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    Toronto | Nobu Residences Toronto | 156.66m | 45s | Madison Group | Teeple Architects

    Nothing's more offensive aesthetically than crude banality trumpeting itself loud and proud. What a disgrace this supposedly "prestigious" project has turned itself into.
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    Toronto | M1 & M2 at M City | 197.81m | 60s | Rogers Real Estate | Core Architects

    An iconic addition to the Mississauga skyline for sure, but not quite enough to offset the grey, spandrel-laced banality of PSV next door.
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    Woodbine Centre

    On a related note, it's interesting to compare the fates of Woodbine and Promenade, the latter of which I had the opportunity to visit yesterday. While I wouldn't exactly describe the Promenade as "thriving", at least there's still some degree of vitality to the place, not to mention the...
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    Woodbine Centre

    On a recent trip to Yorkdale, I came across a depressing promotional display for an "upcoming" Chinese restaurant that would "open in 2020" which was still not taken down. Mind you, we are talking about what's perhaps the premier shopping mecca in the GTA and if even Yorkdale isn't immune to the...
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    Woodbine Centre

    There were moments today when I was literally on the verge of tripping because of how shoddy the floor tile workmanship was. How this pile of c**p managed to pass inspection is beyond me. Talk about a flood of lawsuits waiting to happen. This, of course, is not to mention the utterly ancient...
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    Woodbine Centre

    No, I'm not that adventurous but I did manage to lean in and grab a peek. And damn was it haunted!
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    Toronto | CIBC SQUARE | 241.39m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    I appreciate your sanguine optimism, but...for every CIBC Square in this city there are three Graziani + Corazza monstrosities being erected that have no business being erected.
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    Toronto | The Well | 174.03m | 46s | RioCan | Hariri Pontarini

    The finesse and attention to detail with this project are a refreshing antidote to typical-Toronto blandness. More of this, please.
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    Toronto | CIBC SQUARE | 241.39m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    Don't expect much. Parsimony and cheapening are hallmarks of Torontonian urban development. Yesterday, today, and always.
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    Woodbine Centre

    Just came back from a trip to this mall and, my god, what an apocalyptic s***show it is. 90% of shops shut, shoddily installed floor tiles begging for lawsuits, and a deserted Fantasy Fair that would not be out of place in Chernobyl...Woodbine Centre is a lost cause far beyond saving. Hopefully...
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    Toronto | Pinnacle One Yonge | 312.5m | 95s | Pinnacle | Hariri Pontarini

    This pathological tendency to cheap everything out is a peculiarly Canadian trait. It honestly baffles me. "Shimmering glass is too extravagant, so tasteless grey spandrel is the way to go." How pathetic.
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    Toronto | The Britt Condos | 142.03m | 41s | Lanterra | IBI Group

    For all their typical-Toronto blandness, at least the residential projects we built prior to ~ the new millennium had a modicum of decency and dignity, with their solid walls and sharp lines. The grey spandrel-wrapped junk we're putting up today was simply not a thing back then. To be clear, my...
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    Toronto | The Britt Condos | 142.03m | 41s | Lanterra | IBI Group

    Absolutely horrendous. Architectural standards in Toronto have declined dramatically in the last two decades alone.
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    Toronto | CIBC SQUARE | 241.39m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    And that's exactly the problem. Many of us still see condos from a purely utilitarian perspective as "assets" and "investments", rather than "contributions to the urban community". Parsimony seems to be ingrained in the general mentality of Toronto, which has historically been a marginal...
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    Toronto | CIBC SQUARE | 241.39m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    Buildings like this should remind us in Toronto that, if we really bothered to put in the effort, we are just as capable of architectural excellence as other major cities. And it's up to all of us: if we the "clients" do not demand better from our developers, what incentive is there to stop them...
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    River City Condos Phase 3 | 99.66m | 29s | Urban Capital | Saucier + Perrotte COMPLETE

    A stunning building combining good taste overall, innovative design, and a high-quality selection of materials. River City, a refreshing contrast from the spandrel-laced aesthetic obscenities that have invaded the GTA over the past decade-and-a-half, would not be out of place in Scandinavia.
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    Toronto | Wesley Tower at Daniels City Centre | ?m | 43s | Daniels | Rafael + Bigauskas

    PSV 1 and 2 are pretty awful, too, with their clunky, mismatched lines of alternating white concrete and charcoal grey spandrel. These tall obscenities are a blight on an otherwise dignified, if not spectacular, Mississauga skyline.
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    Toronto | Wesley Tower at Daniels City Centre | ?m | 43s | Daniels | Rafael + Bigauskas

    Pink spandrel = simultaneous fancy blandness.
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    Toronto | Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts | 156.05m | 45s | Daniels | RAW Design

    Don't bet on it. This city will cheapen every ambitious plan to the point of irrelevant mediocrity. St. Lawrence Market north, anyone?
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    Toronto | Massey Tower Condos | 206.95m | 60s | MOD Developments | Hariri Pontarini

    Notwithstanding its (relatively minor) imperfections, the Massey Tower is a decently executed building. The curvatures are very sleek, and the historical restoration has been done in good taste. I'm particularly fond of the crown and lighting. A complete antidote to the muddled mess that is YC...