Jack Diamond shares his thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy

The Big Idea is a lens. It is a way of seeing. It is a window and a platform for you to explore Harbourfront Centre’s diverse programming.

In our 40th anniversary year at Harbourfront Centre, we are exploring The Big Idea: Legacy. Legacy is the essential contribution of the past that acknowledges the present. It is a magnificent merging of past desire and future promise. In legacy the past and present come together to create fundamental meaning.

Look for the symbol below as you make your way through Harbourfront Centre to see how The Big Idea: Legacy manifests itself in our artists’ work.


Meet Jack Diamond

Jack Diamond has practiced architecture since 1968 and is recognized for his astute interpretation of site and context across a wide range of award-winning building types, from civic and residential to performing arts and academic projects. His firm, Diamond Schmitt Architects,  is participating in Bridgepoint Active Healthcare: The Reinvention Of A Hospitalwhich is part of our Architecture Exhibition Winter 2014. Here are Jack’s thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy.

What does legacy mean to you?

Legacy is making a contribution to the public good that will outlast the life of the donor.

How does legacy manifest itself in your work?

Legacy will manifest itself in my work if both the social and architectural dimensions endure.

Who’s legacy has influenced you?

No one person’s legacy has influenced me, but the rich legacy of human history in general and Jewish history in particular and the arts in all its forms — music, painting, sculpture, literature, poetry and architecture.


What is your Legacy? What does Legacy mean to you? And how have you experienced Legacy at Harbourfront Centre? Tell us how The Big Idea: Legacy has manifested itself in your experience. Tweet us at @HarbourfrontTO to join the conversation.

Keep your eyes peeled for more blog posts, programming and artist interviews highlighting The Big Idea: Legacy throughout our 40th Anniversary Year.