Triangles: Who Builds Toronto? – Toronto Buildings: Popular and Unpopular

22 February 2011 - 30 April 2011

In Toronto, the builder alone decides how a building will look. The city planning department can say where a building can or cannot be, and how it should interact with its surroundings, but its appearance is up to the builder. Neighbours can make suggestions, but that’s all. Even the all-powerful Ontario Municipal Board does not interest itself in a building’s aesthetics.

Some cities have Design Review Panels that have more or less power over the appearance of major developments. In certain parts of Toronto, a professional Design Review Panel can offer suggestions about how a major building might be designed, but other than moral persuasion, it has no effective power.

With the hope that public opinion might encourage (or shame) developers to make better buildings, a private organization offers Torontonians a chance to express their views online about good and bad buildings. The annual PUG Awards, as they’re called, reflect popular opinions about the year’s major commercial and residential developments.

Popular

60 Richmond East Housing Co-operative by Teeple Architects, for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation


Popular

Telus Centre for Performance and Learning by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg architects, for the Royal Conservatory of Music


Popular

RBC Centre by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates with Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co and B+H Architects, for The Cadillac Fairview Corporation


Popular

Pure Spirit at the Distillery by architectsAlliance, for Cityscape Development Corporation


Unpopular

Grand Triomphe Condominiums Phase II by Burka Architects, for Tridel


Unpopular

Plaza Royale Condominiums by Kregg Fordyce architects, for Tor-Bel Developments


Unpopular

Harbour Light by Diamond and Schmitt architects, for The Salvation Army


Popular

One St. Thomas Residences by Robert A. M. Stern (dean of the Yale School of Architecture), for the Lee Development Group


Unpopular

Toronto Centre for Phenogenomics by Dipesh Patel of G+G Partnership architects, for Mount Sinai Hospital and others


Unpopular

Hampton Plaza Condominiums developed by the Torbel Group


Popular

Hazelton Hotel by Sol Wassermuhl of Page + Steele architects, for developers Peter Cohen of The Dawsco Group and Bruce Greenberg of The Starwood Group


Unpopular

Marriott Residence Inn by Page + Steele architects, for the Limen Group Ltd


Unpopular

76 Shuter Street Condominiums by Young & Wright architects, for Cresford Developments


Popular

National Ballet School by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg architects with Goldsmith Borgal architects, for the National Ballet School


Popular

18 Yorkville Condominiums by architectsAlliance, for Great Gulf Homes


Unpopular

Glen Lake Condominiums developed by Georgian Homes corporation


Popular

Art Gallery of Ontario Transformation by Frank Gehry of Gehry International Architects, for the Art Gallery of Ontario


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Curated by

Max Allen