Pretty sure the bridge will be demolished once the twin spans of the Cherry Street North bridge (first one is in place!) and the Cherry Street South bridge (see below) are in place. I recall reading something about the elevated control station and perhaps other bits and pieces of the bridge's "industrial heritage*" being retained... but most of it will disappear. The Atlas crane* in the b/g of the render is being retained/ restored (but not functioning).What's happening to the drawbridge on Cherry Street leading to the Port Lands? I don't see it in any of the renders. Are they demolishing it?
The ratio of red banding on the curved teahouse in the rendering was 50/50 to glass. The finished ratio is more 30/70 and was not solid, but bars. The result is lacklustre and not as striking. Negative comment to some, observational and accurate to others.TeaHouse 501 Yonge Condominiums - 171m, 88m - 52s, 25s - Lanterra - architectsAlliance - u/c
Great shot of the shorter curved tower with its terracotta trim.
Galleria III (On The Park) - 111.5m - 31s - ELAD Canada - Hariri Pontarini - pre-construction
Nice at-grade close-up of the signature flatiron building of this successful development.
Galleria 01 & 02 - 99m - 29s - ELAD Canada - Core Architects - site prep/shoring
1500 Bayview Ave - 8s - Medallion - Quadrangle - pre-construction
Another nice addition to Bayview featuring rental and retail.
Scarborough: Cowdray Court - 126m, 98.5m, 91m, 38m, 38m - 40s, 30s, 27m, 7m, 7m - Gemterra - Teeple Architects - pre-construction
Condo, office and public spac
Backyard Neighbourhood Condos - 25m, 9m - 10s, 8s, 7s, 2s - VANDYK Group - Kohn - u/c
Mixed use development in South Etobicoke.
A tidy design and build for phase 1 (complete).
Post-pandemic cities will need more open space. Landscape architects PUBLIC WORK say we can find it by remaking streets – starting with Toronto’s University Avenue
In Toronto, University Avenue could get an overhaul on a grand scale. The landscape architects PUBLIC WORK, the Michael Young Family Foundation and the non-profit Evergreen have a vision they call “University Park.” Their plan would convert 9.5 acres of asphalt into green space, creating a larger network that could be Toronto’s equivalent of La Rambla in Barcelona.
THE PROPOSED PLAN
PUBLIC WORK’s proposal would stretch from Queen’s Park to City Hall, creating nine acres of park space that would connect to a larger 90-acre network.
This would deliver huge benefits: green space to serve thousands of hospital workers and patients from neighbouring institutions; cycling infrastructure; and a place of great symbolic power. “Public space is more important than it’s ever been,” Adam Nicklin, a partner in the firm PUBLIC WORK, said. “And this is Ontario’s street. It’s Canada’s street. It could be the heart of the city.”
The proposal would create a strip of green all the way from Queen’s Park Crescent at Bloor Street, past the University of Toronto’s downtown campus and the provincial legislature, to City Hall. “With those nine acres,” said Nicklin, “it would knit together a continuous system of 90 acres."
How? By turning back the clock. In the 1940s and 1950s, University was reshaped to accommodate subways and a river of car traffic. Vehicle lanes were added; mature trees were destroyed. The University Park proposal – based on an idea PUBLIC WORK developed while working on the city’s 2018 downtown TOCore plan– basically reverses those changes.
It would keep the same traffic flow that exists now, following the installation of bike lanes earlier this year: four lanes of car traffic and two bike lanes. But all vehicles would end up on the west side in a two-way street. The other half of the avenue, which Nicklin calls “an underperforming civic asset," would become largely green space with bike lanes. The impact on vehicle traffic, according to a traffic study commissioned by the Young foundation, would be near zero. But the effect on the city could be enormous.
Very fitting for a city that has a diverse population representing all corners of the world. Let’s embrace some European aesthetic to compliment our new world skyscrapers and create a look that can be called “Torontonian”
Let’s hope 8 Wellesley west is glossy black and does not become flat greyPinewood Toronto Studios:
Construction is underway on the 200,000 square foot expansion (including 5 new sound stages). These Portlands facilities for TV and film will total more than 525,000 square feet when this phase is complete. Future expansion plans would increase the facilities to nearly three quarters of a million square feet.
Inside North America’s largest sound stage - the 46,000 square foot Mega Stage (Star Trek sets u/c).
Mississauga: 30 Eglinton Ave W - ?s - Plaza and Crown Realty Partners - pre-construction
Planning for three residential high-rise towers (1.2 million square feet) next to a future stop on the new Hurontario LRT.
175-195 St. Clair Ave W - 14s Plaza - Richard Wengle - Plaza - pre-construction
CIBC SQUARE 1 - 238m - 49s - Hines - WilkinsonEyre - u/c
Last of the exterior glazing to be completed.
351 Queen East | 103m | 29s | ONE Properties | Kirkor Architects - (may have) zoning approval
8 Wellesley West - 182m - 55s - CentreCourt - IBI Group - pre-construction
In the absence of renderings, a teaser video with some design hints on insta:
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Humber Bay construction
Good eye. I knew there was something off and that's precisely it.The ratio of red banding on the curved teahouse in the rendering was 50/50 to glass. The finished ratio is more 30/70 and was not solid, but bars.
Same. The shorter tower looks decent while the other I could do without.i like the shorter one, taller one is just like any other mediocre tower in Toronto.
It's the only proposal for University Avenue that's an improvement over what presently exists. University Avenue is our only grand avenue; I suppose Spadina is another. If we're to lose it, the end result needs to significantly add to the urban fabric and appeal of the downtown. This proposal accomplishes that and is, thus far, the only proposal that's surfaced I can get behind.