Yes, Hariri Pontarini can do good work - it's a big surprise that their plans for the Acura-Sobey site on Front East are so disrespectful of the St Lawrence neighbourhood.
It is, of course, true that the architect works for the developer but it would be nice (if naive) to think that an architect might turn down a commission that would (and in case of the Sobey-Acura site as it is now, will) greatly diminish their reputation.At the end of the day the developer is the one in control. The reason this is such a great development is because the developer wanted it to be one, or at least took the architects suggestions. At the St Lawrence district, the developer is doing nothing but maximizing square footage, and has no interest in building a real city.
It's in the toronto star.