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Construction Well Underway at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Toronto. Design by B+H Architects
July 4, 2012 2:25 pm | by Evan Manning | Comments
Located at the base of the CN Tower, construction is progressing well on the city's newest major attraction. Developed by Ripley's Entertainment Inc. and designed by B+H Architects, the $130 ... read more

SickKids Research Tower Atria from the Outside

An atrium at the SickKids Research and Learning Centre from 655 Bay St, Toronto
July 3, 2012 4:45 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Mid-spring this year UrbanToronto was lucky enough to be invited to tour the SickKids Research and Learning Centre tower along with Duncan Higgins and Mike Szabo, architects at Diamond Schmitt, ... read more

Cranes Arrive in the West Don Lands

PanAm Athlete's Village in Toronto by Dundee Kilmer, KPMB, architectsAlliance
July 3, 2012 4:09 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
While recent news of a lack of coordination in the PanAm 2015 venues might be sending a few shivers through the city, we’re happy to see this is not the case with the highly anticipated Athlete’s ... read more

Construction Update: Hullmark Centre Starts to Make a Mark

Mixed-use Hullmark Centre, Toronto. Developed by Tridel & Hullmark
June 29, 2012 12:30 pm | by Evan Manning | Comments
Having last provided an update on construction a little over a month ago, we are returning to the Hullmark Centre in North York to keep track of work on this ambitous mixed-use project. Developed ... read more

The Interview: Stephen Teeple Part 1

Stephen Teeple, image by Scott Norsworthy, courtesy of Teeple Architects
June 28, 2012 6:20 pm | by Nigel Terpstra | Comments
UrbanToronto recently sat down with Stephen Teeple, founding partner of multi-award-winning avant garde modernists Teeple Architects.  What first led you to a career in ... read more

Photo of the Day: Shangri-La at Sunset

Living Shangri-La, Toronto. Developed by the Westbank Corporation
June 28, 2012 12:00 am | by Evan Manning | Comments
Draped in the soft, warm fading glow of sunset, the glass skin of Shangri-La and its vitreous neighbours transform themselves with the changing light. Defining the western edge of the central ... read more

Four Seasons Prepares For October Opening

Four Seasons Hotel and Condo in Toronto by Menkes and architectsAlliance
June 27, 2012 2:19 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The much-anticipated Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences has officially announced their opening date as October 5, 2012. The tower topped off a while back, with work on the exterior cladding ... read more

Hockey Canada Foundation & MLSE Join Together to Support Regent Park Community

Hockey Canada and MLSE to pay to refurbish the outdoor rink at Regent Park
June 27, 2012 1:30 pm | by Evan Manning | Comments
Part of the ongoing process to unknot the planning errors that kept Regent Park impoverished, the private-public partnership between the Toronto Community Housing Corporation and The Daniels ... read more

Cinema Tower Shows its Skin and Bones

Cinema Tower in Toronto by Daniels with Kirkor Architects
June 27, 2012 12:05 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Daniel's Cinema Tower has been making quick work on its pre-cast cladding, a welcome change from the extensive glass podiums around town. Project architects Kirkor continue their use of colour on ... read more

Toronto's "Other" Development: Proposed Commercial Projects

Toronto Harbour Commission building in Toronto at 30 Harbour Street
June 26, 2012 3:11 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The final installment in our series regarding the current state of commercial development in Toronto has us gazing into the future, specifically at projects that are proposed but not yet realized. ... read more

Updated: Concord's Skybridge at Parade Raised Overnight

Raising the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in Toronto
June 26, 2012 12:00 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Until we get the time-lapse photography it will be difficult to claim the the Skybridge ever moved exactly – the lift was so slow, it was next to impossible to detect in real time – but over the ... read more

A Maritime Icon Returns: S.S. Keewatin Docks in Port McNicoll

S.S. Keewatin in Port McNicoll, Ontario, development by Skyline International
June 25, 2012 4:56 pm | by Alex Corey | Comments
With the official arrival of summer last week (in all its hot, humid glory) we've already seen the annual summer slow-down begin for the development industry in Toronto. The subsequent exodus to ... read more

Excavation at Theatre Park Nearing Completion

Theatre Park Condos in Toronto by Lamb and Niche Development, architectsAlliance
June 25, 2012 4:33 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to sit down with Brad Lamb of Lamb Development Corporation; the interview was quite popular, in large part due to Lamb's candid discussion of the current ... read more

Council Rejects Controversial Proposal for College Street Residence

245 & 253 College Street Residence, Toronto. Developed by Knightstone Capita
June 22, 2012 2:00 pm | by Evan Manning | Comments
At over 12 times the permitted density and five times the permitted height for the site, City Council has rejected Knightstone Capital's proposed 759-bed residence at 245 & 253 College Street ... read more

Toronto's "Other" Development: Commercial Projects in Leasing Phase

1 York and 90 Harbour Street in Toronto by Menkes with architectsAlliance
June 22, 2012 1:00 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The boom we've seen in condominium development is slowly but surely being realized in alternative real estate markets within the downtown core. While we are no doubt seeing growth in the Toronto ... read more

L Tower Gets Cladding, and Photoshopped Too

L Tower by Castlepoint, Fernbrook, Cityzen, Libeskind and Page+Steele.
June 22, 2012 11:00 am | by Anonymous | Comments
L Tower at Yonge and the Esplanade has been getting some cladding for a few weeks now. The lower 10 or so floors (not counting the lobby level) are being sheathed in white spandrel and blue glass ... read more

The Interview: Prishram Jain of TACT Architecture, Part 2

June 21, 2012 3:30 pm | by Nigel Terpstra | Comments
Last week in Part 1 of our interview with Prishram Jain, principal at TACT Architecture, we learned about Jain's education and early career. This week we delve into how those experiences shape ... read more

The Carnaby Gets the Pop-Up Treatment

The Carnaby in Toronto by Streetcar Developments and Tact Architects
June 21, 2012 1:32 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
2012 has had a number of trends that have capitalized on the proliferation of social media and the subsequent increased connectivity between individuals and buisinesses. One of the more prolific ... read more

UrbanToronto Returns To Aspen Ridge's 77 Charles West

77 Charles West condo Toronto by Aspen Ridge Homes, design by Yann Weymouth, HOK
June 20, 2012 4:50 pm | by Craig White | Comments
UrbanToronto returned last week to 77 Charles West, Aspen Ridge Homes' terrific 16-storey condo on the south edge of Bloor-Yorkville. Designed by Yann Weymouth, Senior Vice President and ... read more

Toronto's "Other" Development: Commercial Projects Under Construction

Bay Adelaide Centre in Toronto by Brookfield Properties and KPMB Architects
June 20, 2012 4:23 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
While it may be difficult to see through all the marketing campaigns, news articles and construction sites devoted to our booming condominium market, Toronto has quite an active commercial ... read more