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„Голямата зала на „Юниън Стейшън“ внезапно се разхубави“: съпротива, многообразие и прогрес в Торонто
“Union Station Great Hall Is Suddenly Lovely”: Resistance, Diversity and Progress in Toronto

Author(s): Stefka Lubenova
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: Toronto Union Station; sociology of the city; diversity; progress; Toronto; city planning; urban renewal; urban planning; Metro Centre

Summary/Abstract: In the late 1960s, Toronto Union Station was threatened by demolition. As a result of diminishing importance of railway travel coupled with the move of manufacturing facilities to the metropolitan periphery, large portions of the railway lands became underused. In a parallel process, downtown was becoming rapidly overtaken by business and entertainment. Facing the need for maintenance, the city navigated between the options to remake, retain and modify, or reuse its material. Although various plans were discussed and approved within a span of 50 years, none of the proposed renovations of Union Station was ever implemented. Grounded in the case of the station, this study addresses the conditions for the growing resistance to modernist mega remakes from the 1960s and the transition to more historically and environmentally conscious plans to retain the building. It examines the underlying shifts in the planning practice and discourse with regard to public participation, diversity and public good.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 42
  • Page Range: 167-194
  • Page Count: 28
  • Language: Bulgarian