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    Toronto | 160 Front West | 239.87m | 46s | Cadillac Fairview | AS + GG

    This building may be finishing above expectations. There's still plenty of room for improvement here namely the unattractive east/west massing.
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    Toronto | Eight Cumberland | 170m | 51s | Great Gulf | a—A

    It's a window wall box. There's a level of sophistication to it that can be easily missed. Each panel, spandrel or glass, narrow or wide has a complimentary mirrored panel. The east/west window wall arrangement are perfectly symmetrical. This may not be as thrilling as the personality next to...
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    Toronto | Quayside | ?m | ?s | Dream | David Adjaye

    I'm not sure where this confusion with cladding arose and the disappointment that mass timber buildings look like any other from the outside. Mass timber which is usually a combination of cross laminated timber and glued laminated timber (one is best for posts and the other for floor panels but...
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    Toronto | 280 Viewmount | 113m | 33s | Altree | Graziani + Corazza

    I agree there should be more intense development around the subway station. A squat 30 storeys (fugly) with high lot coverage is excessive. What does this proposal contribute to the community? All it does it make use of existing community infrastructure which certainly won't be designed for this...
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    Toronto | Rogers Centre Renovations | ?m | ?s | Toronto Blue Jays | Populous

    I wouldn't bet on that. The deals between owners and city, county, state/province contributions in this stadium building boom era aren't going to look any better in 10 to 12 years. For the first time in its history, the building will be designed to watch baseball. Try it out first.
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    Toronto | The One | 338.3m | 94s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    I also like to considerate the impact of height on their environments and the public realm. There's so many awesome skylines that have inhospitable pedestrian realms. This will undeniably created more shadows on public property. I don't think height should ever be prioritized over it and my...
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    Toronto | The One | 338.3m | 94s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    The park is pathetic. No one is going to travel across the city to visit. It's still a pubic space any of us can visit. I doubt many of us will end up in the penthouse of The One. The floor space index is extremely high as well and it's a supertall regardless of any height increase. The proposed...
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    Toronto | 646 Yonge | 254m | 75s | KingSett Capital | AS + GG

    How the forum considers these newly minted zoning applications is more to blame than the city. Any features beyond tower massing are immaterial..
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    Toronto | 646 Yonge | 254m | 75s | KingSett Capital | AS + GG

    KingSett manages billion dollar real estate growth funds. Their income funds are comparably small. They did develop the 700 Bay addition and awful vertical addition on the existing complex.One way to grow a growth fund is to buy up a whole block and propose something really tall on it. i think...
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    Toronto | The Rosedale on Bloor | 185.92m | 55s | Gupta | IBI Group

    The massing is decent. It's a typically late modernist massing. The cladding is the usual standard window wall. The virtues of it being charcoal coloured vs the more common grey green is too low a bar for me. I couldn't care less about the penthouse. It'll probably be plastered with a by Hilton...
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    Toronto | 357 King West | 148.13m | 42s | Great Gulf | BDP Quadrangle

    Looks like a Hilton Garden Inn skyscraper and the only thing of any value is another awkward V column recessed into a huge 150 metre corner aluminum wall well above grade. It's the worst building in that photo full of ominous mediocrity. Too negative? Best Wishes for 2023
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    Toronto | Nobu Residences Toronto | 156.66m | 45s | Madison Group | Teeple Architects

    Unfortunately, this is turning out exactly how I expected it would.
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    Toronto | Lower Don Lands Redevelopment | ?m | ?s | Waterfront Toronto

    The Portland's is geographically a terrible spot to cram a ton of residential density. It's one of convenience being a brownfield with a billion dollars (?) in public investment. That's how growth is being planned in Toronto and it's far from ideal. I'm not believer that nirvana from housing...
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    Toronto | Station Square + Park Lawn Gardens | ?m | 66s | First Capital | Allies and Morrison

    Wouldn't that be ironic for pink to make a comback after the last of the 1990s pinks and greens have been stripped from malls/ public spaces for white on white on .... white. The conversation is over colour as the designs are rather boring
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    Toronto | East Harbour | 214.2m | 65s | Cadillac Fairview | Adamson

    I think vacancy rates aren't really a factor. CF has already spent more than $700 million for a property that is generating no income right now. They need to build something.
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    Toronto | Rogers Centre Renovations | ?m | ?s | Toronto Blue Jays | Populous

    This two phase reno will finally turn a multi-use stadium into a baseball stadium. Let's give it a chance. The last thing the city// province needs to spend 100s of millions on is a new baseball stadium or the needless ecological impact recycling an impoded stadium because it isn't the best in...
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    The Cats Parkette | ?m | ?s | RioCan | CCxA

    A path to nowhere? Maybe they put down grass until next spring or until the BIG. building is completed in a few years.
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    Toronto | T3 Bayside | 42m | 10s | Hines | 3XN

    Post and beam construction can only be admired by going inside. I like the look of the facade. It harkens back to mid century glass modernism. I don't find the rigid step pattern adds much intrinsic value. It only muddles the clean lines.
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    Toronto | T3 Bayside | 42m | 10s | Hines | 3XN

    I could do without the stepped pattern. Hopefully, they can get the second phase built sooner than later (and the affordable housing building) to complete the block.
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    Toronto | Lower Don Lands Redevelopment | ?m | ?s | Waterfront Toronto

    Doesn't traffic affect the majority of transit routes in the city? Discouraging car usage by making it impractical with bottlenecks ( a patio in the curb lane of a rush hour route ) or road designs (right hand turn lanes instead of left hand turn lanes on streets with a single traffic lane in...