Saturday, October 21, 2017

Torontohenge October 2017– Best Photo Ops

The last Torontohenge of 2017 is coming up…

Torontohenge is the name given for the phenomenon that occurs when the sun rises or sets in line with Toronto's major east-west streets downtown, giving photographers a great opportunity to capture the sun as its top edge grazes the horizon between the canyon walls of buildings on either side of the street. 

Pedestrians pose for a photo during Manhattan-henge. (Michael Loccisano/Getty)

(Photo credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty)

Although Torontohenge technically falls on the dates given below for 2017, great photos can be taken for about a week before the August and October dates and a week after the February and April dates as the sun hovers directly above the street.  Not great for driving, but quite a sight just the same.

Best Photo Ops in October

In October, great photo ops will occur before the 25th.  For example, the sun will cross, and be perched above, the street at about 6:12 PM on the 21st and 6:15 PM on the 23rd.

In a nutshell, there will be opportunities for great photos between now and the official Torontohenge date of October 25th.

The Torontohenge dates for 2017 are:

Sunrise Sunset
Feb 15           5:48 PM
Apr 19      6:28 AM
Aug 23      6:31 AM
Oct 25           6:18 PM

Cheers, Ralph

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sun Glare While Driving – September 2017

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving, and traffic safety in general. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition


School Bus Crash In Berlin, authorities say it appears that sun glare was a factor | CBS Connecticut

“BERLIN, CT – No injuries are reported after a car slammed into the back of a stopped school bus in Berlin Friday morning.

Police say the crash occurred on Middletown Road just west of Renee Drive shortly after 6:30 a.m. There were three students on the bus at the time, said police.

The driver of the car was cited for following too closely, said police. Authorities say it appears that sun glare was a factor in the crash.”

https://t.co/ithdHfovD2


Sun glare a factor >

Trial Pushed to 2018 for City Employee Accused in Fatal Whoop Up Drive Crash | CJOC-FM 

“Scott Erickson, 32, was supposed to go to trial on Wednesday (Sep. 6), but it has now been moved to March 5 and 6 of 2018.

The trial for a City of Lethbridge employee accused in a fatal collision from 2015 has been moved back by a few months. Scott Erickson was supposed to go to trial on Wednesday (Sep. 6), which would have run through to September 12. However, it will now only last two days, over March 5 and 6 of next year. The 32-year old pleaded not guilty to a charge of dangerous driving causing death late in 2016, also electing for trial by judge alone at that time. In November 2015, a 74-year old man was killed along westbound Whoop Up Drive when his minivan hit a front end loader that was clearing snow on the road. Police allege that a lack of warning signs and pilot vehicle, as well as the driving pattern of the loader and sun glare were all factors in the collision.”

https://t.co/RdNYpFhYHx


Sun glare cited >

Marlington school bus struck; no one injured | Canton Repository

“A vehicle crashed into the rear of a Marlington Local Schools bus shortly after 8:30 Wednesday morning.

No one was injured, according to Police Chief Ron Devies.

He said the driver of a Honda Element cited sun glare, in not seeing the bus, as it prepared to stop on Smith Kramer Street NE, west of Miller Avenue.”…

https://t.co/bIhewRxLLz


Be mindful of sun glare >

Lyndhurst Boys, 13, Struck By Car Headed To School | Lyndhurst Daily Voice 

“LYNDHURST, NJ - Two 13-year-old Lyndhurst boys on their way to school were struck by a car Thursday morning, minutes before an elderly crossing guard was clipped on the hand by a hit-and-run driver, police said.

The boys were crossing Page Avenue to Ridge Road when they were struck by a vehicle driven by a 47-year-old Lyndhurst woman who was turning left in the same direction, Capt. John Valente said.”…

"The accident is still under investigation, but it appears that several factors may have contributed to the accident," Valente said.

"Sun glare may have been an issue for the vehicle operator," the captain said.”…

https://t.co/aihlptsB4H


It's that time of year again, please watch for sun glare >

Teenager hit by car at Carisbrook | via @BgoAddy

“Police say the driver involved in an incident in which a teenage girl was hit by a car will not face any penalties at this stage, describing it as an accident.

First Constable Jude Sproull said the 16-year-old’s dog had gotten away from her and she darted across the road chasing it, coming into the path of a car.

She said it appeared sun glare was a factor.

The girl sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital for observation.

