March 28th, 2008
The AGO will participate in the worldwide Earth Hour on Saturday, March 29. From 8 to 9 pm that evening, Toronto’s goal is to become as dark as possible in a show of support for action on climate change – hoping to get at least one million Torontonians to participate.
To observe this event, the AGO will be reverting to emergency lighting levels that evening. Since Cinematheque Ontario will be holding screenings in Jackman Hall during Earth Hour, full lighting must be provided while patrons are entering and exiting the theatre. In keeping with the spirit of the night, emergency light levels will be used in the Jackman Hall area from 7:45 to 8:15 when people have entered the theatre, and from 8:45 to 9:15 after they have exited. Exterior lights at the McCaul Street entrance will operate on the same schedule as Jackman Hall. The rest of the building will observe reduced lighting from 8 to 9 pm. EllisDon construction will also observe Earth Hour.
March 20th, 2008
For this podcast, the AGO invited University of Toronto Professor of Architecture Larry Richards to wander the perimeter of the AGO and muse on the final phases of its Frank Gehry-designed expansion. An architect and dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at U of T from 1997 to 2004, Richards has known Frank Gehry for 20 years and has followed his work closely. Last year, he mounted an exhibition on Gehry’s drawings that was shown in Toronto and Los Angeles. He has published more than 60 articles on contemporary architecture and his own architectural design work has been published in international journals. Richards currently has projects in New York and Beijing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and in 2006 received the institute’s national Advocacy for Architecture Award for distinguished service to the profession.
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