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In praise of Brutalist architecture

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Jorgensen Hall
credit: Lloyd Alter/ Jorgensen Hall


After Toronto flâneur Shawn Micallef appeared on CBC defending brutalism, I thought I would add my own observations. I teach sustainable design at Ryerson University School of Interior Design, and for the last two years have been assigned a classroom in Jorgenson Hall, a monster building, a whole city block of Brutalism. It was designed by The Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden Partnership (now WZMH Architects) and opened in 1971. Everybody says they hate it, but I came to first respect and eventually to love it.

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