The CAMH buildings from the early 2010s - by KPMB, Montgomery Sisam and Kearns Mancini - struck a much better balance in terms of looking approachable vs. looking institutional. These latest buildings are also way too big. They really loom over Queen West, almost like a wall fronting the CAMH...
^^^ And wasn't this value-engineered to such an extreme that Richard Rogers threatened to walk away from the project entirely?
I think the sad saga goes something like:
*Project initially mis-budgeted
*Then cheapened to death to meet correct budget
*Then over budget again
*Requiring funds from...
So, the issue isn't window wall vs. curtain wall. The real issue is good window wall vs. bad window wall. Good window wall, like here, doesn't have waist-high mullions.
Stuff to outlaw because most developers won't stop on their own:
* Waist-high mullions
* Back-painted spandrel panels