Interesting. Such a stark contrast to urbantoronto. Forumers here are a lot more forgiving when it comes to design.
It's all relative. I think at this stage we're all just still happy to see projects of any kind on the go. Calgary is still hurting. Unemployment is still above 9%. Personally, I don't have the energy to hate on a project that actually represents an investment in the city no matter how middling the design. Maybe in a few years we'll all come back to this project with a more critical eye and say, "What were we thinking?" But for now, as dismal as it sounds this thing is a reason for optimism.