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2008 02 11
Architecture Criticism Is A Beach
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When Waterfront Toronto announced that Claud Cormier Architects' Sugar Beach" had won the Jarvis Street Slip competition, we should have known trouble was coming. This weekend it arrived with Christopher Hume's more than scathing review of the decision. Hume doesn't hold back, and goes as far as suggesting that the competition was anything but fair:
But, the TWRC brain trust would argue, the decision was made by an expert jury assembled for the purpose. Therein lies the problem; the four-member panel was made up largely of insiders. The chair, for example, Toronto architect Siamak Hariri, belongs to the waterfront design review board as does another jury member, local architect Peter Clewes. Hariri and Cormier worked together on HtO, along with a second competitor, Toronto landscape architect Janet Rosenberg, also a member of the board.

[email this story] Posted by R Ouellette on 02/11 at 02:09 PM

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