Architecture and the Canadian Fabric by Rhodri Windsor LiscombeArchitecture and the Canadian Fabric by Rhodri Windsor Liscombe

Architecture and the Canadian Fabric

EditorRhodri Windsor Liscombe

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Architecture has a powerful role in nation building and identity formation. Buildings and monuments not only constitute the built fabric of society, they reflect the intersection of culture, politics, economics, and aesthetics as these forces are played out in distinct social settings and distinct times.

This extraordinary anthology traces the interaction between culture and politics as reflected in Canadian architecture and the infrastructure of ordinary life, from the first contacts between indigenous peoples and European missionaries to the construction of big-box shopping centres in postmodern cities. Whether focusing on Jesuit perceptions of New France, the construction of Toronto’s St. James Cathedral or Canada’s first Parliament, Brutalism in Canadian architecture, or the ideas of Marshall McLuhan and Arthur Erickson, these essays showcase ways of thinking about the built environment that extend beyond considerations of authorship and style to address the influence of cultural politics and insights from race and gender studies and from postcolonial and spatial theory.

By coupling a national focus with a wide historical scope, Architecture and the Canadian Fabric transforms how we see the role of architecture and in doing so radically questions how we continue to live in, interact with, and interpret the fabricated world.

Rhodri Windsor Liscombe is an associate dean of graduate studies and a professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia. Contributors: Geoffrey Carr, Richard Cavell, Marc Grignon, Laura Hourston Hanks, Réjean Legault, Judi Loach, Barry Magrill, Alan Marcus, Justin McGrail, Michael...
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Title:Architecture and the Canadian FabricFormat:PaperbackDimensions:536 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.4 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Writing into Canadian Architectural History / Rhodri Windsor Liscombe

Part 1: Architectural Culture in French Canada and Before

1 First Impressions: How French Jesuits Framed Canada / Judi Loach

2 Visibility, Symbolic Landscape, and Power: Jean-Baptiste-Louis Franquelin’s View of Quebec City in 1688 / Marc Grignon

Part 2: Upper Canadian Architecture

3 The Expansion of Religious Institution and Ontario’s Economy, 1849-74: A Case Study of the Construction of Toronto’s St. James Cathedral / Barry Magrill

4 “For the benefit of the inhabitants”: The Urban Market and City Planning in Toronto / Sharon Vattay

Part 3: Building the Confederation

5 Shifting Soil: Agency and Building Type in Narratives of Canada’s “First” Parliament / Christopher Thomas

6 Stitching Vancouver’s New Clothes: The World Building, Confederation, and the Making of Place / Geoffrey Carr

7 Digging in the Gardens: Unearthing the Experience of Modernity in Interwar Toronto / Michael Windover

Part 4: Reconstructing Canada

8 A Modern Heritage House of Memories: The Quebec Bungalow / Lucie K. Morisset

9 Place with No Dawn: A Town’s Evolution and Erskine’s Arctic Utopia / Alan Marcus

Part 5: Styling Modern Nationhood

10 The Idea of Brutalism in Canadian Architecture / Réjean Legault

11 Nation, City, Place: Rethinking Nationalism at the Canadian Museum of Civilization / Laura Hourston Hanks

Part 6: Fabricating Canadian Spaces in the Late/Postmodern Era

12 From Earth City to Global Village: McLuhan, Media, and the Cosmopolis / Richard Cavell

13 Big-Box Land: New Retail Format Architecture and Consumption in Canada / Justin McGrail

14 Archi-tizing: Architecture, Advertising, and the Commodification of Urban Community / Rhodri Windsor Liscombe

Part 7: Identities of Canadian Architecture

15 “Canada's Greatest Architect” / Nicholas Olsberg

16 A Question of Identity / Michael McMordie

17 Memory, the Architecture of First Nations, and the Problem with History / Daniel M. Millette

Conclusion: Future Writing on Canadian Architectural History / Rhodri Windsor Liscombe

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Architecture plays a powerful role in nation building. Buildings and monuments not only constitute the built fabric of society, they reflect the intersection of culture, politics, economics, and aesthetics in distinct social settings and distinct times. From first contact to the postmodern city, this anthology traces the interaction between culture and politics as reflected in Canadian architecture and the infrastructure of ordinary life. Whether focusing on the construction of Parliament or exploring the ideas of Marshall McLuhan and Arthur Erickson, these highly original essays move beyond considerations of authorship and style to address cultural politics and insights from race and gender studies and from postcolonial and spatial theory.A major collective work, this rich and multi-faceted constellation of recent scholarship makes an important contribution to knowledge in a variety of fields, focusing on, but not limited to, the colonial and modern architectural histories of Canada. - Peter Scriver, Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA), School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, University of Adelaide