John Sewell: Beginnings of Post Modernism in Toronto
University of Toronto Health Sciences Building, 610-155 College St
John Sewell, former Mayor of Toronto, author of “How We Changed Toronto, 1969 – 1980,” will speak of the beginnings of post modernism, in Toronto. City Council’s Reform movement in in the 1970’s questioned modernist urban renewal and began the heritage movement in Toronto. Diamond and Myers’ York Square, currently at risk, was one of the first projects to blend new with old and to consider contextual design. It was followed by several other Diamond and Myers’ projects, including Dundas Sherbourne and the Hydro Block, and by the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood. These and other projects showed how new development could respect existing communities, increase densities and provide affordable and market housing in attractive forms which complemented existing built form.