Actually, I wouldn't mind see a significant commercial employment component to the central waterfront rather than a culturally iconic building. If need be land can always be created jutting out into the harbour in the future to give us our iconic building fix.
There's already enough greenspace planned for the area. It is time we see some other land uses besides parks and open spaces. Bike paths and sporting facilities are great, but they arent the only thing that should be developed along the waterfront.
Just a reminder that the Project Symphony Community Meeting is tomorrow, and that it would be great if a number of Urban Toronto Forum members could attend. Here's the notice again:
Implementing Waterfront Plans
Proposed Commercial Development in East Bayfront
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Metro Hall Rotunda
55 John Street, Toronto
Commercial development has an important role to play in revitalizing Torontoâ€™s waterfront. The first proposed development in the East Bayfront is for a commercial proposal known as "Project Symphony" located on a parcel of land municipally known as 125 Queensâ€™ Quay East at the foot of Jarvis adjacent to the Jarvis Street Slip. The public is invited to this meeting to review and provide feedback on the design concept proposed for the building, as well as the vision for how the building and surrounding open space interact with the public.
This meeting is being hosted by Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale), and the Toronto Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO) in conjunction with the City of Toronto. Diamond and Schmitt are the project architects.
If you would like further information about the mee ting and/or proposed development, please contact Carlo Bonanni, Manager of Planning Services, TEDCO, at (416) 981-1927.
A rather butt ugly, awkward office-park like project - quite disappointing considering the quality of past work from DSAI. Urbanity is one thing, sub-par archtiecture is another, Jack. Perhaps they should rename this project Diamond's Revenge (considering the previous spat between the said firm and TWRC over the East Bayfront Masterplan).
Just what is that "thing" on the top of the building?