We’ve discussed our concerns about the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Committee in earlier posts: the project’s liability to be stalemated by the presence of foot-dragging bureaucrats including the King of the Hall himself, Mayor Miller, whether the establishment of a ‘design steering committee’ is an unnecessary additional formality, etc.
Last week’s meeting of the publicly-owned TWRC marked an important step towards the project’s actual implementation: Daniels Corp., Tridel Corp. and Concord Adex Developments Corp were offered a no-brainer deal by TWRC president John Campbell, which would see the TWRC put forth a much-needed $200-million in investment in the West Donlands region, mostly for environmental control of the mucky region.
It’s obvious that the waterfront project needs the commitment of private ownership for any real progress to take place, and the economic sense is obvious: Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill clean up the region, and corporations build on it, happy citizens move in. According to John Campbell, an international design competition for the site could be underway by the end of the summer.
Also: We’re feeling totally inspired by Babs Asper’s chosen design for the late Izzy’s Museum for Human Rights . The design, by brilliant New Mexico architect Antoine Predock, has been described as “a symbolic apparition of ice, clouds and stone” and “a symbolic statement of both the rootedness and the upward struggle for human rights”. Something resembling the picture at left will eventually (project completion is estimated betwen 2008 and 2009) be situated at Winnipeg’s Forks, on the site of Louis Riel’s great rapprochement with aboriginal leaders.