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Clewes and di Castri's buildings certainly don't all look the same, despite the claim by some that they're identical boxes. They adopt new visual conceits, run with them for a few buildings, then incorporate other new ideas. I think they're entering a more playful, curvy period - their Dutch tower suggests so.
 

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Wasn't the lot where the park is going supposed to be used as a temporary site for the farmers' market while the North Market building was being redone?
 

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I always thought that with Toronto's liberal attitudes, it just makes sense that we would turn even farther from American architectural traditions and into Dutch architecture for our towers. I really hope this trend continues, because I'm starting to see alot of Dutch influence...!
 

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Market Wharf isn't even taking registrations for sales yet, so it shouldn't impact the north building rehab.

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people give architects alliance a hard time because "all their buildings look the same" -- I think that they do try to develop new ideas on each of their projects, and judging by the rendering of this building -- I think those are curvy balconies they're proposing -- Uno Prii part II! As for their buildings all looking the same, just stand on lombard street and compare SPire to the one they did in the 90's, I think it's called the Indigo at 50 Lombard. finally, before i step off my soap box -- i think that it's perfectly acceptable for an architect to have an identifiable "style" -- in fact, it's unreasonable to expect them not too. Not everyone can (or should) be a philip johnson chameleon; i think that clewes is more honest than that.
 

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The evolution of aA's design vernacular is fascinating. They adopt certain ideas - angled balconies ( Spire and Clear Spirit ); angled piloti ( St.Michaels and Clear Spirit ); vertical slit-like windows set in a heavily-bricked/stone clad podium ( Woodsworth, Spire, St. Michaels ); subtle curves ( Clear Spirit bulge and Market Wharf balconies ) etc. and run with them for a while. Their use of space between buildings is lovely - the 18 Yorkville complex for instance, and St Michaels too by the look of it.
 

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I didn't know that Dame Edna was such an architecture fan (or that she lived in Riverdale either, for that matter)
 

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