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Pug Talk Debates the Future of the Glass Tower in Toronto

May 6, 2013 6:45 pm | by Jonah Letovsky | Comments
This past Tuesday leaders in Toronto's urban design and development community came together at the Art Gallery of Ontario for an intimate Pug Talk entitled 'The Future of the Glass Tower?' ... read more

Diamond Schmitt's New Mariinsky Theatre Opens in St. Petersburg

Mariinsky Theatre, Russia, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Ballet, Opera, Orchestra
May 2, 2013 1:30 pm | by Jason Allen | Comments
Today, Thursday, May 2, 2013, one of the most prestigious opera and ballet houses in the world opens a huge new expansion just next door. It was far beyond next door however where maestro ... read more

"Higher Learning": Toronto's 2013 Tall Building Design Guidelines

Toronto, Tall Buildings, Design, Design Guidelines
May 1, 2013 4:50 pm | by Eddie LaRusic | Comments
In mid-April this year Toronto’s Planning and Growth Committee adopted a document called the Tall Buildings Design Guidelines to evaluate the design of new tall buildings in the city. I sat ... read more

Renovation and Restoration: The Landmark Nelson Mandela Park Public School Reopens

Nelson Mandela Park Public School, Toronto. Design by CS&P Architects.
April 11, 2013 4:20 pm | by Evan Manning | Comments
By any account it is a remarkable survivor. The city around it has served as a lab of sorts, an ephemeral testing ground for the social engineering of well-intentioned urban planners. The ... read more

New Headers Make Navigation Easy on the UrbanToronto Forum

April 8, 2013 6:55 pm | by Craig White | Comments
UrbanToronto has made a change to its Forum that has brought major improvements to navigating around the site. Converting some ad space at the top of each thread page into a header that tells you ... read more

Underpass Park being readied for Phase Two Opening this Spring

Underpass Park, Toronto
April 2, 2013 5:45 pm | by Stephanie Calvet | Comments
While underused land is quickly being snatched up in Toronto for new density, City initiatives are also in place to improve the quality of life of its residents. Creating new parks and public ... read more

OAA Announces 2013 Award Winners and Looks For Public's Favourite

Regent Park Aquatic Centre Toronto, ON MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd
March 22, 2013 5:40 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The winners of the 2013 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Awards have been announced. Representing some of Ontario’s most acclaimed architecture firms, the 15 recipients of the 2013 Design ... read more

New Guidelines aim to improve Toronto Green Roofs and the City

Extensive Green Roof, Toronto
March 19, 2013 2:30 pm | by Stephanie Calvet | Comments
Toronto's City Planning division has produced a new resource called Guidelines for Biodiverse Green Roofs, detailing best practices for promoting biodiversity on green roofs in Toronto. Green ... read more

BILD Reveals Finalists for Annual Toronto Home Builder Awards

`Massey Tower, Toronto
March 14, 2013 3:20 pm | by Dylan Giuliano | Comments
BILD, or the Building Industry and Land Development Association of the Greater Toronto Area annually presents the local home building industry's most prestigious awards, and they have ... read more

Upcoming Book Launch for Make Alive: Prototypes for Responsive Architectures

Make Alive:Prototypes for Responsive Architectures
March 13, 2013 2:55 pm | by Dylan Giuliano | Comments
Stand back "automatic door" of the 20th century, our architecture as well as our technology is growing more advanced and sophisticated every day. In a new book titled Make Alive: Prototypes for ... read more

World Architecture News Awards include Big Wins for TO and Canada

Loblaws, 60 Carlton, Toronto, Landini Associates
March 11, 2013 8:10 pm | by Stephanie Calvet | Comments
World Architecture News (WAN) recently announced the winners of the Retail and Leisure Interiors Awards 2012, the most illustrious interior awards around the globe. Whittled down from a bevvy of ... read more

Hariri Pontarini Win 2013 RAIC Architectural Firm Award

Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Hariri Pontarini
March 11, 2013 7:20 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Hariri Pontarini Architects has, over the years, picked up quite a slew of awards, having been recognized in over 60 awards programs. The Toronto-based firm is well known for their signature clean ... read more

Bridgepoint Hospital Reimagines Healing Space as it Nears Completion

Bridgepoint Hospital looking south from the Don Valley Parkway
February 15, 2013 3:25 pm | by Anthony Galloro | Comments
Amid Toronto's cultural and physical renaissance, the city has undertaken an institutional revolution that has repositioned Toronto at the forefront of heath science and medical care. Projects ... read more

It's Interior Design Show Weekend at the Metro Convention Centre

January 25, 2013 9:30 pm | by Craig White | Comments
There's no time of year that we concentrate more on our creature comforts than in the cold depths of winter, so this weekend is the perfect one to be tempted into improving one's domestic lot with ... read more

A Look at King Blue's Model Suite

January 25, 2013 5:50 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
For prospective condominium purchasers, two-dimensional visual stimuli such as renderings and floorplans often aren't enough. To provide buyers with a more immersive experience, developers include ... read more

Concord CityPlace Presentation Centre Turns Event Venue

Suzanne Bettencourt, Janice Lindsay, and Brian Fong, iamge by Craig White
January 21, 2013 7:35 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Concord Adex's Presentation Centre for CityPlace has been around for over a decade now. The low-slung modern building at the corner of Spadina Avenue and Bremner Boulevard acts as a sales centre ... read more

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