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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

First Look at New Lifeguard Stands for City Beaches

City of Toronto Lifeguard Stand image by Paul Raff Architects
April 5, 2012 1:07 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
In February 2010, Toronto City Council adopted a motion to undertake a request for proposal for designers to submit proposals for the design, construction and installation of a lifeguard ... read more

Brant Park Brings Mid-Century Style to the Warehouse District

The Brant Park Condos Toronto by Lamb Development Corp and architectsAlliance
March 15, 2012 11:21 am | by Anonymous | Comments
The word came in February that Lamb Development had acquired additional lots to the east of their Brant Park condominium project, located at 438 Adelaide Street West at Brant Street. UrbanToronto ... read more

Southcore Grows With Concrete, Rebar, and Light

Lake Light Threshold lines the PATH connection over York Street, Toronto
February 24, 2012 7:39 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Anyone who knows Toronto but who has been away for the last few years would be amazed by the transformation that has taken place - and which is continuing - around the intersection of York Street ... read more

88 Scott Street's Design Modifications Are Ruffling Feathers

88 Scott Street in Toronto by Concert Properties and Page + Steele/IBI Group
February 3, 2012 4:21 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
88 Scott Street has received plenty of attention on UrbanToronto's Forum since the initial project renderings were released. Developer Concert and architects Page + Steele / IBI Group were ... read more

Bjarke Ingels Speaks At The Interior Design Show At The Metro Convention Centre

January 28, 2012 4:41 pm | by Craig White | Comments
So, here's what Bjarke had to say at the Interior Design Show yesterday. Caveats: It's long (at least it's in bite-sized chucks) and not quite as steady as one might have liked… but at more than ... read more

Diamond Schmitt Amongst The World's Largest Architectural Firms

Testing LEDs at Diamond Schmitt's Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto
January 25, 2012 3:00 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Building Design, a UK-based journal, has released their 2012 ranking of the top 100 architectural firms, and Toronto's Diamond Schmitt Architects has made it to the list. The journal crunched the ... read more

Major Artworks Dedicated at Discovery at Concord Park Place

Summer Clouds by Jaakko Pernu at Discovery at Concord Park Place, Toronto
November 24, 2011 12:00 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Concord Adex recently dedicated two major artworks at Discovery, the first completed condominium project at its Concord Park Place development in North York. Many people were on hand for the ... read more

Wanted: Better On-Street Retail In New Condos

Verve condo retail, Toronto, photo by dt_toronto_geek
November 21, 2011 4:00 pm | by Tyler Greenleaf | Comments
In many threads on UT, forumers lament the ubiquity and lack of interesting, independent retail in new buildings. Why do these new retail spaces usually only have large chains? read more

Cinema Tower's Suite of the Week

Cinema Tower in Toronto by Daniels Corporation and Kirkor Architects
November 21, 2011 12:02 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Recently, we featured Daniels' Cinema Tower as the dataBase Project of the Day. Today we're looking at a particular suite in the tower, to give you an idea of some of the unique features and ... read more

Silent Auction at Peter Street Condos To Benefit Cancer Research

Peter St Condos by CentreCourt, architectsAlliance and Cecconi Simone
November 15, 2011 4:27 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The folks at Peter Street Condominiums are hosting an event that will give us all the opportunity to snag some of the great decor items in their sales centre, which will be closing soon. And it's ... read more

One Cole Picks Up Prestigious City Of Toronto Urban Design Award

One Cole in Toronto by Daniels Corporation
November 14, 2011 12:08 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
UrbanToronto is thrilled to hear that the City of Toronto has presented a prestigious design award to The Daniels Corporation for One Cole, located in the city's redeveloping Regent Park ... read more

Picasso Contributing to a New Architectural Vocabulary on Queen Street West

Picasso, 318 Richmond Street, Toronto, Monarch Corporation, Teeple Architects
October 21, 2011 4:30 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
UrbanToronto has a beautiful new evening rendering of Picasso Condominiums. This one givies us an idea of how the tower will be viewed when looking south down Beverley Street. Picasso Evening ... read more

Vancouverism Part 5 - Public Realm. A Pedestrian Experience of Design

Melville condos Vancouver
October 12, 2011 11:00 am | by Dumitru Onceanu | Comments
UrbanToronto's Dumitru Onceanu wraps up his five-part survey of Vancouverism - showcasing much of what has been built over the last decade in that city - and asks us to consider what Toronto might ... read more

Vancouverism Part 4 - Vancouver Curves

Carina condos Vancouver
October 11, 2011 11:00 am | by Dumitru Onceanu | Comments
We continue our Vancouverism series with our fourth installment; Vancouver Curves, a visual survey of the plentiful beyond-the-box designs in both the residential and office markets. Curves in ... read more

Vancouverism Part 3 - The Architecture of James K.M. Cheng

Fairmont Pacific Rim (2010), corner closeup of Liam Gillick poem.Image Yelena_YK
October 7, 2011 11:00 am | by Dumitru Onceanu | Comments
Over the last two days we have taken the opportunity to profile Concord Pacific's portfolio of Vancouver developments between the years of 1995-2003, and 2004-present and beyond. Today we switch ... read more

Vancouverism Part 2 - Recent Concord Buildings (2004-present and beyond)

Silver Sea (2005), part of the Beach Crescent community.
October 6, 2011 11:00 am | by Dumitru Onceanu | Comments
Yesterday we profiled the early work of Concord Pacific between the years of 1995-2003. Today we continue presenting the buildings of the Beach Crescent community completed after 2003, other ... read more