sixty7 Architecture Road is a site devoted to the sights and sounds of the Canadian built environment.
Why sixty7 Architecture Road? For more than 40 years, one of the most internationally known buildings in Canadian architecture has been Habitat 67 in Montreal. It was built in Canada’s centennial year of 1967 and displayed Canadian modernity to the world. 1967 was the year of Expo 67 and it was the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens played for the Stanley Cup. Some Canadians, like Pierre Burton, considered it Canada’s last good year. Other Canadians, like the inhabitants of Africville in Nova Scotia, would have seen 1967 differently, since it was around that year that the process to raze their African-Canadian community, which predated Confederation, began. The year 1967, was truly a complex year in Canadian history.
Today, Canada is a country filled with confidence and exuberance. Multiculturalism has made Canada’s metropolitan centres into some of the most diverse places in the world. As people continue to arrive from all over the globe, they bring with them their ideas, their creativity and their lifestyles. Immigration has changed Canada completely, from the birth of the country in 1867, past the great centennial of 1967 and through to the 21st century Canada. This is a country without a clear definition, yet continually evolving into something. Canadian architecture has been influenced by these changes.
sixty7 Architecture Road is meant to describe architecture as encompassing the whole built environment breaking the grand narrative of architecture = building. Architecture influences the streets, sidewalks, parks, public squares, street lights, buildings, expressways, industrial areas, transportation hubs, cities, metropolises and mega-regions. From small to large, the built environment is made up of codependent entities which form a broader sense of architecture.
How did sixty7 Architecture Road start?
The site was the idea of a first year University of Toronto architecture student, who in the fall of 2007, was attending an Introduction to Architecture course with four hundred other program hopefuls. In one of the final lectures of the course, professor Larry Wayne Richards lamented that the 700 page textbook that the students were required to read, William J.R. Curtis’ Modern Architecture Since 1900, contained only three mentions of Canada (each time about Habitat 67). Richards went on to state how he had spoken to Curtis about the lack of Canadian projects in the book and how similar to other fields, the country lies in the shadows of the United States. A couple months after the course ended, sixty7 Architecture Road was launched.