« Doors Open Toronto, the popular annual citywide celebration featuring free access to architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings, is back for its 11th year. This year’s Doors Open Toronto will be held on May 29 and 30, 2010.
In recognition of heightened public awareness of architecture and the architects who have shaped this city, Doors Open Toronto is going back to its roots: architecture is the theme and central focus in 2010. The 150 buildings will highlight their unique architectural features and stories providing an authentic urban adventure that celebrates Toronto’s architectural excellence from urban to suburban, blockhouses to bank towers.
Doors Open Toronto programs and locations for 2010 include:
Ask an Architect: Two new programs add the expertise of architects to the visitor experience at more than a dozen locations. Ask an Architect @ their Building and Ask an Architect @ their Office engage architects as on-site hosts at venues they designed as well as at the offices of Diamond and Schmitt Architects, du Toit Allsopp Hillier/ du Toit Architects Limited, Farrow Partnership Architects, Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd., Kasian Architects, Stantec, Taylor Smyth Architects, Zeidler Partnership Architects, and others.
Launch of Architecture Walks: The Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) will launch two Guided Architecture Walking Tours on the Doors Open Toronto weekend. One tour will highlight the architecture of the city’s recent “cultural renaissance” while the second features the historic to modern buildings of the financial district. These tours, developed by the TSA, will include in-depth information about the unique design features, building challenges and urban context for some of Toronto’s most iconic buildings. Trained volunteers with knowledge and passion for architecture will lead all tours. Following the launch, paid tours will be offered weekly from June through September. »
(Source: Canadian Architect)