Monday, January 10, 2011

Chris Selley defends the ugliness that is Toronto

As I've long suspected, Toronto actually enjoys having their city as ugly as it is...and Mr. Selley continues to be a ninny.

One of my favourite buildings in Toronto is the Will Alsop’s Sharp Centre for Design — OCAD’s box on pencil-stilts — simply because it seems to mock Toronto’s general staidness, almost to revel in the negative reactions it provokes.

Don’t get me wrong: I’d love to live in a more beautiful Toronto. But this has never been a beautiful city, or a grand city. Our older extant buildings tend, first and foremost, to be functional. And our functional new buildings tend to be hideous...

...But the vast majority of us have higher, crushingly mundane priorities, than pretty buildings. In part, that’s why Toronto works as well as it does.

Read more here.

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