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 the recipient of a National Magazine Award as well as the 2019 President’s Award for Media in Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He has also written for numerous design publications.
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