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Richard Florida: Toronto Coming of Age Amidst New Urban Crisis

Richard Florida, image via Creative Class
April 20, 2017 5:35 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
In 2017, the cacophony of Toronto's urban discourse—and urban realities—makes understanding the city a daunting prospect. The skyrocketing rents, record waitlists for affordable housing, growing ... read more

Ontario's New Fair Housing Plan Aims to Stabilize Heated Market

Ontario's Fair Housing Plan, Toronto, Real Estate
April 20, 2017 3:55 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
With public concern and political pressure over the ongoing housing and affordability crisis now boiling over, a much-anticipated response from Ontario's Liberal government was announced this ... read more

Increasing Transit Usage: Making the 'Last Mile' an Active One

A Bike Share Toronto station
April 20, 2017 1:00 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Earlier this week Urban Toronto posted an article outlining the missed opportunity for the urbanization of GO Transit's parking lots. While GO and Metrolinx have outlined their goals for modifying ... read more

East United Condos Working Its Way from the Ground Up

East United Condos, SigNature, Berkshire Axis, Andiel, Giannone Petricone
April 20, 2017 11:17 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Tucked between Richmond and Adelaide Streets on the west side of Parliament Street, a new high-rise condominium development is taking shape. SigNature Communities, Berkshire Axis ... read more

Throwback Thursday: Post House Condominiums

Throwback Thursday, Post House Condominiums, Toronto, Alterra
April 20, 2017 11:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
This week's Throwback Thursday takes us to the intersection of Adelaide and George Streets in Downtown Toronto, for a view of Alterra Group of Companies' Post House Condominiums. Back in ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017 8:40 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Ontario to impose foreign buyers tax, expand rent control; King Edward Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom reopens after 38 years; St. Clair next in line for new TTC streetcars; and ... read more

Photo of the Day: Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex

Photo of the Day, Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex, Mississauga
April 20, 2017 12:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day highlights a recent addition to University of Toronto Mississauga Campus. Submitted to our Flickr Pool by Empty Quarter, this view of the Terrence Donnelly ... read more

Growth To Watch For 2017: Toronto Development Goes Big

Growth to Watch For paths in the centre of Toronto, Google Maps API
April 19, 2017 5:15 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Throughout January, February, and March of 2017, UrbanToronto took an epic journey along the streets of Toronto. It was our fourth annual early-year tour of the city, taking stock of all of the ... read more

Public Invited to Shape Future of Disused Wellington Destructor

The Wellington Street Destructor, image via City of Toronto
April 19, 2017 4:25 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
"It sounds like something left over from a superhero film shoot," Shawn Micallef wrote in the Toronto Star, describing the popular moniker of the building known as the 'Wellington Destructor.' A ... read more

Cecconi Simone Design Subtly Reimagines Eastern Avenue Site

914 Eastern Avenue, Toronto, by Cecconi Simone
April 19, 2017 3:09 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Past the confluence of Richmond and Adelaide—and the Don River—Eastern Avenue is one of Toronto's liminal spaces. Situated between Queen Street and Lake Shore Boulevard, the street shifts its way ... read more

Heritage Restoration Reveals 345 Queen East's True Colours

345 Queen East, Marty Millionaire, Free the Children, Kohn Partnership Architect
April 19, 2017 11:58 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Known for decades as the home of furniture retailer Marty Millionaire, the once bright cyan-blue painted exterior of 345 Queen Street East is no more, as a restoration project brings the ... read more

Daniels Architecture Lecture: Art and Architecture in Action

University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of Architecture
April 19, 2017 11:27 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
With computer simulation and new environmental technology having a growing impact on the way we design and interact with our built form, the University of Toronto's Daniels Faculty of ... read more

Explainer: Daylighting

Daylighted Saw Mill River in Yonkers, New York, previously buried under a parkin
April 19, 2017 10:01 am | by Alexander Vu | Comments
With the growth of urbanization, the challenge of maintaining a healthy, sustainable environment has been at the forefront for cities around the world. This week, our 'Explainer' looks at ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017 8:36 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Governments rule out housing measures that would boost Toronto demand; Scarborough RT vehicles need repairs to avoid ‘catastrophic’ corrosion failures; Toronto residents ... read more

Photo of the Day: Dense Cityscape

Photo of the Day, Toronto, Sixty Colborne, construction
April 19, 2017 12:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day features a west-facing view of Downtown Toronto captured from a condominium unit in the Distillery District. Submitted to the Sixty Colborne Forum thread by contributor ... read more

Siamak Hariri's TED Talk: How Do You Build a Sacred Space?

Siamak Hariri, Hariri Pontarini Architects, TED Talk, Bahá'í Temple
April 18, 2017 5:30 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
"The school of architecture that I studied at some 30 years ago happened to be across the street from the wonderful art gallery designed by the great architect Louis Kahn. I love the building, and ... read more

Inside Brampton's Newly Opened Peel Memorial Health Centre

Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, Brampton, Ontario
April 18, 2017 4:56 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Last week, Brampton's Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness officially opened amidst Provincial fanfare. Located on John Street a few blocks east of Brampton's Downtown Main and ... read more

Rise Condos Growing Tall at Bathurst and St. Clair

Rise Condos, Reserve Properties, Graziani + Corazza Architects, Toronto
April 18, 2017 3:03 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Construction is well underway at the Bathurst and St. Clair site of Reserve Properties' Rise Condos, and the 21-storey, Graziani + Corazza Architects-designed tower now stakes a ... read more

One Tower Approved, One Left Behind on Widmer Street

Plaza, Quadrangle Architects, Theatre District Condos, 30 Widmer, Toronto
April 18, 2017 11:42 am | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
More drama played out at the OMB last month as a pair of side-by-side towers on Widmer Street in Toronto's Entertainment District contemplated their fate in negotiations with the City. The towers ... read more

Metro to Open 'Food Basics' Supermarket at Fuse Condos

Fuse Condos, Fuse2, Barrett, Burka, Neudorfer, Toronto
April 18, 2017 10:07 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Residents are now occupying Neudorfer Corporation's Fuse Condos as late-stage construction progresses on the second phase in the project, Fuse2, in Toronto's Wallace-Emerson ... read more