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Bas-relief by Elizabeth Wyn-Wood, 1962,
for Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, courtesy Ryerson University.
PHOTO: COLIN ROSE, MONTREAL
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of executing major commissions. The few that remain today are largely involved in the
restoration field. The marriage of art and architecture as an integral part of the building
envelope, particularly for the centuries-old use of stone, has severely declined.
In addition, the nature of the building industry over the past 100 years has changed.
Large corporate entities, including multinational corporations and shareholders with a
focus on the bottom line are not building to leave a legacy. Rather, the horizon for the
investment is relatively short-term. Lyle's crusade for a Canadian expression in architecture has been largely replaced by the preference for internationalism. Unlike countries
such as Italy and Denmark, Canadian design has never been a key part of Canadian
identity. The fine arts are more marginal than ever in the discussion of architecture.
However, there is hope on the horizon. Architects and interior designers are starting
to employ a large tool kit of materials, colours, textures, photography and the arts
to give humanity to spaces. Will sculpture be part of buildings in the near future? -
perhaps not, at least in the traditional sense. Will creative sculpture be part of urban
spaces? - increasingly, we hope.
But, for the sake of our architectural and cultural tradition, architects should help
to ensure that the buildings and sculptures that remain from the modernist movement
of the 1920s to the 1960s are preserved, since they represent a precious heritage
that can never be replaced.
ALEX TEMPORALE is principal of ATA Architects Inc., in Toronto and Oakville, and a director of the
Built Environment Open Forum.

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Message from the Board
Art & Architecture
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Index to Advertisers
Locations
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The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - Message from the Board
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The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - UX and Architecture
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