Yesterday, October 10, Studio Daniel Libeskind celebrated the “Topping Off” ceremony for Toronto’s “L Tower” with aerial acrobatics dancing across the North face of the structure. The 58-storey skyscraper, located at the intersection of Yonge Street and The Esplanade, is part of the redevelopment of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. It was designed to be an architectural transition between the towers of the financial district to the west and the historic residential St. Lawrence neighborhood to the east. A 5000 square-feet public plaza along the redevelopment’s west side will serve as an additional public space for the theater, L Tower residents and the downtown community. Continue reading for more.
David Mirvish, founder of Mirvish Productions, and Toronto-born starchitect Frank Gehry have officially unveiled a massive, mixed-use project that will transform Toronto’s downtown arts and entertainment district. The multi-phase project will significantly alter the city’s skyline with three, “sculptural” residential towers perched atop two, six story podiums.
Mirvish describes, “I am not building three towers, I am building three sculptures that people can live in.”
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Internationally acclaimed artist and architect Paul Raff just unveiled a permanent sculpture at the opening of the Waterfront Toronto Underpass Park on August 2. Suspended overhead of pedestrians, large scale mirror-like surfaces create an illusory appearance, which bends light rays to produce a displaced image much like a mirage. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Opening September 12, the Design Exchange in Downtown Toronto will be the site of the newest exhibit titled “Considering the Quake | Seismic Design on the Edge,” curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, postdoctoral fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics. The exhibit, which runs through to November 9, will feature recent cutting edge building projects from some of the most innovative architects and engineers, as seen through the lens of earthquake engineering. More information on the exhibition after the break.
Architects: Kyra Clarkson Architect – Kyra Clarkson, Christopher Glaisek
Location: 154 Rhodes Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
Completion Date: May 2012
Area: 1,800 sqm (1,260 above grade)
Landscape Architect: Elise Shelley Landscape Architect
Contractor: Collaborative Ventures Inc.
Photographs: Steven Evans Photography
Taking place at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, the Columbia Building Intelligence Project Think Tank organized by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP). With the theme of ‘Vectored Resources,’ their seventh Think Tank in Toronto on March 8th from 1-5:3opm will involve rethinking the future of the building industry into four 60-minute sessions followed by roundtable discussions. The discussion panels for this event include Materials and Processes, Assemblies and Systems, Design and Development, and Development and Policy. For more information, please visit here.
Architects: Montgomery Sisam Architects + Farrow Partnership Architects
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Structural Engineers: Halcrow Yolles
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: MMM Group
Landscape Engineers: Vertech Design Inc.
Completion Date: November 2011
Site Area: 23 acres
Total Gross Floor Area: 48,300 sf
Photographs: Tom Arban
Big Enough? Architecture Exhibition held at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada now until July 8 features architecture firms Altius Architecture Inc., nkA and rzlbd who created new installations which explore the idea of what is big enough. In addition, artist Surendra Lawoti presents a photography installation. The Metrics or Memories? installation by nkA seeks to illustrate the potential qualitative returns should we choose to shift focus from the metrics of space to the optimization of spatial experience. More architects’ description after the break.
PLANT Architecture has recently been recognized with an Honorable Mention in the City of Toronto’s Urban Design Awards. Held every other year, the awards acknowledge the contributions design has on the local milieu. PLANT’s revitalization of the Nathan Phillips Podium Square (part of Toronto’s iconic City Hall by Viljo Revell) introduces a greenscape to the podium previously occupied solely with a vast hardscaped plaza.
An increasing trend towards sustainable construction within the building industry has resulted in a steady stream of “green” products into the marketplace. It is not uncommon to see products labeled with numerous claims that are certified by previously unheard of governing bodies. Industry leaders recently gathered in Toronto at Greenbuild to focus on avenues to increase the transparency of such claims made in the marketplace, and develop an integrated information source to reduce confusion and increase reliability.
Some of the players that are beginning to influence the conversation include the US Green Building Council and the US Forest Service, both of whom are advocates for increased regulation and standardization of Environmental Product Declarations. Architecture 2030 has also introduced a new initiative aimed at the reduction of dependency of fossil fuels in the building life cycle, reductions in greenhouse gas embodies products, and an overall reduction in energy consumption to carbon-neutral by 2030. With the latest update to the AIA 2030 Commitment, these new initiatives mark an increasing awareness of the overall building life cycle costs and their impact on our environments.
USA Today has put together a list of city neighborhoods which are satiated with activity, areas which offer a “great slice of urban life.” These districts trend from the urban vicinity to its very core, each in itself exemplifying the revitalization of the American city. The list includes regions which have been influenced by deliberate urban revitalization projects, such as High Line Park in Chelsea; while other neighborhoods have experienced an influx of a younger populace which has contributed to its growth, such as Lawrenceville in Pittsburgh.
See the 10 Up and Coming Urban Neighborhoods after the break.