Discussions continue on the pros and cons of city densification, but vertical development is happening in Toronto and sometimes it feels that there's no stopping it. Condo construction is the biggest sector, spurring debate on smart growth and how to live beyond the push to cram more people into ever-smaller spaces. UrbanToronto covers all the major architecture and development projects in the GTA. Here are some of the most popular news articles, Forum discussions, and dataBase listings over the last month.
The biggest story this past month was the release of a revised design for the mammoth Mirvish+Gehry development on King Street West, a project already largely in contention for its sheer scale and density. Spurred by the lamenting of some for the site's disappearing century-old warehouses and the Princess of Wales Theatre, the architect's latest iteration reveals huge wooden posts about the exterior of the new tower podiums that are a nod to the post-and-beam construction of the district's heritage buildings.
Talk of Mayor Rob Ford's antics wasn't quite at the forefront this past month as it was in May, having generated UrbanToronto's fastest growing thread to date. Instead, the focus returned to large scale condo developments, such as some of the city's 75+ storey landmark towers climbing skyward, namely Aura at College Park and One Bloor East, whose construction recently popped above ground level.
The UrbanToronto dataBase is a repository for architectural renderings, project information as well as floorplans, and it is growing steadily with each new entry in the GTA.
Readers chimed in to check out the new Park Towns development, a collection of 50 townhomes planned for Bayview and Sheppard, now in the pre-construction phase. Other projects of interest continue to be some of Toronto's largest proposals, such as Menkes' 3 tower complex at York and Harbour Street, and the Union Station revitalization, now set for completion in 2016.
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