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    76 Adelaide Street West (?, ?s, WZMH Architects)

    So is it Harrison Chan, principal at WZMH 'Architects', one of the people responsible for the destruction of 76 Adelaide West? You're heading a big architecture firm and you're willing to destroy your city's architectural heritage to make a buck? What's next, doctors amputating people's legs...
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    76 Adelaide Street West (?, ?s, WZMH Architects)

    You mean this isn't a restoration? Appalling. There's something seriously wrong with the system when people with no respect for architectural heritage are allowed to destroy whatever they want. Will we have anything left by the time they put in place adequate safeguards and protections...
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    Toronto | The Well | 174.03m | 46s | RioCan | Hariri Pontarini

    It's been a frustrating 15+ years (roughly when the boom started) continually criticizing what was being built while pushing for better. Toronto is finally infusing beauty, character, and style into new builds and it's wonderful to see. At this rate, I doubt anyone will be able to call Toronto...
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    Toronto | Eighty One Wellesley | 97.53m | 28s | Aragon Properties | Core Architects

    I doubt it will still feel that way 10 years from now. The first few big buildings always look a little out of place.
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    Toronto | Pinnacle One Yonge | 312.5m | 95s | Pinnacle | Hariri Pontarini

    I admittedly prefer going when there's a ship docked unloading sugar cane. When there's no ship I prefer looking northwest to the skyline, east to the promenade, or south to the water. Either way, I much prefer it to HTO park with the yellow parasols. Sugar Beach is way more interesting.
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    Toronto | Theory Condos | 101.49m | 30s | Parallax | IBI Group

    That stretch of College needs better. I have no issue with the density/height but both of those recent towers leave you pining for a re-clad ASAP. The cladding chosen on the Mirvish Village development looks great. This falls far short.
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    Toronto | 55 Yonge | 236.21m | 66s | H&R REIT | BDP Quadrangle

    Planners have repeatedly under-estimated growth and demands placed on the city over the last 15 years. The cultural aversion to height has predictably shifted considerably in lock step with development They've had to continually alter guidelines to keep up with new realities. So yes, I agree...
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    Toronto | 65 King Street East | 82.9m | 18s | Carttera | WZMH

    Valid point but is it a realistic expectation that the low rise heritage buildings to the south will remain as is? In Toronto, buildings like that get gutted so that tall modern buildings can rise from within. If they can gut the Concourse Building and propose to do the same to the Dominion...
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    Toronto | 401 Bay Street (formerly Simpson Tower) | 143.86m | 33s | Cadillac Fairview | WZMH

    Hopefully in 30-40 years from now it can be restored. It was an elegant building before they butchered it.
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    Toronto | Church and Wellesley | 140.81m | 39s | ONE Properties | 3XN

    The problem on Bay Street isn't the height but the design. Mirvish-Village proves that it's design and how buildings meet the street that matter, not how many floors exist above it. Height doesn't have to mean massive podiums and no human scale at grade .... although that's what alot of people...
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    Toronto | Panda Condominiums | 107.59m | 30s | Lifetime | Turner Fleischer

    Love the bright green strips on the podium. Too bad it will be covered up with, I'm assuming, grey.
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    Toronto | TeaHouse 501 Yonge Condominiums | 170.98m | 52s | Lanterra | a—A

    Love the shorter building. The taller one is functional but not much else.
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    Toronto | Halo Residences on Yonge | 131.06m | 38s | QuadReal | a—A

    They missed an opportunity here. They should have negotiated a large courtyard/public space around the clock tower in exchange for more height.
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    Toronto | Wellesley on the Park | 194.15m | 60s | Lanterra | KPMB

    Love the greenery between the sidewalk and the road/bike lane. It's something we should try and incorporate where possible.
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    Toronto | Macdonald Block Reconstruction | ?m | ?s | Infrastructure Ontar | WZMH

    Buildings from this era usually aren't valued (some think they're ugly) and often meet the wrecker's ball. It's wonderful and encouraging that this is being modernized while respecting its architectural heritage. Attitudes towards this type of architecture are thankfully changing. Maybe a few...