steveve's Toronto city model

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  1. steveve

    steveve Senior Member

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    Over the past while, i've been trying to get a city model built. :D
    I need help keeping track of upcoming proposals/projects that i'm unaware of within the model area so that they can be built. (there are many blocks to keep track of!)
    It's a very general model focusing in on the main high-rises/structures (which is why you'll see the low-lying areas with less detail).

    let me know if you see any areas with proposals/projects i haven't built or anything you want to say :p

    The scale is approx. 2.25cm : 50m

    Hopefully you'll be able to recognize some of the structures. These include things built, under construction, and proposed.
    What i've got so far (a work in progress)...

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    Another one:

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    EDIT: Model City Version 2.0
    version 2.0 will be more accurate than the first model,

    The scale is just slightly larger 2.5cm:50m compared to 2.25cm:50m.


    As of August 19, 2011:
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    As of August 29, 2011:

    Shangri-la is built, all but the greenroof atop of it.

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    Update as of August 31, 2011:

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    Update as of September 1, 2011:

    Next up, the Ritz and RBC Centre block!!! gonna be hardcore!

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    and a fun one:
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    Photos as of September 13, 2011:

    Okay. so i haven't been building lately, but i did decide to put the models on a larger sheet of wood, just till i sort things out... Decided to take more photos though.

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    Update October 29, 2011:

    *33 Yonge is built, alongside the FS Opera House, and the building across on University,

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    Update December 10, 2011:

    Boutique Condos are built and the Entertainment District continues to grow... Theatre Park and Studio Condos are soon to follow,

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    And some different ones:

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    January 2, 2012:


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    Happy new year! :)

    February 7, 2012:

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    February 14, 2012

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    February 24, 2012:

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    March 6, 2012:
    Some model porn... that is - scale models of course ;)

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    Update March 23, 2012

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    April 14, 2012

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    Update April 28, 2012:

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    Update as of May 7, 2012:

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    May 18, 2012:

    Building up University Ave...

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    May 22, 2012


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    June 3, 2012

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    Update June 30, 2012:

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    Update July 20, 2012

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    Update August 18, 2012

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    Update August 29, 2012

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    Update November 18, 2012

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    Cheers :)
    -steveve
     
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  2. Hipster Duck

    Hipster Duck Senior Member

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    That is some cool stuff, Steve. If you apply for an urban planning degree (or architecture), you should send this in with your portfolio - it would be the icing on the cake in your application. How long did it take you to build this?
     
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  3. AlvinofDiaspar

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    Very neat. Architectural modelling might also be a possible career - here is a rather well known Toronto firm for that: http://www.mccann.on.ca/

    AoD
     
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  4. Bogtrotter

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    WOW - that great! What is it made of?
     
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  5. steveve

    steveve Senior Member

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    building materials were really simple. the buildings are made of papercard (cereal box kinda cardboard), cardboard for the base (divided in many sections), flock/moss for greenery.
    the time it took is around a year/year and a half on and off. haven't really been consistent in building cause of the time consumption. though prior to this (3 years ago), i experimented in building a mini CBD which was crudely done, so i restarted/revised/expanded.

    a lot of the buildings will need updating, some of the models are very very basic (skyline tower, theatre park, 880 bay street, etc), when more renders are released, i'll fix them.

    If anyone has any good renders of 45 Bay street, please post them. we've gotten very basic images, but nothing really concrete. (you can see the empty lot next to the ACC).

    i'm not really in to modelling, but i like the perspectives you can get out of it. nothing beats 3D! :cool:
    i'll try taking some more photos from different vantage points and post more pics as it nears completion.
     
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  6. TheKingEast

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    Wow! Well done!
     
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  7. CDL.TO

    CDL.TO Moderator

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    That is really and truly impressive, steveve. I agree with Hipster Duck and AoD; this passion could provide some great opportunities if you wish to pursue them.
     
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    Steveve...I'm totally impressed! Well done! I hope all the idiots that have criticized you in the past and have never taken on something so ambitious, see what you've done and get reconstructive surgery at a discount when their "mouthy" jaws break on their computer desks when they fall open! LOL. Congrats on your accomplishment.
     
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    Great job steveve..:cool:
     
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    wow! awesome model, nice work steveve! :)
     
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  11. steveve

    steveve Senior Member

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    alright. here's the CBD. it's the first section i built so you'll notice it needs some maintenance.
    you'll notice exchange tower, richmond-adelaide centre 3, and a few more need updating. (and the railway tracks need texture).

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  12. Canuck

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    Wonderful steveve. Just wonderful.

    I can only echo what's been said here already - it seems like this is your passion, so pursue it!
     
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  13. scarberiankhatru

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    It's fantastic. You could go to City Hall and talk to them about fixing up the dingy and dated model on display there (yours is more accurate and more detailed and the cardboard and other materials also have more character).
     
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  14. greenleaf

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    This is amazing Steveve. I am thoroughly impressed.

    Keep it up!
     
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  15. steveve

    steveve Senior Member

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    the city hall model is definitely more polished and larger, but it's dated and needs updating. and it's been sitting there for years. I'd like to see the city built a newer model (like the one in chicago) with present to future buildings. :cool:
     
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