- Apr 24, 2007
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One thing that would improve Pearson in future phases would be an emphasis on a more pleasant public realm on the exterior of the terminals. When you step outside the terminals at Pearson, you see a barren utilitarian expanse of concrete, particularly outside Terminal 1. Terminal 3 has some light landscaping, but it's not that noticeable. It would be more pleasant to have trees with enough room to mature, as well as flowers, shrubs, and even water features. I think Vancouver did better in this regard.
Couldn't agree with you more!! Mini-forests of fully mature trees and landscaping that replicates Ontario's natural scenic landscapes (Algonquin, Niagara Escarpment, etc.). So much could be done to increase the positive visual impact for visitors and residents alike, when arriving or, departing Toronto.
I recall, prior to the current T1 building being built, an architectural competition or design charrette (?), (maybe Waterloo architecture students?)- not sure where? Anyways, one of designs from that charrette stuck with me - it was of a curvilinear (snaking) large timber-framed building, hidden within a hilly landscape, which was filled with mature trees, which camouflaged the building in a natural scene if you will. It was quite striking! If anything the proposal was ahead of its time, but more so, I think it illustrated/symbolised aspects of Ontario, but also Canada, something our current building and airport doesn't achieve at all (minus the obligatory Timmy's).