HomeDiagramsDatabaseMapsForum
     

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Regional Sections > Canada


Reply

 
Thread Tools Display Modes
     
     
     
     
  #1  
Old Posted Oct 14, 2018, 5:58 PM
Xelebes's Avatar
Xelebes Xelebes is offline
Sawmill Billowtoker
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Rockin' in Edmonton
Posts: 13,133
Ugly Canada 2 (Only architecture, planning and design faux pas)

Time to create a new thread for Ugly Canada. Thought I would start this off with some clear direction of how this thread will proceed.

This thread is not for pointing out offensive opinions outside of architecture, planning and design. This thread is not for pointing out people in poor health or people with limited design choices.

This thread is about pointing towards things we build that are shoddy, not prepared for display, or misguided theories of form or function.

Proceed.
__________________
The Colour Green
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2  
Old Posted Oct 15, 2018, 4:54 PM
O-tacular's Avatar
O-tacular O-tacular is offline
Fake News
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Calgary
Posts: 17,041
So was the last thread closed because of supposed ageism and so-called 'poverty shaming' then? One too many Depends jokes? It seems more likely that the whole Faith Goldy debate between me and lio was responsible for its demise. Now we have nothing to look back on for posterity. Pages and pages of Clockzilla and The Rooms and The Venetian and Chad Kroeger lost like dust in the wind. A wind that carried a faint tune of "Look at this FRODOgraph" and the stench of Depends.

No more of this guy:



Or Don Cherry. Or Dog Fart. OR Chad Kroeger.


Well here's my contribution of the ugly building variety. I drove by this on Saturday and couldn't figure out WTF that stack jutting out of the centre of the roof of this condo was. Was it originally intended as a chimney? Or was it always destined to be an anchor for ugly cellphone antennas?

https://www.google.ca/maps/@51.12637...7i13312!8i6656
__________________
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. - Voltaire

https://clockzillakingoflaval.tumblr.com
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #3  
Old Posted Oct 15, 2018, 5:12 PM
TorontoDrew's Avatar
TorontoDrew TorontoDrew is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 6,846
That's and Baddington, and Beddington. What strange street names to intersect.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #4  
Old Posted Oct 16, 2018, 3:43 PM
MonkeyRonin's Avatar
MonkeyRonin MonkeyRonin is offline
¥ ¥ ¥
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Toronto
Posts: 7,063
Here's a new one for us. This building in Chinatown went from this...




...to this:


https://twitter.com/heychristofur/st...ly-makeover%2F
__________________
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #5  
Old Posted Oct 22, 2018, 3:21 PM
DizzyEdge's Avatar
DizzyEdge DizzyEdge is offline
My Spoon Is Too Big
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Calgary
Posts: 9,177
Quote:
Originally Posted by MonkeyRonin View Post
Here's a new one for us. This building in Chinatown went from this...




...to this:


https://twitter.com/heychristofur/st...ly-makeover%2F
I raise you:

One of the oldest houses still standing in Calgary's Beltline community

From this (on the right)



To this...

__________________
Concerned about protecting Calgary's built heritage?
www.CalgaryHeritage.org
News - Heritage Watch - Forums
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #6  
Old Posted Oct 22, 2018, 3:35 PM
esquire's Avatar
esquire esquire is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 24,900
Quote:
Originally Posted by dizzyedge View Post
i raise you:

One of the oldest houses still standing in calgary's beltline community

from this (on the right)



to this...

Good Lord
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #7  
Old Posted Oct 22, 2018, 3:55 PM
VANRIDERFAN's Avatar
VANRIDERFAN VANRIDERFAN is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Ottawa
Posts: 3,363
Quote:
Originally Posted by DizzyEdge View Post
I raise you:

One of the oldest houses still standing in Calgary's Beltline community

All I can think of is this.

Reply With Quote
     
     
  #8  
Old Posted Oct 22, 2018, 8:33 PM
Taeolas Taeolas is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Fredericton
Posts: 3,004
Quote:
Originally Posted by DizzyEdge View Post
I raise you:

One of the oldest houses still standing in Calgary's Beltline community

From this (on the right)



To this...

Looks like the bones of the original house are still there; so restoring it back to the original porch and balcony look is probably doable if someone wanted to.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #9  
Old Posted Oct 23, 2018, 6:40 PM
O-tacular's Avatar
O-tacular O-tacular is offline
Fake News
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Calgary
Posts: 17,041
Quote:
Originally Posted by DizzyEdge View Post
I raise you:

One of the oldest houses still standing in Calgary's Beltline community

From this (on the right)



To this...

What in the actual fuck?!? How was that allowed? Did it not have heritage protection?
__________________
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. - Voltaire

https://clockzillakingoflaval.tumblr.com
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #10  
Old Posted Oct 23, 2018, 7:19 PM
DizzyEdge's Avatar
DizzyEdge DizzyEdge is offline
My Spoon Is Too Big
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Calgary
Posts: 9,177
Quote:
Originally Posted by O-tacular View Post
What in the actual fuck?!? How was that allowed? Did it not have heritage protection?
It hasn't even had it's turn being considered to be evaluated for historic inventory inclusion, which doesn't actually have protection.

