Toronto Star—Etobicoke's Albion Library embraces changing urban landscape

In a time when architectural failures abound in Toronto, this new building was designed to put residents first, Christopher Hume writes.

At a time when architecture seems little more than a desperate search for novelty, the appearance of a building such as the Albion Public Library offers reason for hope.

This new structure is a powerful reminder of what architecture can be when designed with users in mind, not its creators’ reputation. Only in an age of starchitecture, of buildings that see no further than themselves, of outlandishness and disconnection would such a distinction be necessary, but such is the tragedy — or is it farce? — of contemporary architecture.

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