The incident occurred at Victoria and Smith streets shortly after 8am on Friday.”…

https://t.co/fSRKEe1LN8


Fall road conditions can be dangerous for drivers | mkaiserlaw.com

…”As the mornings grow colder, drivers are more likely to experience fog, which can limit visibility. It can also distort their perception of distance, making them more likely to become involved in an accident that they would have otherwise avoided. Similarly, sun glare in the mornings and evenings can make it difficult to see pedestrians and other vehicles. In some cases, it can even be temporarily blinding.”…

https://t.co/Jk1hB3usNt

>Leigh Buchan‏ @lives2talk:  Sun glare at this time of year is the worst, especially for those travelling west in the late afternoon!

>Yup, the sun is rising/setting more in line with E-W roads these days. Plus, clear skies with less humidity and smog...


Sun glare a factor >

Bicyclist Struck By Car During Morning Rush | NewsRadio 1110 KFAB

“A bicyclist is in the hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a car at 80th and Pacific Monday morning.

Sergeant Doug Klein says 55 year old Charles Manzitto was northbound on 80th around 6:40 a.m.  As he was crossing Pacific an eastbound car came over the hill and hit him.  Manzitto was taken to Bergan Mercy Hospital with a head injury, but he is expected to survive.

Klein says speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash and they are trying to determine if sun glare contributed to the accident.”…

https://t.co/7TjQQDs50r


Safety Tip: Battling Sun Glare | Automotive Fleet

Photo courtesy of AAA.

“Driving while you’re struggling with sun glare can be maddeningly frustrating — and dangerous. Here are some tips from AAA Exchange you can pass along to fleet drivers:

  • Invest in polarized sunglasses. They can help reduce glare.
  • Utilize your sun visor. It can help to block out the sun.
  • Leave more following room. When the sun is in your eyes it can be hard to see what the car ahead is doing. This is one more time when it pays to leave more room between you and the next vehicle.
  • Drive with your headlights on to increase your visibility to other drivers.
  • Keep your windshield clean, inside and out.
  • Check your windshield for pitting and cracks.
  • Avoid storing papers or other items on the dashboard.
  • If you’re having a difficult time seeing the road, use lane markings to help guide you.”

https://t.co/avbwEkRTUJ


Driver did right thing and pulled down visor, but... >

Norma driver cited for careless driving | via @theDailyJournal

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“A 25-year-old Norma woman was cited for careless driving and driving on a suspended license after a rear-end crash Monday evening along Almond Road, near Mill Road.

Louise A. Harris told police she was headed west on Almond Road and was pulling her vehicle's sun visor down due to "heavy sun glare" and didn't see a Ford pickup truck had stopped, waiting to pull into a driveway, according to police reports.”…

https://t.co/VJkIcDf1mc


Fall Driving Safety Tips | TMA Bucks

“Sun glare can be most problematic during sunrise and sunset, which often coincide with morning and evening rush hours. The intense glare from the sun on the horizon can blind a driver, causing an unexpected traffic slowdown. Drivers can prepare for the glare by keeping a set of sunglasses handy, removing clutter from sun visors and keeping the inside of their vehicle’s windshield clean.

Morning frost and icy spots on the road can also cause problems as overnight temperatures drop toward freezing. Motorists should pay particular attention to bridges, overpasses and shaded areas on roadways where icy spots can form on the pavement. Motorists should always completely clear their vehicles’ windows of frost before travel.”…

https://t.co/uy1BwM3huz


Glare of sun blamed in accident on County Road 466 at Belvedere entrance | Villages-News.com

Emergency personnel were at the scene of the accident.

“The glare of the evening sun is being blamed for an accident that sent two people to local hospitals.

A vehicle had been traveling west at about 7 p.m. Saturday on County Road 466 and making a left turn into the Village of Belvedere. The sun was in the driver’s eyes and he did not see an eastbound vehicle on County Road 466, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.”…

https://t.co/b1npQYkjNb


Solar Glare Blamed For 10-Car Crash On Route 128 In Beverly | CBS Boston

“The bright sun appears to be the cause of a 10-car crash that shut down part of Route 128 in Beverly Friday morning.

State Police said it started at about 7 a.m. in the northbound lanes near exit 19 when solar glare became a problem for several drivers.

