September was definitely an interesting month here on UrbanToronto. With the conclusion of summer the City's planning department was back in full-swing, holding public consultation meetings and releasing staff reports on a number of proposed developments within the downtown core. A few new projects were introduced to us, while a couple more were re-invisioned following consultations and reviews earlier this year. We also saw a number of projects wrap up construction. We've listed the top ten news, forum threads and dataBase pages below.


L Tower nearing completion, image by Razz

September saw an increase in forum activity, with plenty of discussion surrounding the recently-held ceremonial topping off of the L Tower. While it might have only been announced at the end of the month, the Mirvish + Gehry thread shot to number 2 and remains top spot through October.

1. L Tower + Sony Centre (Castlepoint/Fernbrook/Cityzen, 58s, Libeskind/P+S)

2. Mirvish+Gehry Toronto (ProjectCore, 82 + 84 + 86s, Gehry)

3.  Ïce Condos (Lanterra, 57 + 67s, aA)

4. Shangri-La (Westbank, 66s, James Cheng/Hariri Pontarini)

5. Ten York (@120-130 Harbour, Tridel, 68s, Wallman)

6. Aura: Residences of College Park III (Canderel, 78s, G+C)

7. Four Seasons Hotel/Condominiums (Menkes/4S/Lifetime, 52 + 25s, aA)

8. Trump Tower Toronto (Talon, 57s, Zeidler)

9. CityPlace: Parade (Concord Adex, 18 + 22 + 39 + 44s, KPF)

10. Southcore Financial Ctr: Bremner Tower & Delta (GWL/bcIMC, 30 + 47s, KPMB & P+S/IBI)


Ten York Condos cross section view of the neighbourhood looking west across York Street

A number of high-profile buildings were announced last month, as were a few redesigns. Ten York Condos held a public consultation that drew crowds, while a zoning amendment on 592 Sherbourne included some pretty nice renderings of what the future Sherbourne and Bloor tower could look like. 

Ten York Condos Return to Public Consultation With a Major Redesign

Zoning Amendment and Staff Report Illuminate 592 Sherbourne 

Final Report on 90 Harbour / One York Brings Increased Neighbourhood Benefits

Photo of the Day: PoMo Plans for Toronto's World Trade Centre

Toronto Arrives in 3D on Apples iOS6

The First Crane is Up at Great Gulf's One Bloor East

Claude Cormier-Designed Fountain Arrives at the Four Seasons

Toronto Community Housing Bringing Affordable Rental to CityPlace

Photo of the Day: L Tower Climbs Skyward

Photo of the Day: Aura Dominates at Yonge and Gerrard


L Tower project rendering, image courtesy of Cityzen, Fernbrook and Castlepoint

Coming in at top spot in the dataBase section was the L Tower, closely followed by Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. The proposed development at 50 Bloor Street West rounded off the top 3 with the addition of some great comparative elevations.

L Tower

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

50 Bloor Street West

Regent Park Central Park and Aquatic Centre

E Condos

Aura at College Park

One Bloor East

Picasso Condos

Ten York

Living Shangri-La Toronto

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