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Congratulations to Howard Shubert! His new book Architecture on Ice: A History of the Hockey Arena has won the Melva J. Dwyer Award. The Dwyer Award is given to the creators of exceptional reference or research tools relating to Canadian art and architecture. The jury selected Architecture on Ice from a field of 12 nominees as it was the first monograph to cover this typology and to examine the architectural, the social history and other dimensions of the sport of hockey.
The award was established in recognition of the contribution made to the field of art librarianship by Melva Dwyer, former head of the Fine Arts Library, University of British Columbia and is adjudicated by a jury of three Canadian art information professionals and administered by the Canadian Liaison to the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA).
An architectural and cultural history of skating rinks and hockey arenas in North America.
Despite the legendary reputations of Madison Square Garden, Maple Leaf Gardens, and the Montreal Forum, skating rinks and hockey arenas may be North America’s most overlooked cultural buildings. Architecture on Ice reveals the central role they have played in influencing urban, social, and political life across the continent.
In the first book to chart the development of skating rinks and arenas from their origins as simple wooden sheds to today’s fully wired, multi-purpose entertainment complexes, Howard Shubert examines how these buildings have been adapted to seasonal change and to a multitude of uses besides skating – from political rallies to rock concerts – and how these adaptations, in turn, have transformed skating, curling, and hockey. Revealing the ways in which arenas are sites where sport, culture, and commerce intersect, Architecture on Ice describes four distinct phases in the development of these buildings: the early rinks and arenas of the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, the Golden Era of 1920-31, the building boom in postwar arenas from 1960-83, and the postmodern hockey complexes built between 1990 and 2010. Read more >