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Ryerson: Master Plan

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The old Normal School ( just a few columns remain ) stood intact while the new quadrangle buildings were constructed around it. What a crowded, but interesting, series of spaces there must have been before the Normal School demolition took place.

There was an unbuilt 1966 plan to expand the campus to the east and west of the quad, that included four identical 18-storey corner towers ( the two east of Church were part of a large, symmetrical group of structures with two pedestrian bridges across Church linking them to the quad buildings; the two just west of the quad stopped well short of Yonge at O'Keefe Lane ).
 

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Sam the Record Man Sign

Sam the Record Man sign to shine for final time on Saturday night
Danielle Wong
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October 2, 2008


The landmark Sam the Record Man sign will light up for the final time on Saturday night at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche before Ryerson University takes it down to make way for a new student facility. The sign, which includes more than 800 individual lights, will remain lit from 8 p. m. Saturday night until sunrise on Sunday. Ryerson University will begin taking it down on Monday. The university purchased the site at Yonge and Gould streets this year to put up a new Ryerson University Student Learning Centre. The sign will be remounted on campus after the centre is constructed. The original neon record sign was constructed in 1969, and a second neon record sign was put up in 1987, north of the original.
 

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Putting a new face on Yonge Street
By Eric Lam | Published 10/22/2008 | Campus news , Ryerson Review of Journalism | Unrated
Eric Lam

Ryerson plans to cover the hoarding surrounding the Sam the Record Man location with never-before-seen artwork, the school revealed Monday.

“You have no idea what this is going to be. This is going to be hoarding like never seen in Toronto before,†Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said.

“Half the people will love it, half the people will hate it, but everyone will talk about it.â€

The hoarding that covers the construction will consist of canvas instead of traditional wooden boards, Levy said.

“The canvas is going to be monster size of course, it’s going to be around that whole corner,†he said.

Ryerson’s vice-president of university advancement, Adam Kahan, confirmed the idea is in the planning stages and that his department is still working on different concepts for what will appear on the hoarding.

“We want to make it a surface with images and messages about Ryerson and its future,†he said. “Images that will capture the excitement about what’s happening at Ryerson, as well as what the completed centre will look like.â€

Kahan is concerned about people trying to deface the images, but said strategies to prevent that are still under development.

He’s also still working out the project’s budget.

“We’re working out cost factors and what we can get donated to us. It’s all in the mix,†he said.

This evidently includes advertising, although Kahan said he and his staff were initially against the idea.

“We’re not ruling it out,†he said.

Image Arts chair Don Snyder said he has not formally met with Kahan about working on the project, but has heard some details.

He has been told to expect something similar to the scaffolding currently covering the Hudson’s Bay Co. building, which is adorned with images of the building underneath.

“What I understand is they would do something similar with that when they get to working on site,†he said.

“When the decision’s made (about moving forward) thy’ll call for submissions, and we’d love to submit a proposal.â€
 

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Ryerson has just applied for demolition permits for the following addresses on Yonge St. 341,347,349,351 & 353.

I'm not sure which building this is but for some reason Ryerson has abandoned the demolition application.


Application: Demolition Folder (DM) Status: Abandoned

Location: 353 YONGE ST
TORONTO ON M5B 1S1

Ward 27: Toronto Centre-Rosedale

Application#: 08 212637 DEM 00 DM Accepted Date: Oct 14, 2008

Project: Retail Store Demolition

Description: Proposal to demo existing 3 sty retatil store. See LEAD FILE 08 212618 (341 Yonge St.). Also see demo permits for 347, 349, & 351 Yonge St.
 

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There was something in the Eye Opener about a new building for the school of nursing that was in the planning stages, but has been put on hold since the financial crisis is apparently hitting the university pretty hard. Maybe it was going to be on the Future Shop property?
 

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Shot these Nov 30

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My heart skipped a beat when I saw the hoarding around that site last week.
 

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A new media centre? :cool:


Ryerson to electrify Yonge St.
New digital media school is future key

By ROB GRANATSTEIN, Toronto Sun

Last Updated: 11th January 2009, 5:22am


Expect 2009 to be the year of Ryerson.

Yes, Ryerson University.

