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

According to the most recent national census in Canada, 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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To Be Destroyed: A Call For Ideas

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 Toronto, Canada.

Williamson Chong to Receive RAIC's Emerging Practice Award

First an Emerging Voices recipient, now a laureate of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Emerging Architectural Practice Award; Toronto’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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Paul H. Cocker Architecture Gallery / Gow Hastings Architects

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

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St. James Cathedral Centre / architectsAlliance

  • Architects: architectsAlliance
  • Location: 65 King Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1G3, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: Peter Clewes
  • Design Architect : Heather Rolleston
  • Project Architect: Robert Cadeau
  • Design Team: Masoud Mahboubullah, Javier Viteri
  • Area: 2355.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tom Arban

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Lady Peel House / rzlbd

  • Architects: rzlbd
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: Reza Aliabadi
  • Area: 3000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: borXu Design

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Mjölk House / Studio Junction

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

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Sherbourne Common / PFS Studio

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

Tetris House / rzlbd

  • Architects: rzlbd
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Project Team: Reza Aliabadi, Ehsan Zareian
  • Structure: Ali Saeed
  • Construction Management: Doreen Development Inc.
  • Area: 3000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: borXu Design

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Totem House / rzlbd

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

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Humber Centre for Justice Leadership / Gow Hastings Architects

  • 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
  • Landscape Consultant: NAK Design Group
  • Structural Consultant: Cathro Engineering Limited
  • Mechanical & Electrical Consultant: McGregor Allsop Limited
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tom Arban

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Updated Renderings Released for Mirvish+Gehry Toronto

David Mirvish, founder of Mirvish Productions, and Toronto-born starchitect Frank Gehry have released updated renderings 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...

Polar Securities Office / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

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One Yonge / Hariri Pontarini Architects

Located where the longest street in North America, Yonge Street, meets Lake Ontario, One Yonge will be a truly mixed-use development, re- defining the typical ratio between residential, commercial and retail space within a single city block. This landmark development will comprise six new buildings of varying height with a total of approximately 6.3 million square feet of accommodation including a 40-storey office tower, a 70-storey tower with a hotel and branded residence, and four residential towers surrounding a courtyard with a woonerf-style access. 

Toronto Union Station: Go Transit Roof Proposal / Zeidler Partnership Architects

As the 'last piece of the puzzle' at Toronto's Union Station, the renovation of the train shed roof covering the passenger platforms and tracks which connects GO Transit’s Union Station Bus Terminal to the station building delivers part of the “The Big Move” promise, Metrolinx’s twenty-five year regional transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects, their train shed roof was recently awarded with a 2012 Canadian Architect Award. Most of the 8.6-acre train shed roof is being refurbished, and the central portion is being removed and replaced with a new glass atrium to celebrate the station. More images and architects' description after the break.

Cedarvale Ravine House / Drew Mandel Architects

  • Architects: Drew Mandel Architects
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Design Team: Drew Mandel, Allison Gonsalves, Jowenne Poon
  • Structural Engineering: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
  • Builder: Samaryn Homes: Amnon Sarkozi, Andrej Paulik (site supervisor)
  • Area: 3250.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects

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