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Unbuilt Toronto : a history of the city that might have been /
Mark Osbaldeston ; [editor, Barry Jowett].
imprint
Toronto : Dundurn Press, c2008.
description
255 p. : ill., maps, plans, ports. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9781550028355
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imprint
Toronto : Dundurn Press, c2008.
isbn
9781550028355
general note
Catalogue of an exhibition, presented by the Institute for Contemporary Culture of the Royal Ontario Museum in partnership with the Toronto Society of Architects, held at the Royal Ontario Museum, Nov. 4, 2008-Jan. 11, 2009.
catalogue key
6654674
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-251) and index.
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Toronto Book Awards, CAN, 2009 : Nominated
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Review Quotes
An impressively researched exploration of dozens of never-realized architectural and master-planning projects intended for the city ... Ideally, this book will give necessary perspective to the bureaucrats, planners, and architects who contribute to the evolving form of the city. One hopes that Unbuilt Toronto will inspire a sustained collective vision that will ameliorate a Toronto that at times seems more than an amateurish aggregation of merely "good-enough" interventions.
An impressive researched exploration of dozens of never-realized architectural and master-planning projects intended for the city -- Ideally, this book will give necessary perspective to the bureaucrats, planners, and architects who contribute to the evolving form of the city. One hopes that Unbuilt Toronto will inspire a sustained collective vision that will ameliorate a Toronto that at times seems more than an amateurish aggregation of merely "good-enough" interventions.
An impressive researched exploration of dozens of never-realized architectural and master-planning projects intended for the city ... Ideally, this book will give necessary perspective to the bureaucrats, planners, and architects who contribute to the evolving form of the city. One hopes that Unbuilt Toronto will inspire a sustained collective vision that will ameliorate a Toronto that at times seems more than an amateurish aggregation of merely "good-enough" interventions.
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Quill & Quire, November 2008
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Summaries
Main Description
Unbuilt Toronto explores never-realized building projects in and around Toronto, from the citys founding to the twenty-first century. Delving into unfulfilled and largely forgotten visions for grand public buildings, landmark skyscrapers, highways, su
Main Description
Unbuilt Toronto explores the failed architectural dreams of Toronto. Delving into unfulfilled & largely forgotten visions for grand public buildings, landmark skyscrapers, roads & highways, transit systems, & sports & recreation venues, the authors outline such ambitious but ultimately unrealised schemes as St. Alban's Cathedral, the "Newark 2011" subway system, & a 1911 city plan that would have resulted in a Paris-by-the-Lake. Readers will lament the loss of some projects (such as the planned construction boom for the Olympics), be thankful for the loss of others ("City Hall was supposed to look like that?!?"), & marvel at the downtown that could have been (with underground roads & walkways in the sky). With an eye on the future as well as the past, the author takes stock of Toronto's status quo in 2008 & offers some bold predictions on the city's architectural future.
Bowker Data Service Summary
'Unbuilt Toronto' explores the failed architectural dreams of Toronto. Delving into unfulfilled & forgotten visions for grand public buildings, landmark skyscrapers, roads & highways, & sports & recreation venues, the authors outline unrealised schemes such as the 1911 city plan that would have resulted in a Paris-by-the-Lake.
Main Description
Unbuilt Toronto explores never-realized building projects in and around Toronto, from the city's founding to the twenty-first century. Delving into unfulfilled and largely forgotten visions for grand public buildings, landmark skyscrapers, highways, subways, and arts and recreation venues, it outlines such ambitious schemes as St. Alban's Cathedral, the Queen subway line and early city plans that would have resulted in a Paris-by-the-Lake. Readers may lament the loss of some projects (such as the Eaton's College Street tower), be thankful for the disappearance of others (a highway through the Annex), and marvel at the downtown that could have been (with underground roads and walkways in the sky). Featuring 147 photographs and illustrations, many never before published, Unbuilt Toronto casts a different light on a city you thought you knew.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Master Plans
Church and Government
Transportation
Towers
Arts, Letters and Leisure
Epilogue
Sources
Index
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