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8 Architectural Winter Stations Brighten Up Toronto's Beaches

14:05 - 27 February, 2017
8 Architectural Winter Stations Brighten Up Toronto's Beaches, The Beacon / Joao Araujo Sousa and Joanna Correia Silva. Image © Khristel Stecher
The Beacon / Joao Araujo Sousa and Joanna Correia Silva. Image © Khristel Stecher

Eight “Winter Stations” have been installed along Toronto’s beachfront, injecting new life into the shoreline during the Canadian city’s winter months. Completed as a result of the annual Winter Stations design competition, the eight projects responded to this year’s theme of “Catalyst,” which sought installations that “open up the waterfront landscape and reinvent the space for visitors” while considering how materials may be repurposed or reused for future iterations.

8 Projects Selected to Transform Toronto's Beachfront in the 2017 Winter Stations Design Competition

14:30 - 2 February, 2017
8 Projects Selected to Transform Toronto's Beachfront in the 2017 Winter Stations Design Competition, 8 installations will open up the Toronto waterfront landscape and reinvent the space for visitors
8 installations will open up the Toronto waterfront landscape and reinvent the space for visitors

The Toronto Winter Stations design competition has selected the five professional and three student teams that will add sculptures to the Toronto beachfront this winter for the third edition of the annual event. Under the theme of “Catalyst,” the jury sought installations that “open up the waterfront landscape and reinvent the space for visitors,” while considering how materials may be repurposed or reused for future iterations.

I See You Ashiyu / Asuka Kono and Rachel Salmela North / studio PERCH Collective Memory / Mario García and Andrea Govi BuoyBuoyBuoy / Dionisios Vriniotis, Rob Shostak, Dakota Wares-Tani and Julie Forand +9

Morphosis, Teeple Architects Among Firms to Lead OCAD University's Expansion in Toronto

16:00 - 22 January, 2017
Morphosis, Teeple Architects Among Firms to Lead OCAD University's Expansion in Toronto, OCAD U's Sharp Centre for Design, designed by Will Alsop. Image via Wikimedia Commons user Taxiarchos228. Licensed under CC-BY-3.0.
OCAD U's Sharp Centre for Design, designed by Will Alsop. Image via Wikimedia Commons user Taxiarchos228. Licensed under CC-BY-3.0.

The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) has selected firms Morphosis Architects, Teeple Architects, and Two Row Architect to manage the design and execution of the university’s new Creative City Campus (CCC) expansion project.

The project aims to extend and reinvigorate the campus core along McCaul Street in downtown Toronto and will include approximately 55,000 square feet of new construction, in addition to the renovation of 95,000 square feet of existing campus space.

The Dunn House / The Practice of Everyday Design

13:00 - 15 January, 2017
The Dunn House / The Practice of Everyday Design, © Arnaud Marthouret
© Arnaud Marthouret

© Arnaud Marthouret © Arnaud Marthouret © Arnaud Marthouret © Arnaud Marthouret +28

Ubiquity and Uniformity: Why Toronto's Condominiums All Look the Same

07:00 - 7 January, 2017
Ubiquity and Uniformity: Why Toronto's Condominiums All Look the Same, Courtesy of PARTISANS Projects
Courtesy of PARTISANS Projects

In June last year, PARTISANS published Rise and Sprawl: The Condominiumization of Toronto with architecture historian and critic Hans Ibelings. An effort to contextualize the role of the condo in Toronto’s unprecedented and intense growth over the past ten years, this thoughtful, if provocative, work offers a scathing criticism of the architecture (or lack thereof) deployed in much of the recent residential constructions in the city. It is a formal demand that the city be built more thoughtfully.  

Alex Josephson is a founding partner of PARTISANS, one of Toronto’s youngest and more innovative architecture practices. Only in its fifth year, PARTISANS has already earned accolades and awards from the American Institute of Architecture, the Ontario Association of Architects, Architect Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, and the World Architecture Festival (WAF).

Rise and Sprawl. Image Courtesy of PARTISANS Projects Rise and Sprawl. Image Courtesy of PARTISANS Projects Rise and Sprawl. Image Courtesy of PARTISANS Projects Rise and Sprawl. Image Courtesy of PARTISANS Projects +19

Junction Shadow House / POST Architecture

15:00 - 27 December, 2016
Junction Shadow House  / POST Architecture, © Revelateur studio
© Revelateur studio

© Revelateur studio © Revelateur studio © Revelateur studio © Revelateur studio +21

The Moos Home / Tampold Architects

17:00 - 15 December, 2016
The Moos Home / Tampold Architects , © Larry Arnal
© Larry Arnal

© Larry Arnal © Larry Arnal © Larry Arnal © Larry Arnal +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    576 Glencairn Ave, North York, ON M6B 1Z4, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Thomas Tampold
  • Area

