Architect Carlos Ventin Has Passed Away

When Carlos Ventin spoke at the OAA Conference this spring, he was evidently not well and remained seated in a wheel chair during his talk. He was introduced by the Toronto Star’s architecture critic, Christopher Hume and spoke eloquently about his lengthy career detailing several of his better know restoration projects.

He is being mourned as one of Canada’s great Heritage Architects.

The Simcoe Reformer reported his passing: “He cut a wide swath,” said friend Gary Muntz of Port Dover, a former Nanticoke city politician.

“He had a lot of fun, and he was a very decent man. He will be quietly missed by a lot of people. He made a lot of headlines, and he loved that. And he was a marvellous architect.”

Image Courtesy Simcoe Reformer

Image Courtesy Simcoe Reformer

The Reformer Ventin at OAA

The World’s Transit Stations

Transit stations throughout the history of the building type have been a reflection of value that cultures place on this public amenity as they seek to deal with congestion issues in urban areas. Increased density in Toronto, for example, has recently highlighted the need for expansion of its transit system. Toronto Star architecture critic Christopher Hume aptly voiced his support for development charges as a means of relieving congestion pressure. In light of these contemporary Canadian issues, check out this well curated collection of the world’s significant transit stations by future blog io9. Contemporary notables come from a high architectural and aesthetic point of view come from Barcelona and Munich.

io9: transit stations

Christopher Hume: GTA transit




Heritage Architect Carlos Ventin Addresses OAA

Esteemed Architect Carlos Ventin addressed delegates at the Ontario Association of Architects today, making some well aimed remarks in regard to adapting and reusing heritage buildings and the inherent sustainability of this approach.

Introduced by Toronto Star architecture critic Christopher Hume, who decried current building trends in Toronto that destroy heritage buildings creating what he referred to as civic poverty, Mr. Ventin advocated for sustainability strategies that require the recycling, reuse, and rehabilitation of heritage structures.