I may have stumbled across the identity of this proposal. It would seem the UofC is planning on constructing a research facility here.
They are including a cafe and CRU at street level on Stephen AveMy own opinion is it's the monolithic wall, with lack of windows. It's typical of museums to cut down on windows, but having more glass and a more broken up wall would make a big difference. That and the lack of any real retail are the two main reasons I think. Having the large double height glass at the base will make a difference...if they could throw in a small cafe like the one in the Library and a gift shop in there to make it look more inviting, that would help also.
Damn! Almost wish you had not said anything.Regarding the Glenbow, the other team that was far, far into the running was from Los Angeles, and they do some really cool stuff. Can't say more than that, but would have been such a better choice than Dialog (their design is very underwhelming). It came down to the wire, too. Dialog was the incumbent, and I'm guessing the Glenbow got cold feet last minute to pull the trigger on the design team switch. Ah, what could have been.