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CityPlace School and Community Centre Revealed at DRP

CityPlace: Block 31, Toronto, by City of Toronto, TDSB, TDCSB, ZAS Architects
April 8, 2016 11:00 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Toronto's growing CityPlace neighbourhood is set to become a more complete community in coming years, as plans for a new community and education hub at Block 31 move forward. On April 5th, ZAS ... read more

Reimagining Toronto's Roads With Complete Streets Guidelines

complete streets guidelines, toronto
March 15, 2016 12:37 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
What makes a good street? It's a question that's often overlooked when we discuss the numerous high-rise condo towers plugging into the city's vast network. Not to be ignored, Toronto's streets ... read more

Foster + Partners' Bay + Scollard Assessed at Design Review Panel

Bay + Scollard, Toronto, by BRL Realty, Urbacon, Foster + Partners, RAW
March 11, 2016 3:40 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Two Foster + Partners-designed towers were seen by the City of Toronto's Design Review Panel (DRP) on Thursday, March 10th. read more

Worldwide Business: Inside Peter McCann's Model Making Studio

Peter McCann scale models, Toronto
March 8, 2016 11:47 am | by Brianne Benness | Comments
Our sister site SkyriseCities.com recently toured the Toronto offices of model maker Peter McCann, who has crafted the pre-construction scale models for notable projects around the ... read more

Ontario Association of Architects Reveals 2016 Awards Finalists

Richard Ivey Building at Western University, OAA 2016 Awards Finalists
March 1, 2016 12:54 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Over 200 submissions from some of Ontario's brightest young minds and established architectural firms alike have been narrowed down to just 20 finalists for the 2016 Ontario Association of ... read more

Watch Bjarke Ingels "Yes is More" Toronto Presentation

February 29, 2016 5:14 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
On February 23rd, Danish 'starchitect' Bjarke Ingels was in Toronto to present the well-known "Yes is More" lecture, which included a look at Ingel's ambitious design for Westbank Corp. and ... read more

Design Matters: Bridgepoint Exhibit Announced at Ryerson

February 29, 2016 11:10 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Toronto's rebuilt Bridgepoint Active Health centre has been widely celebrated for its architecturally innovative approach to wellness. Where hospitals were once designed as austere ... read more

Bjarke Ingels Brings "Yes is More"—and New Design—to Toronto

489-539 King Street West, Westbank Corp, Allied Properties REIT, Bjarke Inglels
February 24, 2016 5:35 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
A little past 7 PM yesterday, Koerner Hall filled with some of Toronto's most prominent city-builders, as a who's who of architects, planners, designers, and developers, took their seats. The star ... read more

Architecture From the Ground Up: Alfonso Medina at Ryerson

Alfonso Medina, image courtesy of T38Studio
February 24, 2016 5:24 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Ryerson University's Department of Architectural Studies will host a lecture by acclaimed Mexican architect Alfonso Medina. Held on February 25th at 6:30 PM, the event is part of the DAS Lecture ... read more

401 Bay—aka the Simpsons Tower—to Receive a New Skin

View of 401 Bay from Nathan Phillips Square, image by Craig White
February 24, 2016 4:02 pm | by Evan Manning | Comments
The skin of a building is, by its very nature temporary. The desire for its permanence an unrealistic expectation of materials that were often novel in their application and untested in their ... read more

Feb 26: Standard of Dwelling Symposium at U of T Architecture

Ibelings, Clewes, Graham, Haggart, Battiston, Petricone, Wex, Maltzan
February 23, 2016 1:14 pm | by Editor | Comments
Standard of Dwelling will bring together three Toronto-based architects and the developers they work with to discuss housing in Toronto — from the condo tower to the townhouse. Over the course of ... read more

Evolving Green Building Tech: An Interview with B+H's Lisa Bate

February 22, 2016 4:18 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
When B+H Architects' Lisa Bate arrived in Shanghai in 2012, the Toronto architect set out to help improve the green standards of the Chinese development industry. Bringing a wealth of ... read more

Toronto's 'Fifth Avenue': Saks Opens in Eaton Centre

Saks Fifth Avenue, Toronto, by Hudson's Bay Company, Cadillac Fairview
February 18, 2016 1:23 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Toronto's first Saks Fifth Avenue store celebrated its grand opening this morning. A fashionable crowd gathered in front of the Eaton Centre bridge to the Hudson's Bay building to catch a first ... read more

The One to Feature Innovative 'Sefar AG' Glazing System

The One, Toronto, by Mizrahi Developments, Foster + Partners, Core Architects
February 11, 2016 5:22 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
New renderings of Toronto's tallest proposed building are continuing to reveal new—and evolving—design details of Mizrahi Developments' much-anticipated Foster + Partners-designed project, The ... read more

Take the Survey: Planning a New PATH Wayfinding System

Toronto PATH Map concept
February 8, 2016 11:00 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The Toronto Financial District BIA has announced the #PATH360 public survey to help inform the creation of an improved PATH wayfinding network. Used by 200,000 people each day, the PATH system is ... read more

Diamond Schmitt Design Captures Imagination—and Earth's Energy—at UTSC

UTSC Environmental Science and Chemistry Building, University of Toronto, dsai
January 29, 2016 5:30 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Last week's announcement of renewed plans for a Scarborough LRT was met with praise and celebration by residents and transit advocates throughout Toronto. Proposed to terminate at the University ... read more

Sail Condos Celebrates Chinese New Year in North York

Sail Condominiums, Toronto, by Opearl Developments, Keith Loffler McAlpine
January 29, 2016 3:56 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As Opearl Developments' first Canadian project, Toronto's Sail Condos is set to declare the Chinese company's presence in a new market. With a highly recognizable design evoking the eponymous ... read more

re:practice Symposium to Discuss the Future of Architecture

re:practice 2016, Toronto, architecture
January 26, 2016 1:55 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Like any art form, architecture is constantly evolving and changing. While earlier generations of architects came of age during movements like Art Deco, International Style, and Postmodernism, the ... read more

The Idea of Toronto: Nathalie de Vries Speaks at Ryerson

January 22, 2016 5:55 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
"I walked down [Yonge] street, and I thought, 'where is everybody?'" wondered the Dutch architect, garnering a self-conscious laugh from the audience at Toronto's Ryerson University. "Then I went ... read more