There was a crash just north of the rest area and another collision followed that one.”…

https://t.co/VCAJTlrF8m


Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – September 2017

The following relate to urban development and urban design in general, and to specific projects with sun/shade issues in particular. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition


Take our Survey: How Important To You Is Sunshine?... https://t.co/M7OXNehQGf


Pro-Housing Urban Millennials Say 'Yes In My Backyard' | @Sierra_Magazine

Denver is one of many cities pursuing sustainable development.

…”Pittsburgh and other cities are taking a leading role in the fight against global warming—and growth and prosperity are part of the plan. Standard efforts include negotiating with local utilities to switch to renewable energy and beefing up green infrastructure like mass transit. In addition, a new movement, composed largely of millennials, is pushing hard on city leaders to make their cities denser and more walkable and bikeable, with green infill development, more affordable housing, and transit-oriented centers. In a twist on the popular label of those skeptical of urban development, these new activists proudly adopt the mantle of YIMBY—"Yes In My Backyard."

“Studies have established a clear correlation between urban density and reduced carbon emissions. A 2014 report from the University of California, Berkeley, analyzed population density in more than 30,000 zip codes in all 50 states along with 37 variables, including household income, transportation, and census data. It found that families living in denser urban cores had a carbon footprint that was half that of families living in suburbs.

But density by itself doesn't necessarily reduce carbon emissions. The key factor, says Daniel Kammen, professor of energy at UC Berkeley and one of the study's principal investigators, is the relationship between urban density and smart growth. "We found that if you integrate living and work and services, you benefit hugely by smart densification," he says. "But if you have huge high-rise blocks that are totally disconnected from shopping and downtown services, then you don't benefit much at all."”…

“"If you can create a land-use configuration that will encourage people to take transit more often, to bike, and to walk, you're really making an improvement as far as reducing congestion, reducing vehicle emissions, and reducing energy use," says Andrew Goetz, a professor of geography and the environment at the University of Denver.”…

“"This isn't about my backyard," says Bernstein. "It's about all of our backyards, and how we are going to sacrifice and be innovative together."”

https://t.co/SkCOAK9Ip8


Massive highrise moves ahead despite city staff recommendations | Global News

HALIFAX – “A vote by municipal councillors to move ahead with a 29-storey highrise proposal is being met with mixed reviews. 

“I’m deeply disappointed in council’s decision to move ahead with the proposed height of this building situated on the Halifax common,” said Kenna Manos, a Halifax resident who’s been actively engaged in public hearings on the development.”…

“When this building first came forward to council for consideration it came at a proposed 22 storeys, and then it came back again at 28 storeys, and then it came back again at 29 storeys,” Watts said.

The development proposal remained at 29 storeys, despite strong public opposition that came forth in hearings and through written submissions to council.”…

“A city staff report recommended the building be limited to 20 storeys because the extra nine storeys would be too much for the area.

Council voted against that report.”…

““It’s right across from the common, it will create huge wind and shadow problems, not to mention things like traffic, which will greatly be impacted by three parking levels for the building.”

Watts says from here staff will develop a land use bylaw for the site, it will go back to council after that and be followed by another public hearing where citizens will have the opportunity to provide comment to council again before a final decision is made.”

https://t.co/eQn8L4uSUy


Millennium promises shorter Winthrop Sq. tower | CommonWealth Magazine

Millennium promises shorter Winthrop Sq. tower

“THE DEVELOPER MILLENNIUM PARTNERS agreed on Monday to cut the height of its proposed tower in Winthrop Square from 775 feet to at least 702 feet to ease concerns raised about the building’s impact on flight patterns out of Logan International Airport. The lower height, presumably, will also reduce the building’s shadow impact on Boston Common.”…

The Winthrop Square tower has already stirred concerns about the building’s shadow impact on the Boston Common and the Public Garden. Indeed, a bill allowing the greater shadow impact on the two parks was signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker in late July.”

https://t.co/2lKNdBpvWa


Millennium Partners Cuts Winthrop Square Skyscraper Height By 75 Feet | Biznow Boston

Millennium Partners Cuts Winthrop Square Skyscraper Height By 75 Feet

“A downtown skyscraper proposal scrutinized by Boston park advocates for the shadow it will cast will no longer be as tall as originally proposed, but it is not because of the city's green spaces.

