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Great Buildings of the 21st Century Series

In this new series, Great Buildings of the 21st Century: Architecture in a Time of Spectacle, former Toronto Star architecture critic Christopher Hume (The Secret Life of Architecture, Architectural Wonders) returns to Curious Minds to offer a spirited survey of the most stunning—and thought-provoking—buildings of the past two decades.

Taking the listener on a globetrotting journey from the glittering new high-rises of Asia and New York to Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim museum in Bilbao; from epic German concert halls to the projects that global “starchitects” have launched in Toronto, Hume will assess the power of architecture, the most functional of art forms, to inspire us, to make us think and, above all, to entertain.

About the speaker:

Christopher Hume was the architecture critic and urban issues columnist for the Toronto Star from the early 1980s until his retirement in 2016. He is the recipient of many of Canada’s country’s top awards in the field, including the National Newspaper Award and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada President’s Award.

Talk Series Schedule:

  • May 14: The Power of the Tower
  • May 21: Museums on Display
  • May 28: Architecture on Stage
  • June 4: The Library Turns a Page
  • June 11: Infrastructure Comes Out of the Closet
  • June 18: Toronto Makes a Spectacle of Itself
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