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  1. Lenser

    Toronto | 1763 Dundas East | 16.64m | 4s | Percy Ellis | Symbolics

    Bring it on. I'll be interested to see if the locals have strenuous objections - it's all strictly lo-rise along that stretch.
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    Heartland Town Centre Redevelopment (Orlando Corp, 3-15s, Core Architects)

    Looks like a pretty refreshing take on urbanism for Mississauga, actually. Mid-rise and appreciable densification done sensibly. The green space snaking through it has real potential.
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    Toronto | Lakeside Residences | 158m | 49s | Greenland | Hariri Pontarini

    This place is moderated - as with most sites, much depends on what you are saying - or how you are saying it.
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    2343 Gerrard St E (UrbinCo, 3s, ?)

    Lovely! Elegantly minimal.
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    École Secondaire Greenwood (Conseil scolaire Viamonde, 4s, Snyder Architects)

    Place looks like it's a bunker... where you'd go to wait out an air raid. The proposed new addition reminds me of a dystopian guard tower. So maybe it all weirdly belongs together.
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    Toronto | The One | 338.3m | 94s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    My guess? FruitCo will probably use any lasting strike as simply another bargaining chip.
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    Toronto | The One | 338.3m | 94s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    Not that this is really on topic, but I suspect trade strikes are merely part of a larger, very contemporary problem - labour and union unrest owing to soaring costs of living and huge affordability issues for a broad demographic swath.
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    Toronto | The One | 338.3m | 94s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    Really have to wonder how entrenched this latest wave of labour unrest will be in terms of its impact on construction projects around town. I feel for the people who have made downpayment on various builds.
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    Toronto | 28 River Street | 65.76m | 18s | Liberty Development | BDP Quadrangle

    Yeah, agreed - it's a gateway corner and this is definitely both imposing and drearily underwhelming.
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    Toronto | 160 Front West | 239.87m | 46s | Cadillac Fairview | AS + GG

    It's definitely useful to consider that most cities go through staggered phases of robust growth spurts followed by periods of relative inaction and stasis - roughly coinciding with economic booms and dips. In that regard, many younger Torontonians may be forgiven for thinking that the horizon...
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    1409 Gerrard St E (w of Hiawatha, 5s, Mark Nawrocki Architect)

    Not jazzed by the design either but at least it went up to 5 stories. That's a win in my book, however small, and it helps, in its own small way, to raise the bar for more development along this strip.
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    Toronto | The One | 338.3m | 94s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    Disinformation time! Oh, goody.
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    Anthem at Metalworks (15 Arthur St S, Guelph, Fusion Homes, 14s, Kirkor Architects)

    The historical centre of Guelph is very charming indeed. I like the way this pocket city is evolving.
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    Toronto | 287 Christie | 24.5m | 6s | Zinc Developments | RAW Design

    I think step-backs in mid-rise multi-units are popular in many neighborhoods like Leslieville and elsewhere because they tend to be not quite as daunting and dominating over the older, lower-height built form amongst them. That said, I agree with egotrippin, it'd be nice to have more instances...
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    Toronto | 287 Christie | 24.5m | 6s | Zinc Developments | RAW Design

    Funny, that. I often find that the difference in cladding for a single building can be jarring - a very different kind of "visual impact."
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    Toronto | 287 Christie | 24.5m | 6s | Zinc Developments | RAW Design

    What's the reasoning behind that directive, though? I'm a bit mystified that it's actually encoded in city planning. Help a guy out!
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    Toronto | 287 Christie | 24.5m | 6s | Zinc Developments | RAW Design

    My misunderstanding then! I had no idea. Wow.
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    Toronto | 287 Christie | 24.5m | 6s | Zinc Developments | RAW Design

    Personally, I just don't see it following. The city's not telling developers that they must change the cladding once a setback occurs, after all. I don't think you can make a solid case for a causal connection there. I would tend to lay the bulk of the blame on developers.... it often appears...

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