Doors Open

Once a year, Toronto holds a ‘doors open’ event. This year, 155 buildings or spaces not normally open to the public participated. So we saw:

The Ontario Legistlature:

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the artwork

the artwork

The City Hall:

view from the top of city hall

view from the top of city hall

The Canadian Music Centre (we can see it from the apartment), where Canadian composers’ scores are collected and catalogued (I know what you’re thinking! But there are over 900) (Martha was asked at her UofT admission interview to name three Canadian composers, and the interviewers admitted that they would probably struggle too…):

the view from our apartment

the view from our apartment

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(apparently before its refurbishment it was a boarding house and brothel)

And most interestingly, a rooftop garden – all new builds in Toronto with flat roofs have to have them (though I can’t think what the poor old bees and birds will do 65 floors up!):

heat sensors - the foliage cools through transpiration

heat sensors – the foliage cools through transpiration

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super-heated shale – keeps the water in without bringing disease up to these levels

more sensors: it is a research facility of the University of Toronto

more sensors: it is a research facility of the University of Toronto

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