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What Toronto's skyline will look like in 2020

There are currently 147 skyscrapers and high-rises under construction in Canada's biggest city. These images give us an idea of what's to come.

You may have heard that Toronto is putting up more skyscrapers than any other North American city—by a long shot, in fact.


There are currently 147 skyscrapers and highrises under construction, according to Emporis, a provider of building and construction data. And despite warnings of a Canadian real estate bubble (including our own), there are hundreds more planned.

So what sort of visual impact will all this new development have on the city? Well, there’s a lot of concept art floating around the Internet, but I found these less glamorous photos from a forum post the most interesting.

One of the forum regulars (who goes by the name Insertnamehere—yes, that’s actually his or her username, not an editor’s note I forgot to come back to) used Google Earth to generate a 3-D skyline that included all of the planned and partly-finished skyscrapers going up in Toronto.

Insertnamehere even went so far as to colour-code them:

  • WHITE = the project has had preliminary renders, but no application has been submitted.
  • RED = the project has submitted an application to the city
  • GREEN = the project has been approved, but has yet to start construction
  • YELLOW = the project is currently in sales
  • BLUE = the project is currently under construction

Check them out:


The Entertainment District is getting a Manhattan makeover:




Check out more images here.

UPDATE: The creator of these images, a rather talented 17-year-old named Cale Vanderveen, has since emailed me. He’s provided a couple more mockups based on the latest data:



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