Explainer: LEED Certification

Toronto's TD Centre was recently retrofitted to achieve LEED Platinum status, im
October 19, 2016 10:00 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
This week, SkyriseCities' 'Explainer' returns with a look at a term that often comes up here on UrbanToronto: LEED Certification. In evaluating new developments and retrofits of older buildings, ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016 8:40 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
City officials reach for 'the pause button' on Yonge Street development; Metrolinx not counting on Bombardier for new LRT lines; Ridership Has Tripled on Toronto’s Union ... read more

Photo of the Day: Leslie Barns

Aerial view of the TTC's Leslie Barn, image by forum contributor Jasonzed
October 19, 2016 12:00 am | by Alexander Vu | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day features an aerial view of the TTC's Leslie Barns at Lake Shore and Leslie. Submitted to the Forum by contributor Jasonzed in his Drone Activity thread, this ... read more

City Marks Steps to Reclaim—and Re-Imagine—Don River Valley

The Pottery Road Bridge as conceived in the 2013 Master Plan, image courtesy of
October 18, 2016 6:12 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Above the streets, Toronto's Rail Deck Park concept has captured the city's imagination, with the project immediately hailed as "Toronto's Central Park." So far, it exists as an idea, but not as a ... read more

Mirvish+Gehry Prepares for Marketing, Seeks Site Plan Approval

Mirvish Gehry Toronto, Gehry Partners, Projectcore Inc.
October 18, 2016 4:34 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
It has been just over four years since architecture and skyscraper enthusiasts witnessed the unveiling of what will surely become some of Toronto's most iconic buildings. Set in the bustling ... read more

Site Plan Submitted for Phase Two of 'The Ravine' at York Mills

The Ravine, Toronto, by Urban Capital, ALIT, Rafael + Biguaskas Architects
October 18, 2016 1:58 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
After entering the market in early 2015, the second phase of Urban Capital and ALIT Developments' 'The Ravine' development has taken another step forward, with a site plan application for two ... read more

UPDATE: Diamond Schmitt-Designed Expansion in the Works for The Drake Hotel

Looking north across Queen, The Drake Hotel expansion, Toronto, Diamond Schmitt
October 18, 2016 11:00 am | by Craig White | Comments
Since reopening in February 2004 as part of the rise of West Queen West, The Drake Hotel has served as one of the unofficial epicentres of Toronto's indie and hipster scene. While the property is ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016 8:56 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
We "can't cut our way out" of budget gaps: Toronto city manager; The Case for Diversifying Development; Too many young people priced out of housing in Toronto, mayor says; ... read more

Photo of the Day: West Channel

Humber Bay Shores skyline at sunset, image by Bryan Bonnici via Flickr
October 18, 2016 12:00 am | by Alexander Vu | Comments
As the days get shorter, sunset views are appearing on our Flickr Pool with increasing frequency. Today's Photo of the Day shows a view of the Humber Bay Shores skyline during a moody sunset, ... read more

88 Storey Towers + More Proposed to Replace Chelsea Hotel

Chelsea Green, Condos, architectsAlliance, Great Eagle Holdings
October 17, 2016 5:02 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Just over a year ago, it was announced that the largest hotel in Canada, the Eaton Chelsea, could see a massive redevelopment with four mixed-use towers replacing the existing hotel at 33 Gerrard ... read more

GO Transit's Parking Problem: Are Garages The Answer?

Steven Del Duca Ontario's Minister of Transportation station announcement
October 17, 2016 2:45 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Maple and Rutherford GO Transit stations on the Barrie line will be the next on the Toronto regional rail system to get multi-level parking garages, holding 1,200 more cars each, doubling their ... read more

Shoring Activity in Full Swing at Site of Yonge & Rich Condos

Yonge & Rich Condos, Great Gulf, Toronto, architectsAlliance
October 17, 2016 1:22 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Following the November 2015 ground breaking ceremony for Great Gulf Homes' Yonge & Rich Condominiums, the Downtown Toronto development site on Richmond Street east of Yonge had until ... read more

Commercial Development Proposed for Lake Shore in Mimico

2409-2411 Lake Shore Blvd. West, C& Partners Architects Inc., Toronto
October 17, 2016 10:58 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Few areas of Toronto are seeing as much new development as the stretch of Lake Shore Boulevard that runs through South Etobicoke's Humber Bay Shores area, where new condominiums are now rising ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for October 17, 2016

October 17, 2016 7:37 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Mississauga low-income transit pass struggling to attract users; The intended consequences of new housing policies; Toronto needs to take one last step to reach civic ... read more

Photo of the Day: Rainbow Sunrise

Sunrise of the Humber Bay shores area, image by Andrew S Illingworth via Flickr
October 17, 2016 12:00 am | by Alexander Vu | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day features a view of the Humber Bay Shores area of South Etobicoke, submitted to the Urban Toronto Flickr Pool by Andrew S Illingworth. This northwest-facing shot captures ... read more

Mattamy's Vita on the Lake to Join Thriving Humber Bay Shores

Mattamy-built towers in the Humber Bay Shores community, Toronto
October 14, 2016 6:48 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Over the past dozen years, Etobicoke's Humber Bay Shores area has utterly transformed. The area, which looks out over Lake Ontario to the Downtown Toronto skyline, was once the domain of aging ... read more

Plans Revised for TAS Development at 77 River Street

77 River Street Condos, Toronto, Diamond Schmitt Architects, TAS Developments
October 14, 2016 5:03 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
In an area of Toronto that is rapidly transforming with new construction and development, the West Don Lands and surroundings look nearly unrecognizable from what it used to be just five years ... read more

Tower Floors Rising at Ryerson University's Jarvis St Residence

Ryerson Jarvis Street Residence, Ryerson University, IBI, MPI Group, Toronto
October 14, 2016 3:08 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The swelling student population at Ryerson University has fostered a surge in demand for rental housing in the area around the Downtown Toronto's campus. Much of this demand is being met ... read more

Ava Luxury Residence Coming to 50 Finch Avenue East

Ava Luxury Condos, 50 Finch Street East, A & Associates
October 14, 2016 12:48 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
A mere stone's throw from Finch subway station in the North York City Centre area of Toronto, applicant Hounslow Horsham Corporation is proposing a 9-storey, mixed-use residential development. ... read more

Touring St. Lawrence Condos' Front Street Presentation Centre

St. Lawrence Condos, 158 Front, Toronto, Cityzen, Fernbrook, architectsAlliance
October 14, 2016 12:08 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
When marketing a condominium development in one of Toronto's oldest and liveliest neighbourhoods, what better than to name the project for the neighbourhood itself? That's the thinking ... read more