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    Toronto | The One | 338.3m | 94s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    Not a standstill, but definitely impacted. Some trades are still able to work, but once they catch up to where the labourers left off they're going to run out of work. The carpenters going out as well is just going to throw even more of a wrench into the whole thing. I don't know where the...
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    Aura at College Park | 271.87m | 78s | Canderel | Graziani + Corazza

    It might end up being garish, but I'd be ok with Ikea re-cladding the podium to match the brand. Even if they replaced those limestone (?) panels with blue-painted aluminum and replaced the grey snap caps with yellow, the colours would at least pop. It'd also be great to see them buy up some of...
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    UofT: Sidney Smith Hall Redevelopment (?s, ?)

    I'm not denying any of that history, but why is an extant building the only way to appreciate the 1960s context? The mythos of Sid Smith is far more valuable than the bricks and mortar of Sid Smith. Do we really need to force more and more people to be underwhelmed by this building, so that they...
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    Toronto | The One | 338.3m | 94s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    183 is a little different. They're a multi-trade union, and huge. It's one thing if the pipe fitters or electricians or whoever walks, but 183 is a different story. I've heard to expect at least a two week strike, if not longer
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    UofT: Sidney Smith Hall Redevelopment (?s, ?)

    But the building isn't just a passive piece of information on a dusty shelf. It's a building that has thousands of people passing through it each day, and people are having actual experiences of the circulation, the learning space, the offices. I don't see why people should have to deal with...
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    UofT: Sidney Smith Hall Redevelopment (?s, ?)

    I don't think McLennan is in any way inferior to Sid Smith, as a design representative of the time and context. I'd be much more defensive of Burton Tower than the Sid Smith admin wing. What, exactly, is it about Sid Smith that demands such deference? Would it be a better building if we restored...
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    UofT: Sidney Smith Hall Redevelopment (?s, ?)

    I'm not denying that my criticism is reserved for the function of the building. Nor am I suggesting that the sole purpose of a building is to "function", but at the end of the day a building needs to serve its occupants. Of those four buildings, Sid Smith is the one that serves its purpose the...
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    Toronto | The One | 338.3m | 94s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    Is this one affected? I assumed this job was ICI?
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    UofT: Sidney Smith Hall Redevelopment (?s, ?)

    Ramsay Wright has a great (though small) lecture hall, the hidden gem of an ecological park along the south side, the layout of the building allowed the space to update the classrooms, and the office space above is serviceable, albeit dated. Lash Miller is functional. The undergrad labs are...
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    UofT: Sidney Smith Hall Redevelopment (?s, ?)

    It's not just the exterior, or the unsympathetic additions, or the changing tastes in design. Sid Smith is programmatically a mess. The administrative, research, and classroom spaces are terrible. It's not fixable without the kind of interventions that would make preservation pointless. Of the...
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    Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    I find near side lights are often a lot harder to see because we (North America) also tend to put the lights up high. The European cities I've been through may keep them near side, but they also keep them much lower than we do. The worst-of-all-worlds configuration seems to be putting the...
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    Toronto | CIBC SQUARE | 241.39m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    Wow. Pity we can't just extend the overbuild park further west, and then reinstall a couple bays of the Bush shed as a pavilion up top.
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    Hurontario LRT | Metrolinx

    The cat's out of the bag. Once we let Royal York get away with it there's really no grounds to complain about the distances between stations and landmarks.
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    UofT: Sidney Smith Hall Redevelopment (?s, ?)

    Were the steps on St George a later addition? I remember the building pre-enclosure of the overhangs, and I remember the old lobby, but those steps were there as far back as I can remember?
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    Toronto | Forma | 308m | 84s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    If those were matte colours, yes. But those shades of grey are stainless steel of varying finishes. If they actually clad 84 storeys of tower with that you'd see some pretty dramatic light play, especially with the varying angles everything would be set at. You think people are impressed by the...

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