Modern History: Preserving Canada’s legacy of modernism

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Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00

Heritage Ottawa 2019 Phillips Memorial Lecture

The architecture of the Modernist movement once spoke of the future. Now the buildings of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s are past middle age. They need work — and a critical look.

This problem of modern preservation is acutely important for Canada, which built many of its public buildings, schools and cultural facilities during the Modern period. How do we reconsider these places today? And what tools can we use to adapt them for the future?


Alex Bozikovic is The Globe and Mail's architecture critic; his work appears regularly in the Arts section and in the news pages. He is co-author of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide (McClelland and Stewart, 2017). He is a recipient of a National Magazine Award and has also written for numerous design publications.

The lecture is free and there is no need to pre-register.

The annual Phillips Memorial Lecture honours the memory of Bob and Mary Anne Phillips, co-founders of Heritage Ottawa which began in 1967 as the Heritage Committee of "A Capital for Canadians".



Ottawa Art Gallery
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Ottawa, ON K1N 0C5