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In Mean City, John Martins-Manteiga writes, “We built big and with vision and tenacity. The Toronto Style was modern, with a naked freshness that emphasized simplicity using indigenous materials." This book celebrates that style, showcasing the fantastic concrete-and-glass futurism of a city on the rise. The famous Sun Life Building, Canada’s first subway system, the Better Living Centre — these and many more creations from the city’s design boom of 1945 to 1975 are profiled and illustrated, along with the pioneering individuals and design firms responsible.