Brileigh Hardcastle

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About the Artist

A Toronto based photographer exploring themes of loss, displacement, and issues in urban planning.

About the Works

These photographs depict the way entropy opposes the uniformity of a city. They highlight the changes that occur, or are predicted as a result of time, preservation, and the utopian values in architecture and city planning that evolve. Being one of the fastest growing cities in North America, Toronto has undergone rapid urbanization. This has led to vast demolition and gentrification, wiping away significant buildings, pre-existing neighbourhoods, and heritage. Through this mass re-construction, the city desperately attempts to define itself and consequently diminishes the history, culture, and known identity of Toronto. Despite this, many places remain untouched, and obscure as they continue to stand. The images reference this with places that decay, or undergo restorations through the addition of new materials that conflict with the old. As decades pass and a range of new builds arise, the area becomes more chaotic in its presentation, blending various cultures, designs, and functions together. Inevitably, the area that lies between all these places -the periphery- becomes the focus.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.
Ryerson Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.