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City of Toronto's Design Review Panel Tackles New Development

The DRP meets at Toronto City Hall every month, image by Marcus Mitanis
April 24, 2015 12:28 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Toronto's unprecedented building boom has resulted in a vast sea of new developments which have transformed the urban landscape of the city forever. On their journey through the planning process, ... read more

Visualizing Toronto's Future: Potential Uses of a 3D Model

Google Earth model of current and future Toronto development by Cale Vanderveen
April 16, 2015 3:15 pm | by Amy Bath | Comments
It began a few years ago using SketchUp to visualize the Trump Hotel in Google Earth and quickly extended to the waterfront and the entire downtown core. Cale Vanderveen, then a high school ... read more

Public Invited to vote on OAA's 2015 Peoples Choice Award

Echo House, Paul Raff Studio Incorporated Architects
April 10, 2015 6:38 pm | by Michael Bahiru | Comments
Whether it is a center for sports-fit for an athlete in Downtown Toronto, a lakeside sauna on the secluded shores of an island archipelago in Georgian Bay, or maybe an opera house in St. ... read more

Tango at Concord Park Place Celebrates the Arrival of Spring

Close-up on Spring's panels, south side, in Tango at Concord Park Place
April 8, 2015 6:32 pm | by Craig White | Comments
On or about March 21 every year, news anchors tell us that Spring has arrived. We never really quite believe it though as Spring's most vital element has never appeared by then; that would be the ... read more

Toronto Wins Prestigious International Architecture Title

Toronto, window wall, spandrel panel, aluminum mullions
April 1, 2015 11:55 am | by Craig White | Comments
Toronto has beaten out Yekaterinburg, Pyongyang, Luzon City, and Ordos to claim the title of the World's Best City for Window Wall, Spandrel Panel, and Aluminum Mullions. The prestigious award, ... read more

Union Station Artwork Nears End of Installation

Zones of Immersion, Union Station Revitalization Project
March 30, 2015 3:22 pm | by Salena Barry | Comments
TTC subway closures are an inconvenience that are marginally disruptive at best, but an occasional necessity to allow for state-of-good-repair work or improvements to the system. This weekend's ... read more

Read All UT's Jack Layton Ferry Terminal Stories in One Place

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park, Toronto, WaterfrontToronto
March 24, 2015 12:20 pm | by Editor | Comments
Last week we ran a series of articles covering the five finalists for Waterfront Toronto's design competition to revitalize the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and adjacent Harbour ... read more

Perkins+Will Presents 'Public Space Rules' at Ryerson Architecture

Ryerson Church Street Development, Perkins+Will, Toronto
March 18, 2015 4:48 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Ryerson University's planned 28-storey Church Street Development near Church and Dundas will mark another step in the university's ongoing expansion. With land prices remaining high year after ... read more

Ontario Association of Architects 2015 Award Winners Announced

Ontario Association of Architects 2015 Award Winners
March 13, 2015 3:33 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
A list of winners has been released for the 2015 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Awards, featuring local and international projects designed by architects and firms hailing from Ontario. ... read more

Toronto Urban Design Awards Calls for Submissions

2015 Toronto Urban Design Awards, City of Toronto
March 13, 2015 2:15 pm | by Editor | Comments
Every other year, the Toronto Urban Design Awards recognize the architects, urban designers, students and city builders who shape and reshape our urban environment. The awards are returning in ... read more

Regent Park's Daniels Spectrum Receives Civic Trust Award

 The Daniels Corporation, Daniels Spectrum, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Artscape
March 10, 2015 4:51 pm | by Nicolas Arnaud-Goddet | Comments
Over the past decade, 69-acre Regent Park has been reshaped by a heavy revitalization process. As new streets were opened to connect the neighbourhood to the city, new rental, affordable and ... read more

Voting Open for BILD's 2015 Peoples Choice Award

BILD Peoples Choice Award, Toronto, real estate, development
March 6, 2015 2:30 pm | by Editor | Comments
BILD has announced the finalists for their 4th annual People’s Choice Award, and the public along with BILD members can now cast their vote to select the best GTA-based projects from the combined ... read more

Winter Stations Now on Display at Kew and Balmy Beaches

Winter Stations, Toronto, Kew Beach, Balmy Beach, Scarborough
February 18, 2015 12:30 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The recent cold has kept most Torontonians indoors through much of February, but a new series of installations along waterfront of Toronto's Beach neighbourhood are enticing people out with ... read more

Another Structure Joins Toronto's South Core Skyline

Dream House being secured to its legs, Ïce Condominiums, Toronto
February 12, 2015 7:14 pm | by Craig White | Comments
In a part of Toronto that seems to have be created overnight, another structure has taken to the sky here. While it's much shorter than its towering neighbours, Dream House nonetheless now stands ... read more

Ryerson Architecture Lecture: Nanne de Ru of Powerhouse Company

Ryerson, Architecture, Nanne de Ru, Powerhouse Company
February 10, 2015 12:48 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Ryerson's 2014-2015 Architecture Lecture Series continues this week with a lecture titled The Good Life, led by Nanne de Ru, co-founder of Rotterdam-based architecture firm Powerhouse Company ... read more

Daniels Faculty of Architecture Fora Series: Architecture Inside Out

Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Architecture Inside Out
February 9, 2015 4:39 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The Daniels Faculty of Architecture is set to continue its ongoing 'Fora' series with an upcoming lecture on Thursday, February 12th at the Isabel Bader Theatre, titled @home: Architecture ... read more

ULI Holds Urban Ideas Competition for Downtown Revitalization

brampton, downtown, urban land institute
February 5, 2015 6:42 pm | by Cale Vanderveen | Comments
The Urban Land Institute is holding its second annual Urban Ideas Competition, this time in cooperation with the Downtown Brampton Development Corporation. The competition this year focuses on ... read more

CTBUH Hosts Winter Spaces Tours in 7 Cities Around The Globe

February 2, 2015 9:28 pm | by Craig White | Comments
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) hosted tours in seven cities around the globe on January 29, 2015. Starting at 3 PM local time, members of the CTBUH took to the streets, ... read more

Interior Design Show on this weekend at the Convention Centre

Interior Design Show 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Jan 22-25
January 23, 2015 7:30 pm | by Craig White | Comments
The Interior Design Show is back for its 2015 edition at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this weekend, and it's a pretty interesting year. UrbanToronto was able to walk through on Thursday ... read more

In-Context Video Asks How Architecture Improves Quality of Life

Surrey Library by Bing Thom Architects, image courtesy of In-Context Videos
January 16, 2015 4:35 pm | by Craig White | Comments
A screening on Monday evening at 6:45 PM at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema will try to answer the question 'How does Architecture affect the quality of our lives?' As another component of the Toronto ... read more