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Bowery Project takes urban agriculture to the street

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We live in a mobile age, the age of the pop-up. Everyone is hyper-connected with everyone else electronically, and we demand the ability to do everything mobile. We pay bills, shop, chat, text, Skype. snap, sext, blog, game, read, listen, watch, remotely control home appliances and generally live in a state of perpetual mobility. But gardening? Mobile gardening, it turns out, is not as oxymoronic a concept as it sounds at first. Basically, all plants need is soil, water and light, and those simple needs can be met just as well in a milk crate on a vacant city lot as in a picturesque garden plot on a sprawling country ... Read More »

First mid-rise wood building in Ontario a hotel in Hamilton

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Ever since January 1 this year when it became legal to construct wood-frame buildings up to six storeys tall in Ontario, there’s been a rising sense of anticipation in the building industry. Who will be the first? What kind of building will it be? Where will it be built? The suspense was finally relieved when a British Columbia-based hotel chain announced at the end of March that it would take the lead in Ontario—such buildings have been permitted in British Columbia for several years already—and build the province’s first mid-rise wooden building: a six-storey hotel in Hamilton, Ontario. The wood industry is naturally delighted. The Canadian Wood Council congratulated Hamilton ... Read More »

SkyLife suites at Islington Terrace: the best views in Toronto

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These may be the best views to be found anywhere in Toronto. The tallest of the three towers that make up Tridel’s Islington Terrace at Bloor and Islington, now in pre-construction, will be forty-five storeys, making it the tallest structure in the area. Tridel has just unveiled a collection of delightful open-concept suites on the upper floors, known collectively as SkyLife. The aerie-like suites are designed to take full advantage of the height, the light, and the unobstructed sight lines. Each SkyLife suite has nine-foot ceilings, with extra windows to take advantage of the exceptional views and to fill the suite with light. There’s a view for every preference—gaze south ... Read More »

Preview newest suites at award-winning Metrogate community from Tridel

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Tridel is inviting the public to come and take a look at the latest phase of its popular, award-winning master-planned Metrogate community in Scarborough. The brand new, affordably priced Avani 2 will stand next to its sister building Avani 1, now under construction. The two condominium towers will be connected by a two-storey glass-faced podium. When Tridel uses the word “community” to describe Metrogate, they are not speaking in metaphors. The entire Metrogate project was planned to be a neighbourhood in the traditional sense of the word, a place with pedestrian-friendly streets, retail, daycare, access to transit, and a grand central park for children to play and for holding community ... Read More »

Grand Opening for Aquavista, fabulous resort-like waterfront condos

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Water-loving Torontonians in search of a home have a unique opportunity in the new Aquavista condominiums now in Grand Opening phase at Tridel. The architecturally distinctive and, for Toronto, quite rare new waterfront community will rise on the edge of Lake Ontario, affording a resort-like ambiance and gorgeous lake views just a streetcar ride from downtown Toronto. Aquavista at Bayside is the inspired result of a collaboration between four key players: Waterfront Toronto, which is developing and refurbishing the entire waterfront from Bathurst to Parliament Streets; Hines International real estate developers; Tridel, the GTA’s leading condo builder; and the Miami-based architectural firm, Arquitectonica. Hines is serving as the master planner ... Read More »

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