Originally Posted by Beedok
I don't get the hate for Podiums, they let you get a solid streetwall, tall buildings, and still leave space for views and light.
One of the problems with podiums is that a lot of the time it's clumsily done... although I do agree with you if it's done in such a way to allow the things that you've stated.
If you see something like the phased development of Mississauga's Parkside Village, it's actually doing a service for the area with a strong streetwall and retail along the street, although
you also got towers in Mississauga with pretty poorly designed podiums:
(Edge Towers, not u/c yet but likely will be in next few months)
If you've seen as well in Toronto with the deo-stick that is 4800 Yonge, although the render is a bit old, the tower and podium combination was TERRIBLE. It did no justice for what's supposed to be a fairly major centre of North York. Another example is some of the odd job towers in Scarborough, like the development just north of the highway 401......it's not a great podium.
As a final closing point, I do agree, podiums aren't a bad aspect for city building, but it really depends how well they're designed and how they mesh with the existing urban or not so urban landscape of the area.