I maintain it's a ploy to get Mizrahi to buy them out. They're p*ssed about the concrete trucks on Balmuto, and everything else his project is doing to affect their buildings.
I mean, I know that you know that you don't actually get to choose which firms design which buildings, but I think it's worth mentioning that IBI won our favourite new building poll a couple years back with the Delta Hotel, smack dab in the heart of Downtown. Their designs for CentreCourt in particular have been well received too... and I'm always one to point out that you can find good buildings from just about any architect in this city, and that it has a lot to do with who their client is in each case.And I’m fine w ibi building in GTA but NOT downtown. Maybe because I, like most everyone here, follow a lot of architecture sites around the world & I see some of the buildings being proposed in places like London, Chicago, Sydney, Tokyo. Supertalls in big city’s prime downtown areas in 2023 are supposed to be “attractive” w a standout design. And beside The One - which I like- makes it look that much more inferior. A no all around. Looks like Lego. Tall Lego but cheap Lego.
This was always going to be the way. I doubt Reserve have any desire to work with the City on this. They'll get their app in to the OLT on day 121 and move ahead there.
I only mention the plate size as my office has run into this a few times from the City. They were taking issue with the plates being over 750sm, even when the towers (48s-50s), needed a bit extra to accommodate the extra elevators needed to keep that nice ratio of 1/100 or less. It was also in an area that isn't as dense so street sunlight access is less of a problem.The City doesn't usually care about larger plates on taller towers so if everything else were even approaching acceptability here, they'd likely not have even mentioned it. But as is, it's just a component of a much longer laundry list of issues so why not raise it?