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  1. rufus96

    Encore Residences (400 R-L) - 17 étages

    Gotta love an ad for apartments in the heart of downtown that feature views of downtown (LA)... in the distance.
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    Skyline De Montréal

    That drop off is quite pronounced. That said, my understanding is that it's actually quite deliberate and perhaps underappreciated. As I understand it, the early downtown Montreal masterplans deliberately allowed for two skyscraper corridors - one along R.-L. and the other (albeit shorter one) along De Maisonneuve. This is to avoid a cluster effect that would cast shadows on lower built streets situated South of the highrises, especially Ste. Catherine and to a lesser extent Sherbrooke and what's left of the Golden Square Mile. Just judging by how many skylines are "clustered" in form, typically radiating out from key intersections, I don't think too many other cities had this kind of vision, agree or disagree with it.
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    1000 de la Montagne (Centra) - 45 étages

    Pour l'hauteur de la tour, c'est le niveau de l'immeuble à l'entrée la plus basse jusqu'à la finition architecturale la plus élevée (soit le toit, un parapet, une courrone, une flèche etc).
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    1000 de la Montagne (Centra) - 45 étages

    I'm not the one who downvoted you, but perhaps I can shed some light as to why geodetic heights are used on architectural drawings. Typically, when going through the planning and approval stages for a project, you'll need to go through site plan approval with the city and various related authorities. They will need to see the project's site plan relating to a survey. Surveys typically provide site levels measured with respect to a datum - "0," which is sea level, and is fairly universal. This helps avoid confusion. If you can establish the level of your building with respect to a universally recognized datum, then you can easily extrapolate the building height from it. I wouldn't say that this practice is lacking in rigor. It's very much the standard. Other disciplines (civil engineers etc.) will also typically use this information. It makes coordination between disciplines that contribute to designing a building much, much easier. It's also important to realize that sites are very rarely flat, so the building will in fact have multiple different heights, and they need to relate back to the original "0" datum. I can't comment on the confusion with respect to this project, but the above is my two cents based on my experience in architectural practice.
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    Nouvelle Tour Banque (Big 5) - ?? étages

    Really, any bank expanding their presence in any city is excellent news of the holidays have come early variety. I'm not too preoccupied with what tower they would end up in so long as Montreal's stature as a financial centre is reinforced and expanded.
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    Royalmount "Quinze40"

    Je ne pense pas qu'une dynamique linguistique soit au coeur de ce débat, mais en tout cas, VMR n'est pas une ville majoritairement anglophone (légère majorité francophone dans une communauté tres bilingue): royal&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All
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    Hauteur du cadeau de Noël de Brivia (1 Sq Phillips)

    Oui, à peu près. J'ai jeté un coup d'oeil à Google Earth - PVM se trouve à +/- 38m au dessus du niveau de la mer. Sachant que le Mont Royal est de 232.5m au dessus du niveau de la mer, on pourrait permettre une tour de +/- 195m max.
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    Hauteur du cadeau de Noël de Brivia (1 Sq Phillips)

    Imaginez s'ils nous donnent 4 petites tours de 80m chaque? Juste pour nous 'troller." J'attends quelque chose d'une cinquantaine d'étages et de 185m de haut, sachant qu'en raison du niveau du terrain part rapport au Mont Royal, la hauteur maximale est de ~190m.
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    1664-1682 Lincoln - 18 étages

    We may just have to agree to disagree here. Le Mount Stephen looks fresh, I'll grant you that. But it was essentially partially demolished and reconstructed. Another case that comes to mind is Le Brickfield, during which the old building had to be demolished and a replica built. In my opinion, the facadism (this, Le Smith, 2025 Peel) we're seeing of late is discouraging, especially since Montreal prides itself on design, innovation and creativity. I could get behind a proposal like the one Guy Laliberté put forth because I find it to be refreshingly bold, even if it involves the demolition of a building with noted heritage value. I'll take a step back and reserve final judgement for when I see the forthcoming proposal and its eventual execution. I would be happy to be proven wrong.
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    1664-1682 Lincoln - 18 étages

    It's a dangerous precedent we're setting with selective demolition of our heritage. Who's to say the facades remain intact during demolition? Le Mount Stephen Hotel anyone?
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    1664-1682 Lincoln - 18 étages

    We're eventually going to hollow out every single Victorian house left in Montreal. Fingers crossed this project doesn't see the light of day.
  12. There is very little public outrage here (in Toronto), that I can discern, at the moment over this decision. Business as usual. Canada is bilingual in name only, like a trophy for participation just because you're on the soccer team. The hypocrisy is real though. The holier-than-thou garbage that we're (Quebec) treated to from the ROC every time the OQLF does something annoying but rather inconsequential is thick with irony. Sad but true.
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    Global Cities Report 2018

    Montréal est maintenant classé parmi les villes "Alpha -" pour la première fois
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    Amazon looking for a location to have a 2nd HQ

    Best case scenario for Montreal (and all cities in my opinion) is a Nashville-like outcome, where Amazon opens some sort of "excellence centre," hires 500-1000 people (i.e. not enough to destroy the existing ecosystem) while absorbing a sizeable chunk of office space. That's the real prize.
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    Amazon looking for a location to have a 2nd HQ

    Amazon to select New York City and Crystal City, VA (Metro DC) for HQ2.1 & HQ2.2