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The Suburban Slab: Retrofitting Our Concrete Legacy For A Sustainable Future


The 1960s-vintage, concrete slab-style high-rise apartment building should be Toronto’s mascot; for better or worse, it’s the distinguishing feature of our region. It is a product of the postwar boom and the resulting population explosion, and we have more of them than any other city on the continent. Why, then, do we have such a contentious relationship with these structures? After all, they have the potential to be our greenest buildings and to bring sustainability to the suburbs. We need to learn to love them.

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