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The Dilemma of Height

Just like behind every great man, there is an even greater woman behind every great architect, there is an even greater design. With that said, there are many factors to consider when it comes to building in the city of Toronto, and for architects these factors are as important as the visual creation of the buildings themselves. Those great designs take a team of specialists including structural, mechanical and electrical engineers, as well as others in turning that vision of a better living and making it come to life. Condos have taken over the world of architecture not by choice but by the simple factor that our population is growing. And to meet the standards of our ever growing population we have no other solution but to build up. To further explore this ever growing predicament, taking place tonight until December the 17th, the Architecture Exhibitions at the Harbourfront Centre will be showcasing an exhibit titled “How tall is too tall?” on how architects negotiate the dilemma of height in Toronto taking into consideration a push for urban density as well as respect for neighbourhoods with installations by Architects Alliance, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) and RAW Design with visual art by Douglas Walker. The upcoming exhibition best described this as “a complex network of influences beyond our direct control has brought us to the tipping point where expanding population and a changing economy come up hard against limited space and finite resources.” To give you some further perspective on what to expect from this exhibition here is a blurb from the Harbourfront website:

“As cities focus on increasing density in urban cores as an alternative to suburban sprawl, the persistent question is “How tall is too tall?” Environmental concerns push architects to build taller, yet respect for the surrounding neighborhood grounds many tall projects. How do architects manage these often contradictory imperatives? Do we build for the present or the future?”


Posted on December 15, 2011.

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