Monday, August 3, 2015

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – July 2015

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

Check out our weekly news summary “Sun, Shadow & Urban Development” at

One of our recent shadow study projects >

Pinnacle unveils first rendering of Amber, the newest phase of Pinnacle Uptown in Mississauga | via @buzzbuzzhome

With a glittering glass façade and multi-storey podium connecting its two towers, Amber will be welcome addition to the Pinnacle Uptown master-planned community. Pinnacle has released the first rendering of the modern condominium residences, which began registration in the spring. 

Located on Hurontario Street and Eglinton Avenue West, Amber will be in close proximity to public transit, schools, parks, restaurants, grocery stores, services and Highway 403...

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Melbourne building changed to stop shadows  | via @Yahoo7

Victoria's planning minister has approved a CBD apartment building after developers reduced its size to prevent shadows being cast on the state's parliament.

Grocon redesigned their plan for 85 Spring Street in Melbourne, changing the proposal from 44 to 39 levels, to reduce overshadowing around parliament and the old Treasury building…

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Stunning building >

Another one of our shadow study projects >

Stanley by Tribute Communities is coming soon to Church and Carlton | via @buzzbuzzhome

Tribute Communities is introducing Stanley, a brand new 471-unit condominium, to the vibrant Church and Wellesley neighbourhood. BuzzBuzzHome News dropped by the presentation centre this week to check out the site and snap some photos. 

The Core Architects-designed tower will rise 37 storeys above Church and Carlton Street, and features unique curvilinear architecture with undulating glass and balconies. At the base will be a sleek and modern seven-storey glass podium…

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Farrer residents fear living in shadows of Goodwin Village | via @canberratimes 

Farrer residents fear a proposed five- and six-storey redevelopment of Goodwin Village aged care facilities will overshadow their homes… 

Anthony Wicks and Stella Maoudis bought into the suburb 10 years ago and live adjacent to the rear of the site on Sutton Place…

Sitting in his sunlit  kitchen for breakfast, Mr Wicks said he wouldn't stand for having shadows cast on his home and his neighbours.

Under the Community Facilities Zone development code the maximum building height is four storeys in cases where development is within 30m of a residential block; Goodwin has applied for a deviation to exceed this.

"These are quite tall buildings and in the mornings they'll totally shadow three houses up our block," he said…

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Shadow Concerns Continue to Shadow Height-Cut 171 Tremont | via @CurbedBoston

The would-be developers behind a proposed condo tower at 171 Tremont Street just across from Boston Common recently sliced the height of the spire from 355 feet to 255. David Raftery and the Dabbah family made the move to placate local opposition to what would now be a 20-story building with 19 units total (with the vast majority of floors having only one unit) and 28 underground parking spots. Yet the equivalent of cutting almost 10 floors might not be enough for some, not in today's Boston, no-how. 

Donna Goodison at the Herald has the details: "The Midtown Cultural District Residents' Association supports a residential project at the site, according to executive committee member Rishi Shukla. But there's still concern, primarily from residents of the adjacent Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Towers and Parkside condos, about the building's proposed height and shadows it would cast on the Common, he said." …

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Nine-storey building proposed in Village | via @mytowncrier 

Forest Hill Village residents can expect the chance to articulate their opinion of a nine-storey, 35.5-metre mixed-use building proposed for 390–398 Spadina Rd. at a community consultation meeting this fall.

The application, which Walker Nott Dragicevic Associates submitted on behalf of developer Armel Corporation in April, exceeds the four-storey, 12-metre height limit permitted by the recently approved Forest Hill Village Design Guidelines and was opposed by city staff in a report published in May.

“It is too intense a development for this site,” Ward 21 Councillor Joe Mihevc said. “It isn’t very often that planning staff indicate in the preliminary report that the developer is asking for too much, so this is clearly a signal that they need to come back with something more modest.”…

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New urban design guidelines for Forest Hill Village | via @mytowncrier

New urban design guidelines are officially in place in Forest Hill Village, to the delight of local councillors Joe Mihevc and Josh Matlow. 

City council approved the most recent version of the guidelines, recommended by city staff, on July 7.

Roughly situated along Spadina Road between Montclair Avenue in the south and Strathearn Boulevard in the north, the borders of Forest Hill Village were drawn in the 1920s, and most buildings in the area were constructed in the 1940s…

Under the guidelines, certain parts of the neighbourhood’s northwest and southeast are designated “open space” and cannot be developed, while future developments are expected to rise no higher than four storeys, the height limit of the neighbourhood’s current buildings.

The guidelines also divide the neighbourhood into two “character zones”: Zone A, south of Thelma Avenue, includes commercial and mixed-use development, while Zone B, to the north, is characterized by a mix of walkup apartment buildings, single-detached houses and semis.

Other elements covered by the guidelines include building materials, setbacks (which must match adjacent buildings) and even signage and storefront width…

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RT blogTO ‏@blogTO The best cafe patios in Toronto provide a taste of sunshine and fresh air on coffee breaks

The best cafe patios in Toronto provide a taste of sunshine and fresh air on coffee breaks. While much of the city's patio culture seems to centre around frosty beers, there is a live and well (and sober) demographic that enjoy the outdoors in sleepy morning hours and into the afternoons.

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Councilman Hosts Forum to Discuss Blocking Shadow-Making 'Superscrapers' | via @Dnainfo

UPPER EAST SIDE - City Councilman Ben Kallos is fed up with super-tall skyscrapers he says are leaving Upper East Side residents in the dark — literally. 

The towers' shadows block light from reaching neighboring apartment buildings and stand out among the more modest buildings in the neighborhood, Kallos said, pointing in particular to a proposal to build a 900-foot-tall tower in Sutton Place…

"If we create a city where every building is 200 stories tall, the only people who will get light are the people on the top floor. Everyone else would live in the shadow of the rest."

Kallos also highlighted another project at 432 Park Ave., calling it the beginning of an "eruption" of tall towers. The Park Avenue condo is the tallest skyscraper on the Upper East Side at roughly 1,400 feet, or 96 stories…

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Another one of our shadow study projects >

First look at midtown's latest boutique-style condo project at Yonge & Belsize | via @buzzbuzzhome

Yonge & Belsize is a new condo development by The Biddington Group and Monarch Mattamy Homes currently in preconstruction at 1955 Yonge Street, Toronto. The development has a total of 200 units.

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Massive 524-foot-tall office tower proposed for downtown Vancouver | VanCityBuzz

A supersized proposal to build a 524-foot (160-metre) tall office tower in downtown Vancouver’s Central Business District would be one of the largest office tower developments in Vancouver in decades. 

A rezoning application submitted to the City indicates that Oxford Properties intends to construct a 33-storey, 658,687 square foot office tower at 1133 Melville Street, a large site between Bute and Thurlow streets currently occupied by a 7-storey parkade. It will have a floor space ratio (FSR) of 22.65 and be the tallest office tower in the city…

New York City-based Kohn Pederson Fox, which also designed Oxford’s nearby MNP Tower, is responsible for the design of the project.

“The tower consists of multiple volumes,” reads the application. “A step creates green terraces and demarcates volumes. A diagonal cut through the building reduces the shadow impact and creates an iconic crown to cap the tower.”…

The development site permits a tower of up to 550 feet (168 metres), but Oxford has not pursued the maximum permissible height…

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Cheers, Ralph

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