Revised Design Unveiled for Toronto’s Mirvish+Gehry Towers

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Frank Gehry and Developer David Mirvish have revealed the latest design iteration in their embattled plan to build a set of mixed-use skyscrapers in Toronto. The new design reduces the number of towers, from three to two, however the remaining towers are taller than before, with one at 82 stories and one at 92.

The buildings will house apartments, a new art gallery and space for OCAD University as previously planned, but the decision to use two towers instead of three means that three of the five existing buildings can be retained – including the Princess of Wales Theatre, and two designated heritage warehouses – sidestepping some of the criticisms of the previous scheme.

Read on after the break for Frank Gehry’s take on the design

House In The Beach / Drew Mandel Architects

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Architects: Drew Mandel Architects
Location: Toronto, ON,
Area: 2,139 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Shai Gil Fotography, Chris Nicholls

Blantyre House / Williamson Chong Architects

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Architects: Williamson Chong Architects
Location: , ON, Canada
Area: 2,300 sqft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Bob Gundu

Behind the Living Wall: An Interview with Birgit Siber

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Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Green, or living, walls have begun popping up and growing across commercial interiors everywhere over the last decade. To understand how a living wall functions, and how to design one, we went straight to a pioneer in the profession: Ms. Birgit Siber of Diamond Schmitt Architects in . The synthesis of natural systems and building systems had been in her mind since her days as a student, but the major break came in 2000, when her team constructed a massive living wall for The University of Guelph-Humbar. To understand how architects are closing the gap between interior and exterior via the living wall, read the full interview after the break.

Architecture for Humanity Toronto Launches Lecture Series: “Incremental Strategies for Vertical Neighborhoods”

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According to the most recent national census in , almost half of Toronto residents are immigrants, one-third of whom arrived in the past ten years. To allow the city to adapt to this surging flow of immigrants, Architecture for Humanity Toronto (AFHTO) has called upon students and professionals from various backgrounds to rethink Toronto’s urban fabric – and, in particular, its high-rise developments – by establishing a series of lectures and workshops entitled “Incremental Strategies for Vertical Neighborhoods.”

At the inaugural event a few weeks ago, Filipe Balestra of Urban Nouveau* was invited to speak about his work and contribute to a design charrette inspired by the City of Toronto’s Tower Renewal program. For more on Balestra and the event, keep reading after the break.

PoolHouse / +tongtong

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Architects: +tongtong
Location: , ON,
Area: 1,000 sqft
Year: 2014
Photographs: Colin Faulkner

To Be Destroyed: A Call For Ideas

Between Life and Death (2006) Carlos & Jason Sanchez / © Walter Willems

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is calling for submissions that respond to the thematic of an upcoming exhibition, entitled TBD, that will be on view September 5 to October 25, 2014 in , .

The exhibition proposes that the definition of a museum is not fixed but rather “to be determined.” By asking, “what is a contem- porary art gallery?” the exhibition questions our fundamental assumptions concerning the role and importance of museums in so- ciety and their associated architectural forms. MOCCA’s galleries will become a place of inquiry and discussion featuring artworks and activities that destroy existing paradigms and offer projections about the shape of museums in the future. This is a particularly timely topic given the proliferation of museum architecture in Canada and abroad and the current juncture in MOCCA’s existence which sees the institution searching for a new and permanent venue.

Williamson Chong to Receive RAIC’s Emerging Practice Award

Frogs Hollow / . Image © Bob Gundu

First an Emerging Voices recipient, now a laureate of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Emerging Architectural Practice Award; ’s Williamson Chong Architects has proved themselves to be one of Northern America’s most promising firms. Founded just three short years ago, the seven-person practice has been chosen to be the RAIC’s second Emerging Practice Award recipient for “consistently producing innovating projects that contain quality detailing and craftsmanship.”

The Coxwell House / Rohan Walter

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Architects: Rohan Walter
Location: Coxwell Avenue, , ON,
Area: 800.0 ft2
Year: 2008
Photographs: Dave Rempel, Courtesy of Rohan Walter

Paul H. Cocker Architecture Gallery / Gow Hastings Architects

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Architects: Gow Hastings Architects
Location: 325 Church Street, , Toronto, ON M5B, Canada
Area: 3120.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shai Gil

St. James Cathedral Centre / architectsAlliance

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Architects: architectsAlliance
Location: , ON, Canada
Architect In Charge: Peter Clewes
Design Architect : Heather Rolleston
Project Architect: Robert Cadeau
Design Team: Masoud Mahboubullah, Javier Viteri
Area: 2,355 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tom Arban

Lady Peel House / rzlbd

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Architects: rzlbd
Location: , ON, Canada
Architect In Charge: Reza Aliabadi
Area: 3,000 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: borXu Design

Mjölk House / Studio Junction

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Architects: Studio Junction
Location: , ON, Canada
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joe Lin / Studio Junction, Juli Baker

Sherbourne Common / PFS Studio

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Architects: PFS Studio
Location: , ON, Canada
Design Team: The Planning Partnership, Jill Anholt Studio, Teeple Architects
Client: Waterfront Toronto
Year: 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban, Courtesy of , Courtesy of Waterfront Toronto, Aristea Rizakos

Tetris House / rzlbd

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Architects: rzlbd
Location: Toronto, ON,
Project Team: Reza Aliabadi, Ehsan Zareian
Area: 3,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of borXu Design

Totem House / rzlbd

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Architects: rzlbd
Location: , ON, Canada
Design Team: Reza Aliabadi, Lailee Soleimani
Area: 1600.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of rzlbd

Humber Centre for Justice Leadership / Gow Hastings Architects

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Architects: Gow Hastings Architects
Location: Toronto, Ontario,
Design Team: Philip Hastings, Valerie Gow, Jim Burkitt, David Colussi, Dan Malka, Rich D’Alessandro, Janice Lee, Julian Ocampo
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tom Arban

Updated Images Released for Mirvish+Gehry Toronto

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David Mirvish, founder of Mirvish Productions, and Toronto-born starchitect Frank Gehry have released updated models of their massive, mixed-used project planned to transform Toronto’s downtown arts and entertainment district. The Mirvish+Gehry vision will include a triad of residential towers perched on top a six-story, wooden podium inspired by the site’s industrial past and covered in a ‘cloud-like’ sculptural skin.

The towers, rising over 80 stories each, will house condos, a new OCADU campus, and a gallery space to house the Mirvish’s collection of modern art.

More renderings after the break…