I can think of no other major city in the world that strives for mediocrity with more passion than does Toronto.
Where once we had original sculpture, we now have.....condos.
I think Ghery said it best “Three towers gave the scheme a sculptural quality,” Gehry told the Star recently. “With two, it ain’t there. But now I think it’s more Toronto." Ouch, that's a kick in the pants - but so true.
I was thinking about the same. This needs significant alteration while things like Infinity condo and all that sea of green dullness were approved promptly. I completely agree i is more Toronto.
- if I had to guess, I would say it was put together not by him but by his staff - Ghery himself doesn't seem to have the same enthusiasm for the project like he did before - we took away his verve and replaced it with practicality - too bad. We were offered an exciting ferrari and sent it back for a safe volvo.
Yep, this ceases to be a Gehry product. It is more like "OK, let's give what the city likes and get this condo built". It still has some design, and yeah we get to keep some warehouses and an old theatre we seem to love so much and can't say good bye to, but now it is definitely a Volvo, which is quintessential Toronto.
Most likely later 92 and 82 will be considered "too tall" and add "too much density" and "not appropriate for the urban fabric of the neighbourhood" and the whole thing gets chopped to 60-70s and everybody is happy.