Competing Modernisms

Toronto's New City Hall and Square

By (author) George Kapelos
Introduction by Christopher Armstrong
Categories: Architecture: public, commercial and industrial buildings, Architecture, The Arts
Series: Canadian Modern
Publisher: Dalhousie Architectural Press
Paperback : 9780929112688, 128 pages, September 2015


The 1958 competition for Toronto’s New City Hall and square was the largest competition of its era, attracting over 500 entries from architects across the globe. Weaving a tale that is equal parts civic, cultural, and architectural history, this richly illustrated publication explores the impact of the competition on the design of public institutions and urban spaces in Canada, and reflects upon the value of architectural competitions as modern architecture developed in the mid-twentieth century. The book features a selection of over 50 official entries, each illustrated with original drawings and models, as well as a complete listing of the participating architects and architectural firms.