Building Tension: When to tear down and when to build up
Across Canada, our city cores are becoming indistinguishable jumbles of tall glass buildings — new and shiny always seems to beat heritage or repurposing. City planning sometimes ignores scale and community. Four prominent and insightful architects discuss ways to tear down the edifices of modern planning and design.
When to tear down and when to preserve buildings in our city cores was the topic of a discussion held in Halifax at the recent annual meeting of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). **This episode originally aired June 19, 2017.
– Brian MacKay-Lyons, Contemporary Architect
– Jean Carroon. Preservation Architect
"Unfortunately, in Canadian cities, and I think this is true pretty well universally, the most interesting historic buildings, that are not residential, that are monumental or that are part of the texture of the commercial area of the city, are always subject to the greatest assault. And I think what's been happening in Halifax, since the last time I've came...has shocked me deeply."
– Julia Gersovitz, Preservation Architect
Panelists & guests in the program:
- Joe Ballard, President of Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia.
- Julia Gersovitz, Preservation Architect, Partner at EVOQ and Adjunct Professor at McGill University's School of Architecture, Montreal.
- Jean Carroon, Preservation Architect, Principal at Goody Clancy, Boston.
- Brian MacKay-Lyons, Contemporary Architect, Partner at MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Ltd, and Professor of Architecture, Dalhousie University, Halifax.
- Elsa Lam, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Architect magazine.
- National Trust for Canada's top 10 Most Endangered Places List
- Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings by Jean Carroon, published by John Wiley & Sons, 2010.
- Local Architecture: Building Place, Craft, and Community, by Robert McCarter and Brian MacKay-Lyons, Princeton Architectural Press, 2014.
- Halifax's Cleveland Estate demolition continues
**This episode was produced by Mary Lynk.