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You should never throw stones at a glass house, or so the Bible says… but how about a glass condo?
The media has been “hurling rocks” at the variety of issues surrounding glass as a material for building condos, and for good reason. From falling balconies to leaky windows, the use of glass in a City with such diverse climates as Toronto is a questionable one. With a spike in the number of glass condos already built and a slew more being completed in the coming years, it’s time we talk about the future of these towers and how’re they’re built!
On April 30th PUG Talks is hosting a discussion specifically on this topic – The Future Of The Glass Tower! It will be moderated by Matthew Blackett (Spacing Magazine, Publisher, Creative Director and Co-founder) and debated by a panel consisting of David Pontarini (Hariri Pontarini Architects, Founding Partner), Graeme Stewart (E.R.A. Architects, Associate) and the visionary that developed the “Marilyn Monroe” (pictured below) condos in Mississauga - Sam Crignano (Cityzen Developments, President).
The event is being held at 6pm at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Seminar Room 1(Weston Family Learning Centre). I’m definitely going to be on hand, and can’t wait hear the argument for each side! Please RSVP early as seats are filling up quick! http://www.pugawards.com/pug/
I’d love to hear what you think? Take the poll below:
Put your condo critiquing glasses on… it’s PUG season! The 8th annual PUG awards are only a few days, and there’s still time to vote!
The awards celebrate the best in Toronto architecture and planning. Founded by Anna Simone, principal of design firm Cecconi Simone, and Gary Berman, president of real estate financier Tricon Capital Group, the awards invite the public to vote on the best, the middling and worst of Toronto’s newest real estate developments. The goal is to inform the public about design excellence and ultimately contribute to the growth and prosperity of Toronto. To qualify, buildings must have been completed in 2011, be located in the City of Toronto, and have an area greater than 50,000 square feet.
Citizens are encouraged to “Love”, “Like”, or “Hate” any of the buildings up for nomination. The building with the most votes wins! There’s only a few days left so vote soon!
Yes, it’s true, as Canadians we are rather polite people…but in Toronto we’re also quite vocal! One of the many things I love about living in the City is how involved the people are in voicing their opinions, especially when it’s about the look of our high-rises!
Like any industry, the real estate one has a bunch of awards and competitions set up to reward builders for a job well done…problem is, none of these gives out trophies for the bad or the ugly. Thankfully we also have the Pug Awards!
Founded in 2004 (by Anna Simone, principal of design firm Cecconi Simone, and Gary Berman, president of real estate financier Tricon Capital Group) the goal of the Pugs is to give every day citizens a voice amongst the City planners and developers on what works and what doesn’t.
In total 41 projects (completed in 2009) are up for nomination. This year they’ve expanded the awards to also include projects outside of the downtown core. Pure Spirit at the Distillery, Toy Factory Lofts, the Arc and 60 Richmond East Housing Co-Operative are just a few of the 34 residential projects up for an award!
Past Pug winners include: the Art Gallery of Ontario, One St. Thomas Residences and Argyle Authentic Lofts…and for the losers we have: Hampton Plaza, Marriott Residence Inn, and Wellington Square to name a few. The Pugs will wrap up on June 16,2010 at the Art Gallery of Ontario with an award ceremony and round table discussion by several of the mayoral candidates. The candidates will be sharing their thoughts on how tomorrows Toronto should look like!
I’ve submitted my votes and now it’s your turn to either ”Love”, “Like” or “Hate” the newest additions to the Toronto skyline!