Concrete Toronto: A Guide to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies

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Toronto is a concrete city. From international landmarks to civic buildings to cultural institutions to metropolitan infrastructure and the single-family home, reminders of the era of 'brutalist' architecture surround Torontonians. But for how long? As architectural fashion has shifted to the glass-and-steel neomodernism of today, these concrete structures have been increasingly ignored – and in some cases, demolished.

Concrete Toronto takes readers on a guided tour of Toronto's concrete architecture. Editors Michael McClelland and Graeme Stewart have assembled a diverse group of industry experts – architects, university faculty, local practitioners, city planners, historians and journalists – to examine the unique and important qualities and the past and future of Toronto's concrete buildings in interviews, articles, archival photos, drawings and case studies.

Appealing to both the average reader and the enthusiast, Concrete Toronto provides a refreshing look not only at the neglected buildings, but also at the trends that produced them and the impact and consequences that resulted from their construction.

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E.R.A. Architects Inc., an architectural practice widely recognized for its thoughtful and expert advice on matters related to existing buildings, has helped produce the books Toronto Modern Architecture: 1945-1965 (Coach House Books, 2002) and East/West: A Guide to Where People Live in Downtown Toronto (Coach House Books, 2001).

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'Concrete Toronto is a bold celebration of the city's best structures, part guide book, part historical document, replete with archive imagery and contemporary musing on subjects like Uno Prii's sculptural tower blocks and Viljo Revell's City Hall, a long-time Wallpaper* favourite.' – Wallpaper*

'The editors succeed in their task of making the invisible visible, these concrete structures that are seen every single day in the city and which are taken completely for granted ... [Concrete Toronto] engenders a discussion of the intent, knowledge and ambition of previous generations of architects, offering guidance and perspective to architects practicing today.' – Canadian Architect

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