Radio National, Australia's public radio broadcaster, invited a few local experts to educate the antipodean listening public about the city of Toronto. One of those Torontonians was Mason White, a professor of architecture at the Daniels Faculty.
White appeared on Lost and Found, a program hosted by Jonathan Green. Every week, the show picks a different city or neighbourhood and explains it through the lens of art, architecture, food, and culture.
Amid interviews with Raptors superfan Nav Bhatia and freelance writer Ivy Knight, White pipes in to explain Toronto's architectural heritage. "Toronto does not have a distinct architectural style," he tells Green. "I'd say its style is best described as ad-hoc eclecticism. Which is probably quite fitting given that Toronto has really been defined by waves of immigration, and these immigrants are really the ones who have shaped and formed the identity of the city, brick by brick and timber frame by timber frame."
To listen to White's full interview — which also includes some discussion about Ontario Place, the Bentway, the PATH, and the Eaton Centre — visit Radio National's website.
Top image: Ontario Place's aquatic pods.