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, Storeys presented its inaugural 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 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. Storeys Salon: An Evening of Architecture was generously sponsored by premier Toronto developer and builder Collecdev. Keep watch on Storeys for the next event.
The roundtable discussion in its entirety can be heard below