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  1. arvelomcquaig

    Toronto | Chelsea Green (was 33 Gerrard) | 276m | 85s | Great Eagle | architectsAlliance

    No benches? Are people just meant to pass through this space, never pausing anywhere along the way?
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    Toronto | 254 King Street East | 107m | 32s | IBI Group

    32 storeys is “too much density” for the downtown core?!
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    7 St. Thomas | 39m | 9s | St. Thomas | Hariri Pontarini COMPLETE

    Unbelievable. Does Hariri Pontarini source their cladding materials from the world of forms? Why are they so much better than others’? It’s like glass crafted by gods.
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    Toronto | CampusOne Student Residence (was University Place) | 80m | 25s | Knightstone | Diamond Schmitt

    What will it take for that nightmarish structure with the Burger King, etc. to be developed? Such a waste of such prominent space.
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    Toronto | West Block Est. 1928, The LakeShore, and The LakeFront | 130.75m | 41s | Choice Properties | architectsAlliance

    What?! This is the only part of the area that has any life, and it exudes more character than all the buildings nearby put together. It’s gorgeous.
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    Toronto | Ryerson University: Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex | 105.76m | 27s | Ryerson University | Perkins + Will

    Yes, Bay is the most solid canyon in the city, from what I can tell. If it only had remotely-decent/consistent retail, and a bit less R.O.C.P.-like, Mississauga-esque architecture, it would be my favourite street.
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    Toronto | Ivy Condos | 102.41m | 32s | Dream | RAW Design

    What’s wrong with that? Side streets don’t have to be side streets forever. The density of areas can (and should) grow.
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    Toronto | PJ Condos | 156.96m | 48s | Pinnacle | Hariri Pontarini

    Yeah, this is incredible. The cladding is so refreshing, especially in this area, that it seems too good to be true.
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    Toronto | Velocity at the Square (was HNR Dundas Square Tower) | 123m | 40s | HNR | P + S / IBI

    And a beautiful historic building was demolished for this? Makes me nauseous. Is Yonge & Dundas seriously being intentionally planned to be the ugliest place on earth? Why do the standards there seem so much lower than everywhere else in the city?
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    Toronto | The One | 308.6m | 85s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    I agree. Storeys is the first number I look for in project titles, so it’s always disorienting that they’re now omitted.
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    Toronto | Ace Hotel Toronto | 44.8m | 13s | Carbon Hospitality | Shim-Sutcliffe

    13 storeys is too tall near Queen & Spadina?!! Who are these people? It's mind-boggling.
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    Toronto | 217 Adelaide West | 107m | 25s | Humbold Properties | Kirkor Architects

    I see that the anti-density blowhards are the dominant force in this city, which needs to stop.
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    Toronto | 217 Adelaide West | 107m | 25s | Humbold Properties | Kirkor Architects

    Ugh; so ridiculous. The City should be requiring that there not be wasteful gaps between buildings, not the opposite. And if parking is an issue, simple: no parking. This is one of the most interesting proposals I’ve ever seen, and so beautifully/efficiently dense. I hope this (somehow)...
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    Toronto | Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | Perkins + Will

    I like the Six because it reflects the fact that Toronto is an amalgamation of six former municipalities, but yeah, T-Dot is embarrassingly hip(-hop)-sounding.
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    Toronto | TeaHouse 501 Yonge Condominiums | 170.98m | 52s | Lanterra | architectsAlliance

    Ugh. Why can’t the City make rules about retail? What would it take for a maximum width to be implemented? Soon downtown will be one giant bank.
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    Exhibit Residences | 100m | 32s | Bazis | Rosario Varacalli

    I don’t think there should be gaps between buildings, though that should be matched by the provision of good windows at the front and back of each apartment. Also, I love seeing a building / people living their lives out the window; I don’t see why that’s so terrible. I went to Museum Dental...
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    Toronto | Mirvish Village (Honest Ed's Redevelopment) | 85.04m | 26s | Westbank | Henriquez Partners

    Yes, and the division bothers me here. I wish I didn’t have to walk a few blocks to find street life or get groceries, etc.
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    Toronto | Mirvish Village (Honest Ed's Redevelopment) | 85.04m | 26s | Westbank | Henriquez Partners

    No, I mean the division of retail and residential areas is incredibly boring and suburban. I love downtown Toronto because it’s divided in this way less than the non-downtown.
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    Toronto | Mirvish Village (Honest Ed's Redevelopment) | 85.04m | 26s | Westbank | Henriquez Partners

    It’s a problem because it’s incredibly boring, which makes the city less walkable. Walking in Kensington Market is more attractive to pedestrians than walking through a nearby residential street, for instance, because the former has a compelling variety of weird retail and residences mixed...
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    Toronto | Mirvish Village (Honest Ed's Redevelopment) | 85.04m | 26s | Westbank | Henriquez Partners

    In Toronto those buildings would cast too much of a shadow on that street and the people living above would complain about the retail below. Seriously, though, I really wish we had more streets where the built form came right up to the sidewalk like that and had consistent, narrow retail. So...

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