Driving Around Toronto

kinnon —  October 17, 2006 — Leave a comment

I needed to run over to the old house to grab some software (or so I thought – it was actually here) and took the opportunity to drop Imbi off at her class at Trinity College today. What a beautiful College. What a gorgeous campus.

UoftgraduatehouseWell, except for this eyesore. This looks like it was designed by a Soviet architect. I can’t believe how ugly it is. And I’ve felt this way since it first opened in 2000.

It’s known as the University of Toronto Graduate House – and with it’s “beautiful” UofT sign, is considered the Western entrance to the campus. (It more likely screams, in a Monty Python voice, “Run away, run away.“) According to Wikipedia,

The building is considered one of the more important works of architect Thom Mayne, who won the Pritzker Prize in 2005. The building won a number of awards, but its design was not without controversy with a number of students and area residents criticizing its unusual façade and bleak concrete interior.

I consider it an abomination – and hope that I will live to see it demolished. I’m sure the cognoscenti would tell me “you just don’t get it.” They’d be right. I don’t. Please, make it go away.

Fortunately, the drive was not ruined as I took the opportunity to enjoy another podcast from Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. And when that was done, I listened to Rob Mathes‘ great album, Evening Train. Gotta love the iPod. Gotta love Steve Jobs sense of design. Wonder what he would think about Graduate House.

BTW: The shot was taken out of the front window of our vehicle by me, while driving (don’t even think of trying this yourselves, kids), with my Sony Ericsson W810i. I’m still very impressed with this phone/camera/Walkman. (Click on the pic for a larger view of the monstrosity or visit my Flickr page for an even larger version.)

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

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