A RAPID CHANGE IN MIDTOWN ARCHITECTURE

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We used to be pretty bored with midtown Toronto architecture and its precious earnestness seeping into everything about the place. We’re delighted to survey here the new mid-town, dropping British constraint and beginning to see the point of shooting skyward. The residue of New York City devolving from this change—unlike the old idolatry regarding London—cares little for New York landmarks, and prefers to introduce its own landmarks, produced in conjunction with architects from all over the world.

The ROM’s dish of badass—if you leave aside the shambles of the delivery of the collection—is, from the street, anyway, not only making a contribution in itself but having an impact on the surround. 

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The 1950’s-style Bloor carriage trade zone, receiving a visit by the 21st century, with much more of that soaring to come! This turf affords a rich study of contagious design daring and the forward motion of a long-standing, moribund derivative culture.

 

 

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The architectural cluster shown here very clearly confronts the old with the new. In doing so, it also displays a gesture in homage to Manhattan—Park Avenue, to be exact.

 

 

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Norwegian architect Craig Dyker’s gracious and also peppery Ryerson University Student Centre.

 

 

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Innovation in big-scale design has benefited immeasurably by the quite amazingly sudden tolerance for vastly increased scale and density.

 

 

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Shadow goes a long way!

 

 

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Design incident which stays within the parameters of dicey city life. Vigor trumps quirky countryside “Surrealism.”

 

 

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Glass expanses and a new take on lyricism.

 

 

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An infinity of apparitions.

 

 

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Hard and vivacious resources.

 

 

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One of many opportunities to plunge into to mystery amidst glass!

 

 

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That limp word, “diversity,” here meaning something else!

 

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