This Is Not the Place – 2018
The City of Toronto is going through a massive transformation, actually this is happening throughout all of Southern Ontario. It’s an area owned by developers where anything and everything is being torn down and replaced with something new. Plazas, malls and other small retail spaces are closing and being transformed into multiple story condominiums. Detached homes are being bought by individuals with deep pockets and sometimes developers to be replaced with McMansions. Schools and prisons are closing at a rapid pace to be replaced with what are called superschools and superjails, which are basically the same thing just on a larger scale. Even our hospitals are closing down and being replaced with more modern facilities. Will these new buildings stand the test of time and last as long as the ones they replaced, were built to last? Only time will tell.
While I hate to see so many well built and architecturally interesting buildings lost forever, I also realize that this building boom is not showing any signs of slowing down and will continue to happen for years to come. But the irony of the whole situation is not lost on me. In times where media is bombarded by the threat of global climate change and the relentless and expensive push towards green everything, I find it amusing that when it comes to buildings, no one cares about being “green”. Think about all of the waste materials and pollution created from the demolition of existing buildings (which are still perfectly serviceable), they are then rebuilt with materials that yet again creates an extensive amount of waste and emissions when they are being manufactured, yet nobody is talking about this.
Over this past year I have been fortunate enough to have visited a very large variety of disused buildings, including several firsts, in fact this has probably been my most productive year of exploring to date!
This building used to be a plaza with office space and contained many different businesses including, a Tim Hortons, a dentists office, a gym, a Rogers store, a law office, as well as many other businesses. It is in the process of being torn down to make way for more high density housing.
Self Portrait, North York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.