    2600.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Boulevard Club West Wing Expansion / Teeple Architects

13:00 - 27 November, 2016
Boulevard Club West Wing Expansion / Teeple Architects, © Scott Norsworthy
© Scott Norsworthy

© Scott Norsworthy              © Scott Norsworthy              © Scott Norsworthy              © Scott Norsworthy              +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Lead Architects

    Stephen Teeple (Design Principal), Chris Radigan, Martin Baron
  • Area

    29000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Jackman Law Building / B+H Architects + Hariri Pontarini Architects

13:00 - 23 November, 2016
University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Jackman Law Building / B+H Architects + Hariri Pontarini Architects, Courtesy of B+H Architects
Courtesy of B+H Architects

Courtesy of B+H Architects               Courtesy of B+H Architects               Courtesy of B+H Architects               Courtesy of B+H Architects               +19

This Maple Leaf Shaped Tunnel Commemorates Hungarian Refugees in Canada

08:00 - 30 October, 2016
This Maple Leaf Shaped Tunnel Commemorates Hungarian Refugees in Canada , © Gergely Szinnay
© Gergely Szinnay

In memorial of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, which resulted in the emigration of over 37,000 Hungarians to Canada, architectural studio Hello Wood has created Tunnel Through Time, a contemporary interpretation of the historic event that remembers the heroes of the revolution and especially honoring the Canadian people who welcomed Hungarian refugees. 

Composed of 37,565 pieces—one for each Hungarian refugee accepted into Canada—the tunnel begins with a Hungarian flag with a hole in the middle, representing how protesters cut the communist coat of arms out of the Hungarian flag during the revolution. The tunnel then morphs—as a representation of the journey of the refugees—until it reaches an exit, which is shaped like the national symbol of Canada, the maple leaf.

© Gergely Szinnay © Gergely Szinnay © Gergely Szinnay © Gergely Szinnay +41

Zn House / +tongtong

13:00 - 3 October, 2016
Zn House / +tongtong, © Lisa Petrole
© Lisa Petrole

© Lisa Petrole © Lisa Petrole © Lisa Petrole © Lisa Petrole +25

  • Designers

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Principal

    John Tong
  • Senior Designer

    Nathan Dykstra
  • Area

    3000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

12 Degrees / CORE Architects

13:00 - 28 September, 2016
12 Degrees / CORE Architects , Courtesy of CORE Architects
Courtesy of CORE Architects

Courtesy of CORE Architects Courtesy of CORE Architects Courtesy of CORE Architects Courtesy of CORE Architects +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Area

    89050.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of CORE Architects

Copenhagen Named the World's Most Livable City in Metropolis Magazine's 2016 Rankings

09:30 - 11 September, 2016
Copenhagen Named the World's Most Livable City in Metropolis Magazine's 2016 Rankings, Copenhagen. Public domain image <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vor_Frelsers_Kirke-view8.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a>.
Copenhagen. Public domain image via Wikimedia.

Metropolis Magazine has released their 2016 rankings of the world's most "livable" cities. Acknowledging that what makes a city "livable" can often be subjective, the team at Metropolis emphasizes that in creating the list they "focused on the concerns at Metropolis’ core—housing, transportation, sustainability, and culture." The result of this research was last year's top prize-winner Toronto dropping to the number 9 spot and Copenhagen, which last year took the number 4 spot, jumping to the top. Rounding out the top three are Berlin and Helsinki.

Instar House / rzlbd

13:00 - 7 September, 2016
Instar House / rzlbd, © Borzu Talaie
© Borzu Talaie

© Borzu Talaie © Borzu Talaie © Borzu Talaie © Borzu Talaie +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    North York, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Area

    2200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Opposite House / rzlbd

11:00 - 10 August, 2016
Opposite House / rzlbd, © Borzu Talaie
© Borzu Talaie

© Borzu Talaie © Borzu Talaie © Borzu Talaie © Borzu Talaie +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cliffcrest, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Area

    600.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

100 Broadview Lobby / Quadrangle Architects & Interiors

15:00 - 12 July, 2016
100 Broadview Lobby  / Quadrangle Architects & Interiors, © Brandon Barré
© Brandon Barré

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Brandon Barré © Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Brandon Barré +8

68 Claremont / Tom Chung Studio

11:00 - 20 June, 2016
68 Claremont  / Tom Chung Studio, © Due Pinlac & Tom Chung
© Due Pinlac & Tom Chung

© Due Pinlac & Tom Chung © Due Pinlac & Tom Chung © Due Pinlac & Tom Chung © Due Pinlac & Tom Chung +14

Branksome Hall Athletics & Wellness Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

09:00 - 5 May, 2016
Branksome Hall Athletics & Wellness Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects , © Shai Gil
© Shai Gil

© Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil +25