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    Ontario Science Centre

    Whatever the severity of the issues at hand, Doug Ford's "you'll fall off your chair" rhetoric re what ails the OSC is nothing more than carny talk. It's like a computer guy saying "you'll fall off your chair" re whatever viruses might be floating within your computer, regardless of the fact...
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    Ontario Science Centre

    Doug's purple prose on the state of the OSC befits his architectural taste, if we take his new cottage as proof (and it *really* looks like it was designed by one of his son-in-laws or daughters' beaus: "who needs architects, you can do anything with CAD programming these days")
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    46th Canadian General Election

    Except that we're dealing with a two-round system, versus a single-round FPTP system. And in France's system, it was the second round of voting that allowed such decisions to be made, based upon the results of the first round--either automatically in the case of the top 2 finishers, or by way...
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    Ontario Science Centre

    And to repeat: the primary problem with said solution is that the main building is the part where the original Moriyama scheme has been most effaced, thanks to the 90s+ alterations (including the OmniMAX). And whether one likes it or not, this has played out as a heritage-centric argument with...
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    Ontario Science Centre

    Compounding everything here: Raymond Moriyama's widow died a day after the closure https://www.legacy.com/ca/obituaries/theglobeandmail/name/sachiko-moriyama-obituary?id=55456962
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    Ontario Science Centre

    I adore seeing Foresters/MONY in their original splendour as well--before their recladding and/or condo conversion. I will say this, though: functionally speaking, the front building always felt like an overscaled, glorified ticket booth, so I can understand why *it* was the element earmarked...
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    Ontario Science Centre

    And ironically, "the Main building up top" is the part which, thanks to its IMAX-centric 90s alterations, has the *least* Moriyama-era architectural integrity intact. IOW this is the OSC equivalent of regarding the Bud Stage as the only "incoming" part of Ontario Place with any as-is "value"...
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    Premier Doug Ford's Ontario

    And she's the provincial counterpart to Pierre Poilievre, yet.
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    Ontario Science Centre

    And you know what my present hunch is? That the whole spin about how "nobody likes Brutalism" (needless to say, implicitly or explicitly advanced by bad actors on the right as well as the Heather Mallicks on the left) is a smokescreen. Because as I said, the real mass instinct might be more...
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    Ontario Science Centre

    And I think that's where you'll find "horseshoe theory" on the part of the so-called "left" who opts to side with, or at least burnish the case for, DoFo's OSC scheme: some notion of "people don't like Brutalism". That is, they're already indisposed to the notion that there's any architecture...
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    46th Canadian General Election

    It's not about the actuality of ranked ballots; it's about electoral-reform-advocacy as an alibi to spam a ballot paper w/80+ candidates. Just like you don't have to be in forceful disagreement with Just Stop Oil's cause to be in disagreement with their techniques...
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    46th Canadian General Election

    And I'd rather not have Longest Ballot Committee tactics to make that happen. That gang's the electoral equivalent of Stonehenge spraypainting or tossing tomato soup on a Van Gogh...
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    46th Canadian General Election

    But when it comes to apparently "dumb & easy solutions" like uniting the so-called left, there's the eternal matter of...subtracting the Conservative vote. And of how to do *that*, as opposed to merely leaving it alone and enacting a pile-on approach. That is, turn 40% into 30%, rather than...
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    Ontario Science Centre

    Yeah, "to put it mildly". But, Mallick's had a history of hyperactively framing Modernism/Brutalism in what one might call architectural #MeToo terms (like its defenders are akin to Polanski apologists or something). Like, a decade ago, *this*...
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    Ontario Science Centre

    And they might point to pieces like this and say: "See? We have cross-partisan support!" (And *of course* Heather Malick would be of this POV)...
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    Ontario Science Centre

    Though may I report that while I *did* go to the OSC with my family by car, I *also* went there with my non-driving maternal grandparents by TTC--the subway to Pape, then the Don Mills bus up through Thorncliffe. And that had its own distinct worm's-eye charms--my experience of getting there...
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    Toronto Ontario Place | ?m | ?s | Infrastructure ON

    Which reflects the fact that you don't understand the notion of "culture"--unless the notion I'm inferring is too academic or think-piece mumbo-jumbo for you. Put it this way: from the author of the "don't let people enjoy things" piece, here's a reflection upon a banal, dated motel room as...
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    Toronto Ontario Place | ?m | ?s | Infrastructure ON

    Well, that basically parallels my past framing of Doug Ford's likely perspective that the general population doesn't give two hoots as to who either Eberhard Zeidler or Raymond Moriyama were. It doesn't make that perspective any less boneheaded. Except that it's not just about the "difference...
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    Toronto Ontario Place | ?m | ?s | Infrastructure ON

    And this, folks, is what happens when the children of McMansion teardowns who grew up quite content, thank you, start posting on the Internet.
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    Toronto Ontario Place | ?m | ?s | Infrastructure ON

    Actually, I agree that the present aspect of Volkswagen is deceptively blander and more generic than it was originally--it was originally clad in red brick, which gave it a richer retro-Moderne cast. (Unfortunately, there's no images on-line of how it might have looked originally--at least...

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