Installation view of Tall is More (Tall or Sprawl). Harbourfront Centre. Photography: Tom Bilenkey.

RAW: Tall is More (Tall or Sprawl)


February 27 – February 27, 2020FREE

We need more built space. Populations around the world are projected to increase – from currently just under seven billion globally to more than nine billion by 2050. These people are being born into cities – and migration to cities is also on the rise. In Africa and Asia, it is estimated that one million people move to cities every single week. This huge increase and influx of people poses many problems for our infrastructure – food, energy, water and space will all be increasingly in demand.

In thinking of big cities we usually think of the mega cities: Tokyo, Bombay, Jakarta, New York, London, Sao Paulo, Mexico City. But more than half of the urban world lives in cities with less than 500,000 people, in the kind of cities that fill North America. The population is growing here as well. Every year, Canada increases by a quarter million people and the United States increases by 2.25 million people.

Where are all these people going? It’s either up or out – tall or sprawl. We know we need more – and the corresponding demand on resources means we need more sustainability. Tall provides less impact, more opportunity for energy harvesting and management and more economic advantage. The answer is “Tall not Sprawl” – it affects us all.


RAW is one of Toronto’s most vibrant and respected architectural and design studios. Cited as the 2009 Ontario Best Emerging Practice they possess an international design sensibility and wisdom combined with a wealth of recent local experience. The RAW portfolio includes the successful completion of many significant and landmark structures and their ongoing work includes many buildings set to become benchmarks for design excellence. Based in Toronto, their partners in Abu Dhabi, Delhi and Bombay expand their reach into Asia and the Middle East.

At RAW, design excellence and creativity are not expensive options – they are fundamental to realizing a building within the constraints of budget and schedule. At RAW, design excellence and creativity are not added value; they are primary values.

Team: Richard Witt, Mani Mani, Roland Rom Colthoff, Derrick Lai, Kfir Gluzberg, Carsten Liesenberg, Gabriel Friedman