I’ve been spending some time with Torontonians, including an architect and an interior designer, and giving some thought to Toronto specifically and cities in general. As ever, I walk around with a camera, always scouting locations, always taking visual notes.

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At the moment, Toronto is growing and building. (The city bird seems to be the construction crane.) Lots of high-rise condos. Lots of green building. Lots of glass and steel. In part because Toronto is self-consciously trying to promote it’s stature in the world, there are some projects by big name architects.

Herewith some visual notes:

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Frank Gehry’s exterior of the Art Gallery of Ontario (here with Henry Moore’s scultpure) is impressive, But then there’s the interior.

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Daniel Libeskind’s addition to the Royal Ontario Museum gets raves and pans.

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The Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design, by Will Alsop, Alsop Architects:

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Lest you get the idea that it’s all new, there are some fine examples of older architecture:

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More photos of Toronto Civic and Commercial architecture, including more details of some of the buildings shown here, with notes, are available on my flickr feed.

I may have a later post on residential architecture.

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