To be honest I don't really like Toronto architecture firms. I don't think many of them are creative at all, and yes many can be very cheap. I'd say if I had to choose out of the Toronto architecture firms I'd pick Rudy Wallman, Hariri Pontarini, and for the most part Diamond and Schmitt. IBI and aA (their creative designs) are hit an miss with me.So who in your opinion designs the best in this city given those limitations? G+C, P+S, ???
Good point, there are some very good and well designed midrises in the city for sure.I think you should turn your attention to end user buildings in Toronto. Buildings like 138 St Helen's, Abacus Lofts, Nero, etc. Real Torontonians buy here, so maybe we should be talking more about these "sculptures?"
Also good point here, as I for one think most modern art is ridiculous, and can't see why anybody would buy something like what you just described over a Raphael, Rembrandt or even Monet.One other factor may simply come down to taste. Some folks pay millions for a painting that is merely a white canvas with a single stroke of colour across it. Others think good art stop being produced after 1900. Maybe the aA artist is all about reducing lines to the simplest purest form?