Art, Architecture and the City

A prolific writer and social commentator on urban art and architecture, John Bentley Mays has done much to advance critical design thinking in Toronto. What many in the design field may not know is that he is also a strong advocate for Christian cultural values and has spoken frequently of its broader influence on the experience of the city.

To this point, his newly launched web portal, Art, Architecture and the City nicely connects the dots between contemporary design discourse and an inherent desire for all citizenry to achieve what Mays describes as an “authentic urban spirituality.” In God and the Secular City for example, he posits that “the day of the city has arrived” and goes on to discuss the need for a “constructive engagement of orthodox imagination with the structures of urban life.” Elsewhere in The Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum Mays lauds its near existential qualities as a site of “considerable freedom to think, act and move, to create and criticize.”  Throughout all his musings, it is clear that the common thread is a robust passion for creating, as Jane Jacobs described, the liveable city.

Kudos to John for being an unwavering champion of good design and an advocate for innovative thinking.

– Farrow Partnership

 

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