Millennium Partners' 775-foot skyscraper proposed at 115 Winthrop Square exceeded recommended Federal Aviation Administration height limits that influence development surrounding Logan International Airport.”…

“The developer’s proposal, which was chosen from six contenders for the Winthrop Square project, was the tallest in the competition. Its 775-foot design exceeded the 710 to 725 feet recommended for the site on Massport’s airspace map.”…

https://t.co/m4FikoVeap


Toronto urban planning: What is a shadow worth? | via @torontostoreys

Is the cost of a shadow worth homelessness, overcrowding, and overpricing? Some people argue yes. But many urban planners think not ...

“Municipal planners in Toronto face a multitude of dilemmas. When it comes to new housing, many of the suggestions and concerns from locals are completely justified, yet others are complete nonsense.

How does a planner, a policy maker and a city cut through the frivolous complaints and decide exactly where to split the difference between locals with justified concerns, the financial realities of the developer, and a desperate market need for new housing?

What is a shadow worth? What is privacy worth?

If a mid-rise building is cut down by one floor and loses 14 units, is that a fair trade if three single-family houses no longer have shadows on them and penthouse apartment dwellers can’t see into their backyard? If a proposed condominium tower needs further separation from the adjacent building and 35 units are lost, but 15 townhouse owners and 20 rental apartment tenants no longer have their south-facing city views blocked, is that a fair trade?”…

Read on…

https://t.co/rhFQ1rOEws


Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – September 2017

The following are miscellaneous sun, shade, solar and solar energy facts and comments. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition


Our monthly sunrise/sunset tables have been updated.
http://www.sunposition.com/tables.html


A few of the samples include:

12h 44m daylight in Houston on Sep 1st, reducing to 11h 53m by end of month. Sunrise sunset times here > https://t.co/wJV3mr8whE


Sun glare and shadows are @TooToughToTame at Darlington Raceway.

When the sun crosses the equator at 1:02 PM PDT on Sep 22 it will be due south of San Francisco.

If you don't want to know how early the sun sets in Toronto by the end of Oct, don't look here > https://t.co/CjjRupE4Nu


Cheers, Ralph

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sun Glare While Driving – August 2017

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving, and traffic safety in general. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition


Three-car crash in Galena blamed on blinding sun | KWQC TV6

…”The accident happened shortly before 4:00 PM. The accident happened at US Hwy 20 West at Glen Hollow Road in rural Galena.

During the crash investigation, deputies learned a car traveling east on US Hwy 20 and was stopped waiting for oncoming traffic so she could turn onto Glen Hollow Road.

A second vehicle was stopped behind the first. A third vehicle driven by 85-year-old Richard Anderberg was traveling east on US Hwy 20 and he tells officers he was blinded by the sun and didn’t see the vehicles stopped. Anderberg hit the second stopped vehicle, pushing that vehicle into the first stopped car.”…

https://t.co/9WhAvhmIjw


Driver 'blinded' by the sun before fatal collision | STV News

Court: Cheng was ordered to perform 300 hours' unpaid work (file pic).

“Ho Cheng, 32, was convicted of causing the death of Patrick McCabe by careless driving following the crash on Scotland Street in Glasgow in March 2015.

Cheng, of Pollokshields, was ordered to perform 300 hours' unpaid work in the community.

Judge Johanna Johnston QC also banned him from driving for four years.

The High Court in Glasgow heard the Transit van hired by Mr McCabe had broken down and was being put on to a recovery vehicle when Cheng's BMW smashed into it.

Mr McCabe, who was standing in the roadway, died and the recovery vehicle driver, 51-year-old Martin Aird, was seriously injured.

The incident was captured on the dashcam of the car travelling behind Cheng.

It showed the sun was low in the sky and there was significant glare.”…

“He was originally on trial accused of causing death by dangerous driving but the jury unanimously cleared him of the more serious charge.”…

https://t.co/9PwPTe6vu7


RT @the_DIA: Ever heard of the 'Dutch Reach'?  It could save lives! 

> Brilliant.

Video: https://t.co/FWdAkIo5A4 


RT @_ArriveAlive: Safe Driving at Sunset  https://t.co/35pCB5Uxl4  #ArriveAlive https://t.co/MrtvDraDcv

(The following is an excerpt from the link in the original tweet.  Well worth reading entire article! (Ed.))

“Why is driving at Sunrise and Sunset an Increased Risk to Safety?

