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Doors Open: Previewing Walks, Talks, and Special Events

The participating studios/buildings, image courtesy of Doors Open Toronto
May 26, 2016 4:58 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
This weekend, Doors Open returns to Toronto for the 17th time. Ahead of the annual event, UrbanToronto is previewing some of this year's must-see attractions. Last week, we introduced the ... read more

Throwback Thursday: BMO Field

Throwback Thursday, BMO Field, Toronto
May 26, 2016 10:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
For two consecutive years, Toronto's BMO Field has undergone dramatic transformations. The soccer stadium underwent a major expansion of capacity that was completed in May 2015, followed ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016 8:49 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Toronto’s new Cycling Network Plan: What’s in store for Scarborough?; ‘Waterfront reset’ examines way to extend transit to new neighbourhoods along the ... read more

Exec Committee Clears Expo 2025 Feasibility Study to Proceed

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam speaks at press event, Expo 2025, Marcus Mitanis
May 25, 2016 11:42 am | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
A movement led by notable city builders and leaders to bid for the 2025 World Expo prompted the Executive Committee on Tuesday to move forward on pre-bid work. Hosted every five years, the Expo ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for May 25, 2016

May 25, 2016 8:12 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Toronto’s lost architecture; Debate over new Toronto ward boundaries delayed until October; Ontario's affordable housing wait list grows; and more news Toronto’s lost ... read more

Toronto Event Showcases Shortlisted Projects for 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

New Power Station, Erginoglu & Calislar, Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Baku
May 24, 2016 11:00 am | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture has been recognizing excellence in design for nearly 40 years, and this year's line-up of shortlisted projects is no exception. At a special event this past ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016 9:22 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Justin Trudeau to look into 'next steps' if Toronto bids for World Expo 2025; Amid development boom, Queens Quay East LRT running late; Does Toronto hate marathons?; and ... read more

Toronto City Builders Debate Bid for Expo 2025

Toronto sign, Pan Am Games, Expo 2025, image by Marcus Mitanis
May 20, 2016 4:42 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
The legacy of the Pan Am Games and its contribution to city building and civic pride are just now being realized in full, but influential politicians and development professionals are already ... read more

17th Annual Doors Open Toronto Focuses on Adaptive Reuse

May 20, 2016 12:00 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
"Re-used, Re-visited, and Revised." In a quickly changing architectural—and cultural—milieu, preserving and adapting built form of the past is a complex and contentious issue. As new development ... read more

2016 Governor General's Architecture Medal Recipients Feature Four GTA Projects

Bridgepoint Hospital, KPMB, Stantec, Diamond Schmitt, HDR, Toronto
May 20, 2016 11:00 am | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
On May 19, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Council for the Arts announced the 2016 winners of the Governor General's Medals in Architecture. The prestigious ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016 8:30 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Bombardier details new production schedule for long-delayed TTC streetcars; Ontario Architects disappointed by province's new culture strategy; “Canstruction” delivers big ... read more

Throwback Thursday: Thompson Hotel

Throwback Thursday, Thompson Hotel, International Harvester Building, Toronto
May 19, 2016 10:11 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
This week's Throwback Thursday takes us to the intersection of Bathurst and Wellington in Toronto's King West neighbourhood. Back on February 27, 2006, the 1940-built Streamline Moderne style ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016 9:24 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Province should help build affordable housing in Toronto; Three Myths Used to Argue Against Toronto Bike Lanes; Mississauga gives Uber one week to shut down; and more ... read more

Relocated Peace Garden Rededicated at Nathan Phillips Square

Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization, Toronto, Peace Garden
May 18, 2016 3:52 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
It has been almost 32 years since the creation of Toronto's Peace Garden at Nathan Phillips Square. The brainchild of local religious figure Father Massey Lombardi, the garden was conceived in ... read more

Neptis Responds to Proposed Growth Plan Amendments

Suburban sprawl in Mississauga, Growth Plan Golden Horseshoe, Neptis, Jasonzed
May 18, 2016 2:42 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
The Neptis Foundation—a Toronto-based charitable organization which conducts and disseminates research about Canada's urban regions—has released their response to proposed amendments of ... read more

CANstruction Raises 63,000 Pounds for Daily Bread Food Bank

EmojiCAN, image by Jack Landau
May 18, 2016 1:42 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Following Monday's grueling 7-hour build night, Tuesday evening saw the participants of Toronto's 17th annual CANstruction rewarded for their hard work. Hosted by City tv's Francis D'Souza, last ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016 8:22 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Province to give cities new affordable housing powers; Tunnelling beneath Eglinton Ave. for the Crosstown LRT; How Toronto’s Newly Proposed Wards Will Shake Up the City; ... read more

Open House Tonight for St. George Campus Secondary Plan

The campus' proposed character areas, image courtesy of the University of Toront
May 17, 2016 3:35 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The University of Toronto is hosting an open house to review the new Secondary Plan proposed for the St. George Campus. Replacing a plan adopted in 1997, the new Secondary Plan is being drafted to ... read more

A Sneak Peek at the 17th Annual CANstruction Competition

CANstruction 2016, Daily Bread Food Bank, Toronto
May 17, 2016 11:42 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Late into the evening yesterday, teams of designers, architects and engineers were applying their creativity and ingenuity to combat hunger in an unconventional way. The lobbies of the TD ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for May 17, 2016

May 17, 2016 9:01 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Toronto report looks at building better parks; City committee backs off on bike-lane studies; Toronto’s landlord licensing plan faces its first test as tenants rally ... read more