We're a little late getting to it (busy busy!) but this past February was also one of the busiest months for UrbanToronto viewership, with the ever-surprising development boom bringing huge page-view numbers on the site. We've seen the birth and evolution of what promise to be some of Toronto's most exciting and dynamic building proposals, from Oxford Place, to Mirvish+Gehry, to 1 Yonge (although most of the 1 Yonge traffic has been in March - just wait this month's wrap-up!). Clearly, Toronto is hungry to stay up-to-date and learn more about its ever-changing urban form. Here are some of the news articles, Forum discussions, and dataBase entries that proved most popular with UrbanToronto readers in chilly February.

Rendering of the proposed Oxford Place redevelopment, image courtesy of Oxford Properties


Interest is clearly high in the wider city's development, not just in the core but also in neighbourhoods such as Yonge and Eglinton, North York, and St. Lawrence/Old Town. News on projects such as Freed's Art Shoppe Condos and 'Alaska' Condos at Yonge near Lawrence have proven particularly popular.

1. New Renderings Up The Ante For Oxford Place Development

2. 'Alaska' may be Coming to Yonge in an Alsop-Quadrangle Design

4. A First Rendering Appears for Freed's 2131 Yonge Condo Project

6. Construction Starting on Parliament Street Data Centre

8. Massey Tower Brushes Against Resistance in the Approvals Process

10. Architect Craig Webb Expands on plans for Mirvish+Gehry Toronto

Aura at College Park is midway through construction; image courtesy of Canderel Stoneridge


In the Forum, users are clearly most fixated on the proposals closest to the waterfront, including many in the Southcore area, near Union Station, and projects near Fort York in the west and the Don Lands in the east.

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

2. Ïce Condos at York Centre (Lanterra, 57 + 67s, aA)

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

5. Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower (Brookfield, 44s, KPMB & Adamson Associates)

7. 50 Bloor St. W (Morguard, 80s, Pellow + Associates)

9. One York (Menkes, 35s, &co) + Harbour Plaza Residences (90 Harbour St, 62 + 66s, aA)

Construction is currently underway for Ripley's Aquarium, located at the base of the CN Tower


dataBase entries that have risen to the top are, for the most part, Toronto's largest and flashiest proposed projects. This includes the new aquarium, the future tallest residential tower in Canada, and a massive, star-chitect-designed King St. West redevelopment.

1. Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

3. Opus Condos at Concord Park Place

4. Aura at College Park

6. Oxford Place

8. RBC WaterPark Place III

10. L Tower

Interested in more information or renderings of these projects? Follow the links or click on a dataBase entry below. Have thoughts on these UrbanToronto trends? Post a comment!

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