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Old Posted Jun 26, 2012, 9:20 PM
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I noticed on my way to work this morning that the cap is pretty much finished. Though I have to be honest due to the redesign of the east west facing sides of the building, I'm finding it slightly less impactful then on the first one.. maybe that's just me?
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Old Posted Jun 30, 2012, 2:12 AM
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Yep, the angled precast is in place.

By the way, has anyone noticed any of Farhi's new signs around downtown? Most of his large buildings have them (RBC, white building at Queens/Clarence, backside of the Huron Trust).

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That's really tacky. He would do that... of course.
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Old Posted Jul 6, 2012, 3:13 PM
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^^^ It looks better then the giant banner signs that he has plastered elsewhere though.
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So ugly....
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wow that thing is moving up fast....
Well, a new development in the world of the brutalist highrises that many here hate (as typified by the first comment), and the speed at which prefab construction can erect a building (as per the second observation):


from designbuildsource.com

220 stories. 838 metres. All prefab. Erection time 90 days

I'm not sure what others think, but to me this thing this is simply overwhelmingly oppressive. It is a visual version of an Ogre pounding on you 'till submission. All I can think of is Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty Four" or Gilliam's "Brazil".

This monstrosity makes the Renaissance seem like delicate lace sprinkled with fairy dust. And, the Renaissance isn't likely to fall down, as actual time was taken to assemble it. So, yes, the Renaissance could be much worse.

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Shall we change the signs entering the city to "Welcome to Lomdon - We could be much worse"?

We can't view Londons skyline one building at a time. It's the entire skyline full of the same concrete twins that make it ugly. And once they go up, you know they are not coming down. Permenant damage. The Renaissance would be more acceptable if there wasn't so many other 20+ towers that look similar.
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Hey, what can ya say!? London's got a thing for twins!!
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This city sure does have a thing for twins. Possibly because they're cheaper to construct? Just reuse or mirror the blueprints!

I consider the Renaissance towers 'good' for a concrete design. I just wish they finished the exterior with a nice stone varnish or something. Sure it isn't pure concrete like other towers out there but there's still room for improvement.

Still I don't think London can make any more concrete towers, at least in the downtown. Just a couple more and we'll start to look like commie-ville.

If Two London Place gets approved at least that will help tip the ratio a bit.
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Better than a parking lot.

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Back from vacation...glad to see this topped out. Looks pretty good to be honest and certainly an improvement over what used to be there.

Now hopefully this is successful for Tricar and they can build us a nice 30+ glass condo downtown
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^yeah. Maybe at that parking lot next to Marienbad.
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^^That parking lot on Carling has been earmarked for development for a while. As well as the space on talbot on Queens.. If Dartmouth can have glass... So can we.
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Old Posted Jul 15, 2012, 5:19 AM
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I wonder if Tricar is willing to take on two simultaneous projects in central London. Is there still no info regarding their building on Ridout in Old South?



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Honestly that's probably my new favourite photo of London. It's got lots of layers some old with some new and it's from a vantage point I haven't seen before.

Nice job.
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The thing officially topped out yesterday as concrete pouring has now stopped.
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The thing officially topped out yesterday as concrete pouring has now stopped.
Top out ceremony as shown in today's London Free Press:

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The thing officially topped out yesterday as concrete pouring has now stopped.
Wouldn't it be nice if they permanently stopped pouring concrete in this city and put up a few nice glass towers?
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That'd be nice, GTN. Unfortunate that it probably won't happen any time soon.

The parking garage between the two towers is shooting up quickly. There are about a dozen columns in place, and pieces of the Ridout wall are already up. Seems like it'll be done in no time.
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That'd be nice, GTN. Unfortunate that it probably won't happen any time soon.

The parking garage between the two towers is shooting up quickly. There are about a dozen columns in place, and pieces of the Ridout wall are already up. Seems like it'll be done in no time.
So I guess that means the space in between the two towers will be filled soon? That's good because it was beginning to bother me. I thought all the parking was in each podium but I must be wrong. Too bad it couldn't have been underground, that would have been optimal.
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