Photos by Brendan Martin

This photo series focuses on four areas of Toronto, including Thorncliffe Park, St. Jamestown, the Don Valley corridor, and the Don Valley Town Homes. My interest in the modern housing project began as a child. I remember being driven by my mother along the Don Valley Parkway, and marveling at the towers perched along the edges of valley, surrounded by the forest below. To me, it seemed so futuristic. It’s immediacy and clearness of vision was so appealing, as it must have been to the modernists of the CIAM. Today, I maintain a conflicted relationship with these structures. On one hand, they appear sites of depression. Yet, I still find their ambitious nature compelling. There is a sense within these structures that we were reaching towards something better.

More photography by Brendan Martin can be found here.