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    Toronto | U of T: Centre for Civilizations, Cultures, and Cities | 42.75m | 9s | U of T | DS + R

    Agreed. A small contention—we do need to clarify how this necessary densification is occurring. High-rises (and even some mid-rises) are not necessarily good urban form, and large-scale development can focus resources and monetary gain upwards towards large, politically-connected developers who...
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    Toronto | U of T: Centre for Civilizations, Cultures, and Cities | 42.75m | 9s | U of T | DS + R

    An architectural critic ultimately offers an opinion, not the final word. Let us not forget that Christopher Hume was also an architectural critic. Regardless, it's clear that this building is going back for a redesign—and I do think that people should hold off their vitriol at such an early...
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    Proposed renaming of Dundas Street

    I am anticipating the stupid Reddit-tier names like Roady-McRoadface. Anyways, as pointed out by some commentators in the media, this is an (expensive) dog and pony show by whites, for whites, that city council can then point to as having 'progressed equality/equity'. It will only erode public...
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    Proposed renaming of Dundas Street

    Let's not forget that Chief Brant of the eponymous Brantford also owned a considerable number of black and native slaves as well.
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    Proposed renaming of Dundas Street

    Just like the prior, thinly-veiled opinion piece.
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    Proposed renaming of Dundas Street

    And yet it still presents its citations and sources based on primary information.
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    Proposed renaming of Dundas Street

    If we are judging 'democracy' by that case, we should note that public neighbourhood meetings commandeered by the NIMBY groups should be also considered 'democractic' and the 'voice of the majority'. And I agree with your later point. This is a street that every citizen in Toronto collectively...
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    Proposed renaming of Dundas Street

    Not a single cited source for either, which is why I hold them in identical regard- and yet Dundas' voting record and public speeches speak for themselves. Personally, I don't care for her credentials, as it's a poor showing for a university professor to not cite sources for evidence. For the...
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    Proposed renaming of Dundas Street

    Perhaps one day in the future when society has realized the criminality of first-past-the-post voting, roads named after the long-dead Justin Trudeau will be renamed and his statues torn down because of his complicity in prolonging first-past-the-post voting.
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    Proposed renaming of Dundas Street

    It rolls off the tongue well, and I guess it was probably a British import. That being said, 'Avenue' also refers to the rows of trees lining a path, so it's not all self-referential. Perhaps it was at some point descriptive?
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    Proposed renaming of Dundas Street

    Yeah I saw that, and it's an article that doesn't cite its sources either. Nothing in that article points to Dundas purposefully prolonging slavery, and instead it self-indulges on semantics. The quote from the article above betrays its slant- that it had a presupposition settled beforehand...
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    Proposed renaming of Dundas Street

    Interesting note here that unwinds a purportedly black-and-white thread into one into one of more nuanced shades of grey, contextualized against the era: And yes, the midwits who fall for this political parlor trick end up forgetting about the more real structural issues that may cause...
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    St Lawrence Centre Redevelopment (?, ?, ?)

    Thank you, and it'll be great to see your opinions here! I definitely agree with your point that the SLCA should be exploring more options to retain some of the existing structures, as more of a gradient between full demolition and full reuse but as you have noted, this building is hardly the...
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    St Lawrence Centre Redevelopment (?, ?, ?)

    Yes, that's the portion that I believe is expendable. The upper portions appear to have been heavily altered in the 80s-90s, while the bottom portion seems to be a later extension of the original structure, and is of little architectural note. Of course, if the texture is still desired, the...
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    St Lawrence Centre Redevelopment (?, ?, ?)

    As an addendum, here are some quick massing studies done on a very rough Sketchup site plan, assembled in an afternoon to demonstrate some alternative proposals that aim to seek a middle ground. There are perhaps some real arguments to be made about not unnecessarily demolishing buildings, and...
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    Toronto Zoo Developments

    I'm surprised no one picked up on these open house presentations from March 25th: https://www.torontozoo.com/masterplan There are some juicy slides in the presentation, that offer an interesting glimpse into the future design of the zoo- it's well worth the watch.
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    St Lawrence Centre Redevelopment (?, ?, ?)

    As a preface- I met Tura before when he was working at Diamond Schmitt- undoubtedly an outstanding and talented individual, and an amazing contributor to Toronto's architectural community. There are some good moves worth noting in any future iteration (reconstruction/renovation) of the site...
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    Mayor John Tory's Toronto

    Completely agree. In this case, neither of the family members were there for actual eyewitness reports. No one knew what happened in the room before Regis's tragic death, and the original story was a spurious Instagram story by a relative that was not even there. It was then picked up by the...
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    St. James Park Revitalization (PMA Landscape Architects)

    Pavilion is still a bit too heavy-handed even at night. Also not a particular fan of how its arches essentially come down to the ground in the middle of the stage.
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    Toronto | Waterfront Innovation Centre | 53.03m | 11s | Waterfront Toronto | Sweeny &Co

    Agreed that the detailing looks good, but it's a bit of an odd colour combination, the dull caramel spandrel and the blue-green glass. IMO will need to see more of it to form a better opinion of it. Could have been a bit more lively with brighter spandrel colours (though the overall snoozefest...

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