What is perhaps most engaging is the larger question that all major world cities are currently grappling with: How to best fit millions more people on the same amount of land? Basically, there are only two answers: build up or build down. One need only to look up while walking the Toronto streets to witness the rising heights of condo developments. One Bloor Street East comes to mind, at the corner of Yonge and Bloor, yet this behemoth of a building is a mere 257 meters tall. We say a "mere 257" because there are three condo buildings - one approved, two proposed - that are slated to break 300 meters in height. Specifically, the Mirvish+Gehry West Tower (which is approved) will reach a whopping 304 metres! To put this in perspective, depending on when construction finishes it could likely be the first building in Canada to break 300 metres.
As these buildings are - literally - pushed to new heights, the development of "green" architecture will enhance accordingly. Construction materials will continue to evolve so that buildings can generate their own power through micro-turbines and photovoltaic cells. A process called "cloud harvesting" will provide fresh water for drinking. Buidling into the sky will define Toronto's future as urban planners and developers aim to maximize every square foot.
But the skyline isn't the only thing to change. We are also building down, creating more underground space or "iceburg" housing as it is commonly reffered to. Everything from car garages, swimming pools and bedrooms will increasingly be built under the main floor of residential housing to increase living space. In London, England, the city has already approved hundreds of applications for these types of additions - some of which intend to build as many as four storeys underground! The City of Toronto will need to keep abreast of this trend - and to what degree it takes off here - as zoning bylaws will need to be updated so that "iceberg" construction does not interfere with other properties, sewer lines and power grids.
Overall, we look forward to seeing the ways in which Toronto's landscape changes in the coming years!
The full article by Toronto Life can be read HERE.