Though his demand will raise the cost of the project, that's a price he's willing to pay.For this, and everything else, we should be eternally grateful.Interestingly, the Aga Khan, who signs off on all plans, was strongly in favour of the gardens and underground parking for 750 cars.His Highness was concerned about what kind of image the centre will send to the population at large.Most Torontonians would have dismissed that location without a second thought; after all Wynford Dr., where the old Bata and Shell corporate sites were located, is more a drive-by corner than a destination.But once the transformation is complete, sometime around 2011, it will be a full-fledged international destination, a place for all.This time, it's about how much they can do for Canada and Toronto.Christopher Hume writes on urban development, To reach him, email [email protected] When I was a little girl, I used to stay here in the holidays with my grandmother. The house today is not even one tenth of what it was in those days. We had 12 permanent staff: butlers, maids, cooks, gardeners and so on. The house was known as the corner of Europe." Aida de Menezes Braganza, 90, represents the eighth generation of the Braganza family in Goa.
The designer of the museum, intended to house the Aga Khan's exquisite collection of Islamic art and artifacts, is none other than acclaimed Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki.There was a fifty-fifty draw as well as Bingo played towards the end of the evening.The bingo caller for the night was none other than John Pompi Gois, who of course kept everyone laughing and having a great time.While playing bingo there were also some delicious treats (ladoos and jalebis) passed around to everyones delight.Putting such an event together takes a lot of planning, time and effort.