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Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies


Co-Published by ERA Architects and Coach House Books, Concrete Toronto: A Guidebook to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies, examines Toronto’s remarkable collection of modern concrete heritage: Toronto is a concrete city. International landmarks, civic buildings, cultural institutions, metropolitan infrastructure and housing from high-rise to the single-family home: much of Toronto was born of an era of exposed concrete design. Under appreciated and misunderstood, Toronto’s concrete architecture represents an exciting era of cultural investment, city building, and design innovation.

Concrete Toronto reconsiders these buildings from the perspective of a diverse group of experts, including many of the original architects, local practitioners from some of Toronto’s leading design firms, city planners, university faculty and students, historians and journalists. Showcasing hundreds of new and archival photos, drawings, interviews, articles and case studies, Concrete Toronto is a striking record of Toronto’s concrete architectural heritage.


2008 Heritage Toronto Award, Book Category, Award of Excellence

2008 Design Exchange Award – Award of Merit, Visual Communications Content & Editorial Category

2008 Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, Award of Merit – Communications Category


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