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Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada, 2005[open in full screen]  

 
 

These photos were taken on September 17, 2005 on the occasion of the 40 year celebration of the opening of the square. In 1958 finish architect Viljo Ravell won an international competition for the now iconic city hall and the square itself. Over time, this complex became one of the most prominent architectural achievement in the world.

  It is in the same rank with the Sidney opera, TWA terminal in New York [part of the JFK International Airport, New York], and a few others.

40 years later the square is still a major ceremonial square in the city, and one of a very few places where Toronto is most democratic, most urban and most itself. Small photos bellow are made in 2012. Specially interested are two photos [with yellow grass] made on the upper level of the square.

  Green space [green roof] was part of the original plan, but for years it was neglecte and closed for public [for security reasons??!!].

Now it is revitalized and open for our enjoyment. Very, interesting space and very interesting usage of public space.

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