Tower Renewal Blog

Radiant City: Photo Exhibition of Toronto Towers


ERA friend and collaborator Jesse Colin Jackson launches his new exhibition at Pari Nadimi Gallery, at 254 Niagara Street, Toronto. The show, entitled Radiant City, runs Sept. 18th, 6-8 p.m. and runs to Nov. 1st.


Radiant City considers the evolving presence and status of Toronto’s tower neighbourhoods. The product of optimistic and progressive planning ideologies of post-war Canada, Toronto’s tower neighbourhoods were built as car-centric modernist enclaves for the middle class. Today have evolved into complex urban environments that are important arrival destinations for our immigrant populations, and which provide housing for one quarter of the city’s population.

Jesse, a long time Tower Renewal collaborator, has been creating images of apartment neighbourhoods since 2006. Many of them can be seen in the presentations and published materials associated with the Tower Neighbourhood Renewal initiative. Tower Renewal seeks to rethink Toronto’s Apartment Neighbourhoods to encourage complete, healthy communities through research, advocacy, planning, and design.

Jesse is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine, and has previously taught at the University of Toronto and OCAD University.