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  1. Alex L

    Toronto | 1354 Queen Street West | 42.9m | 11s | KingSett Capital | Giannone Petricone

    Does it seem that the settlement process went quickly? Much faster than waiting for the OLT?
  2. Alex L

    Toronto | Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design) | ?m | ?s

    It is remarkable how different the St Lawrence project is compared to what Metrolinx thinks is good development. If you want to build a good mixed-use, you cannot build to maximum density and have a liveable environment. You have to have mixed-density and mixed heights. It's like Metrolinx...
  3. Alex L

    Toronto | Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design) | ?m | ?s

    If there is already a project in progress for a station site, I can see including those renders. But for sites where there is not a project in progress, why is Metrolinx proposing towers? Is this a way to generate money and/or go around local planning? They are proposing basically a long...
  4. Alex L

    Toronto | 663 King West | 66.12m | 17s | Hazelview | Core Architects

    I wish they would keep the street-level King Street frontage and the corner frontage as is. These old industrial buildings have an attractive classic quality that is not done anymore.
  5. Alex L

    Toronto | Blue Diamond Condos and Foxbar Towns at Imperial Village | 88.08m | 28s | Camrost-Felcorp | Diamond Schmitt

    I don't think height would improve this nondescript development.
  6. Alex L

    Toronto | 250 University | 155.76m | 47s | Northam | IBI Group

    Yeah. It's like no architects are up to the challenge of a compatible vertical extension. In some ways, it does respect the existing architecture though I must admit.
  7. Alex L

    Toronto | The Capitol | 56.35m | 14s | Madison Group | Turner Fleischer

    It looks like the overall building design was done to fit and maximize the space within the agreed building envelope/setbacks and is not very attractive. The facade was judged worth saving, why not use more of its elements in the building design? It would probably have looked good to use a...
  8. Alex L

    Toronto | Forma | 308m | 84s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    Because it will be built by humans. :) Seriously though, think of the logistics. It will take less than 7 to top-off and enclose, but think of how many square feet of interior space needs to be finished for occupancy. Millions of tons of concrete and steel for the structure, the acres of glass...
  9. Alex L

    Toronto | Mirvish Village (Honest Ed's Redevelopment) | 85.04m | 26s | Westbank | Henriquez Partners

    Did you use Line 2 pre covid-19? Try to get on at rush hour? Packed like sardines... We may already be near the maximum that Line 2 can support. Yes they are planning to increase frequency, but the capacity is not infinite.
  10. Alex L

    Toronto | Mirvish Village (Honest Ed's Redevelopment) | 85.04m | 26s | Westbank | Henriquez Partners

    I don't think we can't have both, but it is not a necessity to be 'attractive'. More of a luxury.
  11. Alex L

    Toronto | Forma | 308m | 84s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    Interesting building. The surfaces will be unique in Toronto. I wonder what the reflections will look like at noon in the summer? Hopefully not blinding to other towers nearby. I wonder if the envelope materials will inspire other buildings. At this height, do builders put in dampening...
  12. Alex L

    Toronto | 191 Sherbourne | 49.4m | 15s | Gladman | Zeidler Partnership Architects

    Never could figure why we went through that phase of brutalism and ugly concrete in design. I think a lot of it was just being cheap in cladding and decoration.
  13. Alex L

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

    94 storeys just so my tower is taller than yours? Or are they wanting to make more money? Has Mizrahi stated how much more of a development charge they are willing to pay? No reason for the city to approve it for nothing.
  14. Alex L

    Toronto | Rogers Centre Renovations | ?m | ?s | Toronto Blue Jays | Populous

    Toronto has a basic innate problem - the weather. The dome stays closed a lot because of it. To replace RC with an open-air custom baseball stadium would lead to crappy weather conditions at both ends of the schedule. As nice as it could be designed, it would still have this problem. The Blue...
  15. Alex L

    Toronto | Rogers Centre Renovations | ?m | ?s | Toronto Blue Jays | Populous

    The problem here is that there would be no convention centre available for all of the activities that go on there.
  16. Alex L

    Toronto | Yonge and Scollard | 154.8m | 46s | Cityzen | KPMB

    The salad bowl was a bad idea for that location.
  17. Alex L

    Toronto | Yonge and Scollard | 154.8m | 46s | Cityzen | KPMB

    Nice to see the height has been dropped further.
  18. Alex L

    Toronto | 50 Neptune Drive | 37.74m | 10s | Dash Developments | GAT Arch

    Clean as in neutral colors. It's not a work of art and is not intended to be. It's not an important building and reflects that.
  19. Alex L

    Toronto | Yonge and Scollard | 154.8m | 46s | Cityzen | KPMB

    Sterile to the street. The upper floors, fine. The southern two of the three Yonge frontages are really interesting. Far more interesting than the ridiculous lobby proposed. If only the Guild was still going on, some of that stone could kept for reuse. Here is a case where some facadism could be...

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