  • At sunrise and before sunset the sun can shine directly into drivers’ eyes, leaving many motorists driving with a glare.
  • This leaves the driver’s view compromised making it much harder to see the road ahead and identify potential hazards.
  • At dusk / sunset your eyes must adapt to the changing level of brightness and it becomes more difficult to recognise threats to safety.
  • Although the sky mat still be light, the road will be darker with deep shadows and there is less contrast in colours (eg the colour of oncoming cars).
  • It will leave the driver closer to any hazard and leave a much reduced stopping distance.
  • Visibility is particularly poor at dusk and dawn because natural light is reduced and it isn’t dark enough for your headlights to be 100% effective.
  • Driving at these times is often associated with tiredness among drivers who have driven through the night or are returning from a hard day of work.
  • Exhaustion severely affects focus and reaction time, so it is advisable to keep driving to a minimum in these circumstances.
  • It is especially dangerous for the elderly drivers experiencing natural, age-related changes in vision.”…


“Safe Driving Techniques when driving at Sunrise and Sunset

Preparedness of the Driver

An informed road user is a safer road user. We would like drivers to be alert of risks, to be well prepared and able to make the necessary adjustments when required.

  • Think ahead of the planned drive, the potential threats on the road and be ready to adjust the way you drive.
  • Many drivers are able to self-regulate by limiting their driving in low light situations, such as at dusk, dawn or night.
  • Ensure alertness by avoiding driver tiredness, planning your rest stops and avoiding all driver distractions.
  • Be mindful of other drivers, and switch to your low beams if there’s oncoming traffic or if you’re following another vehicle.
  • Have good sunglasses available to you within easy reach.
  • Invest in polarized sunglasses – they can help reduce glare.
  • Avoid wearing tinted sunglasses at night, though they may be helpful during dusk and dawn when the sun is still out.
  • Utilize your sun visor – it can help to block out the sun.
  • Let your eyes adjust – The human eye naturally adjusts to the darkness, but it can take up to 30 minutes for your eyes to adapt to darkness fully and drivers should reduce speed during this transitional time.
  • Be conscious of vision changes. As we age, it is natural to experience vision changes that affect our visibility in low light situations, such as dusk and dawn.
  • A 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see comfortably over a 30-year old driver.
  • Limited light can affect depth perception, colour perception, contrast sensitivity and peripheral vision.
  • Get regular check-ups for conditions like macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma.”…


Driver in fatal Shipshewana crash blames glare from sun | The Goshen News

“An official accident report released Friday by the Shipshewana Police Department provided more details into the death of a woman who was fatally struck on her bicycle Thursday morning.

According to Shipshewana police, Joyce Keim, 75, Elkhart, was driving a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country van south on Ind. 5, approaching the intersection of C.R. 345 North around 7:48 a.m. Thursday.

As Keim's vehicle approached the intersection, it struck the rear of Mahala K. Yoder's bicycle, police documented. Yoder, 34, Shipshewana, was stopped on her bicycle on Ind. 5 in the southbound lane waiting to make a left turn onto C.R. 345 North at the time of the collision, police said.

The collision caused Yoder to be pushed into the northbound lane, where she collided with the side of a passing Westview school bus, according to the police report. Keim told officers the glare from the sun in her left eye caused her to not see Yoder.”…

https://t.co/cNO79ml1Nk


Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – August 2017

The following relate to urban development and urban design in general, and to specific projects with sun/shade issues in particular. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition


Take our Survey: How Important To You Is Sunshine?... https://t.co/M7OXNehQGf


Tower Wins In Brief Beacon Hill Battle Over Shadow Law | Bostonomix

A man walks by the now-closed Winthrop Square Garage in Boston, the site of a proposed $1 billion, 775-foot skyscraper.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

“Legislation that may literally lead to a new shadow being cast over the State House while also facilitating construction of a valuable high-rise building in Winthrop Square has been signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker.”…

“Secretary of State William Galvin, chairman of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, raised concerns about the bill throughout its brief journey through the branches and had urged Baker to veto it. Galvin said the bill would exempt the tower at the Winthrop Square Garage area from the city's shadow law.

A shadow from the Millennium Partners tower would fall on the State House for 120 days during fall and winter, "making the short days even darker for the occupants of the State House," wrote Galvin. The new shadow will darken the capitol in January, February, October and November, creating "permanent moist conditions" on State House walls and other Beacon Hill buildings and necessitating repairs to interior plaster and exterior mortar, Galvin wrote.”…

https://t.co/dWhFchIL7u


Boston shadows legal change doesn't mean Winthrop Square tower a done deal | Curbed Boston

“Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed legislation relaxing laws dating from the early 1990s that prohibit developments in downtown Boston from casting shadows over certain areas, including the Boston Common and the Public Garden, at certain times.