The school known as Rye High -- or much worse -- to past generations of Torontonians is a far different place these days.

Ryerson is now the most sought after undergrad university in Ontario, surpassing even the venerable Queen's.

Why? "Location, location, location," said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy.

And the school's not sitting on its laurels. This year will be transformational.

Ryerson is about to put its newly influential footprint squarely on Toronto itself -- both on Yonge Street, and beyond.

Ryerson's $23-million purchase of Sam the Record Man's landmark site will enable the school to build a new library and expand onto the city's most important street, while also revitalizing a dismal commercial strip in the heart of the city.

"Yonge Street here is the ugliest place I know," Levy said. "That is one of the most important places in the city, and the message (now) is second best is the best we can do.

"We are going to clean up Yonge Street," he said, noting skeptics doubt Ryerson can pull it off.

Levy's following a strategy used by the University of Philadelphia, a school that concluded unless they improved their West Philly neighbourhood, they'd be hurt. Schools in Phoenix, Chicago and Cincinnati have also followed the strategy, with great success.

The $45-million cash infusion from the province to expand onto Yonge will help. (Keeping that cash out of the market when the bottom fell out didn't hurt, either.)

No site plan has yet been filed to the city, but the school has already started the demolition of the old record store.

The big scoop, Levy tells me, is Ryerson will announce it is teaming up with the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto to launch a new media school, right on Yonge Street.

Part of making Yonge the digital media capital of the country would be landing a store like Apple's landmark 5th Ave. shop in Manhattan.

"We want to bring the most exciting ideas in retail and higher education to that strip," Levy said.

Ryerson is also living by the mantra: "Don't build ugly."

Anyone who knows Ryerson knows it has built ugly in the past. A lot of ugly, in fact.

Area city councillor Kyle Rae is a huge fan of Ryerson's new vision.

"They're not thinking about themselves, they're thinking about the city," Rae said. "Ryerson is part of the guts of the city. The digital campus idea is amazing."

But that's just part of the news from the school.

This year will also see Ryerson open the Black Star Historical Black & White Photography Collection at the newly-redesigned Image Arts building on Gould Street, now under construction.

Levy is particularly excited about the collection, both for the university and as a city-building project. He believes it could become one of the most important cultural institutions in the country, with a phenomenal collection of photographs of JFK, Marilyn Monroe, and Martin Luther King among the 300,000 images. Basically if a photo appeared in Life or Look Magazine, it's in the archive.

"The collection is amazing," said Rae.

The money is in place and construction is well underway. The design by Donald Schmitt of Diamond and Schmitt architects includes a cafe on Gould Street.

That's part of the remaking of Gould that, Levy says, will include closing the street to traffic this year, a major step to make the school feel more like a university campus, more pedestrian friendly.

Along with that, Ryerson will redo its look on Gould by reshaping the old, tired Kerr Hall building. And plans continue as Ryerson snaps up scraps of land in the area for future expansion.

BRIGHT FUTURE

A recent gift for the campus has been the Yonge-Dundas development, now called Toronto Life Square. It's handed Ryerson a free student centre, complete with 12 movie theatres that morph into classrooms until 1 p.m. (one prof gives a history of Hollywood lecture in the theatre -- popcorn not included). All that came from Ryerson selling the air rights to its parking garage.

And it's paved the way for what looks like a bright future.

"Ryerson reflects the new Toronto of the youth, we're edgy," said Levy. "Students today are not happy with careers in government or at GM. They want to be a bit sharp-elbowed, not surrounded by ivy on the walls."

And the lure of studying in a revitalized, downtown Toronto, a digital hub, will make the school even more attractive for decades to come -- as long as the school can keep up with the demand.
 

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This is a very heart warming article. More projects like this and more people like this running things and Toronto's core won't have anything to worry about. Every new development has to connect with the city, no more islands and fortresses.
 

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I have not heard of the media school proposal or the partnership with the other two universities. I wonder if this is new or if I just missed it earlier?

Especially right now, we need new construction downtown. Levy seems to have made it his mission to transform not just Ryerson, but the whole neighbourhood.

I'm old enough to remember when Ryerson was not much more than a joke. That's certainly changed.
 

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