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Abacus Lofts Creates the Unconventional from the Ordinary

Abacus Lofts, DAZ, RAW Design, Quadrangle Architects, Richard Witt, Toronto
October 9, 2015 11:07 am | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
Abacus Lofts, the dramatic mid-rise condo building that has risen on Dundas West near Ossington, was recently completed and occupied this year to much fanfare. The 8-storey, 39-unit DAZ ... read more

Winners Announced for 2015 OHBA Awards of Distinction

Empire's flagship community, Eau du Soleil, is now under construction in Toronto
October 6, 2015 1:15 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
On September 28th, the winners of the 2015 Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) Awards of Distinction were announced at the prestigious Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, with awards being given ... read more

Winter Stations Design Competition Returns for Winter 2016

Winter Stations Competition, RAW Architects, Ferris+Associates, Curio, Toronto
October 2, 2015 2:55 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
As the temperature drops and the warmth of summer fades into a distant memory, Torontonians will at least have one thing to look forward to this winter. The Winter Stations Design Competition is ... read more

U of T Looks to Revitalize St. George Campus With New Landscape

Landmark Quality Innovative Design Competition, University of Toronto
September 29, 2015 5:33 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The University of Toronto has long been contemplating the improvement of the grounds of their main St. George Campus in Downtown Toronto, and recently launched a process to pick a design team to ... read more

Ryerson Architecture Lecture: Nasrine Seraji

Endlesshaus by Atelier Seraji Architectes et Associés
September 22, 2015 4:28 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Ryerson University's Department of Architectural Science is kicking off its 2015-2016 lecture series this Thursday, September 24, with a lecture from Nasrine Seraji of Paris-based firm Atelier ... read more

Winners Announced for the 2015 Toronto Urban Design Awards

Toronto Urban Design Awards, 2015, Toronto, Jennifer Keesmaat
September 18, 2015 10:30 am | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
There was an air of pride and optimism in the room at this year's Toronto Urban Design Awards gala, as the winners of the biennial award were announced and proudly took to the stage to accept ... read more

ACO NextGen Design Charrette to Re-Envision Christie Pits Park

ACO NextGen 4th Annual Design Charette, Christie Pits Park, Toronto
September 14, 2015 2:48 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Architectural Conservancy Ontario’s (ACO) NextGen group—a resource for students and emerging professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, landscape architecture, built history, and ... read more

WZMH Architects and Pellow + Associates Merge Practices

WZMH, Pellow, Oxford Properties, Les Promenades Gatineau
September 1, 2015 4:10 pm | by Editor | Comments
Acclaimed Toronto-based firm WZMH Architects, known for office, institutional and highrise residential work across Canada and around the globe, has merged practices with pellow + associates, a ... read more

Ryerson's Cocker Gallery to Host Toronto City Hall Design Exhibit

Toronto City Hall Competition Models
August 31, 2015 3:15 pm | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
Open from September 1 to October 9, the Paul H. Cocker Gallery at Ryerson University will be hosting a special architectural exhibit, Shaping Canadian Modernity: The 1958 Toronto City Hall and ... read more

CastConnex Talks Innovative Engineering Solutions for Buildings

CastConnex, Toronto, High Strength Connector
August 19, 2015 7:20 pm | by Edvard Bruun | Comments
We recently sat down with Carlos de Oliveira and Michael Gray, co-founders of the structural engineering company CastConnex, to talk about why their casted connections are so innovative and how ... read more

Playground Meets Public Art at New Exhibition Place Splash Pad

Exhibition Place Splash Pad, City of Toronto, terraplan
August 13, 2015 6:56 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
With the Pan Am Games having come and gone, and the Parapan Am Games coming to a close in a couple of days, Toronto's summer spectacles are nearly behind us, leaving in their wake an opportunity ... read more

Toronto of the Future Continues Thursday and Friday at Metro Hall

A display by WZMH Architects includes a 100-storey tower envisioned on the Redpa
June 3, 2015 5:59 pm | by Craig White | Comments
If you have not been out to see the Toronto of the Future exhibition in the rotunda at Metro Hall yet, you have two more days to do so, with the space open as of 9 AM both Thursday and Friday, and ... read more

The One's Design Evolves

May 28, 2015 1:30 pm | by Craig White | Comments
As mentioned in our most recent article from May 20 on the subject, the design of 'The One', an 80-storey retail and residential skyscraper which would become Canada's tallest building, is ... read more

iQ Office Suites Launches Second Location at 250 University

250 University Avenue, image by Marcus Mitanis
May 25, 2015 12:00 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Hot off their success in the Dineen Building at Yonge and Temperance Streets, iQ Office Suites has launched their second location at 250 University Avenue. The former Bank of Canada building ... read more

Runnymede Chapters Re-Opened as a Shoppers Drug Mart

The Runnymede, Shoppers Drug Mart
May 14, 2015 3:48 pm | by Michael Bahiru | Comments
Located on Bloor Street West at Runnymede Road, the historic Runnymede Theatre has been a part of Bloor West Village for 88 years. First built in 1927, the Runnymede was utilized as a vaudeville ... read more

2015 OAA Awards Presented Recently at Gala Event

2015 OAA Awards
May 14, 2015 3:24 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Some of this province's leading architecture firms were honoured at The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Awards, held on Friday, May 8th. The event, with internationally renowned ... read more

2015 NXT City Prize Competition Kicks Off

NXT City Prize, Toronto
May 5, 2015 3:37 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
As Toronto continues to experience tremendous growth, both the quality and quantity of our public spaces are becoming increasingly important to Torontonians' quality of life. The ability to draw ... read more

Toronto Pan Am Sport Centre Awarded LEED Gold Certification

NORR Architects, University of Toronto, City of Toronto, PCL
April 28, 2015 1:00 pm | by Michael Bahiru | Comments
With the Pan Am Games just around the corner, more and more places and buildings are gearing up for the games. Among the many locations where the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games will take place is the ... read more

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