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The Toronto of tomorrow: Skyscraper City

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Globe and Mail

Like knitting, creating renderings of future city skylines is meditative. At least it is for Scott Dickson, who spent more than 100 hours working on an image of what Toronto’s skyline will look like in 10 years.

The designer has a decade of experience producing skylines using Photoshop to amuse what he calls wannabe urban planners.

For this “night magic-hour” rendering, Mr. Dickson started from scratch. “It’s not based on a photograph,” he said. “I made the sky and the water.”

In drawing the whole city, the self-proclaimed skyscraper geek tried to depict new developments in their finished state. The project required researching where the buildings belong, their elevation, the basic shape and creating an impression of the building. “It’s a bit of whimsy and a bit of fiction, but it’s pretty correct,” Mr. Dickson said. The year-old piece, which attracted attention when it was posted on Reddit last week, is missing at least 12 buildings, the designer says. “As crazy as this looks, it’s actually going to be crazier.”

He also says the perspective of the cityscape is a bit odd, because “you would have to be standing on a building at Cherry Beach to get this perspective.”

While Toronto’s development can’t compare to a city like Hong Kong – where there are more than 7,000 skyscrapers – “given the size of Toronto,” he says, “we’re definitely punching above our weight class.”

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Globe and Mail

1. CityPlace
Spadina Ave. and Front Street
There are now 25 towers, mostly condos, complete or under construction; developer Concord Adex may add more.

2. Oxford Place
Front Street and Simcoe Street
The proposal by Oxford Properties, for collection of four buildings and a renovation to the existing Metro Toronto Convention Centre, has been sent back to the drawing board, but these plans will be used to inform a future development at the site.

3. The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton
183 Wellington St W.
53-storey hotel and condo building, completed 2011.

4. Ïce Condominiums at York Centre
12 and 14 York St.
67 and 57 storey mixed-use buildings; under construction, slated for completion in 2014.

5. The L Tower
2 The Esplanade
57-storey condo under construction, slated for completion in 2014.

6. Bay Adelaide East
2 Adelaide St. W.
44-storey office and retail building; under construction; slated for completion 2016.

7. 88 Scott
88 Scott St.
58-storey condo under construction, slated for completion in 2016.

8. Massey Tower
197 Yonge St.
60-storey condo under construction, slated for completion in 2016.

9. Aura at College Park
386-388 Yonge St.
78-storey condo under construction, slated for completion in 2014.

10. U Condominiums
Bay Street and St. Mary Street
45- and 55-storey condo buildings under construction, slated for completion in 2015.

11. Four Seasons Hotel and Residences
50 Yorkville Ave. and 55 Scollard St.
Hotel and condos completed 2012.

12. 50 Bloor West
50 Bloor St. W.
A proposed condo and retail development, 83 storeys tall. Builders are in the initial phase of filing rezoning applications.

13. One Bloor
1 Bloor St. E.
75-storey condo and retail centre; under construction, slated for completion in 2015.

14. Casa 2
42 Charles St. E.
56-storey condo under construction, slated for completion in 2015.

15. X2 Condos
101 Charles St. E.
49-storey condo, slated for completion in 2014.


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