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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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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Removal of Vancouver’s Viaducts: Making room for housing, culture, and parks

Vancouver without the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. (Courtesy City of Vancouver)

Vancouver without the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. (Courtesy City of Vancouver)

On October 27th, the Vancouver City Council voted 5–4 to remove the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, making space for housing, culture, and parks.

The viaducts were part of a proposed freeway system through East Vancouver in 1971, until residents protested, and the project was abandoned. In June 2013, the city council made a unanimous vote to study the potential impact of removing the viaducts that connect the downtown to neighborhoods on the city’s East side.

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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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UUfie Transforms Flagship Store With Icy Cool Glass Block

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Ports 1961 glows at dusk. (Shengliang Su)

From Functional to Fashionable: glass blocks used to create a glowing facade in Shanghai.

Located in a high-end fashion district in Shanghai, this storefront was dramatically reclad in a custom glass block assembly by Toronto-based architecture studio UUfie. The facade is part of an adaptive reuse project, converting an old office building into a new flagship store for fashion house Ports 1961.
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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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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

West 8 and friends selected to give Toronto’s waterfront a “great green living room”

(Courtesy West 8, KPMB Architects, Greenberg Consultants via Waterfront Toronto)

(Courtesy West 8, KPMB Architects, Greenberg Consultants via Waterfront Toronto)

Hey Torontonians, your city’s waterfront might be getting a pretty exciting makeover dubbed a “great green living room for the city.” The City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto have announced that a proposal from West 8, KPMB Architects, and Greenberg Consultants has won its competition to reimagine the dated Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and adjacent Harbour Square Park.

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Toronto Design Competition hopes to lure people to the beach in the dead of winter

HotBox by Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft.

HotBox by Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft.

Believe it or not, Toronto’s beaches are not a particularly huge draw during the winter months—insiders say it has something to do with temperature. To try and change that—to make the city’s beaches seem appealing even in frigid temperatures—some optimistic Canadians have launched an international design competition to transform the city’s sandy stretches.

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An interactive kaleidoscope of 50 colorful prisms hopes to entice winter exploration in Montreal

Prismatica. (Courtesy James Brittain)

Prismatica. (Courtesy James Brittain)

With 50 pivoting prisms, Toronto-based architecture firm RAW has transformed downtown Montreal into an interactive kaleidoscope. The installation, called Prismatica, is one of two winners selected in the city’s fifth annual Luminothérapie competition. This is the first time that a non-Quebec based firm has won the competition, so congrats to RAW.

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Michael Van Valkenburgh’s new Toronto park is a stormwater treatment plant in disguise

Corktown Common Pavilion. (Courtesy ARUP)

Corktown Common Pavilion. (Courtesy ARUP)

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) has taken its talents up north to Canada with the new Corktown Common park in Toronto. The 18-acre public space—which is part of the burgeoning, 80-acre West Don Lands neighborhood—was created with Arup and developed by Waterfront Toronto, the government-funded corporation spearheading the revitalization of the city’s waterfront.

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