Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Book ~ "Unbuilt Toronto: A History of the City That Might Have Been" (2008) Mark Osbaldeston

From Amazon ~ Unbuilt Toronto explores never-realized building projects in and around Toronto, from the city’s founding to the twenty-first century. Delving into unfulfilled and largely forgotten visions for grand public buildings, landmark skyscrapers, highways, subways, and arts and recreation venues, it outlines such ambitious schemes as St. Alban's Cathedral, the Queen subway line and early city plans that would have resulted in a paris-by-the-Lake.

Readers may lament the loss of some projects (such as the Eaton’s College Street tower), be thankful for the disappearance of others (a highway through the Annex) and marvel at the downtown that could have been (with underground roads and walkways in the sky).

Featuring 147 photographs and illustrations, many never before published, Unbuilt Toronto casts a different light on a city you thought you knew.

If you've ever wondered what Toronto could have looked like had some of the projects gone through, then this is the book for you. Things like the waterfront would have looked so different. The ScotiaPlaza might never have been. Can you imagine a downtown with Old City Hall? How about a community that was built on water down by the Island Airport?

1 comment:

Nuff4u said...

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