Hogtown is home to 15 skyscrapers not including the 45 storeys currently under construction. Many of the sculptures have gone up in the past eight years revealed the report, entitled “Canada Rising.” According to council spokesman Kevin Brass, the development of taller buildings is all par for the course for a city clambering for consideration as a world-class city.
“There’s no doubt that Canada is at the forefront of discussion around how to create more vibrant urban centres, increase density and build more sustainable cities,” he said. “Tall buildings are a big part of that.”
Toronto is singled out as “spearheading” a movement towards tall building development across the nation. The city is home to First Canadian Place, the tallest building in the city at 298 meters, closely followed by the Trump Tower at 277.
The city and surrounding areas has also won awards based on the architectural design and environmental sensibility of many new structures. Candarel Residential Group Executive Director Anthony Wood says the recognition is what drew the company towards planning a 272-metre project at Yonge and College.
“When Canada wins the best tall building in the Americas twice in four years, you kind of think to yourself, there’s something good going on up there. And we’d heard of all this activity coming out of Toronto. That’s what piqued our interest,” he says.
He’s not the only one. By 2015, Toronto will be home to 44 high rises over 150 metres, triple the amount the city had in 2005.