THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO IS PLANNING A NEW TOWER FOR ITS ST. GEORGE CAMPUS

Designed by NEW YORK-based Weiss/Manfredi Architects and TORONTO’s Teeple Architects, the 13-storey structure will rise at 112 College Street, near Queen’s Park.

The unique building will no doubt stand out against its surroundings – some of which are already landmarks. Shaped as a truncated trapezoidal pyramid, the PIE Complex will have shared rooftop terraces, and the bottom two floors will be recessed – “lifting” the building off the ground level.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MONTREAL – CROWNED THE BEST STUDENT CITY IN THE WORLD BY ‘QS’

MONTREAL13QS, headquartered in the United Kingdom, has elevated MONTREAL to the #1 spot on its list of Best Student Cities in the World. The rankings are based on the student mix, desirability, employer activity, affordability and the opinions and experiences of students.  VANCOUVER was the only other Canadian city in the Top 10 list at #10.

Ben Sowter of the QS Intelligence Unit – “For Montreal and other Canadian cities, the actual experience that people are having when they go there is much more positive than the imagination or expectation of it before they go.”

UOFT8Meanwhile, the University of TORONTO has noticed a surge in the number of Americans visiting its website – http://www.future.utoronto.ca – since Donald Trump’s election. U of T is consistently ranked one of the top 10 public universities in the world.

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/u-t-named-best-global-university-canada-21st-world-us-news-world-report

FORMIDABLE “FORT BOOK” (THE ROBARTS LIBRARY) MAY BE ABOUT TO SOFTEN ITS IMAGE

ROBARTS1Rising above Harbord Street at St. George, the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library is a perfect example of TORONTO brutalism. Named after former Ontario premier John Robarts, the building opened in 1973 to mixed reviews – many of them negative.

Plans are now afoot to add a 1,200 seat reading room on the Huron Street side of the building. The design, prepared by Diamond Schmitt Architects, features a light glass curtain wall wrapped around the west side, which will allow in 4 storeys of afternoon sunlight. The Robarts Common will be connected to the main library by a four-storey bridge. An extensive green roof is included in the project plan filed with the City of TORONTO.

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