Re-view: How Furniture Defines Interior Space at the Broadview Hotel Café

Last summer (August 2017) saw the opening of a newly-renovated and expanded Broadview Hotel, situated on the North-west corner of Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue in Toronto’s east end. At that time, I stopped in for a visit and was prompted to write a series of posts about the design of the café interior … Continue reading Re-view: How Furniture Defines Interior Space at the Broadview Hotel Café

Heritage Toronto Survey

Heritage Toronto – a charitable agency of the City of Toronto – has issued an open invitation to participate in its online “State of Heritage Survey.” (Follow this link) I recently attended a tour that Heritage Toronto facilitated as part of Doors Open Toronto 2018, and I enjoyed the experience. I’m interested in heritage not … Continue reading Heritage Toronto Survey

Beesley’s Question: Can Architecture Come Alive?

Last week, I attended a lecture given by Philip Beesley as part of the ROM Daytime Lecture series. Beesley spoke about his long-standing experimental architectural practice with the Living Architecture Systems Group. Beesley and his collaborators investigate the possibility of a living architecture – next generation interactive environments – by combining artificial intelligence with a … Continue reading Beesley’s Question: Can Architecture Come Alive?

My Top Five Interiors to Visit at ‘Doors Open Toronto’ 2018

Doors Open Toronto provides architecture enthusiasts with a yearly opportunity to experience interiors that are not usually available for public access. For May 26-27, 2018, organizers have devised a particularly photogenic theme “Film: the Great Romance.” (link: https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/doors-open-toronto/) While the destination list includes some new opportunities to gather insight into Toronto’s creative film industry, there … Continue reading My Top Five Interiors to Visit at ‘Doors Open Toronto’ 2018

New Life for Old Spatial Experiences

Take a beautiful, historic interior setting, and add a new layer of ephemeral spectacle. The results are challenging, stimulating, and interesting. The recent “Inside Peek” piece posted online in Canadian Interiors features AURA Basilica, a Canadian project by multimedia entertainment studio Moment Factory. AURA is a “45-minute immersive sound, light and video projection-mapping experience” that … Continue reading New Life for Old Spatial Experiences