The Canadian City

The Canadian City

St. John's to Victoria: A Critical Commentary

By Roger Kemble

220 Pages · June 1 1989

Paper ISBN: 9780887722226

PDF ISBN: 9780776622132

ePub ISBN: 9780776622149

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Architect and artist Roger Kemble has demonstrated his ideas of urban design with images from sixteen major Canadian cities—among others. He has walked, measured, and sketched their streets, squares and places, scanned their horizons, probed the relationships between structures, land and landscape with unprecedented energy. More significantly, he has reacted to the negative effect that all the busy business of urban development is having on our daily lives and he has had the courage to offer concrete remedial plans. If, as Kemble (quoting Ruskin), reminds us: 'Architecture is the mother of the arts', then time spent with his bold, imaginative, idiosyncratic view of the making (and unmaking) of cities—drawn with passionate hindsight and compassionate foresight—will be a moving and healing experience.

Through the beckoning text of The Canadian City and its 144 illustrations, we will come to know the map of our own country and city as never before. The long shadow cast by this knowledge will make us more aware travellers abroad, too. Principles of city living and city building will accompany us everywhere, with an unsuspecting vividness. There is only a short step from Roger Kemble's studio to the world.

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Part I: Art is Dead
  1. A Personal View
  2. A shared Vision of Urban Space
  3. Imagining Urban Space
  4. The principle of Sustained Interest
Part II: Long Live Art
  1. Downtown Spaces
  2. Malls and Streets
  3. Havens and Harmony
  4. Tending the City
  1. Noise Levels
  2. Common Noise Levels and Typical Reactions
  3. Pedestrian Count, Sparks Street Mall, Ottawa
  4. Canadian Cities

Author Bio

Roger Kemble is a practising architect, urban designer, planner, writer and illustrator. He has been the recipient of a score of awards, including a National Canadian Housing Design Council (1964), the Massey Silver Medal (1967), Award of Excellence, Canadian Architecture Yearbook (1981), and more. He was a regular contributor to The Canadian Architect and has written for a variety of other professional, trade, and metropolitan publications.