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New Book on Canadian Modern Architecture Out Next Month

Publication Also Includes a Speaker Series, Co-sponsored by the OAA

Co-published by Canadian Architect magazine and Princeton Architectural Press, the book Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the Present will be released on Monday, October 28. It launches with a series of events in cities across Canada, including several events in Ontario that have been supported by the OAA as a Platinum sponsor.
The book is co-edited by Elsa Lam, editor of Canadian Architect, and Graham Livesey, professor at the University of Calgary. It is the first comprehensive review of Canadian architecture in many years, and includes 15 original essays and 500 photographs and drawings.
The authors are among the leading architectural scholars and critics in the country. They include Ontario architects George Baird, Ian Chodikoff, George Kapelos, Marco Polo and Lola Sheppard, as well as professors Larry Wayne Richards and Mason White. Other contributors include Brian Carter, Odile Henault, Lisa Landrum, Steven Mannell, Sherry McKay, David Theodore and Adele Weder—the editor of the OAA’s SHIFT2019 Infrastructure/Architecture Challenge book.
“This fascinating and much-needed compendium will certainly be welcome universally, and particularly in Canada, where it will raise the consciousness of a country that has respected, but not celebrated, the wide origins of its populations and its culturally as well as physically different regions,” writes Phyllis Lambert, founding director emeritus of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA).
A series of panel discussions and lectures in cities across Canada is being organized in conjunction with the launch of the book. Current event dates include:
  • October 28 (RAIC Festival of Architecture, Toronto);
  • November 13 (Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at University of Toronto);
  • November 14 (School of Architecture, University of Waterloo);
  • November 21 (Halifax Central Library);
  • November 25 (University of Lethbridge);
  • November 27 (Vancouver Central Library);
  • January 15, 2020 (City Building Design Lab, University of Calgary);
  • February 3, 2020 (Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba); and
  • March 5, 2020 (Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University).
Other events are being finalized, including a four-part series at the Toronto Reference Library in the winter/spring of 2020. For more information, click here.
Available on October 28, the book can now be preordered at local booksellers or online. The OAA will also be previewing snippets of it throughout the month of October, celebrating World Architecture Day, on the blOAAg.