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ASSIGNMENT #1 – Toronto’s First Story

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February 1, 2018

Name: Ran Liu

Student Number: 1002615351


We live, study and work at this city, Toronto. As the
capital of Ontario, Toronto’s position is increasingly important. During the
entire Victorian era of the late 19th century, Toronto was still in its
development stage. In 1998, five near-effective areas were
included in the territory of Toronto, made Toronto become the largest city in
Canada and the fifth largest city in North America. By introducing the story of
Toronto, everybody cannot ignore the education of this city. The University of
Toronto is a prestigious, world-renowned research university located in
Toronto, Ontario, surrounded by the Queensland Government and Parliament in the
heart of the city. As an engineering student studying in this campus, theirs is
a building we stay everyday – Sandford Fleming Building. This teaching building
is not only a microcosm of our school, but also a representation of Toronto.

Its course of history is also a story of Toronto.


The Sandford Fleming Building was built in 1907 which is
designed by Darling & Pearson. It’s named to Sir Sandford Fleming after
years ago. The building is a center for engineering student activities as ‘home’.

There’re lots of places like The Pit and engineering and computer science
libraries. The Sandford Fleming building is neoclassical in art style, typical of
many early twentieth-century buildings, especially in North America. The most
prominent feature from the outside is the appearance of the east, with its
semicircular protrusions. The original design was a U-shape building (facing
the west in the open “U”, as a fully landscaped courtyard until the
adjacent Galbraith building was built in that space). In addition, it has to be
said the building was destroyed by a massive fire leaving only an external
structure in 1977. The interior was rebuilt by the original design of pages and
architect steele.


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This building is named by Sir Sandford Fleming. He’s the one
of Canada’s greatest inventors and engineers. The Driftscape illustrated his
story named “Standard Time” (Sir Sandford Fleming,
1878). Fleming dreamed that the institute liked his idea. He wanted to further
his logic and set the clock back a full 50 years. The
original thriving city demolished all new buildings. Yonge Street, King and
Queen Street returned to the glory of mud. Fleming himself helped to
disassemble his own railway. Trees are planted and roads are untied. It’s
seemed to see the vitality and energetic of nature. Once everything was
restored to its original state, creative young people started to explore new
things again. That night, there was no fraud between people, just peaceful
coexistence and love. This dream sometimes remains at Fleming Building in
Sanford, University of Toronto, named after him.


This is the dream of Sir Sandford Fleming. He’s a
Scottish-born Canadian engineer and inventor who is also a founding member of
the Royal Society of Canada. He helped plan Canadian earliest railway and designed
the first stamp. The nineteenth century was the steam era, where the
technological innovators like Sandford Fleming changed the face of the
industrial world and became national heroes. This historical moment reflects
the energy and spirit of the incumbent Chief Engineer of the Pacific Railroad
in Canada who surveyed Canada’s first rail line and designed our first stamp. He
is known for helping to establish a standardized 24-hour international time
zone system. In the 1970s, he proposed a new system for the world era: a
universal 24-hour clock divided into local time zones. It will become the
standard for measuring time around the world. On January 7, 2017, Google
changed the graffiti on the homepage of its home site to commemorate the 190th
birthday of Shan Buddha Fleming.




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Fleming, as the “Father of Standard Time,” has
also achieved a lasting international reputation. In the past, local time had
made sense for everyone, but became very inconvenient and inefficient with the
introduction of railways. To Sanford Fleming, solving this problem is a
universal time system, he designed a world map divided into 24 time zones.

Within each zone, the clock will indicate the same time and the time difference
between adjacent zones will be one hour. Flemming’s idea is simple,
straightforward, practical, but it’s new and therefore unacceptable. For years,
it was fired by the government and rejected by the scientific community.

Fleming was even called a communist because of his concept of
“internationalism” and was cast aside by some who thought that such
interference with the nature of time violated God’s will.


Fleming, however, persevered and persuasively promoted
his ideas. Eventually, he received official approval at the International
Atomic Radiological Conference held in Washington, D.C., and the standard time
came into effect on January 1, 1885. This is a glorious achievement. Without
standard time, the modern life we ??know today will not be possible.

As mentioned
above, this building was once burned. This experience also added a bit of
legend to this building. 

Flaming House fire in 1977


It is hard to
imagine that the flame of the Sanford Fleming House, the heart of the engineering
students’ life at the University of Toronto, has been set off. This is what the
students and faculty members are facing in the early hours of February 11,
1977. The fire that started at the East Point Lecture (about where SF1101 was
now) spread for eight hours, with almost everything destroying the shell of the


They are never
sure how the fire happened. The two theories are “wire fault” and
“homeless people smoking in the building.”

