Over the weekend the National Post ran a story collecting the thoughts of nine different architects and planners (including me, a pretend architect/planner). You can read that story here. Below is the longer text of what I proposed. What are you thoughts on what should be done at the site?
The centrepiece of a revitalized Ontario Place would be the Cinesphere and the five interconnected pods suspended over the lake. These buildings, designed by Toronto architect Eberhard Zeidler, are absolutely unique modern heritage buildings, unlike anything in the world. Toronto would be foolish to demolish them. Around the perimeter of these buildings let Waterfront Toronto establish a meandering main street, following the old Ontario Place promenades, and build a low-rise but dense residential community with retail for shops, restaurants and bars along the sidewalk. Public parkland would be continuous by the lakeside and weave throughout, connecting to the canals. Imagine 10,000-20,000 new residents here and a series of bridges over Lake Shore Blvd connecting to the new 30,000-40,000 strong Liberty Village and Fork York neighbourhoods. Ontario place suddenly becomes the centre of all this human action and new uses for the pods and sphere become immediately apparent. These folks might even like a local movie theatre.