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    St Lawrence Centre Redevelopment (?, ?, ?)

    Thank you, and it'll be great to see your opinions here! I definitely agree with your point that the SLCA should be exploring more options to retain some of the existing structures, as more of a gradient between full demolition and full reuse but as you have noted, this building is hardly the...
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    St Lawrence Centre Redevelopment (?, ?, ?)

    Yes, that's the portion that I believe is expendable. The upper portions appear to have been heavily altered in the 80s-90s, while the bottom portion seems to be a later extension of the original structure, and is of little architectural note. Of course, if the texture is still desired, the...
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    St Lawrence Centre Redevelopment (?, ?, ?)

    As an addendum, here are some quick massing studies done on a very rough Sketchup site plan, assembled in an afternoon to demonstrate some alternative proposals that aim to seek a middle ground. There are perhaps some real arguments to be made about not unnecessarily demolishing buildings, and...
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    Toronto Zoo Developments

    I'm surprised no one picked up on these open house presentations from March 25th: https://www.torontozoo.com/masterplan There are some juicy slides in the presentation, that offer an interesting glimpse into the future design of the zoo- it's well worth the watch.
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    St Lawrence Centre Redevelopment (?, ?, ?)

    As a preface- I met Tura before when he was working at Diamond Schmitt- undoubtedly an outstanding and talented individual, and an amazing contributor to Toronto's architectural community. There are some good moves worth noting in any future iteration (reconstruction/renovation) of the site...
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    Mayor John Tory's Toronto

    Completely agree. In this case, neither of the family members were there for actual eyewitness reports. No one knew what happened in the room before Regis's tragic death, and the original story was a spurious Instagram story by a relative that was not even there. It was then picked up by the...
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    St. James Park Revitalization (PMA Landscape Architects)

    Pavilion is still a bit too heavy-handed even at night. Also not a particular fan of how its arches essentially come down to the ground in the middle of the stage.
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    Toronto | Waterfront Innovation Centre | 53.03m | 11s | Waterfront Toronto | Sweeny &Co

    Agreed that the detailing looks good, but it's a bit of an odd colour combination, the dull caramel spandrel and the blue-green glass. IMO will need to see more of it to form a better opinion of it. Could have been a bit more lively with brighter spandrel colours (though the overall snoozefest...
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    Toronto | No7 Rosedale | 16.76m | 4s | Platinum Vista | Hariri Pontarini

    Agreed- though this isn't really brutalism, I must say that any strongly geometric style often thrives when softer elements are integrated into the design (i.e. placement of foliage, use of contrasting warm materials like wood, contrast/contexturalization against neighboring buildings). IMO...
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    Planned Sprawl in the GTA

    New Urbanism is quite 'conservative' in some manners, harkening back to older neighbourhood models, and are often filled with 'traditional' housing designs. Ironically, that also makes it progressive in other ways in rejecting some of the orthodoxy in the modernist planning (though still it...
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    The Future of Bombardier

    More layoffs coming to Thunder Bay's Bombardier plant 125 people expected to be laid off in October, 75 more at the beginning of 2021 Logan Turner · CBC News · Posted: Aug 26, 2020 2:16 PM ET https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/bombardier-tbay-layoffs-2020-1.5700773
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    Toronto | CN Tower: Entry Pavilion, Plaza, Renos | ?m | ?s | CLC | IBI Group

    This entire area needs to be rethought IMO, the piecemeal development and dated 90s-era landscaping is making it rather unattractive. Two elements for consideration: 1.) Calming the senses- careful integration of existing context into a combination of hard and soft-scaping, to unify the space...
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    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Revived)

    What messaging is being sent to uninformed/ambivalent citizens (aka the normies) when a divided city hall sends out conflicting opinions? Again: Pro-LRT folks need to keep making their voices heard loud, often, and clear in traditional media. Twitter is great for shooting snarky quips and...
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    Toronto | 685 Queen East | 19.48m | 5s | Streetcar | Kirkor Architects

    Looks great- the loss of 1 storey is unfortunate, though. Now to get it built- any plans for the Toyota dealership/garage next door?
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Yup, just like how globalization has outsourced crucial local manufacturing chains in search for higher margins, “efficiency” destroys redundancy, and in reality can create bigger and bigger systems that paradoxically are more fragile than “less efficient” systems that retain that resilience...
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    Toronto | 2 Tecumseth | 108.5m | 30s | TAS | KPMB

    I agree with this- the original designs were more striking, but at a glance, I do like that the new design creates more defined urban blocks- some of the spaces could be quite intimate.
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    The Gloucester on Yonge (Concord Adex) - Real Estate - was The Clover on Yonge (Cresford)

    This one? Clover condo buyers want to limit project owner’s profit By Tess Kalinowski Real Estate ReporterFri., Aug. 21, 2020 https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/08/21/clover-condo-buyers-want-to-limit-project-owners-profit.html
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    Yonge-Dundas Square (Brown + Storey Architects)

    IMO the small street on the south side of the square should be eliminated from Yonge Street to the mid-block laneway, and the remainder turned into a woonerf. The south side of the square should as such be opened up and made more porous, as the current design essentially turns its back to the...
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    1040 Queen St. West (?, 4s, TACT)

    "2nd coolest neighbourhood in the world!!!!" - Vogue, probably That being said, the design is far better than the original design, but: 1.) Proportions are a bit squat (total height a bit shorter compared to neighbours) 2.) I think this could be at least three stories, since it is a bit of a...
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    Toronto | 8 Wellesley | Residences at Yonge | 182.15m | 55s | CentreCourt | IBI Group

    It's like a less graceful version of New York city's setback rules. https://gvshp.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ferriss-1916.png That being said, I do like how the new proposal clearly delineates its two volumes; some condo towers are happy to just slice the top off a box and call it a day.

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