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City Hall 50th Anniversary Booklist

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Armstrong, Christopher, 1942- author.
An essential history of the entire design process of Toronto's New City Hall from the international competition through the building's construction.
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Kapelos, George, author.
An analysis of the history, impact and influence of the City Hall design competition on Canadian cities and the architectural profession.
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This exhibition catalogue examines the architectural, cultural and political history of the four structures that that have served as Toronto's city hall.
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Toronto (Ont.). Development Department Research and Information Division.
A brief history of Toronto's City Halls, with facts and figures on the construction of the New City Hall.
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Mika, Nick, 1912-
A history of Toronto's City Halls, with emphasis on the 1965 New City Hall and the events surrounding its construction and opening.
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Armstrong, Christopher, 1942- author.
A broad overview of how progressive architecture and urban planning made Toronto into the 'modern' city of the mid-1970s. It includes a discussion of the importance of the 1965 New City Hall to both practitioners and the public.
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Goodfellow, Margaret, 1977-
A comprehensive overview of the resurgence of city building that took place in the period from 1992-2010.
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Osbaldeston, Mark, 1966-
This book, which was short-listed for the City of Toronto Book Award in 2009, explores never-completed building projects in Toronto from its founding to the present. It includes chapters on unrealized plans for a new city hall proposed between 1925 and 1955, and on the unsuccessful designs in the New City Hall competition.
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A guided tour of Toronto's concrete architecture, including the New City Hall.
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Martins-Manteiga, John.
This book profiles the buildings, firms and individuals behind Toronto's 'design boom' from 1945 to 1975.
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Stanwick, Sean.
A showcase of over thirty contemporary interior and architectural projects in Toronto from the first decade of the 21st century.
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Arthur, Eric, 1898-
This is a revised edition of Eric Arthur's original 1965 book, which has been called one of the most significant books on Toronto and its architecture ever written. The additional essays and epilogue note the impact of the New City Hall on the face of the city.
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A fold-out map which briefly lists 96 buildings and spaces that are part of the development of modern architecture in the City of Toronto.
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McHugh, Patricia.
A field guide to Toronto's architecture, arranged by area to facilitate self-guided walking tours.
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An examination of the influence of modernism on Toronto's buildings, spaces and planning.
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Dendy, William, 1948-
A discussion of some of the most significant buildings in Toronto's history from 1813 to the mid-1980's by the distinguished architectural historian, William Dendy.
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The Ward, bordered by College and Queen, University and Yonge, was cleared in the mid-twentieth century to make room for 'modern' Toronto, including New City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square.
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Levine, Allan Gerald, 1956- author.
The most recent general history of the City of Toronto, which explores the spirit, people and places of Toronto over four centuries.
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Micallef, Shawn, 1974-
A personal view of Toronto's buildings, streets and neighbourhoods from former Toronto Public Library Writer in Residence Shawn Micallef.
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Sewell, John, 1940-
An overview of the impact of modern planning theories on Toronto's development in the 20th century by former Mayor John Sewell.