a guidebook to concrete architecture from
the fifties to the seventies
"The Ross Building was designed as an open framework with evolving functions, organized around a massive concrete frame. The building was conceived as the headquarters for a revolutionary new way of education, an integrated curriculum of two years of liberal-arts studies that encouraged general holistic thinking before moving on to advanced specialization. Exposed rows of rough-cast piers at the eastern edge, fronted by an enormous ramp stretching down from the upper podium level into parking grounds, made a great open stoa, a primordial temple front recast as an institution for the Age of Aquarius in the 1960's."
Ross Social Sciences and Humanities Building, York University
in Concrete Toronto
Edited by Michael McClelland and Graeme Stewart
Coach House Books and E.R.A. Architects
Toronto, Ontario, 2007