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Brutalism in downtown Ottawa

June 23, 2018 - 14:00 - 15:30

In the postwar building boom leading up to Canada’s Centennial, grand heroic ideals of civic welfare and cultural identity were translated into new visions for Ottawa. The strong character of brutalist architecture embodied renewed hope, stability, and humanity. Ironically, today many tend to misread these buildings as imposing and inhuman “eyesores.”

The tour will explore a variety of examples of brutalist projects throughout downtown Ottawa; major and minor, town and crown, public and private, built and unbuilt. These include institutional civic projects; federal, commercial and corporate development; and major urban plans for renewal, infrastructure, and beautification.

The tour will be animated in French only.

GUIDE: Sarah Gelbard, Ph.D. candidate, Urban Planning, McGill University and editor of Spacing Ottawa.

Heritage Ottawa Members: $5  /  Non-Members: $10  ( Payable by cash at start of the tour )

MEET: Oscar Peterson statue at the National Arts Centre
1 Elgin Street, at the northeast corner of Elgin and Albert Streets
OttawaON K1P 5W1

Details

Date:
June 23, 2018
Time:
14:00 - 15:30
Event Category:
Website:
https://heritageottawa.org/events/brutalism-downtown-ottawa-walking-tour

Venue

National Arts Centre
1 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5W1
Phone:
(613) 947-7000

Organizer

Heritage Ottawa
Phone:
(613) 230-8841
Website:
heritageottawa.org
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