Baker’s move would appear to clear the way for the construction of a 775-foot tower on the site of the Winthrop Square Garage, the proposal for which spurred the very need for the change in the shadow laws.”…

“…but other hurdles remain.

For one, both the Boston Planning & Development Agency and state environmental officials are still reviewing the tower. What’s more, parks advocates have vowed to continue to campaign for protections from the tower’s effects, per the Globe’s Tim Logan.

And the Winthrop Square Garage proposal still has to get an all-clear from the Federal Aviation Administration because of the effects it might have on flight patterns in and out of Logan Airport.”…

https://t.co/df4BcTIHYU


Gov Baker Signs Bill for New Shadow Law |  Beacon Hill Times

“Gov. Charlie Baker signed a home-rule petition into law Friday that would allow Millennium Partners to build a 775-foot luxury, condo tower on the site of the shuttered, city-owned Winthrop Square Garage, thereby bypassing two existing state “shadow” laws protecting the Boston Common and Public Garden.

While the new building would cast new shadows on the parks on many early mornings, Mayor Martin J. Walsh introduced the bill in April for a “one-time” exemption to the state laws, citing the reported $153 million windfall that sale of the property would bring the city. The City Council approved the bill by a vote of 10-3.”…

“Meanwhile, the project, which is set to break ground next year, must still earn the approval of the Federal Aviation Administration before it can reach its proposed height.”…

https://t.co/bwAmDMjH4O


RT @Sean_YYZ: Detroit's new streetcar. Runs without wires along much of its route.

> Nice clean look.

https://t.co/gSAyd5kMGL 


‘Unique’ 40-storey building proposed on Rebecca Street | Hamilton Spectator

Tower

“A new 40-storey tower with a "unique" design is being proposed for Rebecca Street.”…

“Part of what makes the design of this site unique is the city's plan to build a park in front of it, said architect David Premi of DPAI Architecture, who is working on the project alongside colleague Petra Matar.”…

“A summary from the July 13 design review committee at which the proposal was discussed calls the building "bold and interesting" but notes it will set a precedent for the area.

It calls the 40-storey height "excessive" and describes the tower as "too 'chunky'."

"In general, the massing and scale of the building needs to be refined," it says.

From Premi's perspective, height should be evaluated based on the impact it has on the surrounding area and the shadows it creates.

For this project, he said they have conducted extensive shadow impact studies and they exceed the criteria set out by other municipalities. He said Hamilton doesn't have firm standards in place.”…

https://t.co/lBEnG2hy6c


Galvin says New Shadow Law Removes Layer of Protection for Historic Parks | Beacon Hill Times  

Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed a home-rule petition into law that would allow Millennium Partners to move forward with building a 775-foot tower on the site of the city-owned Winthrop Square Garage, bypassing two existing state laws that protect the Boston Common and Public Garden from new shadows.

Mayor Martin Walsh introduced this bill last April for a “one-time” exemption to the state shadow laws, citing the reported $153 million sale of the property would bring to the city. The Boston City Council approved sending the bill to the State House in a 10 – 3 vote.

“The bill passed removed a layer of protection for historic sites but it doesn’t mean the project is exempt from other processes,” said Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin. “Millennium wouldn’t be able to build this building without that exemption but it’s still fuzzy on how it’s going to go moving forward.”

Galvin said that although this project skirts around the 25-year-old state shadow laws that have shielded the downtown historic parks from excessive building shadows, there is still more to be done.

The project, which is set to break ground next year, is still under going the Article 80 process with the City, has yet to complete the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) report, and still needs to gain the approval of the Federal Aviation Administration before it can reach its proposed height.

In addition Galvin said there hasn’t been a wind study or a complete shadow study that goes beyond the downtown parks into the surrounding historic neighborhoods.

“The process is going to go on,” said Galvin. “A layer of protection has been removed, but the building is not exempt from the process.””…

https://t.co/PsWftuLHiK


RT @createstreets: Many of most popular terraced streets in London would not be permitted today if BRE daylight, sunlight guidance applied

> Interesting indeed. Luckily they are already built :)

> RT @PlanGinerd: Isn't particularly surprising. Most of the old inner cities could never be built now (even in TO)



Proud to be involved >

101 Erskine Tops Off as Work Progresses on Townhomes | via @urban_toronto

101 Erskine Condos, Tridel, Beaux Properties, CS&P Architects, Toronto

Tridel and Beaux Properties' 101 Erskine Condos has reached a major milestone, as it has recently reached full height at 32 storeys. Completion of the mechanical penthouse and the final several levels have taken place since our last update earlier this year. Cladding and glazing has also been completed on several storeys in the past few months, with the project aiming for a completion next Spring. In the weeks since our last update, the CS&P Architects-designed tower has also begun balcony glazing installation as it nears the halfway point.

