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05.23.19 – 9 Reasons to visit the Daniels Building for Doors Open (even if you’ve already been here before)

Superstudio model by Emilie Elspeth Holland, Roman Romanov, Nikolas McGlashan, Clara Bitter

1.  To see what Toronto could look like in the future.
Our student exhibition Toronto Future Tense in room 230, showcases graduate student projects that explore how the GTA could be transformed through new architecture, new urban priorities, and new development strategies.

2.  To get a sneak peak of how the City of Toronto plans to adapt, survive, and thrive in the face of the climate crisis.
On June 4, Toronto will be releasing its first Resilience Strategy, a plan for addressing future challenges — particularly climate change and growing inequities. We’ve partnered with the City on an exhibition that highlights the strategy’s three focus areas: resilient people and neighbourhoods, resilient design and infrastructure, and leading a resilient city.

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3.  To be inspired by the social impact of public art.
The documentary Meglalodemocrat: The public art of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was the winner of Best Canadian Film at the International Festival of Films on Art in 2018. We’ll be screening it here for free both Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm. Director Benjamin Duffield will be on site Saturday to introduce the film and participate in a brief Q&A.

Watch the trailer here.

4.   To build a city and fly a drone with your kids!
Students aged 7-11 years old and their parents are invited to attend a kid-focused workshop led by our students in room 330. The workshops are first-come, first served and will be held at 10am and 2pm daily. Get a taste of the fun that will be had at our summer camps for kids starting this July.

Click here to learn more about our new summer camps for kids.

5.  To purchase the new Campus Guidebook for the University of Toronto
U of T’s three campuses are full of architectural gems. Learn about them all (including One Spadina) in the new edition of The Campus Guide by Professor Emeritus Larry Wayne Richards and take yourself on a tour.

Image from the Toronto Public Library Archives

6.  To learn about the incredible history of One Spadina Crescent
Did you know that One Spadina was once a military hospital where Amelia Earhart was said to have volunteered, or that insulin (discovered by two U of T scientists, Frederick Banting and Charles Best) was once manufactured here, or that the building was once home to an eye bank? Learn more about the Daniels Building’s unique history in room 300.

Photo by Pooya Aledavood

7.   To view not one, but two Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival exhibitions
Back/Fill by Susan Dobson pays homage to Toronto’s Leslie Street Spit and the cyclical nature of our built environment with its phases of demolition, construction, preservation, and renovation. Working Spaces | Civic Settings: Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana by Toronto’s first Photo Laureate, Geoffrey James explores the extraordinary architectural works that transformed the city of Ljubljana over nearly three decades.

Read more about our CONTACT exhibitions here.

8.   To learn about our undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, art, and urban design.
Not only will student work be on display throughout the building, but students and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about what it’s like to study at the Daniels Faculty and how to apply.

Find out more about our programs here.

Photo by Nic Lehoux

9.   To get the perfect Instagram photo.
Designed by NADAAA, with Adamson & Associates, ERA Archiects, and landscape architects public work, the Daniels Building has received numerous awards and accolades. You’ll want to capture the incredible origami-like ceiling in the Graduate design studio, the colourful fins in our Main Hall, and the historic hallway, staircase and windows. And don’t miss the unique views down the centre of Spadina Avenue. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the lake.

Tag us using the hashtags #OneSpadina #UofTDaniels #UofTDoorsOpen and #DOT19. We’ll share our favourites on our own account @UofTDaniels