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Bruce Kuwabara speaks at UofT's Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

KPMB, Rotman School of Management, Toronto
January 21, 2013 5:55 pm | by Stephanie Calvet | Comments
Founding partner Bruce Kuwabara of renowned Toronto firm Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) speaks Tuesday, January 22 at the Daniels Faculty about the role of architecture in ... read more

The Interview: Elaine Cecconi and Anna Simone, Part 2

Elaine Cecconi and Anna Simone in amongst their staff, image by Jack Landau
December 20, 2012 6:00 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Last week we started our interview with Elaine Cecconi and Anna Simone, founders of renowned interior design firm Cecconi Simone, on the occasion of their firm's milestone 30th anniversary. We ... read more

The Interview: Elaine Cecconi and Anna Simone, Part 1

Anna Simone and Elaine Cecconi, image by Jack Landau
December 13, 2012 6:00 pm | by Craig White | Comments
We sat down with Elaine Cecconi and Anna Simone who recently celebrated a major milestone at their eponymously named interior design firm, Cecconi Simone. The firm is well known to UrbanToronto ... read more

SOFA Invites Houzz VP to Reveal Study Results on Canadian Homeowners

Liza Hausman, Houzz, SOFA, interior design, decoration
November 26, 2012 3:30 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
SOFA: Source of Furniture & Accessories is bringing Liza Hausman, Vice-President of Houzz, the world's largest database of home renovation and decoration to their location at the ... read more

How to Create a Fresco: Sandro Martini Talks About His Monumental Work at Burano Condominiums

Glass Memory Martini Fresco Unveiling Party at Burano Condos Toronto
November 19, 2012 3:35 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Mark Mandelbaum will tell you that Sandro Martini's Glass Memory, the fresco and glass artwork that now adorns the jewel box-like restaurant space at the north end of Burano condominiums, is the ... read more

Design Exchange Intersection Hosts Auktion

Design Exchange Toronto hosts Auktion
November 14, 2012 2:34 pm | by Dylan Giuliano | Comments
Toronto's former Stock Exchange building on Bay Street is home to the Design Exchange, one of Canada's premier design museums. This Friday, November 16, the DX is playing host to 20 of the ... read more

Urban Umbrella Coming To Toronto

Urban Umbrella by Young Choi with Andrés Cortés AIA and Sarrah Khan PE of Agenci
October 23, 2012 2:22 pm | by Kelly Gervais | Comments
Tired of walking under the utilitarian and dark scaffolding that barely protects pedestrians from construction debris? Urban Umbrella, a new model for sidewalk sheds, is on its way to ... read more

Concord's New Quartz Floorplan Harkens Back to Modernism's Early Days

Quartz Condo in Toronto by Concord Adex
October 5, 2012 11:32 am | by Anonymous | Comments
As the price per square foot of downtown condominiums invariably rises, architects and interior designers have to find innovative methods for creating livable spaces within increasingly small ... read more

Village of Yorkville Park Receives ALSA's Landmark Award

Yorkville Park in Toronto
October 3, 2012 4:30 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Earlier this week, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winner of its Landmark Award, recognizing The Village of Yorkville Park in Toronto. The Landmark Award is ... read more

Toronto Arrives in 3D in Apple's iOS6

Looking south over Toronto, from Apple's Maps app in iOS6
September 19, 2012 4:20 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Apple's release of iOS6 today will provide a particular treat to owners of iPhone 4S and 5, 3rd generation iPad, and 5th generation iPod touch: on Apple's new Maps app, central ... read more

Four Toronto Firms' Proposals for Harmony Village in Barrie

Harmony Village in Barrie by City Core Development
September 13, 2012 2:27 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
It’s not too often that we come across an architectural competition in the private development sector. An opportunity to envision how a problem might be solved from various perspectives. Of even ... read more

Illuminated Fountains Add Colourful Splash to Nathan Philips Square

Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto by Plant Architect, Perkins + Will Architect
September 7, 2012 2:42 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The revitilization of Nathan Phillips Square seems to be taking a little longer than we initially expected, arriving piecemeal rather than with one big bang. The latest installment in the NPS saga ... read more

New Renderings for Bazis' E Condos Provide Pedestrian Perspective

E Condos in Toronto by Bazis, RioCan and Roy Varacalli
September 7, 2012 11:00 am | by Anonymous | Comments
We've seen a number of interesting proposals for the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood work their way through city planning in the past year, but few have caught our attention quite so much ... read more

Sukkahville 2012 at Mel Lastman Square

Sukkanoe, part of Sukkahville 2012 at Mel Lastman Square, Toronto.
September 5, 2012 2:04 pm | by Evan Manning | Comments
In support of afforable housing within the Greater Toronto Area, the Kehilla Residential Programme is showcasing the winners of a Sukkah pop-up design competition in Mel Lastman square from ... read more

Claude Cormier-Designed Fountain Arrives at the Four Seasons

Four Seasons Hotel and Condo in Toronto by Menkes, Lifetime with aA
September 5, 2012 12:40 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
With the official opening in exactly one month, the finishing touches are being put in place at the new Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences. Today's Photo of the Day features an image of the ... read more

Ryerson's Image Centre Recognized for Innovative Use of Colour

Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto by Ryerson University with Diamond Schmitt Inc.
August 31, 2012 12:30 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Our willingness to embrace architectural ornamentation is still recovering from the relatively conservative 20th-century, a period dominated by modern structures that emphasized function over form ... read more

New Renderings for 88 Scott Street Illustrate the Importance of Representation

88 Scott Street in Toronto by Concert with Page + Steele Architects
August 27, 2012 4:40 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The impact that a project rendering has on a proposed or pre-construction condominium development is immeasurable. Contemporary purchasers expect high quality images as a given, showing every last ... read more

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