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Book explores Toronto’s evolving skyline

By Adam Freill   

Construction Residential

Fusioncorp Developments CEO co-authors history of condominium high-rise construction in Canada’s largest city.

A new book, Building Toronto’s Skyline, traces the evolution of the city’s iconic residential towers from its humble beginnings in the late 19th century to today’s modern, high-rise buildings.

Authored by Toronto-based Nick Ainis, CEO and co-founder of Fusioncorp Developments Inc., with Charlie M. Wordsworth, the book explores the early low-rise apartments built to provide affordable housing for working-class families in the city’s rapidly growing urban areas, as well as the rise of modern high-rise condos, which began in the mid-20th century as developers experimented with new materials and construction techniques.

“I always wanted to write a book,” said Ainis. “I have a love of history and thought writing about the evolution of the condo segment of the real estate industry, especially since it all started in Toronto would be a fascinating project.”

Through detailed research and engaging storytelling in 10 chapters, he and his co-author bring the people and events that shaped the city’s skyline to life. Along the way, the book delves into the social, cultural, and economic forces that have influenced the development of condos in Toronto and looks at how these buildings have come to define the city’s identity. He even has a favourite within the book’s pages.


“My favorite is the Pantages Tower project – a condominium and boutique hotel in downtown Toronto,” he said. “This is 44-storeys of sleek, shimmering glass which I worked on until its completion. It was a fascinating development, and with all its challenges it was the project to be a part of, and in part, became the impetus to launch our company, Fusioncorp Developments Inc. in Toronto.”

Building Toronto’s Skyline is available through Amazon in print, Kindle and audible editions.




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