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  1. To get 9 million for Toronto: Toronto CMA (6.5M) + Hamilton CMA (800k) + Oshawa CMA (400k) + Barrie and Kawarthas area (~ 400k) + Niagara area (~450k) + whatever is in between (i.e. the Golden Horseshoe). I would liken this more to an American CSA definition. Some of these areas are contiguous (TO + Ham + Osh.) but there's a break in the development beyond. I would suggest that Toronto's MSA is more in line with Toronto + Hamilton + Oshawa = ~8 million - a little larger than Dallas, a little smaller than Chicago. But big.
  2. Annual population estimates are out: Montréal: 4,318,505 (+65,000 / 1.5%)
  3. This amorphous blob must be destroyed before it reproduces and spawns others.
  4. C'est possible qu'ils voient l'élévation géodesique sur les dessins architecturaux (ce qui expliquerait comment l'hauteur pourrait atteindre plus de 200m par rapport au niveau de la mer) et non la hauteur absolue de l'immeuble.
  5. Renderings can be great tools to illustrate ideas in architecture and urbanism and some are quite stunning - straight up art. The problem can be that the rendering technology has become so sophisticated that really good renderings are past the point of realism and present quasi-ideal depictions of projects/urban environments. This often leads to disappointment when the finished building/product is revealed. I personally would not be producing renders while still in conceptual design. 3D physical models can be a far more powerful tool and convey the architecture without presenting the finished product (they are often built out of a single material such as card or wood, so they don't lock in the building's materiality etc). That said, some municipal authorities ask for renderings or illustrations of a project (such as a view from sketchup/revit) at the planning stage, so there's a bit of a built in dilemma in that firms are often forced to produce them at an early stage in the overall design, before working drawings have been produced, before the project has been tendered and of course, before a project has undergone value engineering.
  6. I remember passing the construction site with my then-girlfriend marveling at the tallest building built in Montreal since 1992. I also remember asking myself if Montreal would ever see another 40-floor building after the OCPM rejected the 1100 Mackay proposal by Panzini. How times have changed!
  7. Chicago is a first rate city with some of the finest architecture and urbanism in North America, if not the world, in that it's almost the essential North American metropolis. Not many cities in the world are frequently referenced in schools of thought - "Chicago School" - in more than one discipline no less. It's difficult to judge Chicago on its violent crime rate/homicide rate, because these things are often cyclical. Montreal was once Canada's violent crime capital (circa Hell's Angels vs. Rockmachines) and look how far we've come. The situation may be more complicated in Chicago (I'm not particularly familiar with its nuances), but who is to say that it won't improve, just like it did for us? As has been well documented, Montreal has been bashed a lot for some of its shortcomings over the years. Perhaps it's a reflex to do the same now that we're hitting our stride, but it's kind of an ugly reflex. Montreal can learn a lot from Chicago's approach to its public realm, architecture and fine-grained urban density.
  8. Molson-Coors restructures North American activities, moves North American head office to Chicago, closes activities in Denver.
  9. Don't love it. Don't hate it. Better than the original proposal.
  10. I'm with @MartinMtl on this one. If the application for the building permit (which is a more advanced step in project development than the CCU) is asking for 202m (which is my understanding of the document), and the building permit is granted, then they're locked in and confirmed at 202m.
  11. I wouldn't hold Mississauga up as a model of urbanity, but in all honesty the contrast of towers and mall and homes is far more interesting than just subdivisions of single family homes. Considering Hurontario (the street with most of the towers) is getting its own LRT system, the high density isn't inappropriate. Greater Toronto has developed into a large, quasi-decentralized, poly-nodal metropolitan area so it makes sense to have different residential and commercial/office clusters, especially considering how difficult it can be to commute downtown from the suburbs. Keeping in mind that the GTA is bounded by a lake along its entire southern front, it only has a 180 degree radius in which to grow, so it will inevitably sprawl further than a city/region with 360 degrees to develop. As such, creating dense clusters to support growth (and there are many of them with 'Sauga being the largest) is the logical way to go.
  12. More than likely, the windows will have a reflective coating typical of residential high rise glazing for privacy, heat gain etc., so while the glass colour is technically "clear," the tower will reflect its surroundings.
  13. Well... The Junction is pretty cool... But Verdun is 10x better.
  14. The brain drain has slowed but it's still a thing - particularly in the world of finance, where opportunities and salaries are just typically greater elsewhere. It is what it is. Not sure I'd use Vancouver as a good example of where people are heading though (lower salaries, higher costs, even fewer HQ jobs). Negative interprovincial migration has slowed somewhat over the past 5 years which is certainly a good sign. Montreal has to continue to build on its startup culture to create the next batch of large companies. It's not as if the big 5 banks (and the cluster of associated finance firms) are going to move their top jobs back, so the only way to go is grow our own companies and create those types of jobs/opportunities from within. The economy is slowly shifting to a different, more flexible model of entrepreneurship. Montreal seems to have understood this earlier than some of its peer cities and has gotten in on the relative ground floor, which bodes well. The article reads as though Montreal is some type of middling city. The word "medium sized" was used to describe it. In my opinion, this isn't the correct mindset. A big part of this game is branding and reputation. Cities smaller than us openly brand themselves as "global" and Montreal needs to be doing everything it can to reach a larger audience with the message that we're not just a good city to visit and watch a concert in, we're not just a good city to live affordably in, we're a good city to start and conduct business in. If not, we won't be taken seriously. I was walking in Downtown Toronto last summer and Tourisme Montréal was running its campaign "Montreal, Never Grow Up,' by spray painting giant poutines on the ground etc. I get that tourism dollars are big dollars, and this is just an anecdotal example, but you have to ask yourself - what do other people see us as? Little Europe? Las Vegas North? I'm kind of tired of that S**t the same way I'm tired of encountering drunk college students from Boston on a Saturday night. You want to play in the big leagues, you need to have a big league mentality.