Winners Unveiled for Toronto’s Second Annual Winter Stations Design Competition

International, Other
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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Floating Ropes by MUDO

Floating Ropes by MUDO

Four winners and three student winners were selected to design art installations along Toronto’s beaches this winter. The concept behind the Winter Stations Design Competition is to enliven typically deserted beaches during the winter with whimsical structures.
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Downtown Toronto tower gets rooftop hockey rink

International, Other, Skyscrapers
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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Molson Hockey Rink

Molson’s maple leaf logo adorns the newly finished half-scale ice rink on the roof of a 32-story tower in downtown Toronto. (Courtesy Molson Canadian)

Molson Coors, the Canada-based beer brewing company has completed the construction of an hockey rink on top of a 32-story building in downtown Toronto as part of their #anythingforhockey campaign.

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CannonDesign to deliver new hospital to l’Université de Montreal

Architecture, International, Other
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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Currently under construction, the Centre Hospitalier de Montreal (CHUM) will be one of the largest medical complexes in North America. (Courtesy CannonDesign)

It has been 30 years since Montreal has built a new hospital. CannonDesign in association with Montreal based NEUF Architect(e)s, and l’Université de Montreal aim to amend that situation with a new three tower hospital complex.

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Acton Ostry Architects breaks ground on 18-story wooden residential tower

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Courtesy Acton Ostry Architects

Canada’s Acton Ostry Architects, in collaboration with tall wood advisor Architekten Hermann Kaufmann, has begun construction on the appropriately named “Tall Wood Building,” an 18-story, 174-foot-tall residential tower for Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC) upper year and graduate students. The tower will be the largest wooden residential tower, but maybe not for long: MGA’s 35-story Baobab is still awaiting approval.

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Toronto’s ambitious plan for a linear garden under the Gardiner Expressway is made of 55 “outdoor rooms”

The vision for the project includes a grand staircase at Strachan that doubles as seating for an urban theater. (Image Courtesy PUBLIC WORK)

The vision for the project includes a grand staircase at Strachan that doubles as seating for an urban theater. (Courtesy PUBLIC WORK)

Toronto’s waterfront is separated from the city by the elevated Gardiner Expressway. While access underneath is relatively easy, it isn’t a pleasant transition. Torontonians, however, can expect some changes to their waterfront corridor as 10-acres of new public space and a mile of multi-use trail are being built under the highway.

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Perkins+Will goes back to school with new academic building for the University of Toronto

Exterior Render (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

International firm Perkins+Will has unveiled plans for a new six story, 210,000 square foot scheme at the University of Toronto Mississauga in Ontario, Canada. The creatively named ‘North Building Phase B’ has a construction budget of $69 million and is due to be complete by the summer of 2018.

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Diamond Schmitt Architects Cleanse Building with Vertical Living Wall

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Glimpses of the living wall can be seen from the exterior of the building at the edge of University of Ottawa's dense urban campus. (courtesy Diamond Schmitt Architects)

Glimpses of the living wall can be seen from the exterior of the building at the edge of University of Ottawa’s dense urban campus. (Courtesy Diamond Schmitt Architects)

At six stories high, this is the tallest living Biofilter wall in North America.

Neatly contained behind a glass and steel structure is Diamond Schmitt Architects and Nedlaw Living Walls’ latest creation: a 1,370 s.f. vertical living wall assembly, located within a prominent skylit atrium in Vanier Hall, a Social Sciences building on the University of Ottawa’s campus.
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This million dollar sculptural Ferris wheel at a Montreal bus stop is stirring questions about cost

(City of Montreal)

(City of Montreal)

A new bus stop in Montreal will include a 64-foot-tall, Ferris Wheel–shaped art installation that cost the city a cool $840,000. For blatantly obvious reasons, many Quebecois aren’t thrilled about that—in no small part because the expensive art project is in a part of Montreal that is struggling to combat poverty.

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West 8 delivers dynamic Queens Quay, a complete street in Toronto

Queens Quay Before. (Courtesy Waterfront Toronto)

Queens Quay Before. (Courtesy Waterfront Toronto)

After more than a decade of planning and three years of construction, Queens Quay in Toronto has been turned into a veritable urbanist’s dreamscape on the waterfront. Four lanes of traffic have been reduced to two making room for a separated bike path, separated light rail, benches, thousands of new trees, and extra-wide pedestrian promenades with pavers set into maple leaf patterns.

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Ole Scheeren wants to transform Vancouver’s glass skyline with this cantilevering tower

(Courtesy Buro-OS)

(Courtesy Buro-OS)

If you took Herzog & de Meuron‘s so-called “Jenga Tower” in New York City and combined it with NBBJ‘s so-called “Jenga Tower” in Cleveland, you would have something resembling Büro Ole Scheerens proposed residential tower in Vancouver, which, sure, kind of looks like a game of Jenga.

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Eavesdrop> Tales of bullying from a young Frank Gehry

Eavesdroplet, International
Friday, June 12, 2015
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Frank Gehry. (Courtesy Gehry Technologies; Montage by AN)

Frank Gehry. (Courtesy Gehry Technologies; Montage by AN)

In a recent essay for the forthcoming book Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal, Frank Gehry reminisced about his childhood in Canada. “My family was one of approximately 30 Jewish families in our town—Timmins, Ontario—and for a while, I was the only Jewish kid at my school. I used to get beat up regularly for ‘killing Christ.’”

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As crucial vote looms, Toronto’s leadership divided over downtown elevated highway removal

The two proposals. (Courtesy City of Toronto)

The two proposals. (Courtesy City of Toronto)

The Toronto City Council will vote on June 21 on whether to remove a one-mile elevated section of the prominent but crumbling Gardiner East Expressway in the city’s downtown. Mayor John Tory wants to rebuild the road, but his staff, including chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat, are advocating for removing the highway and replacing it with a pedestrian-friendly boulevard. It is unclear what the 45-member council will do. Read More

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