As the summer comes to a close, the squeals of children playing outdoors fades as parents ship them off to school, and the blistering heat slowly transitions to crisp autumn air. It's also a time for many of us to reflect on the summer's memories, and in our case here at UrbanToronto, to look back on the most exciting headlines, developments and projects which took place over the course of the season. The month of August - our second leg of the summer - saw movement all throughout the city, especially in regards to Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, infrastructure development and further condo growth. Check out the Top 10 headlining news stories, listed below:

Loblaws' proposal, image by architectsAlliance


1) How to Dig 11km Through the Centre of the City

2) Exhibits Moving Into Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

3) Loblaws Thinking Big at Lake Shore and Bathurst

4) Big Changes in the works at Yorkville and Avenue Road

5) Mirvish + Gehry Website Revamped, Social Media Established

6) The Changing Face of the Humber Bay Shores

7) Phase Three Starting on Nathan Phillips Square Reno

8) Condos and Community Space proposed for 200 Dundas East

9) Eglinton Crosstown LRT Stirs Controversy with Local Firms and OAA

10) Work Progresses on Waterfront Toronto's Queens Quay Makeover

The Forum also hosted plenty of heated discussions on the development of many condos and structures, with Ice Condos, One Bloor East and Toronto Premium Outlets taking the top spots for the month of August. Check out the Top 10 threads listed below, and feel free to contribute your commentary to the discussions as well.

Ice Condos, image courtesy of Lanterra and Cadillac Fairview


1) Toronto Premium Outlets (Halton Hills)

2) Ice Condominiums at York Centre

3) One Bloor East

4) Southcore Financial Centre and Delta Toronto

5) Aquarium of Canada and CN Tower Retail Pavilion

6) L Tower + Sony Centre

7) Aura: Residences of College Park III

8) Theatre Park

9) One York and Harbour Plaza Residences

10) Residences at the RCMI

Finally, the dataBase page listings which attracted many visitors - and may even spark your interest if you haven't checked them out - are also outlined below, with Ripley's Aquarium and Aura Condos topping the chart.

Aura Condos, image courtesy of Canderel Stoneridge and Graziani + Corazza Architects


1) Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

2) Aura at College Park

3) One York Street and Harbour Plaza Residences

4) Park Towns Bayview and Sheppard

5) One Bloor East

6) Mirvish + Gehry Toronto

7) L Tower

8) Couture the Condominium

9) Corktown Common

10) Dufferin Crosstown Station

Are you surprised by which stories and projects have been getting the most attention, or does this all make perfect sense to you? Leave a comment in the space provided below!

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