Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Toronto missed its chance with architecture

What is the relationship between a city’s inhabitants, its architecture, and the overall character of a city? Frank Gehry, architect of the Guggenheim Museum, is involved in redesigning Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario. Gehry thinks there is little hope in changing the “character” of Toronto because the city is already established and altering a few buildings will not likely change much. He believes the problem is that “opportunism” and “entertainment” is privileged over “social planning” in developing cities (he refers to the condos built on the Toronto waterfront). Even though Gehry doesn’t think much of Toronto’s architecture he does like the people. He says, "There's a nice feeling about Toronto, but I think it's more a feeling about people than the architecture." The story can be found on the CBC news website.

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