ReVisions: New/Old Ideas for Toronto
Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must come from old buildings.
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Redevelop, reuse, repurpose, recycle, repair... At the moment, the prefix “re-” is a quickly growing element of design vocabulary.
The OCAD University graduates included here know this well. Approaching the city from a variety of fields – environmental design, graphic design, and mixed media art – they draw out new ideas from old places. Whether by subtly shifting the economic and social contents of a building, radically reinterpreting the built form of a site, or even recording unusual insights about a neighbourhood, these projects present alternative visions of Toronto without abandoning the assets that exist in the living, breathing Toronto around us.
Starting from scratch as an architect or planner may be heroic, but it often also means throwing the baby out with the bath water. Instead, like a trusted colleague peering over the shoulder of a writer or mathematician at wits’ end, these designers and artists simply offer a set of fresh city-building eyes, and continue to revision some of Toronto that already exists.