60 Atlantic Avenue / Quadrangle Architects

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Architects: Quadrangle Architects
Location: Liberty Village, , ON,
Area: 43000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ben Rahn, A-Frame, Courtesy of Quadrangle Architects, Bob Gundu

4 Ways Cold-Climate Cities Can Make The Most Of Their Waterfronts

Chaudière Island project in Ottawa. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will

Urban waterfronts have historically been the center of activity for many cities. They began as economic, transportation and manufacturing hubs, but as most industries changed their shipping patterns and consolidated port facilities, many industrial waterfronts became obsolete. In Europe, smaller historic ports were easily converted to be reused for leisure activities. However, in North America, where the ports were larger, it was more difficult to convert the waterfronts due to logistical and contamination issues.

Over the past 40 years or so, architects and urban planners have started to recognize the redevelopment potential for waterfronts across the United States and Canada, and the impact they can have on the financial and social success of cities. Though cold-climate cities pose a unique challenge for development, with effective planning cities with freezing winter months can still take advantage of the spaces year-round.

Hazelton Residence 1 / Batay-Csorba Architects

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Architects: Batay-Csorba Architects
Location: Toronto, ON,
Team: Jodi Batay-Csorba, Andrew Batay-Csorba
Area: 4000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Doublespace Photography

Counterpoint House / Paul Raff Studio Architects

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Architects: Paul Raff Studio Architects
Location: , ON, Canada
Team: Paul Raff, Samantha Scroggie, Sean Solowski, Scott Barker, Ladan Sharifpour
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc., Steve Tsai

NJIT Graduates Create A Biodegradable Pavilion For Sukkahville 2014

Courtesy of Michael Signorile and Edward Perez

In the annual Sukkahville design competition in Toronto, entrants are challenged to reimagine the sukkah, a structure that the competition organizers describe as a “symbolic wilderness shelter, symbolizing the frailty and transience of life,” traditionally built during the Jewish festival of Sukkot to commemorate the 40 years that the Jews spent wandering the desert. For the 2014 competition, New Jersey-based graduates Michael Signorile and Edward Perez created “Reflect.Reveal.Rebirth,” a structure that responds to this challenge to create a transient space for contemplation by utilizing a biodegradable skin.

Bar Raval / Partisans

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Architects: Partisans
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Team: Alexander Josephson, Pooya Baktash, Jonathan Friedman, Ivan Vasyliv, Ariel Cooke
Photographs: Jonathan Friedman / Partisans

KPMB and West 8 Selected to Redesign Toronto Ferry Terminal

Courtesy of West 8

KPMB Architects, West 8 and Greenberg Consultants have been announced as winners of a competition to revitalize Toronto’s Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbor Square Park. The winning proposal, “Harbour Landing” envisions a terminal embedded within the surrounding park and topped with a lush public green space that expands the waterfront park.

“The vision for the area will result in a welcoming gateway to the Islands – one of the City’s most unique and cherished – with amenities and infrastructure to support the approximately 1.3 million visitors who use the ferry each year,” said competition organizers, Waterfront and the City of in a press release.

Courtyard House / Studio JCI

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Architects: Studio JCI
Location: Toronto, ON,
Structural Engineering: LMS Engineering
Area: 392.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tom Arban

5 Proposals Reimagine Toronto Ferry Terminal and Waterfront Park

Harbour Landing Ferry Terminal / KBMP Architects, West 8, Greenburg Consultants. Image Courtesy of WATERFRONToronto

has unveiled five proposals for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park design competition. The finalists were tasked with transforming Toronto’s waterfront by revitalizing the existing ferry terminal and park through an extensive gradually-implemented masterplan. See all five proposals, including designs by nARCHITECTS and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, after the break.

Mount Pleasant House / Roundabout Studio

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Architects: Roundabout Studio
Location: , ON,
Area: 5480.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrew Snow, Courtesy of Roundabout Studio

Foster + Partners Reveal Plans for Toronto’s Second Tallest Tower


Foster + Partners has unveiled plans for an 80-story mixed-use tower that will rise 318-meters on a prominent site in downtown Toronto at One Bloor West. The city’s second tallest building, “The One” skyscraper aims to “pioneer a new model of vertical retail” with an expansive, 60-meter commercial base that will anchor dense housing.

AD Classics: Robarts Library / Warner, Burns, Toan & Lunde

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If the architectural volte face of the late 1960s heralded the genesis of postmodernism, deconstruction, and a golden age of theory, it came at an equally destructive cost. Escaping the totalizing regime of modernism demanded from architects more than the promise of new ideas; it required the falsification of modernist axioms and the wholesale annihilation of its spiritual eidos. In this critical moment of death and rebirth, some pieces of the modern project survived only by hiding under the cloak of the technological progress, while others—like modern city planning—persisted only because there was no way to turn back the clock.

Through House / Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

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Architects: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
Location: , ON, Canada
Area: 1450.0 ft2
Photographs: Bob Gundu

“Winter Stations” Bring Warmth to Toronto’s Frozen Beaches

Snowcone. Image © Remi Carreiro

Five finalists have emerged from the 196 submissions of ’s first international design competition. Drawing proposals from 36 countries around the world, the competition challenged entrants to transform the lifeguard stations on Toronto’s east beaches into public art pieces for the winter. The finalists’ designs were constructed in mid-February and will be displayed until March 20, 2015.

Take a look at the completed installations, after the break. 

Mid-Town Triplex / Studio JCI

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Architects: Studio JCI
Location: , ON,
Area: 456.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Scott Norsworthy

The Linear House / Green Dot Architects

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Architects: Green Dot Architects
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Team: Saied Mahboubi, Titka Safarzadeh
Area: 155.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tom Arban

Barsa Taberna / +tongtong

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Architects: +tongtong
Location: St. Lawrence Co-Operative Day Care Inc., 4 Market Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1M6,
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lisa Petrole Photography

Garden House / LGA Architectural Partners

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Architects: LGA Architectural Partners
Location: Toronto, ON,
Area: 2800.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ben Rahn/A-Frame