On February 23rd, Danish 'starchitect' Bjarke Ingels was in Toronto to present the well-known "Yes is More" lecture, which included a look at Ingel's ambitious design for Westbank Corp. and Allied's 489-539 King West. UrbanToronto's coverage of the event included a comprehensive look at the latest renderings for a project, as well as an overview of the renowned architect's speech—and the panel discussion that followed. Now, Westbank and Allied have made a video of the event available online, including a complete look at Ingel's slideshow of photos and renderings. 

489-539 King Street West, Westbank Corp, Allied Properties REIT, Bjarke Inglels Bjarke Ingels, image courtesy of BIG

Before you click the following link, please note that the presentation begins at 45:00 with an introduction by Denise Donlon, followed by opening remarks from Westbank founder Ian Gillespie. The 'BIG' show itself starts at 53:40, while the evening's panel discussion—moderated by Donlon—begins at 2:18:00. The panel  discussion brought the architect into conversation with the Toronto Film Festival's Cameron Bailey, Sheldon Levy (formerly of Ryerson University), U of T Daniels' Richard M. Sommer, and Doblin Canada's Zahra Ebrahim.

489-539 King Street West, Westbank Corp, Allied Properties REIT, Bjarke Inglels A rendering of the project, image courtesy of Westbank/Allied

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