The towers likely hadn't been actually designed - the purpose of the scheme was to sell the various landholders on whether or not to proceed or not based on financial considerations - it demonstrated how the development could physically be configured and be what the resultant densities could have been, not a detailed architectural design.I like the ambition of this scheme. It could've been Toronto's modern-day Rockefeller Center. There are too many repeating towers for my taste though. Still, it feels like a missed opportunity to do something great for Yonge/Bloor/Yorkville.
I agree. That proposal is way too reminiscent of 'Mega urban renewal ' projects of the 60's and 70's where whole blocks of cities were razed for 'improvement.' In the end they were often big mistakes and in turn are being razed for more intimate 'old school' organic renewal.I think the success of Yorkville was built on its intimate scale, its laneways and the diversity of its offerings, reminiscent of European shopping districts. The Allies and Morrison proposal gives me way too much of a mega-mall vibe that could result in a sterile, inorganic and over-planned complex. So far, I’m liking that the projects in the area are being undertaken separately yet are being coordinated so as to create a cohesive vision and also best deliver on big ticket items such as parks, squares and other amenities.