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An Industrial Past Provides Design Inspiration for the West Toronto Railpath

West Toronto Railpath. Design by Brown + Storey Architects & Scott Torrance
August 22, 2012 5:15 pm | by Evan Manning | Comments
A popular recent addition to bicycling infrastructure in the west end of the city is a successful repurposing of a linear brownfield site: the West Toronto Railpath remediates disused industrial ... read more

Lanterra's commitment to Public Art continues at Ïce and Burano

Urban Firefly by Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier, at Ïce condos, Toronto
July 19, 2012 5:30 pm | by Craig White | Comments
As Toronto grows, so does its increasingly eclectic and fascinating trove of public art. As proposal after proposal triggers an application for rezoning, with developers typically looking to build ... read more

Flaire Condos Brings Sleek Interiors to Don Mills

Flaire Condominiums in Toronto by Cadillac Fairview with FRAM Building Group
July 16, 2012 11:00 am | by Anonymous | Comments
The redevelopment at the Shops of Don Mills brought with it an array of high-end retail stores and restaurants to the neighbourhood. The inward-looking outdoor shopping centre is gradually being ... read more

Street Style Pop-Up Shop Comes to The Carnaby

The Carnaby by Streetcar Developments and Tact Architecture.
July 12, 2012 11:54 am | by Anonymous | Comments
On June 23 and 24, Streetcar Developments in partnership with DesignRepublic and Seven Haus Design hosted a "pop-up shop" at the presentation centre for their new building The Carnaby Lofts on ... read more

Cladding Continues to Impress at Couture Condos

Couture the Condominium by Monarch Group with Graziani + Corazza Architects
July 3, 2012 12:05 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The recent intensification of Jarvis Ted Rogers Way and Bloor began with the popular X Condos, the Miesian-inspired tower by Great Gulf and architectsAlliance. The photogenic condominium’s place ... read more

South Beach Condos brings Miami Flair to Humber Bay Shores

South Beach Condos in Etobicoke by Amexon Development and Arsenault Architects
June 28, 2012 2:10 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Just beyond the downtown core is the booming district of Humber Bay Shores. The area was up until recently known for being home to the somewhat seedy – albeit picturesque – lakefront motels, ... read more

RAW Design Throws A Party To Welcome Summer

RAW'strip, including illustrations charting Toronto's intensive growth
June 22, 2012 5:00 pm | by Craig White | Comments
RAW is responsible for the design many of the buildings in this city that generate a great deal of talk on UrbanToronto. The firm likes to push the boundaries when it comes to architecture, ... read more

Urban Ravine House: A Heritage Home That's Anything But Old

Urban Ravine House in Toronto by Bortolotto Design Architects Inc
June 20, 2012 1:04 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The history of vertical residential development in Toronto, while intense, is minuscule when compared to the horizontal sprawl that has defined our urban landscape for over a century. What were ... read more

Re-Approaching Floorplans at The Carlaw and B.Streets

The Carlaw in Toronto by Streetcar Developments with Tact Architecture
June 11, 2012 3:14 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Toronto's real estate and development boom has not only impacted how we perceive and navigate the city, it's also changed the way in which we interact with our personal living spaces, altering our ... read more

Modern For Toronto's Family Friendly Streets: MODERNest, House 1

MODERNest House 1: The Front Door, image by Steven Evans, Toronto
June 5, 2012 3:40 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Native Torontonian Kyra Clarkson met her partner, Tri-State-Area-Boy Christopher Glaisek, while the two were studying architecture at Yale. Ten years followed in Manhattan where Kyra worked with ... read more

Amenities at The Carnaby Blend 60's Vibe with Contemporary Feel

The Carnaby in Toronto by Streetcar Developments and Tact Architects
May 8, 2012 1:01 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Streetcar Development's most recent project, The Carnaby, drew its name from London's famous Carnaby Street. The street was centre stage in the 1960s and '70s for London's booming Mod and Hippie ... read more

Interior Design Features of Mansouri Living's The Perry

The Perry in Toronto by Mansouri Living with Young + Wright / IBI Group
May 8, 2012 12:02 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Last week we took a look at Mansouri Living's first project, The Perry, located at Avenue and Davenport. The site model included some striking design features reflective of the boutique project's ... read more

Zhang Huan's Astounding 'Rising' Unveiled at Living Shangri-La

Living Shangri-La Toronto at the unveiling of Zhang Yuan's Rising
May 6, 2012 12:30 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Saturday afternoon saw the unveiling of another major work of public art in Toronto, and this one is simply astounding; Rising, by Shanghai-based Zhang Huan, was unveiled in a ceremony on Saturday ... read more

Daniels Unveils 'Thing's End' by Artist James Carl at Festival Tower

Unveiling of 'Thing's End' by James Carl at Daniels' Festival Tower, Toronto
May 4, 2012 3:12 pm | by Craig White | Comments
The John Street sidewalk outside of the Festival Tower condominium atop the TIFF Bell Lightbox now looks a lot more complete with the installation of a long-planned artwork by renowned local ... read more

Vote to Recognize Sugar Beach as Top Architectural Landscape

Sugar Beach in Toronto by WaterfrontToronto and Claude Cormier and Associates
May 2, 2012 1:14 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
For those of us who are starved for enough recognition of design within Toronto, we finally have the opportunity to make our mark. The annual AZ People's Choice Awards feature a variety of ... read more

Pug Awards Voting is Open and They Want Your Opinion!

8th Annual Pug Awards Logo
May 1, 2012 2:30 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
One of the more interesting, informative and realistic awards we have to honour — or dishonour — architecture here in the GTA is the Pug Awards. This year marks their 8th Annual People's Choice ... read more

Lanterra Graces Toronto with work by famed architect Vito Acconci

Vito Acconci artwork unveiled at WaterParkCity condos Toronto by Lanterra
April 20, 2012 7:00 pm | by Craig White | Comments
I try to keep the "I" out of most of what - uh - I write for UrbanToronto, but it's hard stop oneself from being a little more partisan when one becomes engaged by something and someone so ... read more

Osgoode Hall at York University Receives Much-needed Facelift

Atrium at Osgoode Hall at York University in Toronto by Diamond Schmitt.
April 20, 2012 4:06 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
This week marked the opening of York University's updated Osgoode Hall Law School after a much-needed facelift by Toronto firm Diamond Schmitt Architects. Located at York's Keele Street campus, ... read more

Toronto Society of Architects Holds Transit Architecture Urban Affairs Forum

Vaughan Centre Station in Toronto by Grimshaw Architects.
April 19, 2012 1:53 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The Toronto Society of Architects is holding what should prove to be an interesting discussion regarding transit architecture. The TSA's urban affairs forum will feature guest speakers including ... read more

OAA Announces Design Winners and Polls Open for People's Choice Awards

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and KPMB Architects
April 11, 2012 3:15 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The Ontario Association of Architects is an important architectural body within the province, guiding architectural standards and promoting excellence. It's also the regulatory body for the ... read more