This evening at a ceremony at the Palais Royale, members of the design and development community came together to celebrate the 2017 Toronto Urban Design Awards winners.
The City of Toronto is committed to promoting design excellence, and hosts the Toronto Urban Design Awards every other year to acknowledge the significant contribution that architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists, design students and city builders make to the look and livability of the city.
This year, there were an impressive 124 submissions in nine categories, containing a variety of built projects, visions and master plans, as well as student works. The jury selected a total of 21 projects for Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit.
This competition offers the opportunity to receive city-wide recognition for outstanding design projects from an independent jury of urban visionaries, professionals and academics representing the local and international design communities.
The 2017 jury was comprised of David Anselmi, Director, Real Estate for Canada Lands Company CLC Limited; Elsa Lam, Editor, Canadian Architect; Gary McCluskie, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects; and Betsy Williamson, Principal, Williamson Williamson Inc.
The 2017 Award winners are:
Award of Excellence: Two Circles, 22 Adelaide St. W.
Award of Excellence: East Point Park Bird Sanctuary Pavilions, East Point Park
Private Buildings in Context – Low Scale Category
Award of Excellence: Branksome Hall Athletics and Wellness Centre, 10 Elm Ave.
Award of Merit: 619 Queen, 619 Queen St. W.
Award of Merit: Urban Infill in the Village of Yorkville, 92a Scollard St.
Private Buildings in Context – Mid-Rise Category
Award of Excellence: 383 Sorauren, 383 Sorauren Ave.
Award of Excellence: The Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Ave.
Private Buildings in Context – Tall Category
Award of Excellence: Queen Richmond Centre West, 134 Peter St.
Award of Merit: River City – Phase 2, 51 Trolley Cr.
Public Buildings in Context Category
Award of Excellence: Toronto Public Library, Scarborough Civic Centre Branch and Civic Green, 156 Borough Dr.
Award of Excellence: Ryerson University Student Learning Centre, 341 Yonge St.
Small Open Spaces Category
Award of Excellence: Joel Weeks Park, 10 Thompson St.
Award of Merit: Ïce Condominiums at York Centre, 12-14 York St.
Large Places and/or Neighbourhood Designs Category
Award of Excellence: West Donlands Public Realm – Mill Street, Front Street, Eastern Avenue, Cherry Street, Cooperage Street, Rolling Mills Road, Tannery Road, Palace Street, Trolley Crescent, Underpass Park
Award of Excellence: Queens Quay Boulevard, Central Waterfront, Queens Quay West between Yonge Street and Yo-Yo Ma Lane
Award of Merit: Front Street Revitalization, Front Street West between York and Bay Streets
Award of Merit: Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, 14 St. Matthews Rd.
Award of Merit: Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration, Bloor Street & Kipling Avenue
Visions and Master Plans Category
Award of Merit: Regent Park Living Lane, Regent Park Blocks 16 & 17
Student Projects Category
Award of Excellence: Flex, 794 Dundas St. W.
Award of Merit: Greening St. James Town, St. James Town
Special Jury Award for Urban Activation Category
The Hearn: Luminato Festival 2016, 440 Unwin Ave.
A display of the winning entries will take place at the following locations:
September 20 to 22, Toronto City Hall
September 25 to 29, Scarborough Civic Centre
October 2 to 6, North York Civic Centre
October 10 to13, Etobicoke Civic Centre
For more information on the awards or to view the jury report, which includes photos and full project credits for each of the winning submissions, visit http://www.toronto.ca/tuda. On social media, use #TUDA.
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