Thursday 31 January 2008
From the Archives- Runnymede Library
Wednesday 30 January 2008
Ryerson on the Move
Ryerson had purchased some of the vacant and new buildings in it's neighbourhood. The move has prompted a desire to close Gould Street creating a pedestrian walk. This would help improve the campus student circulation. I don't believe you can start building sidewalk cafes as the sidewalk is already too narrow because of Kerr Hall.
Tuesday 29 January 2008
Last Before Photo
The tender for the new offices of the Human Rights Tribunal-Ministry of the Attorney General is closing today.The office space on Bay street will soon be transformed into new hearing rooms and offices.
Labels: office interior
Monday 28 January 2008
I could swear I saw a Patkau knock-off circulating the Toronto offices a few years back.
Friday 25 January 2008
LEEDing the Way?
The lastest is Honda. The irony is that it is an automotive company. What does it mean when the largest polluters are creating environmentally friendly buildings? It is great to get theses buildings but we really need to look at their product first.
Thursday 24 January 2008
Museum Subway Station Toronto
(photos top-Museum Station proposal bottom two-STCUM Montreal)
Wednesday 23 January 2008
Cirque Designing Canadian Expo 2010
The idea of having the Cirque du Soleil designing Canada's pavilion at the upcoming expo is a strange one. Is Nike or Gatorade designing our sporting facilities? Furthermore, when has recent Expo design been of any architectural merit or contextual importance? According to the article, the Cirque has mandate to design a building. There really is not enough information about this story.... looks like Liebskind? PCL?
Tuesday 22 January 2008
Simcoe Street Tunnel
The 45 million cost to connect the Simcoe streets is set to take place. The bill will be split by the city and the Fairmount Hotels.Our office is very close to 'northern' Simcoe St. It currently is home to several parking taxis and very little traffic both pedestrian vehicular.Probably best know as a 'short-cut' street. The extension should help will access to the waterfront and to the core only if it is made a two-way street.
Monday 21 January 2008
Jarvis St. Slip
Another day in Toronto's design community.
Labels: landscape design
Friday 18 January 2008
Website Update Snapshot
Thursday 17 January 2008
Toronto Library Design
New Offices- Ministry of the Attorney General
Labels: interior design
Wednesday 16 January 2008
Retail Design - Comme des Garçons
Labels: interior design
Catching on to Robson Square
Tuesday 15 January 2008
G. Bruce Stratton Architects Website Update
Keep checking back!!!
Monday 14 January 2008
Toronto to Montreal Housing
The city temporarily avoided the taller residential buildings of Toronto and New York . This is due to the fact that Montreal had a large stock of older schools, churches, and factories which were ideal for new core development. During the last referendum bargain houses went up for sale daily. These same homes, some of which were on the Plateau, are now too expensive for most Montrealers.
So, architecturally, just expect more and more of that 'Montreal modernism' but taller.
Friday 11 January 2008
From the Travel Archives -Paris Library
Thursday 10 January 2008
A photo from our party.......
Wednesday 9 January 2008
Tuesday 8 January 2008
Architects and What They Wear
So, I always thought you can stereotype architects by their clothing.
I think this becomes more evident working in the larger firms as you jockey for position. A quick reference would be to look at the firm profile photos in this month's Canadian Architect Awards issue.
Perhaps, this is altogether nothing new. Or maybe it can be said about all professions. Regardless, you can't help but chuckle now and again.
Monday 7 January 2008
Sci-Arc's Boardroom Table
Labels: industrial design
West Coast Revival
Looks like Robson Square is headed for some renovations. The artists renderings seem hard to find but this Vancouver move seems to have as much interest as the Safdie 'coloseum' library. Vancouver always seems hesitant to embrace drastic change perhaps because it is caught between big city and small city. A wooden umbrella...hmmmmmmm I think I now see why.
Friday 4 January 2008
Ontario Investment Services New Interior Photo Update
Labels: office interior
Thursday 3 January 2008
Artemide- From the Red Dot Awards
Wednesday 2 January 2008
The Queen Car - A Story
So, the queen streetcar has been named as one of the top city rides. As one who has ridden the western portion of the line for over 20 years I can agree. I have also taken the rides in San Francisco, Berlin and Lisbon. The atmosphere on the car on a late Saturday night is always entertaining. In fact, the patrons are as eclectic as the buildings the car passes. One of my fondest memories is when I got the driver to run a red light for me at 3am so I could get home faster. The ride does offer a good mix of Toronto architecture. From some of the modernist apartment blocks and veteran housing in Mimico to the Victorian storefronts in Parkdale there is a good timeline of a developing Toronto.
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