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    UrbanToronto contributor Jasonzed - Jason Zytynsky - has passed away

    Terrible news - I've enjoyed reading his contributions and photos over the past decade. He always had a great eye and took spectacular shots. My sincere condolences to his friends and family
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    Toronto | Gehry Towers | 308m | 84s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    There are a number of very significant changes that have occurred since the current vs the last design proposal. Most significantly is the hotel component. This has a massive impact on both internal design elements within the programing of the structure and the external architectural expression...
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    Toronto | Gehry Towers | 308m | 84s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    Without getting too specific - all I'll say is that "the parties involved" have not been consistent the last several years - which certainly has an impact on a variety of aspects for the project. I'm also not sure whom is "getting strung along" - if you are outside the project... you are...
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    Toronto | Gehry Towers | 308m | 84s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    Not in sales as there as other things happening behind the scenes as well...
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    West Don Lands: Blocks 17+26 (Dominion Foundry Complex, ?, ?s, ?)

    The affordable housing component is not set out within the MZO. That aspect of the development is subject to a different negotiated deal between the province and the development proponent. The provincial government owns the land and certainly holds all the cards in terms of setting terms of the...
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    Toronto | Sugar Wharf Condominiums (Phase 2) | 298.99m | 90s | Menkes | a—A

    I have worked in the development industry / planning profession for nearly 20 years and I have literally never once heard anyone in the development industry or in planning or the architecture profession ever use the term "supertall". I have however seen it obsessed over on urban toronto...
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    Toronto | Cumberland Square | 254m | 75s | KingSett Capital | Giannone Petricone

    S37 as currently constructed will be gone in just over a year (replaced by a new S37 Community Benefits Authority under the Planning Act)
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    Toronto | Gehry Towers | 308m | 84s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    Lots of changes at GG and different leadership over the last couple of years... read into that what you will.
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    Toronto | 8 Elm | 218.2m | 68s | Pemberton | IBI Group

    Call me crazy, but I'd suggest that arguably the most important residential development (architecturally) in the history of Toronto is Bjarke Ingels King project by Westbank.... not exactly tall (but still very dense). It is the kind of building that is a game changer for a city, will attract...
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    Toronto | Exchange District Condos | 232m | 72s | Camrost-Felcorp | IBI Group

    Other then Absolute, which was well executed, everything else you have said is pure nonsense - but if mid-range IBI designed towers between a mall & 8-lane suburban thoroughfare are what get you excited so be it.
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    Toronto | Exchange District Condos | 232m | 72s | Camrost-Felcorp | IBI Group

    This is ridiculous.... just a list of some of the top international architects with active projects in Toronto right now: Frank Gehry Foster + Partners Bjarke Ingels Group: BIG Studio Gang COBE Architects WilkinsonEyre Moshe Safdie Kohn Pedersen Fox Daniel Libeskind Saucier + Perrote Rogers...
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    Toronto | Gehry Towers | 308m | 84s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    The project design was neither "finished" nor "handed off" to Great Gulf when they took over the project - in fact it was far from it. Great Gulf has retained Gehry as the architect and he and his team have been leading the design/architectural process for the past couple of years from the...
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    Toronto | Gehry Towers | 308m | 84s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    I think most UTers will be happy.... as I've said before - lot has been happening behind the scenes.
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    mikejcw@gmail.com

    mikejcw@gmail.com
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    Toronto | Concord Sky | 298.99m | 84s | Concord Adex | a—A

    Interesting things are happening which will come out soon enough if all goes well, but I'll leave it at that and go back to quietly lurking rather then making my rare posts.

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