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Recent content by Don Mills

  1. Don Mills

    Toronto | OCAD U: 100 McCaul | ?m | ?s | OCADU | Diamond Schmitt

    I fear the diagonal windows will be one of the first value-engineering casualties !
  2. Don Mills

    Toronto | U of T: Trinity College Residence | 52m | 14s | U of T | Mecanoo Architecten

    They do have prominent and wealthy alums, and they do have a good endowment; unfortunately, most of those alums give to UofT, not Trinity specifically, and they can't use their endowment for capital projects. They'll need targeted fundraising for this project specifically...a la Jackman Law...
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    Toronto | U of T: Trinity College Residence | 52m | 14s | U of T | Mecanoo Architecten

    One hopes...but they don't have deep pockets like UofT, as a federated college I don't think they can access UofT's capital funds for "architectural excellence"...
  4. Don Mills

    King Portland Centre and Kingly Condos | 58m | 15s | Allied | Hariri Pontarini COMPLETE

    What if I drop my Double Venti Soy Latte...while I'm steam cleaning the carpet? huh? :)
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    Toronto | U of T: Centre for Civilizations, Cultures, and Cities | 43m | 9s | U of T | DS + R

    From UofT directly , if you don't have paid Globe subscription... https://www.utoronto.ca/news/new-u-t-building-create-cultural-and-intellectual-gateway-between-university-and-city?utm_source=UofTHome&utm_medium=WebsiteBanner&utm_content=NewUTBuilding
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    Toronto | MEC Queen Street (Mountain Equipment Coop) | 21m | 3s | Parallax | Sweeny &Co

    Saw this shot and thought wow cool MEC is doing a living wall on the east side, before realizing it's the Bathrust Centre :(
  7. Don Mills

    Toronto | Via Bloor | 138.37m | 46s | Tridel | architectsAlliance

    Agreed, the Howard side of the podium should allow for street-level retail/services to animate the area a bit, and hopefully tie it in with the West end of Howard, otherwise it will be a dreary stretch; it's rather Steeles/Keele-ish currently, with no-man's land on 3 sides.
  8. Don Mills

    Toronto | MEC Queen Street (Mountain Equipment Coop) | 21m | 3s | Parallax | Sweeny &Co

    I wonder if the design choice is deliberate to appeal to their current target demographic, who is more comfortable with the SmartCentres design vernacular, compared to their original olde-time demographic who was likely more in tune with the pomo/deconstructionist logs and concrete warehouse...
  9. Don Mills

    7 St. Thomas | 39m | 9s | St. Thomas | Hariri Pontarini COMPLETE

    The curve is on a 1 m radius as originally designed, pretty tight. There is also the matter of the frit design. I think their standard suppliers won't touch it becuase of the low volume, its a small buliding, which means specialized suppliers, but not at the cost they're willing to pay! Value...
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    7 St. Thomas | 39m | 9s | St. Thomas | Hariri Pontarini COMPLETE

    I hate for this to be my first post, but they're having trouble sourcing glass for the rounded corners with the desired radius and cost, that detail may be value-engineered out, which changes the equation entirely in my view.

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