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Thread: Toronto City Hall: How Finnish architecture rebranded a city

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    I agree, and used the word "beloved" on its behalf for similar reasons. To take another tack from the Eaton Centre comparison, Revell's building, celebrating the coming-out of Toronto's ratcheted-up sense of Modernist civic pride to a wider world, may not shine as brightly on the global stage as the TD Centre does as a summary of Mies's global career that just happens to be located in Toronto ... but that's comparing apples and oranges.

  2. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by junctionist View Post
    And yet, Toronto's City Hall was a stunning building when it opened, one's that's still beautiful. It was an architectural achievement that shouldn't be belittled just because the architectural trends were pointing towards Brutalism. New City Hall used concrete in a way that could teach a lot of Brutalist architects how to use concrete attractively.
    Not at all disputing that point. Just pointing out the actuality of mid-60s architectural currents, which tend to get blurred-out in discussions/praises of Revell's design--unfortunately, to the Dedicated Followers Of Architectural Fashion of the day, Eero's death did to his brand of Neo-Expressionism what JFK's death did to Vaughn Meader's career. New City Hall was a vestige of a recent yesteryear--indeed, when it comes to "Finnish modern", it would have had more 1965ish "currency" were it Aalto-esque rather than Saarinen-esque.

    In some ways, I'm critiquing the scene, rather than the building per se.

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    Not quite sure if this is the best place to put this info but the City are planning some improvements to City hall..

    "Refurbishing and updating the Downtown Toronto model located in the Main Floor rotunda area will also be undertaken in 2012-2013 by City Planning working with Facilities Management. Also, the City Hall exterior, wooden main entrance doors are being rehabilitated in 2012, which will create a more welcoming look to the main entrance to City Hall. " FROM: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2...file-47100.pdf Where it also say:

    Currently, the SOGR projects being undertaken at City Hall include:
    upgrading the interior signage on the City Hall Main Floor ($50,000);
    installing a new accessible washroom (including a parent room) on the Main Floor
    across from the café ($220,000);
    rehabilitating the exterior wooden doors at the City Hall main entrance ($320,000);
    rehabilitating the Wedding Chamber ($1.2 million);
    replacing the building's exterior caulking ($170,000); and
    window replacement program ($8 million).
    Future SOGR projects planned for City Hall and NPS valued at approximately $38.6
    million include the following:
    City Hall building envelope rehabilitation at approximately $6.3 million;
    City Hall interior finishes retrofit at approximately $12.4 million, including the East
    and West Tower floors in 2015 to 2023 and the Sub-basement in 2015-2016;
    City Hall electrical upgrades at approximately $3.9 million;
    City Hall mechanical system upgrades at approximately $2.6 million; and
    NPS sitework retrofit at approximately $5.0 million, consisting of the North
    Entrance slab-on-grade rebuilding in 2015-2016 and rehabilitating the elevated
    walkways in 2019-2020.
    Last edited by DSC; 2012-May-22 at 12:42.

  4. #19


    thank god they are finally updating their model of the city. too bad they will need to update it again in 5 years...
    check out my future toronto renders, complete with colour coding of the stages of construction!


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    Mississauga's city model is frequently updated and awesome.

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