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Pedestrians head for work among the highrise buildings at Spadina Avenue and Bremner Boulevard in Toronto.Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

Like knitting, creating renderings of future city skylines is meditative. At least it is for Scott Dickson, who spent more than 100 hours working on an image of what Toronto's skyline will look like in 10 years.

The designer has a decade of experience producing skylines using Photoshop to amuse what he calls wannabe urban planners.

For this "night magic-hour" rendering, Mr. Dickson started from scratch. "It's not based on a photograph," he said. "I made the sky and the water."

In drawing the whole city, the self-proclaimed skyscraper geek tried to depict new developments in their finished state. The project required researching where the buildings belong, their elevation, the basic shape and creating an impression of the building. "It's a bit of whimsy and a bit of fiction, but it's pretty correct," Mr. Dickson said. The year-old piece, which attracted attention when it was posted on Reddit last week, is missing at least 12 buildings, the designer says. "As crazy as this looks, it's actually going to be crazier."

He also says the perspective of the cityscape is a bit odd, because "you would have to be standing on a building at Cherry Beach to get this perspective."

While Toronto's development can't compare to a city like Hong Kong – where there are more than 7,000 skyscrapers – "given the size of Toronto," he says, "we're definitely punching above our weight class."

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