Toronto's Inclusive Modernity: The Architecture Of Jerome Markson

byLaura J. MillerForeword byGeorge Baird Contribution byScott Norsworthy

February 4, 2020|
Toronto's Inclusive Modernity: The Architecture Of Jerome Markson by Laura J. Miller
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Jerome Marksons nearly six-decade-long architectural practice began in a time of profound transformation during the post-war period. His buildings were harbingers of important shifts in sociopolitical attitudes, urban policies, and modes of architectural production. From speculative homes in fledgling suburbs, to bespoke private houses, to social housing in downtown Toronto, to luxury landmarks like the Market Square condominiums, as well as important cultural and institutional buildings, his architecture reflects his pursuit of a more open and inclusive expression of modernity, one that moved past late-Modernism's formal legibility in favour of an increasingly idiosyncratic formal, spatial, and material expression. Torontos Inclusive Modernity: The Architecture of Jerome Markson is the first comprehensive critical assessment of Markson's diverse body of work, interwoven with an account of Toronto's emergence as a cosmopolitan city. Extensive illustrations include wide-format collages by Scott Norsworthy, capturing Marksons buildings in their urban environments today; architectural drawings; and contemporaneous images from the popular press, such as Maclean's and Chatelaine magazines. The significance of Markson's work is examined through three main themes: his prescient use of photography to situate architecture as an inclusive cultural medium and object of human desire; his nuanced responsiveness to Toronto's fast-evolving urban and suburban geographies; and the ways in which his diverse influencesincluding the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, Britain's Townscape movement, and his encounters with vernacular architecturewere instrumental in his development of a more pluralistic, materially-oriented approach.
Laura J. Miller is trained as an architect. She has had a diverse career as a designer, educator, and scholar. She was a member of the architecture faculty at Harvards Graduate School of Design for over a decade, and was the American Fellow in Architectural Design at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study (200304). Currently, she is...
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Title:Toronto's Inclusive Modernity: The Architecture Of Jerome Markson
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:304 pages, 9.86 X 8.04 X 1.15 in
Shipping dimensions:304 pages, 9.86 X 8.04 X 1.15 in
Published:February 4, 2020
Publisher:Figure 1 Publishing
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781773270012

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