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Design Matters: Bridgepoint Exhibit Announced at Ryerson

February 29, 2016 12:10 pm | 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 6:35 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 6:24 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 5:02 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 2:14 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 5:18 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 2:23 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 6:22 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 12:00 pm | 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 6:30 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 4:56 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 2:55 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 6:55 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

Gladstone Hotel Hosts 13th 'Come Up To My Room' Exhibition

Crystal Chandelier, Virginia Melnyk, Gladstone Hotel, Come Up To My Room
January 22, 2016 4:48 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
A staple in the West Queen West neighbourhood, the Gladstone Hotel's quirky spaces and vibrant atmosphere serve as a magnet for creative events of all kinds. One of these is 'Come Up To My Room' ... read more

Interior Design Show 2016 at Convention Centre this Weekend

interior design show, toronto, Citizens and Collaborators, Ontario Wood
January 22, 2016 3:22 pm | by Nicolas Arnaud-Goddet | Comments
For the eighteenth consecutive year, the Interior Design Show (IDS) is back at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this weekend. Celebrating Canadian and international designers, the ... read more

Exploring Wood-Frame with Quadrangle's Marco VanderMaas

January 12, 2016 12:47 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
In 2014, the province announced significant changes to the Ontario Building Code (OBC), including allowing for new wood frame buildings to reach a height of up to six storeys. Since the updated ... read more

UT Readers Select Favourite Residential Buildings of 2015

UT Readers Select The Best Residential Buildings of 2015
December 23, 2015 12:55 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Ealier this month, we asked our readers to vote for their favourite residential buildings to have been completed in Toronto in 2015. Voters were given the ability to select up to five of the ... read more

Illustrating the Future: Inside Toronto's Largest Architectural Rendering Studio

Norm Li, Toronto, architectural renderings
December 16, 2015 6:16 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
We see them everywhere: advertised on websites, presented at public consultations, plastered on billboards, and of course, posted in your favourite UrbanToronto articles. Indeed, over the past two ... read more

The Best Residential Buildings of 2015: Your Vote Counts!

The Best Residential Buildings of 2015
December 14, 2015 8:03 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
2015 has been yet another hot year for Toronto's powerhouse development industry, with dozens of new buildings around the city completed during the past 12 months. Of the many buildings added to ... read more

City to Host Pop-Up Info Station for Midtown in Focus

Midtown in Focus, City of Toronto Planning Department
December 11, 2015 11:42 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
In an effort to increase public awareness of the City of Toronto's Midtown in Focus initiative, the City Planning department will be hosting an information station in the atrium of the Yonge ... read more