Three Toronto buildings, out of total of ten from around the world, were among the finalists at the 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards held back in September. This year, in partnership with the University of Toronto's John H. Daniels Faulty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, the winner and finalists were announced at the UN's World Urban Forum 5, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Now in its second year, the Re-Skinning Awards is an annual competition that celebrates and showcases retrofitting projects from all over the world that aim to reduce the environmental impacts caused by cities through revitalizing old buildings, making them more sustainable, and improving their aesthetics, which taken together help to create "smarter" cities for tomorrow.

Brookfield's First Canadian Place recent restoration and re-cladding efforts earned them a spot as one of the five finalists in the Commercial/Industrial category. 

Brookfield Properties' First Canadian Place in downtown Toronto First Canadian Place in downtown Toronto re-cladding efforts, finalist in the 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards

Gow Hastings Architects' Centre for Justice Leadership as part of Humber College, as well as Joe Lobko's Artscape Wynchwood Barns were also contenders, alongside two others from the U.K. and Germany in the Institutional genre. 

Humber College's Centre for Leadership Justice in TorontoHumber College's Centre for Leadership Justice in Toronto is home to the institution's forensic and crimes laboratory


Entrance to Artscape Wynchwood Barns in TorontoEntrance to Artscape Wynchwood Barns in Toronto, finalist in the 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards

Despite the fact that The Palms in Venice, California took the top honour this year, the Zerofootprint Re-Skinning awards certainly shone the spotlight on Toronto and acknowledged our city as being at the forefront of making the cities of tomorrow a more sustainable place to live. 

What other Toronto buildings do you think should have made the list?