The Toronto Carpet Factory is one the many buildings you can explore during the Doors Open weekend. Image by Steve Harris.
Doors Open Toronto is getting even bigger this year. Thanks to increased corporate sponsorship, this year the annual festival that allows free access to more than 150 architecturaly, historically, culturally, and socially significant buildings throughout the city will feature a speaker series, weekend talks, expanded walking tours, and more programming at City Hall than ever before. The city has partnered with Great Gulf Homes to bring us this expanded programming.
The speaker series will be held throughout the weekend at St. James Cathedral, and will feature some of Toronto’s best designers, planners, and leaders. There will also be featured talks at various venues, like “The Art and Design of Will Alsop” at the OCAD Sharp Centre for Design. A signature walking tour has been creating exclusively for Doors Open, called “Creating Toronto: The Story of the City in 10 Stops.” City hall will feature special exhibits, and allow the public access to the 27th floor observation desk, council chambers, and the mayor’s officec. Origami arts Yuri and Katrin Shunkov have made an 8 metre long origami reproduction of Toronto’s downtown, which will be displayed at City Hall along with “Toy-ronto,” a replica of Toronto made from toys.
This year’s Doors Open will be taking place May 25th and 26th. All events are free, but keep in mind that they’re all first come, first serve, so it pays off to get there early!
[via City of Toronto]