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Canadian Architect: The Revitalization of Heritage
Bernard Flaman, SAA FRAIC | January 22, 2018

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From Issue No. 266 | February 12, 2018

heritage conservation, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon

The 1964 Mendel Art Gallery, a modernist masterpiece in Saskatoon. Photo courtesy of the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections. By Henry Kalen.

What’s clear is that heritage conservation is expanding outside of its traditional confines.  I’ve recently had the pleasure of visiting several heritage-related projects in Ottawa, Toronto, Regina and Vancouver that illustrate this expansion of heritage thinking—from the copper roofing replacement on the dome of the Saskatchewan Legislative building, to the new home for my alma mater, the University of  Toronto’s architecture school (Canadian Architect, October 2017) to the transformation of the Brutalist 1960s National Arts Centre (CA, July 2017). As well, I’ve seen projects in Toronto and Vancouver that add significant, and sometimes startling, density to heritage sites, with huge contemporary additions  to modest heritage structures conjuring up the image of Godzilla attacking Bambi; let’s just call this “GaB,” for short.

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