As the project has reached full height, its stepped-back form is now fully visible, and as cladding progresses, the contrast in black and white cladding and window tinting will emphasize the step back for the upper storeys.”… 

https://t.co/XCJ1pEqTYX


Residents concerned about tall towers proposed in Oliver | Global News 

“Oliver residents are expressing concern after a public information session on Saturday gave them a glimpse at plans for two high-rises being proposed in their neighbourhood.

The proposed development by Greenlong Construction would see a 48-storey tower built along Jasper Avenue and 115 Street with a 37-storey tower to the north.”…

“Stantec will review and re-evaluate the height of the buildings and assess sun and shadow impacts.

“A lot of what I’m hearing… is concerns around parking, traffic, visitor parking. We need to look at how that’s going to work. Height has been an issue that’s been expressed, so we have to look at how height relates to the street and to the neighbourhood and to the shadow impacts. We definitely have to do that type of technical analysis as well.””…

https://t.co/j3IyfF9G5N


Here is every single GTA condo development set to launch fall 2017 | via @buzzbuzzhome

“Developers in the Greater Toronto Area are gearing up for a busy fall season of condo launches.

How busy? Well, 28 condo projects are expected to launch before the year’s end…”…

https://t.co/FdIZ4UAewV


peter pichler's looping towers will act as a residential hub with public facilities | @designboom

“peter pichler’s design for the new residential tower complex consists of approximately 260 apartments, parking garages, public facilities, gym and a running track on the roof. it is located in maarssen; on a main axis between amsterdam and utrecht, and should act as a social ‘engine’ in the area, which will undergo some major developments within the next years.

milan based peter pichler architecture‘s proposal for two looping towers is the result of an optimized geometry founded on views and sunlight. the starting point were the massing studies of straight extrusions that are moved towards the end of the plot to guarantee the view towards the river and the old city center of maarssen from the offices set behind. the special situation of the site and the unsophisticated orientation of the apartments within a straight extruded tower with a central core led to a slim L-shaped geometry that guarantees multiple views and sunlight.

while sloping back the L-shaped towers with the lower tower on the west side, better views are generated for adjacent buildings with a minimum shadow impact. the naturally formed terraces generate multiple views towards the old city and achieve a maximum sunlight during the day.”…

https://t.co/AlkfQkjQYg


Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – August 2017

The following are miscellaneous sun, shade, solar and solar energy facts and comments. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition


Our monthly sunrise/sunset tables have been updated.
http://www.sunposition.com/tables.html


A few of the samples include:

Torontohenge August 2017 - Best Photo Ops | sunposition-ralphb.blogspot.ca

> No special glasses required. 

Torontohenge update posted in my timeline for you @shawnmicallef @glynbowerman

RT @glynbowerman: Photographers of Toronto. Get those pics.

Pedestrians pose for a photo during Manhattan-henge. (Michael Loccisano/Getty)

“In August, the best photo ops will occur before the 23rd.  For example, on the 22nd the sun will break loose from the horizon at about 6:33 AM and sit fully above the street. 

Similarly, the rising sun will cross the street and be fully perched above it at about 6:35 AM on the 21st, 6:37 AM on the 20th, 6:38 AM on the 19th, etc.

On August 16th, a full week before Torontohenge, the sun will cross the street at about 6:43 AM at a height of about 2.5 degrees above the horizon (i.e. about the width of your thumb at arm’s length).”…

“In a nutshell, there will be many opportunities for great photos between now and the official Torontohenge date of August 23rd.”

https://t.co/yqd1Edi8nL https://t.co/5Mqs8TP2sT

> No special glasses required. 

> Torontohenge update posted in my timeline for you @shawnmicallef @glynbowerman

> RT @glynbowerman: Photographers of Toronto. Get those pics.


How Canada will see the Aug. 21 eclipse | CBC News
https://t.co/q6yKDPI8Mp

Cheers, Ralph