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Toronto’s Inclusive Modernity

The Architecture of Jerome Markson

Laura J. Miller et al. In collaboration with the University of Toronto

The first comprehensive critical assessment of Markson’s diverse body of work, interwoven with an account of Toronto’s emergence as a cosmopolitan city.

“An essential book, both comprehensive and highly readable. Toronto’s Inclusive Modernity brings Markson out of the shadows, revealing a major talent who is deeply Torontonian and whose architecture helped make the city what it is.”

—Alex Bozikovic, The Globe and Mail

Book Description

Toronto’s Inclusive Modernity: The Architecture of Jerome Markson is the first comprehensive, critical assessment of Markson’s diverse body of work, which reflects the creative symbiosis that arose from his lifelong engagement with the post-war city of Toronto. Markson’s nearly six-decade-long architectural practice maps a time of profound transformation for Toronto, and for Canadian society. His buildings, which include speculative homes for fledgling suburbs, bespoke private houses, social housing in downtown Toronto, luxury landmarks like the Market Square condominiums, and important cultural and institutional buildings, were harbingers of important shifts in sociopolitical attitudes, urban policies, and modes of architectural production. Markson pursued an open, inclusive expression of modernity that left behind late-Modernism’s formal legibility in favour of an increasingly idiosyncratic formal, spatial, and material expression.

Markson’s work is examined through three frameworks: his use of photography to situate architecture as an inclusive cultural medium; his nuanced responsiveness to Toronto’s fast-evolving urban and suburban geographies; and the ways in which diverse influences—including the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, Britain’s Townscape movement, and vernacular architecture—were instrumental in his development of a more pluralistic, materially-oriented approach in his architecture.

Extensive illustrations include architectural drawings, contemporaneous images from popular publications such as Maclean’s and Chatelaine, and photo-composites portraying selected Markson buildings as part of the larger urban scene within today’s Toronto.



“My sense is that while making this serious and scholarly volume on the architecture of Jerome Markson, author Laura Miller also had fun.” 

Canadian Architect

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“Markson’s portfolio is a testament to both humility and humanity.”


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  • Hardcover
  • 8 × 10 inches
  • 304 pages
  • 978-1-77327-001-2
  • $45 CAD / $45 USD
  • January 2020