I love the vehemence with which you pack your punch, enough that I had to "haha" the post. I agree that many building proposals appear to have learned nothing when it comes to aesthetics…To finish up ghastly spandrel builds that were initially conceived in the 2000s-2010s is one thing. To openly propose new spandrel in 2023 (and render it for the "public eye", if that weren't enough) is to sink into the lowest depths of civic and urban depravity. At a time when we in Toronto are finally (FINALLY!) witnessing a few hopeful emergent signs of a more finessed design culture from players both foreign and domestic (after a good 2 to 3 decades of this construction boom), that some appear to have learned absolutely nothing over these years is beyond baffling. I won't mince words here. This proposal represents an unacceptably shoddy standard of aesthetics and design near one of this city's most prestigious prime intersections. And to have the gall to stick this trash heap right across the street from The One and its sophisticated, worldly, metropolitan glory. After 10-15+ years of this sickening cheap-grey-mullion-spandrel fest within the condo industry, there's simply no other word to describe the dreck coming from Concord, Canderel, et al. Unacceptable.
…but what "they" have learned is that not every site can afford the quality of cladding that buildings like The One are getting, and in fact it's only the few that do. Essentially The One is built for the one percent, and the prices reflect that. Other developers know that that upper end market is saturated mostly, so they're intending to build for the hoi polloi, and the building exteriors are going to reflect that. Not that there aren't different quality levels within that hoi polloi range, and not that there aren't more pleasing expressions available at certain middle price points…
But there's just no way that we are ever going to get The One quality on average buildings. Not possible. Here's hoping, however, that the next iteration of this rather ghastly plan looks better than this first salvo does.