Discussion in 'Buildings' started by nicetommy, Aug 22, 2007.
You would love North Korea!
Now there's a carefully thought through answer. You know, there might just be a middle ground between Pyongyang and the 24 hours of garish light of some of our cities. We might be able to find a reasonable and attractive space between the poles, if we actually thought about the issue a bit.
Personally, I like the lights, and find as a whole, any lighting is better than no lighting. That being said, I get exactly what you mean when you say that it is becoming repetitive. The lighting features on recent condos (aside from outsiders like Aura and Trump) are quite similar, restricted to lighting mostly mechanical boxes with LED's to the same overall effect. Perhaps what you're getting at is a desire for a different type of lighting scheme, namely what many skyscrapers in Dubai or Asia look like in the evening, with extravagant neon pattering, often embedded in their entire facades, with more visual interest. While I think Toronto, and other North American/European cities suit a more modest and less flashy night skyline, I think it would be a cool experiment to see a building of that nature done well here... maybe around Yonge-Dundas square where bright lighting would less intrusive (although apparantly Aura's lighting is already offensive).
The extravagant coloured lighting of towers in Dubai or other Asian cities work in context, but I find them to be tacky in general, and that is the exact opposite of what I want here in Toronto.
Let me reiterate one last time: I like the occasional LED lighting on towers, and I was a huge supporter of it when it started to come into popularity in Toronto and when it was added to the CN Tower. However, it's becoming a 'de facto' practice for most new projects and it's just too much - it weakens the effect of successful lighting schemes when every single other new tower has its own lighting. Killing the goose that laid the golden egg, in a sense.
Nah, the more the better.
Wow...so cool. Not over-the-top or garish. Just the right amount and classy.
I think the new night lighting we have gotten so far is pretty good. Even those small dabs of colour make a difference in the skyline.
Graze lighting like what we have here is definitely more subtle and sophisticated than LED speedstripes- I think we're still missing out some major core office towers being illuminated (would love the setbacks on the top of Brookfield Place to get some lighting, maybe along with the top notch at Scotiabank Plaza and some illumination at the Royal York).
Night Lights by Matthew Perry, on Flickr
I love it. Lighting brings such a dynamic difference and may I say it...JOY!!!... to the city at night.
Stunning pic there kris...or should I say Matthew?
They were 'playing' around with the lights again last evening...including a subtle shift from light mauve to blue to green. But seemingly in one portion of one of the crowns. Looked nice though.
Here are a couple from today (on a gleaming, bright, mild, spring morn...)
From March 10th:
March 25th, 2017
That's some serious density in the southcore!
Truly! It would be great to see a side by side with a shot from the late 1990's from this same perspective.