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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Recipients of the 2011 Toronto Urban Design Awards announced

At a ceremony held this evening at the Palais Royale, members of the design and development community came together to celebrate the winners of the 2011 Toronto Urban Design Awards. From an impressive 129 submissions containing a variety of built projects, visions and master plans, as well as student works, the jury selected 23 projects for awards of excellence and honourable mentions.

The 2011 jury was made up of renowned design professionals including Christine Abe, Principal at The MBTW Group; Ronji Borooah, Town Architect and Head of Urban Design at the Town of Markham; Ralph Giannone, founding partner at Giannone Petricone Associates Inc.; John Lorinc, a journalist specializing in urban affairs, municipal politics, development and public space; and Greg Smallenberg, founding partner of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg.

A copy of the final jury report, including photos and full design credits, is available at

"The number and quality of this year's nominated projects demonstrate a high level of sophistication and excellence in the design and construction of structures throughout the city," said Councillor Peter Milczyn (Ward 5 Etobicoke Lakeshore), Chair of the Planning and Growth Management Committee. "This enhances the livability, vibrancy and aesthetics of Toronto. Toronto can proudly boast of having one of the most talented pools of practising design professionals and sophisticated development companies anywhere in the world."

A display of the chosen entries will be presented at City Hall and three of Toronto's civic centres as follows:
September 20 to 23: City Hall - Rotunda
October 10 to October 14: Etobicoke Civic Centre
October 17 to 21: North York Civic Centre
October 24 to 28: Scarborough Civic Centre - Rotunda

The following are the 2011 award recipients by category:

Award of Excellence: Salvation Army Harbour Lightbox (160 Jarvis St.)
Honourable Mention: Sherbourne Common Pavilion (51 Dockside Dr., Toronto Waterfront)

Award of Excellence: Shops of Summerhill (1099 Yonge St.)
Honourable Mention: Dacre Crescent Residence (28 Dacre Cresc.)
Honourable Mention: Regent Park Townhouses (620 Dundas St. E.)
Honourable Mention: Richmond Town Manors (853 Richmond St. W.)

Award of Excellence: 60 Richmond Housing Co-op (60 Richmond St. E.)
Honourable Mention: The Printing Factory Lofts (201 Carlaw Ave.)
Honourable Mention: The Robert Watson Lofts (363/369 Sorauren Ave.)

Award of Excellence: Telus House Toronto (25 York St.)
Award of Excellence: RBC Centre (155 Wellington St. W.)

Award of Excellence: One Cole (1 Cole St., Regent Park)
Award of Excellence: Thompson Hotel and Residences (550 Wellington St. W.)

Award of Excellence: TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St. W.)

Award of Excellence: West Toronto Railpath (between Cariboo Avenue and Dundas Street West)
Honourable Mention: Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization – Podium Roof Garden (100 Queen St. W.)

Award of Excellence: Canada's Sugar Beach (Lower Jarvis Street, south of Queen's Quay Boulevard)

Award of Excellence:  The Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge (53 Strachan Ave.)
Award of Excellence: Toronto's Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study, City of Toronto
Honourable Mention: OCAD University Capital Master Plan, City of Toronto
Honourable Mention: Parkway Forest Reurbanization, Don Mills/Sheppard Avenue

Award of Excellence: Feed Toronto: Growing the Hydrofields (Toronto's Hydrofields)
Honourable Mention: MaMmaL: A Mobile Media Lab for Regent Park Focus (Regent Park)

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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