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    A proposal from atlantic Canada that I would love to see replicated here in many many areas, bang on.


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    Seeing this thread made inspired me to revisit an old pastime of mine, drawing up hypothetical proposals for needy sites.

    This one is a replacement for the down-on-its-luck three story between the birks building and the new wee book inn building.




    GROUND FLOOR



    TYPICAL UPPER FLOOR



    SOUTH ELEVATION

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    That is great!!! Stands out I love it!

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    ^its a very funny lot they have to work with, with the C-Train taking up a chunk of it, I think that's driven the shape. Not sure what they plan with the old library.

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    Edmonton's own One King West!



    https://www.raisethehammer.org/stati...m_front_st.jpg

    Still one of my favourite buildings in TO.
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    ^I've stayed there a lot. Isn't it infamous for having the glass fall off it, lol?

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    Not sure what modifications would be needed for a snowy environment, but I sure like the concept:

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    Quote Originally Posted by whyteknight View Post
    Seeing this thread made inspired me to revisit an old pastime of mine, drawing up hypothetical proposals for needy sites.

    This one is a replacement for the down-on-its-luck three story between the birks building and the new wee book inn building.


    Put me down for one unit, please...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dialog View Post
    Edmonton's own One King West!



    https://www.raisethehammer.org/stati...m_front_st.jpg

    Still one of my favourite buildings in TO.
    One King West is awesome. Love the building and the hotel is great too. I have stayed twice now and each time had a phenomenal stay.

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    Frank Gehry Thinks Architecture Today is Pure S***
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundance View Post
    Frank Gehry Thinks Architecture Today is Pure S***
    http://gizmodo.com/frank-gehry-think...***-1649914255
    Gehry must have been in Edmonton recently??

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    ^lol, he didn't say 100% (jk...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayBee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whyteknight View Post
    Seeing this thread made inspired me to revisit an old pastime of mine, drawing up hypothetical proposals for needy sites.

    This one is a replacement for the down-on-its-luck three story between the birks building and the new wee book inn building.


    Put me down for one unit, please...
    Not me. Looks like the interiors would be too dark for my liking and looks to forego the opportunity to provide views and light from the sides. I imagine the view from inside would be similar to looking out towards a tunnel's opening. Now if it provided light down the centre where the elevators and stairs are, and that could come in the units doors, then that might make it nicer in my view.

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    Hmm reminds me of a Playstation 2

    http://www.buymytronics.com/products/4319_300.jpg

    Another problem asides then sunlight is economics you have to go up very high to make any sort of payback, the amount of space used for the elevators and stairs take up a huge percentage of each floor. In your idea you could have 2 units per floor with a lot of constraints on every unit's floor plans.
    But there are tons of sliver buildings out there typically where lot prices are high.

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    I don't think there would be any lack of natural light for this building; would far exceed minimums especially if the windows were floor to ceiling

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    Slick. Looks like plenty of light. Those are great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    A proposal from atlantic Canada that I would love to see replicated here in many many areas, bang on.


    (http://static.wixstatic.com/media/f8...0_0.00_jpg_srz)
    Yes please. Would love to see a number of these in the Quarters area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajs View Post
    Slick. Looks like plenty of light. Those are great.
    I don't know. The three exterior vertical slats in front of each unit look great but would you want to look our your window with those 'blinders' drastically narrowing your view - and in my mind drastically reducing light coming into the unit by shading the sunlight?

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    What I love about this tower is it resembles a grain elevator; how appropriate to have this here...

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    How about some modern art deco in the form of the Wells Fargo tower in Minneapolis, one of my favs!!!


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    There are tons of world class cities that don't have natural beauty like mountains or rolling, high and low terrain or boat loads of natural foliage and some cities that even have more snow during their winter months than they'd prefer. With beautiful buildings you could change the look and feel of a neighborhood or even a whole city.

    I like the look of stone buildings, old architecture ranging anywhere from 100 years ago to several hundred years ago. They look classy and add character. Mix in stone or brick buildings at the base (first couple of stories) then glass above that and you get a good mix of two different styles.

    But whatever building styles are chosen they must have lots of foliage on the property like trees, bushes, grass no matter how small the area it consumes and keep them all trimmed and clean. Adding greenery makes buildings look alive, adds a fresh look to them, changes the ambiance or vibe of a neighborhood. If you don't believe me, take a drive through Downtown Seattle or Downtown Vancouver and you'll see few or no tall trees, just small but kept trees and hedges of cedar or some other plant that doesn't lose its color in the winter.

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    Jasper Avenue between 106-107st please and thank you.


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    ^

    That's not eye pleasing to me. If we want more trees, we should designate more city blocks to be parks only, and increase the setbacks required on lots.

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    Can we please have a building made with glass bricks!

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    Funny coincidence, I was researching uses for solid glass blocks just last week. (I found some cheap but couldn't find any really creative uses of them via many google images searches.) This though is fantastic, but new, more modern might be really cool.

    So, where could a solid glass block building work great in Edmonton?
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    Developers, could you please build attractive row houses with front facing garages that look similar to this?


    Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/353739814962682/
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasH View Post
    Developers, could you please build attractive row houses with front facing garages that look similar to this?


    Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/353739814962682/
    The style is obviously different, but I think these are pretty close to what you're looking for:
    http://averton.ca/ab/communities/pivot
    They have some more traditional versions of the same concept in other neighbourhoods.

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    The modern version looks good as well!
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    Edmonton needs a bunch of that housing type in and around downtown, Oliver, Whyte/Old Strathcona, etc. It's a housing type that has been almost totally neglected in Edmonton.

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    most places where townhouses make sense as infill have back lanes so you'll see more of that. I don't see why you couldn't have a front street that looks like that minus the garage and the back looks like that minus one floor, though.

    Most of our front-garage neighbourhoods are still a ways away from seeing significant redevelopment so it will be a while before something like that with a front garage might work. Keep in mind that for a double garage you need a 25' lot and you can build a detached house on that.

    There are some rules that do make it hard to build row housing and those need to change. Hopefully we see more in Blatchford.
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