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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

Looking at the Architecture of Graywood Developments and Beaverhall Homes' Mercer Condominiums

The Mercer in Toronto by Beaverhall and Graywood Developments, BBB Architects
November 29, 2010 1:00 am | by Craig White | Comments
Earlier this month, Urban Toronto visited the offices of BBB Architects to discuss The Mercer with lead architect Brian Brisbin. He explained how the 33-storey condominium by Graywood Developments ... read more

45 Charles Ltd. & Edenshaw Homes' Chaz on Charles Goes With Limestone

Chaz Yorkville in Toronto by Edenshaw and Charles LTD., Page + Steele Architects
November 26, 2010 1:00 am | by Craig White | Comments
In a city awash in precast, Chaz on Charles, developed by 45 Charles Ltd. and Edenshaw Homes, and designed by Sol Wassermuhl of Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, will have its podium clad what ... read more

Unique Penthouse Designs at the Yorkville Group's MuseumHouse Condo

MuseumHouse Condominiums in Toronto by Yorkville Group and Page+Steele architect
October 29, 2010 1:56 pm | by Craig White | Comments
The art of living, intimate grandeur, and an architectonic canvas were three distinct design visions presented recently at the MuseumHouse presentation centre by interior designers Fenwick Bonnell ... read more

Beaverhall and Graywood Relaunch The Mercer Condos

The Mercer in Toronto by Beaverhall and Graywood Developments, BBB Architects
October 13, 2010 1:27 pm | by Craig White | Comments
The Mercer, a new 33-storey condominium at the corner of John and Mercer Streets just south of King and the recently launched TIFF Bell Lightbox, has had a makeover and is now relaunching its ... read more

WaterfrontToronto Unveils Bayside, A New Neighbourhood On The Harbour

Plan of Toronto's East Bayfront with labels
August 20, 2010 12:19 pm | by Craig White | Comments
WaterfrontToronto has unveiled plans for Bayside, its largest makeover yet, a 4 hectare (10 acre) parcel on the south side of Queens Quay Boulevard between Sherbourne and Parliament ... read more

Five St. Joseph Condos By Graywood And Mod Developments Launches

Five Condos on St. Joseph Street by Mod/Graywood with Hariri Pontarini.
August 18, 2010 3:58 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Five Condos, a joint venture of Mod Developments Inc. and Graywood Developments Ltd., made quite the splash when it debuted on UrbanToronto early this summer. The project beautifully melds the ... read more

Review: Art Deco Architecture in Toronto

Art Deco Architeture in Toronto
July 20, 2010 2:35 pm | by Craig White | Comments
The term Art Deco usually conjures up images of streamlined cars driving through Chicago and Detroit, or chrome details on Chrysler Building or Rockefeller Centre in New York. It does not, ... read more

Church-Wellesley Residents Meet Regarding 596 Church Street Proposal

Proposed plan for 24-storey condo at 596 Church Street
July 18, 2010 3:00 pm | by Craig White | Comments
A well structured informational meeting was organized by residents of the affected properties on Thursday June 17th at the 519 Community Centre. Its purpose was to take questions from concerned ... read more

596 Church Street Proposal

Rendering of 596 Church Condo by RAW Design
July 15, 2010 2:22 pm | by Craig White | Comments
A proposal which has quickly sparked controversy at UrbanToronto will be presented to the public on Thursday at 7 PM at the 519 community centre on Church Street. The project, by unknown developer ... read more

St Michael's Hospital Seeking To Add 17 Storey Wing

St. Michael's Hospital Addition Toronto by Diamond and Schmitt Architects
June 28, 2010 3:35 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Saint Michael's Hospital is gearing up to replace their eyesore parking lot at the southwest corner of their site into a 17 storey wing. While this Victoria and Queen Street wing, with a concept ... read more

Daily Poll for June 9, 2010: Which is your favourite starchitect building?

Daily Poll for June 9, 2010: Which is your favourite starchitect building?
June 9, 2010 3:43 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Today you get to weigh in on major Toronto buildings designed by starchictects who are not (yet?) Pritzker laureates. This batch are all from out-of-towners; we'll have another round for landmarks ... read more

Daily Poll for June 8, 2010: Which is your favourite Toronto Pritzker building?

U of T Dan Pharmacy by Norman Foster
June 8, 2010 7:21 am | by Craig White | Comments
There has been a lot of talk in Toronto over the last several years about all the "starchitects" who are now represented in this city by new buildings. Some of those stars are also winners of ... read more

St Lawrence Market North Winning Entry Details

David Miller and David Jansen at unveiling of the new St Lawrence Market North
June 7, 2010 3:32 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Twelve years since planning began, the City of Toronto finally has a plan to replace the 1967 North Building at the Saint Lawrence Market. The culmination of an international design competition is ... read more