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  1. MetroMan

    Toronto | Waterfront Innovation Centre | 53.03m | 12s | Waterfront Toronto | Sweeny &Co

    And with time, the periphery of all of these buildings will be covered in trees, at least as seen from the ground. This has already worked wonders on CORUS. People walking by are under the canopy of trees which covers the grey, blandness of the building itself.
  2. MetroMan

    TTC Fleet Procurement Strategy - 2022

    Removing the fabric seating seems to be shortsighted and in contradiction of the scientific evidence. It’s been shown that SARS-CoV-2 doesn’t remain active on fabrics for very long. It does however like shiny surfaces like metals and plastics. Presumably, they’d replace the fabric seats with all...
  3. MetroMan

    Rees Park (318 Queens Quay, City of Toronto)

    I get that. The waterfall would’ve been (and can still be) a relatively good water play feature that could emulate this space without the LED art component in the monoliths. Water falls onto a square with a surrounding gutter that enables the formation of about half an inch of water that you can...
  4. MetroMan

    Rees Park (318 Queens Quay, City of Toronto)

    Right. I should’ve been more specific: I’m discussing the central waterfront that falls in the scope of Waterfront Toronto’s waterfront revitalization project. I mean water play features. The omission of a large water feature that allows people to interact with water will eventually be noticed...
  5. MetroMan

    Toronto | The One | 308.6m | 85s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    You really must see this in person to get a sense of the enormity of the whole thing. These are truly “super pillars”. Is @Benito on vacation? Would love to see how this looks from above.
  6. MetroMan

    Rees Park (318 Queens Quay, City of Toronto)

    During the presentation you shared, they point out that the waterfall has been reduced and further into the presentation it’s discussed that it could be eliminated to save costs. The project budget has been nearly cut in half from 10M to 6M so I don’t have a lot of faith that the water component...
  7. MetroMan

    Toronto | Waterfront Innovation Centre | 53.03m | 12s | Waterfront Toronto | Sweeny &Co

    I saw it in person last weekend. Not offensive and the glass is decent, but knowing what was first proposed, it's going to be hard to forget the missed opportunity — specially for an ironically named "Innovation Centre". This is as boring as it can get but it fits the previous Corus building...
  8. MetroMan

    Toronto | Taylor, The | 121m | 36s | Tricon House | Diamond Schmitt

    Ive been looking for this perspective! Do you have a wider shot like this? I’m in a condo just out of frame at the top of this picture and I’m curious how my view of the CN tower will be affected as this rises. I’ve seen 3D models but I can now see the crane popping into my view and it feels...
  9. MetroMan

    Toronto | The One | 308.6m | 85s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    Those are some seriously high ceilings. Having actual people there next to the real thing really puts it into perspective. This is going to be such a great space.
  10. MetroMan

    Rees Park (318 Queens Quay, City of Toronto)

    Typical. The one common request that was heard at every public consultation was that there was no actual water on the waterfront. You can see the lake but you can’t touch it. You can see a pond at harbourfront but you can’t swim in it. This park became an opportunity to remediate that...
  11. MetroMan

    Toronto | The One | 308.6m | 85s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    Jesus. Those really are SUPER columns! I guess they’ll have 82x4 one story versions of those coming up? Or will the tower be built in a more traditional manner above this?
  12. MetroMan

    Toronto | KING Toronto | 57.60m | 16s | Westbank | Bjarke Ingels Group

    Of course it's temporary. I'm referring to beautifying the construction hoarding. It’s a ~5 year construction period and the developer is aware of the sensibilities of the neighbourhood and the very visible location of this construction site. Some time back, someone chimed in that "something...
  13. MetroMan

    Toronto | The One | 308.6m | 85s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    This thing is going to fly up pretty quickly now that this more complex structure is being put in place. I wonder how soon we’ll see the retail space handed over to Apple to start building their store. While there has been talk about retail opening years in advance of the tower being completed...
  14. MetroMan

    Toronto | KING Toronto | 57.60m | 16s | Westbank | Bjarke Ingels Group

    They’re building this large structure along the heritage buildings. Hope it’s more attractive once covered up.
  15. MetroMan

    Toronto | CIBC SQUARE | 241.39m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    I can't wait for this precedent to be set. Once Torontonians get a taste of a park spanning the rail corridor and developers see real world examples of how they provide value, it'll no doubt inspire future projects along the rail corridor to do the same, long before the city gets its act...
  16. MetroMan

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

    With all the hoarding down along the park, I had a close up look. This will be one of the two doors that open into the park. A lot smaller than expected.
  17. MetroMan

    Toronto | Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | Perkins + Will

    They’re assembling it today. Bad news: they still built a podium for this thing. I’ve always said that while the sign was great for its international attraction and social media photogeneticity, the Toronto sign has acted as a barrier to the pond/ice rink. The sign should have been remade as...
  18. MetroMan

    Toronto | KING Toronto | 57.60m | 16s | Westbank | Bjarke Ingels Group

    I noticed this today. What kind of hoarding is going up here? Pic @Red Mars Given that there’ll be a significant setback from the historical facades, they almost don’t need a hoarding along this section — a canopy affixed to the window braces would do. Nonetheless, we’re getting hoarding...
  19. MetroMan

    Apple Store

    Our flagship store will fall in the category of stores within larger buildings like Regent street where it doesn’t get to decide much about the exterior shape, but will still be a flagship with all the interior hallmarks. It’ll have premium details like castagna stone, interior trees and a green...

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