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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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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68 Claremont / Tom Chung Studio

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

13:00 - 28 April, 2016
Relmar / Architects Luc Bouliane, © Bob Gundu
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Relmar Rd, Toronto, ON M5P, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Luc Bouliane, Wes Wilson and Natasha Lebel
  • Area

    4000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Fort York Branch Library / KPMB Architects

11:00 - 12 April, 2016
Fort York Branch Library / KPMB Architects, © James Brittain
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Tokyo Smoke Found / Steven Fong Architect

17:00 - 14 March, 2016
Tokyo Smoke Found / Steven Fong Architect, © A-Frame/Ben Rahn
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Steven Fong Architect
  • Design Team

    Steven Fong and Katt Gudov
  • Area

    330.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Wins RAIC's 2016 Firm Award

12:13 - 11 March, 2016
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Wins RAIC's 2016 Firm Award, Regent Park Aquatic Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects. Image © Shai Gil
Regent Park Aquatic Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects. Image © Shai Gil

Toronto-based MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) has been selected to receive the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's (RAIC) 2016 Architectural Firm Award. Known for their work in community recreation and sports buildings, the more than 50-person practice was chosen by the jury for their "wellness approach" to design and contribution to the "broader communities in which the projects are located."

MJMA has consistently achieved a very high quality of architecture and bold clarity throughout its large body of work,” said the five-member jury. “In addition to the spectacular spatial qualities, the architecture exhibits a clear problem-solving approach.

The Granite Club / Montgomery Sisam Architects

11:00 - 11 March, 2016
The Granite Club / Montgomery Sisam Architects, © Shai Gil
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Bala Line House / Williamson Chong Architects

11:00 - 9 March, 2016
Bala Line House  / Williamson Chong Architects, © Bob Gundu
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Design Team

    Donald Chong, Chris Routley, Shane Williamson, Betsy Williamson
  • Area

    2400.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

BIG Designs Moshe Safdie-Inspired Habitat for Toronto

14:00 - 29 February, 2016
BIG Designs Moshe Safdie-Inspired Habitat for Toronto, Courtyard. Image © BIG
Courtyard. Image © BIG

BIG has unveiled plans for a new residential development on downtown Toronto's King Street West. A "ziggurat" designed to "create communities," as The Globe and Mail says, "Toronto 2.0" features two "pixilated" towers likened to Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67

Whimsical Winter Stations Warm Toronto’s Beaches

14:00 - 19 February, 2016
Whimsical Winter Stations Warm Toronto’s Beaches, In the Belly of a Bear. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio
In the Belly of a Bear. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio

Seven winter stations have been erected along Toronto’s beaches adding color and refuge to the shoreline during the winter months. Part of the annual Winter Stations design competition, this year’s theme was “Freeze/Thaw,” which asked participants to respond to “the changing climactic conditions and transitions of the Toronto winter.”

Four professional designs and three student designs were built this year, transforming existing lifeguard stations into vibrant installations. A community fire place was also designed and implemented by Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal. The installations will stay open until March 19, 2016. View images of each winter station after the break.

The SFC Bridge / Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi

13:00 - 8 February, 2016
The SFC Bridge / Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi, © Andrew Rowatt
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Project Architect

    Jonathan Berg
  • Design

    Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi (RA AIA)
  • Executive Architects

    Page + Steele/ IBI Group Toronto
  • Principal

    Mansoor Kazerouni
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Winners Revealed for Toronto’s 2016 Winter Stations Design Competition

08:00 - 13 January, 2016
Winners Revealed for Toronto’s 2016 Winter Stations Design Competition, Courtesy of Winter Stations
Courtesy of Winter Stations

Now in its second year, Toronto’s annual Winter Stations design competition has revealed its four winning designs, and three student designs that will add art to Toronto’s beaches. Receiving almost 400 submissions from local and international designers, this year’s theme “Freeze/Thaw” challenged participants to respond to the changing climate of winter. Founded by RAW Design, Ferris + Associates, and Curio, the Winter Stations Design Competition uses design to inspire Torontonians back outside.

“The public participation in Winter's Station's inaugural year proves that even the most overlooked winterscapes can be injected with vibrancy and life," says Ted Merrick, lead designer at landscape architecture firm Ferris + Associates. "Our ultimate goal for year two remains the same - to encourage the community out of hibernation and back to the beach." 

The winning designs will be built along different beaches in Toronto, adding to existing lifeguard towers. See the winners after the break.

Heathdale Residence / TACT Design INC

13:00 - 11 January, 2016
Heathdale Residence / TACT Design INC, © David Giral
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The Bergeron Centre For Engineering Excellence / ZAS Architects

11:00 - 22 December, 2015
The Bergeron Centre For Engineering Excellence / ZAS Architects, © Doublespace Photography
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