As in the original work, Harold Kalman emphasizes social and cultural contexts, bringing to light several distinctive characteristics of Canadian architects and their work. Among them are a respect for nature, natural forms, and local materials; a tendency to absorb ideas from abroad and thensimplify or restrain them; a preference for the midde ground between extreme modernism and extreme traditionalism; and a flair for innovation in response to social needs.Convenience for readers is not the only respect in which this concise edition differs from the original two-volume History of Canadian Architecture. As well, the focus on architecture itself (as opposed to town planning) has been sharpened; the organization of the text has been clarified; and thefinal chapter, on modern architecture, has been expanded to include more than a dozen new buildings.Describing Canada's building history in a lucid and interesting narrative, this volume is also lavishly illustrated with over 700 black-and-white images, making it the one-volume source on our architectural heritage.
Harold Kalman, a well-known architectural and heritage consultant, was born in Montreal and received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. Among his books are Exploring Vancouver (1974, 1978, 1993), Pioneer Churches (1976), and Exploring Ottawa (1983). He is a principal of the Vancouver officeof Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Limited.