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Images Leaked of Major Development at Toronto's Union Station

Details have been leaked of a major new development on the Southern edge of downtown Toronto, just East of Union Station. The scheme, uncovered by UrbanToronto and its inquisitive users, involves the connection of sites on both sides of the railway tracks, and will include three towers and a pedestrian bridge featuring a park and retail space. It is understood that Wilkinson Eyre are the architects, after BD confirmed last week that they have recently won a major competition in Toronto.

Read on for more details of the project

Revised Design Unveiled for Toronto's Mirvish+Gehry Towers

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

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Blantyre House / Williamson Chong Architects

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Behind the Living Wall: An Interview with Birgit Siber

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural materials 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 Toronto. 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.

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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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