Tag Archives: architecture

Review: Architecture as Evidence/La preuve par l’Architecture

A letter to a contractor stresses the urgency of a previously placed order for a hatch to be added to a roof. On an architectural plan, the hinges of a door have been reversed. Photographs show crowds of people, or an aerial view of a building. These fragments add up to an archive that attempts…

Use It or Lose It? On preserving empty heritage buildings

Fifteen years ago, the spaces behind the red-brick façade at 48 Ontario Street North were emptied out, and so they remain today. But a group called Friends of 48 Ontario is pushing to reanimate the 106-year-old structure, which was home to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 50 for half a century and is now owned…

Architectures of (De)Colonization

Follow the Grand River towards Lake Erie and you will find a bend in its waters encircling a significant place. From a nearby street, you can glimpse the building down a long driveway flanked by trees. The approach is leafy, and only upon emerging at its entrance is its grandiosity fully revealed: symmetry, neoclassical features,…

Houses, Schools, Hospitals: “Indian” Architecture and the Design of Genocide in Canada

An expansive apparatus of architectural production played a significant role in the Canadian government’s efforts to assimilate Indigenous peoples (originally on Unmaking Things).