1294 College Street, Toronto, Canada – A.K.A. The Driveway House – A ‘Photo’ -spective.

1294 College Street, Toronto, Canada – A.K.A. The Driveway House – A ‘Photo’ -spective.

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Hi Folks it has been a very very busy week for me and I’m grateful to Nottingham (a.k.a. Toronto) for the work.  In the next few weeks I will be writing on the genesis of the Driveway House, otherwise known as 1294 College Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In the meantime let me start off with a few pictures professionally down by…

Mary Pratt – Artist, Mother, Inspiration, Feminist of the timeless kind – Creator, Partner, Parent, Lover, Adaptor, Human Being, and so on …

Mary Pratt – Artist, Mother, Inspiration, Feminist of the timeless kind – Creator, Partner, Parent, Lover, Adaptor, Human Being, and so on …

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This morning I was listening to Michael Enright of the CBC Radio interview Mary Pratt – Artist and wife of Christopher Pratt. Mary had raised 4 kids with Christopher and allowed him to be the main breadwinner and light for the family. Although quite talented and gifted Mary dimmed her light and drive back in the day to give that…

Is Architecture Dead? … in Toronto … Part 7

Is Architecture Dead? … in Toronto … Part 7

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Is Architecture Dead? … in Toronto … Part 7 About 3 or 4 years ago, I had the privilege of introducing this project to several building code city engineers for their opinions and to discuss the possibility of this Water House proposal as it related to building code. By and large they were supportive because the science of its concept…

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 6

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 6

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Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 6 1. The architecture of Survival is alive. 2. The architecture of Utility is alive. (Reactive Utilitarianism) 3. The architecture of comfort is dead. (For all intents and purposes) 4. The architecture of luxury is dead. (For all intents and purposes) What are some of the steps that might bring life back to…

Is Architecture Dead … In Toronto? Part 6 – Takes a Break due to T.V. Filming of my Studio/Home

Is Architecture Dead … In Toronto? Part 6 – Takes a Break due to T.V. Filming of my Studio/Home

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Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 6 This week I’m going to take I had to take a bit of a break from writing due to the fact of having my home/studio be filmed by HGTV Extreme homes – a collaboration between the London England office and the Nashville U.S.A office. (http://www.hgtv.ca/extremehomes/). I had to do a very large…

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 5

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 5

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Our provincial government is in the process of choosing if the design our public light Rail stations will be done by individual architects or will a large design-build consortium be used to design the chain of them instead of local architects? The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is frightened because large national or international firms would likely control the process…

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 4 – Valuing Things Before People?

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 4 – Valuing Things Before People?

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Delayed until next week the follow up from part 3 – “How might we bring elements of comfort and luxury back to the architecture of survival and necessity? In other words, how might we raise the level of conscious art/process into the seemingly mundane world of necessity inhabited by the majority? Should we? Could we?” In the meantime something relevant…

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 3 – Beauty vs Necessity.

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 3 – Beauty vs Necessity.

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Let me apologize in advance … YES and NO!! In my opinion there are 4 types of design in architecture: 1)    Architecture of Survival 2)    Architecture of Necessity 3)    Architecture of Comfort 4)    Architecture of Luxury, i.e., idiosyncratic design So we will live under trees, in caves and caverns, covered parking garages, stairwells,  under tarps, under fallen rocks, sleep under…

Is Architecture Dead … In Toronto … takes a pause for this week in honour of Travon Martin. Travon Martin … a beauty that makes me a little more reflective than usual this week.

Is Architecture Dead … In Toronto … takes a pause for this week in honour of Travon Martin. Travon Martin … a beauty that makes me a little more reflective than usual this week.

This will be short. In this lifetime I was born into the body of a black male. I have had the privilege of living each day after being maliciously attacked at a playground in Toronto at the age of 6 by many white kids most older than me. I was bloodied and bruised. It felt as though I was going…

Is Architecture Dead … In Toronto? Part 2

Is Architecture Dead … In Toronto? Part 2

Continued from last week: I was invited for an absolutely fabulous meal tonight. The food was creative. It had been chosen and cooked with care. Beautifully smoked chicken, mini cucumber and blue berry salad with a rice wine vinegar dressing. The desert was goats cheese-milk sweetened sorbet with mango chunks. A meal is architecture. A meal like this sews the…