Just a note, historical buildings can only get protection in Calgary if the owner applies to the city to implement it.

Even half of the buildings on Stephen Ave have no protection and could be torn down with no notice in theory, although one would hope there would be enough outrage to stop it.
__________________
Concerned about protecting Calgary's built heritage?
www.CalgaryHeritage.org
News - Heritage Watch - Forums
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #11  
Old Posted Oct 16, 2018, 3:52 PM
Pavlov's Avatar
Pavlov Pavlov is offline
Khan
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Posts: 4,215
^ Ugh. That is truly terrible.
__________________
Confucius says:
With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow - I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #12  
Old Posted Oct 19, 2018, 3:43 AM
Nouvellecosse's Avatar
Nouvellecosse Nouvellecosse is online now
Volatile Pacivist
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 5,993
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pavlov View Post
^ Ugh. That is truly terrible.
I'd say it's just a terrible match for that setting. Spadina is an eclectic mix of colourful, quirky, kitschy, grand, but that's just conservative contemporary.
__________________
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." - George Bernard Shaw
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #13  
Old Posted Oct 16, 2018, 4:23 PM
TorontoDrew's Avatar
TorontoDrew TorontoDrew is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 6,846
Ha, I walked past that last week and couldn't remember what was there before. I have no ill feelings for it, they replaced tacky with bland. I only hope that a decent Chinese restaurant occupies the space one the ground floor.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #14  
Old Posted Oct 16, 2018, 6:41 PM
O-tacular's Avatar
O-tacular O-tacular is offline
Fake News
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Calgary
Posts: 17,041
That’s not really ugly, just bland.
__________________
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. - Voltaire

https://clockzillakingoflaval.tumblr.com
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #15  
Old Posted Oct 18, 2018, 8:32 PM
someone123's Avatar
someone123 someone123 is offline
hähnchenbrüstfiletstüc
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 22,126
Quote:
Originally Posted by TorontoDrew View Post
Ha, I walked past that last week and couldn't remember what was there before. I have no ill feelings for it, they replaced tacky with bland. I only hope that a decent Chinese restaurant occupies the space one the ground floor.
I worry that most Canadian cities are getting blander. So much new construction has a modernist suburban shopping mall aesthetic. The acceptable colours are black, white, grey, and blue. The acceptable decorations are horizontal/vertical slats or that fake "framing" (the seemingly pointless white boxes in the example above).
__________________
flickr
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #16  
Old Posted Oct 4, 2019, 4:12 PM
s211 s211 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: The People's Glorious Republic of ... Sigh...
Posts: 6,099
Quote:
Originally Posted by someone123 View Post
I worry that most Canadian cities are getting blander. So much new construction has a modernist suburban shopping mall aesthetic. The acceptable colours are black, white, grey, and blue. The acceptable decorations are horizontal/vertical slats or that fake "framing" (the seemingly pointless white boxes in the example above).
I would contend that the latest generation of bland office towers started in Toronto. That design ethic then got pushed out by institutional owners to the rest of the country.
__________________
If it seems I'm ignoring what you may have written in response to something I have written, it's very likely that you're on my Ignore List. Please do not take it personally.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #17  
Old Posted Oct 18, 2018, 8:18 PM
TorontoDrew's Avatar
TorontoDrew TorontoDrew is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 6,846
I Submit the Hotel Intercontinental on Front Street. Since Oxford now owns it it's living on borrowed time.


Built: 1984
Floors: 25
Use: Hotel


[IMG]Intercontinental, Toronto, Ontario by Duane Schermerhorn, on Flickr[/IMG]
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #18  
Old Posted Oct 18, 2018, 9:24 PM
kwoldtimer kwoldtimer is online now
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: La vraie capitale
Posts: 17,176
Quote:
Originally Posted by TorontoDrew View Post
I Submit the Hotel Intercontinental on Front Street. Since Oxford now owns it it's living on borrowed time.


Built: 1984
Floors: 25
Use: Hotel


[IMG]Intercontinental, Toronto, Ontario by Duane Schermerhorn, on Flickr[/IMG]
The fact that '80s architecture is no longer in fashion does not render it "ugly".
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #19  
Old Posted Oct 19, 2018, 2:58 AM
TorontoDrew's Avatar
TorontoDrew TorontoDrew is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 6,846
Quote:
Originally Posted by kwoldtimer View Post
The fact that '80s architecture is no longer in fashion does not render it "ugly".

I agree but even as a child I found it ugly. We have plenty of great 80's buildings like One University across the street from it. It just looks like no thought was put into it and the biege concrete has never looked flattering imo.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #20  
Old Posted Oct 18, 2018, 9:51 PM
Echoes's Avatar
Echoes Echoes is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Saskatoon, SK
Posts: 3,682
I'd say it's a welcome counterpoint to all of that glass.
__________________
SASKATOON PHOTO TOURS
2013: [Part I] [Part II] | [2014] | [2016]
Reply With Quote
     
     
This discussion thread continues

Use the page links to the lower-right to go to the next page for additional posts
 
 
Reply

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Regional Sections > Canada
Forum Jump


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 3:35 PM.

     

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.