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10/02/15

Permalink 01:36:42 pm, by mleslie Email , 110 words, 169 views   English (CA)
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Artscape Youngplace: Creative spirit haunts the halls of Shaw Street School

by Dave LeBlanc - A black hole sucks away everything – light, energy, warmth – until nothing remains.

In architecture, an abandoned building performs in much the same way. And, like the ripples from a stone tossed into a pond, repercussions can be large or small based on the size of the black hole building: an empty house, and perhaps a half-block feels it; a 75,000-square-foot school, and a whole community hurts.

Such was the case in 2000, when the Toronto District School Board declared the former Shaw Street School – a handsome, three-storey, cruciform-shaped structure built in 1914 – as “surplus.” Residents on Argyle, Givins, Rebecca, Bruce and Halton streets felt the thrumming void daily.

Toronto and Area Information Updates

Many Toronto schools are badly in need of energy retrofit, major maintenance and facility renewal. In some school communities additions are required and sometimes a new building. Currently, these projects are undertaken under the Province of Ontario's "Good Places to Learn" programme, in partnerships or special purpose organizations like the Toronto Lands Corporation.

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