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  1. egotrippin

    Toronto | Gourmet City Commercial Condominium | 13.5m | 1s | H&H Capital Group | Szeto Architect

    I take issue with the 3rd gen Scirocco depicted in the renders, a car that was never sold here, though I sure wish they were. That aside, I agree this is not the best proposal. Does Markham really need another 1 storey strip mall for food? Definitely seems like this belongs in the base of a...
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    Toronto Breweries, Brew Pubs, Bottle Shops

    Unfortunate news from People's Pint, they'll be closing due to rising costs/rent/financial struggles due to equipment malfunction last year. Sadly I don't think they'll be the only one this year.
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    Exhibition Place

    I attended my first show there ever last year and came away with the same impression. In fact, when I bought my tickets I had to look the place up; I somehow had no idea it existed. I was mixed on the acoustics as well. That said, it wasn't too bad a walk to Liberty Village, cutting through...
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    Exhibition Place

    Who says you can't have housing and a street race.
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    Toronto | 124 Church | 24.66m | 6s | M&G Hotels Limited | YY Architecture Studio

    It's refreshing that they're using brick and essentially matching the existing floors, as opposed to adding a glass barnacle. It was quite common to see this sort of addition in the early 20th century, and even in some more recent examples like the Tannery Lofts. Looks like we're getting a bit...
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    Toronto | The Broadview Terraces | 15m | 3s | Studio JCI

    The one thing they did get right is the ground floor layout. Those big windowed bays flanking the recessed entryway emulate the tried and true commercial layout of our older streetscapes. I would certainly like to see warmer materials and colours, but this is the sort of arrangement I'd like to...
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    Toronto | 261 Queen East | 112.95m | 33s | Tricon | Hariri Pontarini

    Tower cladding looks different, like smooth precast panels vs. earlier renderings that showed a nicely textured brick. If that's the case this is a big disappointment, that brick was one of the elements I really liked. Not that I'm surprised or anything.
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    Toronto | 392 Main St West (Hamilton) | 34.3m | 9s | Lamb Dev Corp | A&Architects

    I've always loved those old southern houses with sleeping porches, but this really isn't the climate for that sort of thing.
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    Toronto | Jack Macdonald Apartments (Hamilton) | 25m | 8s | Kiwanis Homes | srm Architects

    In a somewhat impressive manner, they've managed to create something that looks like one of those old '60s/'70s apartment that's had its masonry covered with metal panels. Perhaps no one could settle on what colours and finishes to use for the final design, so the compromise was all of them...
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    Toronto | Canary Landing | 89.61m | 26s | Dream | COBE Architects

    I like Mirvish, but the material quality and detailing here are leagues ahead. Portions of the Well are definitely up there (terracotta clad section, covered pedestrian mall), although as a whole I'd agree this project is just about the best in the city.
  11. egotrippin

    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    Alright, let's invent a time machine and make it happen lol. Interestingly that vision would've made Simcoe's Walks and Gardens project more feasible as well; had the waterfront not been resigned to largely industrial uses that 30 acre plan might have been possible.
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    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    Ah yes, I came across that article; great visualization indeed. That massive walks and garden plan, and Toronto museum sure would be nice as well.
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    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    Seeing anything related to the University extension just makes me go through the what-ifs for the grand Vimy Circle plans that never came to be. Only thing close that we got was the Canada Life Bldg, which seems to be alluded to in that early illustration.
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    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    Yep, definitely a pie-in-the-sky/what-if exercise to imagine what could have been. Always blows me away how our 19th and early 20th century buildings were allowed to rot; that so many people didn't see their value, but that photo progression certainly sums it up.
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    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    One begins to wonder what an incredible historic centre we could've had if that was all preserved, with the new core being built to the south and west (present day Southcore over to CityPlace). Of course pretty much no North American city escaped the mid-20th century unscathed, but the...
  16. egotrippin

    Toronto | Waterworks Building Redevelopment | 47.55m | 13s | MOD Developments | Diamond Schmitt

    Luckily the photo still had it's EXIF data intact, so here you go: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 380mm f/6.3 1/320 sec ISO 1600 EXP 0 No flash, compulsory Doesn't tell you the exact lens, but my guess would be the Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 based on the focal length and aperture.
  17. egotrippin

    Toronto | 4151 Kingston Road | 40.75m | 12s | Sunray Group | Chamberlain

    Bit of a mish-mash with the three different sections, I'd prefer if they maybe picked two finishes and ran with that. Overall it's interesting though, with half-decent materials this could be quite nice. A pleasant surprise considering this is a part of the city where developers often don't even...
  18. egotrippin

    Toronto | 2 Queen West | 34.44m | 7s | Cadillac Fairview | Zeidler

    Of course, somehow Brookfield Place slipped my mind. But the three examples you listed are pretty much what I was thinking- we actually came close if the very original Bay-Adelaide Centre proposal had been built. I feel like a PoMo pyramidal roofline is the one thing we're missing on the skyline.
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    Toronto | 2 Queen West | 34.44m | 7s | Cadillac Fairview | Zeidler

    PoMo gets unfairly maligned, I absolutely love the Confederation Life/Rogers building. I've always felt our skyline is missing a couple exuberant PoMo rooflines, most of our examples were more restrained (Scotia Plaza) or on a much shorter scale. Where's our Liberty Place, Transamerica Pyramid...
  20. egotrippin

    Evocative Images of Lost Toronto

    Incredible. I've seen a few similar videos of NYC and San Francisco, seemingly streetcar ride-alongs, but never for Toronto. I wonder if any exist, it would be cool to see.

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