OCAD's extension, Toronto, Canada
Josephine paying for parking with OCAD's addition in the background
I met a woman who teaches school in Florence, on the plane coming home from Italy
who explained that part of the reason Florence is so well preserved is because the
people there are still living in the 14th century. Watching people stride around in their
slick poufy down coats and super leather bags I didn't get that impression. I've never seen
so many scooters. But I suppose she means in an ideological way. In that case I said, deep
in the throes of my missing the place I'd just left, I'm glad.
The Duomo, Siena, ItalyBack home in this really wonderful city, which is politically correct almost to a fault,
I find the main problem I face is that we rarely respect our older (and that is not that old my friend) architecture, and frequently add weird and bad onto old and not that great. Every time I
see this strange addition to the Ontario College of Art I feel surprised. I can't say I don't like
it, because how can new things happen, and they have to, if change isn't given expression?
But the contrast between quattro centro Italy, and present day Toronto is dramatic. To say
the least, and I admit it, one a half weeks later, it's still giving me pause.
Have a learning-to-love-change day.