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Concrete Toronto: Looking at our city

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The Toronto Society of Architects has organized a panel discussion inspired by book Concrete Toronto released in November. The panel will be a broad and fun talk about the book, different approaches to concrete, the perception of the public vs. the perception of architects and also about tower renewal: making Toronto’s many high-rises green. If you’re one of the people who dislike Robarts library, you can explain why to people who love it.

When: Tuesday February 5, 6:30pm
Where: The Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street.
Moderator: Michael McClelland, ERA Architects
Guests: Adrian Blackwell (Assistant Professor, al&d) Ian Chodikoff (Editor, Canadian Architect) Marsha Kelmans (Urban Designer, City of Toronto) Shawn Micallef (Associate Editor, Spacing Magazine)

Everyone is welcome. In the book, Adrian Blackwell wrote about Richard Serra’s “Shift” sculpture, constructed in a field near King City in 1970. Last week an article in the Toronto Star suggested there is some urgency in designating the sculpture historic, as the march of GTA subdivisions continues and may be heading for Shift.

Image looking from the Yonge and Eglinton area east to Thorncliffe, courtesy of ERA Architects



  1. Is there a reason you’re giving us a single day’s notice?

  2. Other things going on today:

    Rocket Riders meeting
    Metro Hall (King W. at John) Room 304
    Tuesday February 5, 6:30-9pm

    – Strategy on Queen improvements, report & upcoming TTC actions
    – Discussion of other possible actions
    (some suggested directions were to broaden improvements to other
    routes or for action on improvements mostly outside of TTC control
    such as signal priority)