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Focus Shifts to King Street Redesign as Visioning Study Kicks Off

King Street Visioning Study, TOcore, Pembina Institute, Toronto
June 21, 2016 3:00 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
"This is our moment, this is our opportunity to envision King Street as something fundamentally different!": these were the impassioned words of Toronto's chief city planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, at ... read more

Great Gulf Celebrates World's First Certified Active House

The world's first certified Active House, Great Gulf, superkül, Marcus Mitanis
June 13, 2016 4:11 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
A concept that originated in Denmark—the Active House—has been unveiled in Etobicoke by Great Gulf, in this case the world's first to be certified as such. Active Houses focus on ... read more

Touring Regent Park's Remarkable New Community Centre

Regent Park Community Centre, Toronto, by City of Toronto, CS&P
June 8, 2016 12:03 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Moving from the Regent Park Community Centre's north entrance, the spine of the new facility runs through the building "like an indoor street." That's how architect Susan Spencer Lewin describes ... read more

Resilient Planning Takes Centre Stage at CityVision Event

Entuitive, Southern Harbour, 100 Resilient Cities, Alec Hay, Toronto
June 6, 2016 11:40 am | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
With Toronto's real estate market booming and unprecedented growth happening across the city, the future is looking bright for the GTA. But with a growing city, there inevitably comes growing ... read more

A Sneak Peek at The Kennedys' Interior Design and Sales Centre

The Kennedys Condominiums, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, SAMM Developments
June 2, 2016 4:40 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Another major development is preparing to add to the growing cluster of condominium towers near Kennedy Road and Highway 401 in Scarborough. Back in April, we discussed SAMM ... read more

#PATH360: New Wayfinding System Launches Pilot Project

A part of the new map, image courtesy of the TFD BIA
May 31, 2016 2:43 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
"Take a right, then a left, then go about 500 feet down, and turn diagonally to your right. It'll be straight in front of you, but if you hit a set of stairs, you've gone to far. Got that?" For ... read more

Revisiting Toronto's Hidden Jewel of the Don Valley: The Sisters of St. Joseph Residence

Sister of St. Joseph Residence, Shim Sutcliffe Architects, Toronto
May 20, 2016 10:12 am | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
Perched atop a hill overlooking the Don River, Shim-Sutcliffe Architect's sensuously curving Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto peacefully rests among its tranquil surroundings, ... read more

Wood Takes Centre Stage at Fieldgate and Hullmark's Heartwood

Heartwood the Beach, Toronto, by Fieldgate Homes, Hullmark, Quadrangle
May 12, 2016 11:00 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
At Queen and Woodbine, Fieldgate and Hullmark's Heartwood The Beach will add a mid-rise presence to the northeast corner of this popular Toronto neighbourhood. Like many of the more modestly ... read more

TOcore Looks For Public Input on Future of Downtown Toronto

May 11, 2016 1:32 pm | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
"Hey DT, it's JT!" This greeting, with which Mayor John Tory introduces himself in the widely mocked #DTadvice video recently released by the City, is only one of many features of the goofily ... read more

Bjarke Ingels Group's King Street Vision Detailed at Consultation

489-539 King Street West, Toronto, by Westbank Allied, Bjarke Ingels
April 22, 2016 5:21 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Of the hundreds of development proposals that have come to light in Toronto over the past year, arguably none has garnered as much excitement as the Bjarke Ingels Group's (BIG) design for 489-539 ... read more

TD Centre achieves LEED Platinum Certification

TD Centre, Cadillac Fairview
April 20, 2016 11:12 am | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
Just in time for Earth Week, General Manager David Hoffman of the Toronto-Dominion Centre is proud to announce that for the first time ever since the TD Centre began its annual Sustainability ... read more

CityPlace School and Community Centre Revealed at DRP

CityPlace: Block 31, Toronto, by City of Toronto, TDSB, TDCSB, ZAS Architects
April 8, 2016 12:00 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Toronto's growing CityPlace neighbourhood is set to become a more complete community in coming years, as plans for a new community and education hub at Block 31 move forward. On April 5th, ZAS ... read more

Reimagining Toronto's Roads With Complete Streets Guidelines

complete streets guidelines, toronto
March 15, 2016 1:37 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
What makes a good street? It's a question that's often overlooked when we discuss the numerous high-rise condo towers plugging into the city's vast network. Not to be ignored, Toronto's streets ... read more

Foster + Partners' Bay + Scollard Assessed at Design Review Panel

Bay + Scollard, Toronto, by BRL Realty, Urbacon, Foster + Partners, RAW
March 11, 2016 4:40 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Two Foster + Partners-designed towers were seen by the City of Toronto's Design Review Panel (DRP) on Thursday, March 10th. read more

Worldwide Business: Inside Peter McCann's Model Making Studio

Peter McCann scale models, Toronto
March 8, 2016 12:47 pm | by Brianne Benness | Comments
Our sister site SkyriseCities.com recently toured the Toronto offices of model maker Peter McCann, who has crafted the pre-construction scale models for notable projects around the ... read more

Ontario Association of Architects Reveals 2016 Awards Finalists

Richard Ivey Building at Western University, OAA 2016 Awards Finalists
March 1, 2016 1:54 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Over 200 submissions from some of Ontario's brightest young minds and established architectural firms alike have been narrowed down to just 20 finalists for the 2016 Ontario Association of ... read more

Watch Bjarke Ingels "Yes is More" Toronto Presentation

February 29, 2016 6:14 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
On February 23rd, Danish 'starchitect' Bjarke Ingels was in Toronto to present the well-known "Yes is More" lecture, which included a look at Ingel's ambitious design for Westbank Corp. and ... read more

Design Matters: Bridgepoint Exhibit Announced at Ryerson

February 29, 2016 12:10 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Toronto's rebuilt Bridgepoint Active Health centre has been widely celebrated for its architecturally innovative approach to wellness. Where hospitals were once designed as austere ... read more

Bjarke Ingels Brings "Yes is More"—and New Design—to Toronto

489-539 King Street West, Westbank Corp, Allied Properties REIT, Bjarke Inglels
February 24, 2016 6:35 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
A little past 7 PM yesterday, Koerner Hall filled with some of Toronto's most prominent city-builders, as a who's who of architects, planners, designers, and developers, took their seats. The star ... read more

Architecture From the Ground Up: Alfonso Medina at Ryerson

Alfonso Medina, image courtesy of T38Studio
February 24, 2016 6:24 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Ryerson University's Department of Architectural Studies will host a lecture by acclaimed Mexican architect Alfonso Medina. Held on February 25th at 6:30 PM, the event is part of the DAS Lecture ... read more