They know where
to start – in the northeast corner of the square (see the first picture), a
lecture with lots of decks in the room, lots of paper, and who knows what the
rubbish they are piled below . It went up from there and then above the attic
(destroying the lifetime archives of Professor Jones, along with the tanks of
the British Academy of Sciences (from the chariot race), to the semicircular
lecture hall, which they called the mill floor, Gaping heavy wood, which is
hard to get under, but once flames got up there was exposed thinner wood in the
attic and burning things started to hit the lower floors My office had smoke
and water damage but no flame Or the real heat, even though the fire came
straight from it to the lecture hall, in the first picture you can see all the
windows but my lighting flames.


No one was
injured in the fire, but nearly 50,000 square feet of classrooms, labs, faculty
and graduate offices were lost. Emergency responders were able to save most of
the computer center in the South Wing and most of the library books were safely
brought to a safe place, but several were unrecoverable. The academy suffered a
tremendous loss of valuable research and archives. This includes research by
faculty and graduate students, as well as the college’s history collection.



During the
continuous rescue work, the students continued their classes to avoid
interruption of scheduling but immediately transferred to other buildings.



After the fire,
the Sandford Fleming complex was rebuilt from February 1977 to June 1982 and
rebuilt on the same foundations and walls of the site (although the original
structure was basically intact despite the destruction of the interior).


The remodeled
Sanford Fleming House opened in June 1982. These include new facilities in the
electrical engineering and computer science departments, a new structural
laboratory for civil engineering and a greatly improved faculty library.


Finally, the building
received much-needed rejuvenation facilities. The “physical building”
originally built in 1907 was not occupied by the engineering department until
1967, an outdated building in urgent need of renovation. It is for this reason
that Eddie King has seen the benefits of the new facility and is optimistic
that the incident is “a disguised blessing.”


June 2012, the
thirtieth anniversary of reopening. Thirty years after it reopened, the Sanford
Fleming Building became the center of engineering student life. Its basement is
where the “atrium” is located, where you can find engineering
students working, eating, lining up to buy school supplies, or socializing.

This is F! the center of much of rosh Week and Godiva Week’s activities, and
many mysterious and unexpected prank construction sites. Several students
running operations including Suds, Lady Godiva Memorial Bnad, Hard Hat Cafe,
Engineering Stores and Engineering Society can also be found here. Located on
the second floor is the Engineering Library, some of the largest computer labs
on the ground floor. Throughout the school year, these spaces kept buzzing with
the students.


Despite the
tremendous damage to our college thirty years ago, there have been some
improvements to the new buildings that have emerged. The Sanford Fleming
Building has evolved into a center of engineering student life and will
continue to nurture a future engineering culture.



1.any themes of Eurocentricification, cultural coloniality and modernity
discussed in “Coloniality and Modernity/Rationality,” by Anibal
Quijano.  2. relate to the story you have picked and the way it is
described across the literatures?

colonialism was a product of systematic repression. It was not only concrete
beliefs, ideas, images, symbols or knowledge that were not conducive to global
colonial rule but also colonial deprivations of colonial knowledge, especially
in mining, agriculture, engineering, and their Product and work. First,
repression mainly falls on the way of knowing knowledge and generating
knowledge, and on the resources, modes and tools of formalization and
objectification of expression, knowledge or vision, ideas, images and systems
of images, symbols and modes of meaning are produced. Second is the imposition
of rulers’ own modes of expression, as well as their beliefs and images,
referring to the supernatural. These beliefs and images not only hinder the
cultural production of the masters, but also a very effective means of social
and cultural control.












The tall buildings took to the top and the population grew steadily. The
first Europeans also immigrated to Canada. In the 1920s, business and commerce
in Toronto was extremely prosperous, but with the advent of the Great
Depression, economic development stopped. Turning through the dark history of
Toronto, after the Second World War, new immigrants began to enter Toronto and
brought a new culture.



The University of Toronto publishes a
yearly number of research papers in North America after Harvard University,
citing the top five in the world.


s a result, New York City hired bricklayers to demolish all new buildings:
houses and churches and shops became rubble and dust; their predecessors were
rebuilt. The sidewalk was pulled up by a carpenter; Yonge Street, King Street
and Queen Street returned to the glory of the mud. Fleming himself helped
disassemble his own railway and took a big hammer on the railroad track.

Rubbish was used to fill the quarry; then they were covered with dirt and
repainted. Trees are planted and the road is untied. The creek was not buried
and the stream was loose.


His contributions include proposing
universal time standards worldwide, designing Canada’s first stamp, and working
on many geological surveys and cartographers for the Colonial Intercontinental
Railroad and the Canadian Pacific Railway, most of which works between colonies
Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway. In the meantime, he also founded the
Royal Canadian Institute in Toronto.)