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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.

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

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

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

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

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

Zeidler Partnership Architects, Toronto. View looking north over garden.
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