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2007 02 21
City Versus Nature: Four Nathan Phillips Square Plans Unveiled
The four short-listed teams in Toronto's Nathan Phillip Square redesign competition unveiled their projects last night to a council chamber-filling crowd at city hall. I'll have a full critique of the schemes in tomorrow's Reading Toronto. My short take on the projects is that the best provide a vision of urban life that is as iconic as Viljo Revell's admired design. The ones that fall short may have been unnerved by the Finnish Architect's masterful, mid-20th Century design vision. Ultimately, the proposals fracture along two dominant force lines: public space as a return to nature or public space as an embrace of the urban. Attached are some images from the projects.

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Plant Architect Inc., Toronto. View of proposed plaza from the Sheraton Centre.

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Plant Architect Inc., Toronto. Looking west to stair/stage combination.

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Rogers Marvel Architects, New York. View looking south towards berm element.

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Rogers Marvel Architects, New York. View looking north from top of berm.

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Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, Toronto. Axonometric view of plaza looking east.

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Zeidler Partnership Architects, Toronto. View looking north over garden.
[email this story] Posted by R Ouellette on 02/21 at 10:45 AM

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