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This is the Humanities Wing of the Andrews building of the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus (UTSC) as viewed from the beautifully landscaped central area of the campus. This building was opened in 1966 as Scarborough Collage, designed by John Andrews, a 29 year old Australian born and American educated architect. The building sits on the top of a ridge of a valley and follows its curve; hence its two wings form a V shape. I put two other views of the building into the Workshop, one shows the center of the building from the landscaped campus side, the other, made in 2004, shows the other side which faces the river valley with lush vegetation.
When opened, this building received a lot of publicity; architects liked it, but the public not so much. It is now considered to be a fine example of the Brutalism. It has several unique features, the prominent boiler chimneys symbolizes the concept of “education factory” an idea they tried but abandoned now; a four-storey atrium under a glass dome for a “Meeting Place” to encourage interaction between faculty and students; and environment friendliness, it acts as a buttress against erosion of the valley ridge.

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