto’s other major active dig site – the... Read More

The rise and fall and rise of St. Lawrence Hall

In 1966, Toronto’s St. Lawrence Hall was in terrible shape. The venerable old neoclassical building at the southwest corner of... Read More

Book Review From The Stacks – The Skytrain Explorer: Heritage Walks From Every Station

Author: John Atkin (Steller Press Ltd., 2005) Everything is walking distance if you have the time. -Steven Wright, Comedian and Actor... Read More

Bringing the Chinese Canadian Archive into view

On Dominion Day, 1923, Canadians were in a celebratory mood. But those good feelings didn’t extend into any Chinatown. July 1 came to... Read More