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Living Luxuriously: A Tour of the Festival Tower (Part One)

Entrance of Festival Tower, Toronto, with the doorman. Image by Craig White
August 24, 2011 11:00 am | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
With the Toronto International Film Festival approaching in September, excitement is quickly building at the corner of King and John Streets. The newly completed Bell Lightbox and Festival Tower ... read more

The City of Toronto Valuing Architecture

Aspen Ridge Homes' Vü Development: Already Crediting Architects, image by Edward
August 11, 2011 11:00 am | by Anonymous | Comments
Last month, while Toronto City Council argued about the Jarvis bicycle lanes (and dumped them), Council quietly adopted a significant measure for valuing design and architecture: the City of ... read more

Lifetime Looking for Feedback: You Pick The Floorplan

Optional Suite Layouts at the new Lifetime Developments project in Toronto
July 20, 2011 2:41 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Lifetime Developments have a quick diversion for you: the company is rolling out two new projects this fall - 21 Grenville, and 290 Adelaide - and they want your advice for the layout of a unit in ... read more

St. Clair Streetcar Public Art - Part Five

St Clair streetcar artwork: 'Colour Transit' by Nestor Kruger, at Laughton.
July 15, 2011 9:10 am | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
On Monday, UrbanToronto began a series of articles examining the newly completed artworks which have been installed on St. Clair streetcar shelters as part of the Transit Improvement Project. We ... read more

St. Clair Streetcar Public Art - Part Four

St. Clair streetcar public art, TTC, Toronto
July 14, 2011 10:59 am | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Today we present the fourth installment of UrbanToronto’s series covering the public art atop the new streetcar shelters on the St. Clair route. If you have not already done so, you may have a ... read more

St. Clair Streetcar Public Art - Part Three

'Corridor' by Art Zone, at Glenholme. Image by Marcus Mitanis, 2011.07.04
July 13, 2011 10:59 am | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Over the last two days, Urban Toronto has been looking at the permanent art installations which have been placed above streetcar shelters on the 512 St. Clair route. We continue the journey today, ... read more

St. Clair Streetcar Public Art - Part Two

'Weather Sampler' by Judith Schwarz, at Spadina. Image by Marcus Mitanis, 2011.0
July 12, 2011 10:59 am | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Yesterday, we posted the first article of a five-day series on the public art that has been draped above all twenty-four station stops on the St. Clair Right-of-Way. If you have not had a chance ... read more

St. Clair Streetcar Stops Adorned with Public Art

'Meeting' by Panya Clark Espinal, at Dunvegan. Image by Marcus Mitanis, 2011.07.
July 11, 2011 10:59 am | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Residents and business owners on St. Clair Avenue West have endured an extensive and controversial Transit Improvement Project designed to improve streetcar service in the area. Now, instead of ... read more

The City of Toronto To Better Acknowledge Architects

The cornerstone at Diamond Schmitt's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
June 28, 2011 10:44 am | by Anonymous | Comments
Toronto's Planning and Growth Management Committee has adopted a small but significant recommendation that will acknowledge architects contributions to our city by placing their name near the ... read more

The Pugs Reward Torontonians' Favourite New Buildings

Thompson Hotel by Freed Developments, image courtesy of the Pug Awards
June 21, 2011 10:24 am | by Craig White | Comments
Last night in the beautiful atrium of Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Torontonians' love for the best new large-project architecture in the city was on display at the seventh ... read more

Toronto Architectural Firms Embrace Doors Open 2011

May 27, 2011 10:46 am | by Nigel Terpstra | Comments
Doors Open 2011 - Architectural Firms As part of Doors Open 2011 this weekend, several of the city's architectural firms are welcoming Torontonians to explore the environments in which they ... read more

Toronto's sustainable.TO Takes Top Prize in International Passive House Competition

Passive House - image by sustainable.TO
May 27, 2011 9:58 am | by Arik Day | Comments
Toronto firm sustainable.TO Architecture + Building snatched the top prize in an International sustainable design competition on Tuesday. Head Designer Paul Dowsett and his team's winning "Low ... read more

Pug Awards 2011 Allow You To Weigh In On A Growing City

The 38 buildings vying for your approval at the 2011 Pug Awards
May 20, 2011 1:07 pm | by Craig White | Comments
UrbanToronto loves a good architectural dust-up, and for the last several years the Pug Awards have provided a way to weigh in on the latest crop of winners and losers completed on our skyline in ... read more

Should Toronto Protect Its Important View Corridors?

Queen's Park viewed up University Ave. from College St.
April 6, 2011 9:51 am | by Tyler Greenleaf | Comments
Tyler Greenleaf looks into the controversy about view corridor protection, not something that had been a major concern for him, and has a change of heart when he sees the results of a study. read more

News Headlines From Around The Internet For February 18, 2011

February 18, 2011 12:30 am | by Edward Skira | Comments
Trains for Union-Pearson rail link approved (National Post) Chris Selley: City right to stop paying $1,300 to solve a $60 problem (National Post) The quandary facing Rob Ford’s budget chief (Globe ... read more

Montana Steele Wins International Accolades For Toronto Condo Marketing

Bisha Hotel and Condo in Toronto by Lifetime Developments and Ink Entertainment
January 19, 2011 1:00 am | by Craig White | Comments
Toronto-based Montana Steele Advertising has brought home 11 Gold Awards from the 2011 Nationals Sales and Marketing ceremony in Orlando, Florida, upping the take from last year’s ... read more

Reviewing 2010: Construction, Part 2

Ritz-Carlton by Graywood and Cadillac Fairview with Kohn Pedersen Fox.
December 29, 2010 1:20 pm | by Craig White | Comments
We are covering only three projects in today's review, but these are three standouts, three milestones, three landmarks - call them what you will - which despite not being completed in 2010, have ... read more

Germain Group Releases Renderings for ALT Tower, while Parasuco does so for 197 Yonge Street

ALT Condos is by The Germain Group with LeMay Michaud Architects.
December 7, 2010 1:10 pm | by Craig White | Comments
The Germain Group, who recently opened their second Le Germain Hotel in Toronto at Maple Leaf Square, have tapped their favourite Quebec-based architects LeMay Michaud, to design another new ... read more

St. James Cathedral Parish House Gets Major Rebuild

St. James Cathedral Parish House is designed by architectsAlliance.
December 7, 2010 12:07 pm | by Edward Skira | Comments
St. James Cathedral's parish house is almost completely gutted as work continues on its major rehabilitation and expansion. At one point the plan was to tear the entire structure down and sell ... read more

Vote For The John Street Square Competition Finalists

John Street Square Finalist Competition - King Street Terrace
December 2, 2010 1:00 am | by Doug Convoy | Comments
John Street Square, so named for the purpose of the competition, is to be installed at the currently-underutilized southeast corner of King and John Streets. The square is envisioned as the ... read more