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    College Park 444 Yonge/33 College/777 Bay (renovations, Canderel, ground levels, WZMH)

    Is an interior that's respectful to the architecture of the building too much to ask for? I don't expect it to look as beautiful and sophisticated as the Carlu but they could at least make an effort. This is one of the grandest historic buildings in the city on our Main Street yet they put a...
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    Toronto | Union Park | 303.26m | 58s | Oxford Properties | Pelli Clarke Pelli

    Personally speaking, there are 2 major negatives about living in downtown Toronto: unpleasant people and the public realm. One can't do anything about the former but a pedestrian focused downtown will improve quality of life immeasurably. For all the talk about being environmentally friendly...
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    Toronto | Park Hyatt Renovation | 62.48m | 18s | Oxford Properties | KPMB

    Yes, pedestrianization of city streets hasn't really taken hold in Toronto yet. When we do reduce the number of car lanes, the results often fall short (like happened on Bloor through the Annex). We could have had both a bike lane and wide sidewalks but they tried to accommodate street parking...
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    Toronto | Union Park | 303.26m | 58s | Oxford Properties | Pelli Clarke Pelli

    Agree 100%. Urban parks worldwide (Union Square Park, Parc La Fontaine, St. James Park) are built to be a serene oasis; a green escape from the busy, noisy, chaos of the city. How on earth can one relax in 'parks' like the one shown? It's a visual overload and not calming in any way. I'm...
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    Toronto | Forma | 308m | 84s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    Couldn't have said it better. For a city that builds so many banal, low quality buildings, you'd think people would be rejoicing even if aesthetically it's not their preference. This is easily in the top 5% of proposals to come along. Depending on execution, this could end up being the most...
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    U of T: University College Revitalization (Renovation, Kohn Shnier + ERA)

    I have the exact same reaction to this project. They tried turning it into something it is not. Juxtaposition of old and new can result in something wonderful. In other cases one needs to work with what you're given or risk ruining it. If this building no longer works as a modern library...
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    Toronto | College Park Revitalization with Barbara Ann Scott Skate Trail | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | RAW Design

    Maintaining attractive, clean, green spaces for Torontonians and simultaneously accommodating the dog population is something that definitely needs a re-think. I live close to Allan Gardens and those 2 off leash dog enclosures are fabulous amenities/heavily used. It hasn't stopped every other...
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    Toronto | College Park Revitalization with Barbara Ann Scott Skate Trail | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | RAW Design

    There's that but it's also a dog toilet. No grass is going to survive a constant soaking of urine. Well positioned flowers beds and/or 6 inch high iron guard rails discourage owners from taking their keeping dogs there to run/poop. It also discourages people from using grass as a pathway. I...
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    Toronto | IMMIX | 131.06m | 38s | QuadReal | a—A

    Y - U - C - K
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    Toronto | T3 Bayside | 42m | 10s | Hines | 3XN

    This gives one hope for all the already completed 'new' buildings that fell far short in their cladding choices. It may take decades but most have the potential to look good one day. This one is top shelf.
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    North American Transit System Ranking

    Things are certainly looking very promising for transit in Toronto but perhaps we should back pedal a little? Toronto could very well vie for best in North America but there are LOTS of cities around the world that have extensive suburban transit coverage. What this investment will do is bring...
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    Toronto | 55 Yonge | 236.21m | 66s | H&R REIT | PARTISANS

    Most of Yonge north to Bloor is one lane in each direction already as some people treat the outside lanes as parking spots. This can be said for many of our downtown streets actually. Re-designing a good chunk of our 4 lane roads (2 lanes in each direction) as 2 lane roads (1 lane in each...
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    Corus Quay (East Bayfront Dockside, TEDCO, 7s, D+S) COMPLETE

    Could end up being a blessing in disguise. They'll be forced to replace it all and, hopefully, with something of visual interest. 1990-2020 has been an incredibly soul sucking experience from an architectural POV. The last few years we've witnessed that obsession with all glass everything...
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    Toronto | Social at Church + Dundas | 164.89m | 52s | Pemberton | RAW Design

    That's a positive or negative depending on who you ask. Personally, I want my balcony to be a proper full sized room outside. I don't like spending time on balconies with glass sides. I feel like I'm hanging off the side of a building and you can't attach flower boxes to them. I never would...
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    Hudson's Bay Centre Renovations | 39.24m | 7s | Brookfield | Adamson

    Cost to replace was always going to be sky high but was the 4th option ever considered: building a connected building, essentially widening the existing office tower, and then going taller? Or would cost be prohibitive again due to the subway below and cost to re-enforce the existing office...
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    Toronto | Mirvish Village (Honest Ed's Redevelopment) | 85.04m | 26s | Westbank | Henriquez Partners

    A 2nd non-Mirvish thing stood out for me. The sidewalks are impossibly narrow. This stretch of Bloor doesn't have room for on street parking. Instead of retailers thinking its removal will decrease sales, perhaps, they should ponder whether a better pedestrian experience will increase sales...
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    Toronto | Garden District Condos | 99.97m | 32s | Hyde Park | a—A

    Architectural recreation is often executed poorly but there are fabulous examples of it all over the world. People, myself included, have an enduring love of pre-WW2 architecture so I wouldn't be opposed to seeing a sprinkling of new buildings like that. In some cases, we could re-build lost...
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    Toronto | Hospital For Sick Children: Patient Support Centre | 99.06m | 22s | Sick Kids | B+H

    Little details like that can make all the difference.
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    Toronto | West Don Lands: Block 13 | 105.76m | 31s | Dream | Henriquez Partners

    A lot of people become so accustomed to this type of ground level retail that they've come to accept it. I'm as exasperated/fed up with it as you but threw in the towel 15 years ago. It does get depressing when one goes on vacation and sees beautiful ground level retail with colour, texture...
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    Toronto | Corktown Common | ?m | ?s | Waterfront Toronto | Maryann Thompson

    If someone took a dump on you living room floor, wouldn't you be? These public places belong to all Torontonians. So yes, rude selfish inconsiderate people are a scourge on our city.