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    Toronto | Pinnacle One Yonge | 312.5m | 95s | Pinnacle | Hariri Pontarini

    Having little/no foresight is something that existed in the past, exists now, and will exist in the future. Not acknowledging that small things grow into big things is baffling yet there will always be people like this. Unfortunately, people like that (to my constant amazement) work in 'Planning'.
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    Toronto | Pinnacle One Yonge | 312.5m | 95s | Pinnacle | Hariri Pontarini

    Agree on all points. Regarding the City of Toronto, it supposedly added 46,000 people in 2019. Straight extrapolations are problematic but your estimate does look better than theirs.
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    Toronto | 1200 Bay | 326.5m | 87s | ProWinko | Herzog & de Meuron

    Love this proposal (and have no issue with the height) but Toronto likely isn't ready for something like this. If it does get built, would a tower this skinny require double stacked elevators? So one elevator shaft but you can exit on an even or odd numbered floor as the elevator itself has 2...
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    Toronto | The One | 338.3m | 94s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    Accuracy of the entirety of an image being marketed matters.. People form opinions based on that, not parts of an image. Artists surely know this so when they portray things with inaccuracies they're not being transparent. Their aim is to manipulate whomever is consuming said material. If...
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    Toronto | Pinnacle One Yonge | 312.5m | 95s | Pinnacle | Hariri Pontarini

    As disappointing as they are, those 4 residential blocks directly west of the Westin Harbour Castle are MUCH worse.
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    Toronto | YSL Residences - Yonge Street Living (383 Yonge) | 299m | 85s | Cresford | Kohn Pedersen Fox

    I lost interest entirely when it was re-designed. We have to live with whatever they built for 50-100 years so I'd rather look at an open pit for a few years than get something mediocre, subpar, ugly, uninspired, etc. I was ecstatic when this was canceled. It was nowhere near good enough.
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    Toronto | Clover on Yonge, The | 147.82m | 44s | Concord Adex | architectsAlliance

    It's photos like this that hammer home how Canadians just don't get how to design an appealing public realm. Look at the ugly mess on the right sidewalk. Every square inch of it makes my head shake. Yellow fire hydrant smack dab in the middle of a sidewalk, primitive paving, ugly wonky bike...
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    Toronto | Massey Hall Revitalization at the Allied Music Centre | 48.46m | 6s | KPMB

    Will the red neon Massey Hall light be re-installed out front when they're done? https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/new-book-on-massey-hall-asks-fans-to-share-their-memories-895433901.html
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Toronto isn't Manhattan but infrastructure as permanent as a subway line needs to gauge what the city will look like decades into the future NOT what it looks like now. 2041 projections (only 2 decades from now) put the downtown core population at 475,000. The core is one third the land area...
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    Toronto | Aquabella at Bayside | 51m | 14s | Tridel | 3XN

    Which is why they should be barred from publishing renderings they have no intention or hope of delivering. It's dishonest and, in some cases, fraudulent. If this happened in most other industries they'd be roundly lambasted, prosecuted, etc. It's like showing a customer an Audi, delivering...
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    Toronto | Ontario Court of Justice Toronto | 95.7m | 17s | Infrastructure Ontar

    One of the few places in the downtown where glass elevates the immediate area.
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    West Don Lands: Blocks 17 + 26 ? ? ?

    Repercussions need to be harsh enough to deter crooked people from attempting it in the first place. What you described above should be only the initial penalty. There should be a fine, license to build suspended, and upper management barred from working in this industry for the next 10 years...
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    Toronto | 950 King West | 46.5m | 13s | Intentional Capital | Sweeny &Co

    Sometimes it's just not workable and that needs to be acknowledged. Move the heritage building to a park and make it into a recreation/visitor centre. Trying to incorporate it into a new building is unlikely to result in a good outcome.
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    10 Dundas East (former Toronto Life Square, Ent Prop Trust, 10s, Baldwin & Franklin)

    Abysmal building. The only saving grace is that a third of it is covered by screens.
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    Toronto | Yorkdale Mall | ?m | ?s | Oxford Properties | MMC Architecture

    Exactly. The idea that this pandemic is a one off is bizarre. After this pandemic there will be another, then another, then another. The only unknown is how long between them and how destructive they'll be. With the permafrost melting we'll inevitably come into contact with contagions that...

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