Sell-out crowd for Toronto Storeys’ Evening of Architecture

On June 14 2017 Toronto Storeys hosted a sold out event at the Gladstone Hotel in downtown Toronto. The event was hosted by celebrated columnist Christopher Hume and was a rountable discussion with famous Toronto architects in regard to Toronto development.

Toronto Storeys hosted a sold-out event at the Gladstone Hotel in downtown Toronto bringing together some of the city’s most renowned architects. Moderated by celebrated columnist Christopher Hume, the roundtable discussion covered many of the industry’s most talked-about issues. The transcript of the event is below.

In one of the most buzzed-about events of the summer, Toronto’s leading architects came together for a fascinating roundtable discussion to talk about the many exciting and controversial facets of architecture in Toronto, a city so compelling in its building design and construction.

On June 14, Toronto Storeys presented its inaugural Toronto Storeys Salon: An Evening of Architecture, featuring panelists Shirley Blumberg (KPMB Architects), Don Schmitt (Diamond Schmitt Architects), Peter Clewes (architectsAlliance), Babak Eslahjou (CORE Architects) and Roland Rom Colthoff (RAW Design), and moderated by foremost urban affairs columnist Christopher Hume.

Response was strong, and the sold-out event at the Gladstone Hotel united some of the brightest, most well-respected minds in the industry with an audience of passionate real estate aficionados looking to hear the latest from those in the know.

What transpired on stage was a captivating discussion led by Hume, who writes regularly for Toronto Storeys as well as the Toronto Star, which covered all facets of the industry and the many issues under public scrutiny, as well as points not typically spoken about beyond closed-door settings.

Topics ranged from Toronto’s “fear of heights”, the threat of nimbyism, the role of city planning, public space and podium issues and design innovations. Heated and charged at times, the chat challenged existing norms and made arguments that had the crowd chiming in.

The event, free of charge, is expected to be the first in a series of informal, public discussions about issues related to the city’s real estate scene.  Toronto Storeys Salon: An Evening of Architecture was generously sponsored by premier Toronto developer and builder Collecdev. Keep watch on Toronto Storeys for the next event.

The roundtable discussion in its entirety can be heard below

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