New Commitments for Environmental Transparency

© 2010 2030, Inc. / Architecture 2030

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.

© 2010 2030, Inc. / Architecture 2030

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.

10 Up and Coming Urban Neighborhoods

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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.

Thomas L. Wells Public School / Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

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Architects: Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Location: Toronto, Ontario,
Project Team: Barry Sampson, Seth Atkins, Geoffrey Thün, Ian Douglas, Yves Bonnardeaux, Mauro Carreño, Gregory Reuter, McMichael Ruth, Andria Vacca, Colin Ripley, Jason Lee
Contractor: Struct-Con Construction
Project Year: 2005
Project Area: 6,108 sqm
Photographs: Tom Arban

Block 24E / KPMB Architects

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Block 24E combines residential building forms of different heights with street-related retail bases to activate the southern portion of Spadina Avenue, one of Toronto’s most important north-south arterials. It anchors the CityPlace development as it transitions from east to west and forms a gateway on Spadina to create a more inviting pedestrian experience. Beyond activating the precinct, its formal silhouette will make a significant statement in support of the Mayor’s and the City of Toronto’s agenda to create a City Beautiful.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: Toronto, Ontario,
Project Area: 662,734 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tom Arban

Maple Leaf Square / KPMB Architects

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Maple Leaf Square will create a bold and energetic 24 hour sports, entertainment and residential precinct in downtown Toronto. Situated between the Toronto Financial District to the north and Harbourfront to the south, and anchored by the adjacent Air Canada Centre, the new complex will consolidate this precinct into a vital sports and entertainment district in the city.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: Toronto, , Canada
Project Area: 1,135,431 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban

The Printing Factory Lofts / Montgomery Sisam Architects

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Architects: Chandler Graham / Montgomery Sisam Architects, joint venture architects inc.
Location: , Ontario, Canada
Developer/Client: Beaverbrook Homes
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: Novatrend Engineering Group Ltd.
Project area: 21,470 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Tom Arban

Panel Discussion with Chris Pommer, Michael Awad and Samantha Sanella

Chris Pommer will be speaking on a panel with Michael Awad and Samantha Sanella this weekend. The discussion will center on building downtown culture, in the context of the Revitalization of Viljo Revell’s archetypal City Hall and Square. Join the discussion – and check out the Outdoor Art Exhibition – NOON ON SUNDAY, 10 July 2011, in the City Hall Rotunda. (The Podium Roof Garden is in full bloom, too, so bring your lunch and enjoy the sun up there.)

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5/6 House / rzlbd

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Architects: rzlbd – Reza Aliabadi
Location: Toronto, ,
Project team: Reza Aliabadi, Lailee Soleimani, Mehrdad Tavakolian
Project area: 4,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010 – 2011
Photographs: borXu Design

NPS Podium Roof Garden / PLANT Architect & Perkins+Will Canada

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The Podium Roof Garden is the first transformation in the competition-winning scheme “Agora Theatre” – the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization. This 3-acre upper-level component of Viljo Revell’s 1965 iconic and visionary City Hall and multi-level public square in Toronto was originally conceived as a ceremonial public space, reached via a giant sculptural ramp. The space was never successful at attracting the public – it was a grim, empty, three acres of concrete that has been closed for well over a decade. The Podium Roof Garden re-conceives this upper level as a public park integrated with the elevated walkway system, and while respecting the complex’s heritage status, reopening it to the public as a truly engaging 21st Century space.

Architect: PLANT Architect & Perkins+Will
Location: Toronto, Canada
General Contractor: Flynn Canada / Gardens in the Sky
Structural: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
Mechanical/Electrical: Crossey Engineering Ltd.
Project Team: PLANT – Chris Pommer, Lisa Rapoport, Mary Tremain, Elise Shelley, Vanessa Eickhoff, Lisa Moffitt, Jane Hutton, Heather Asquith, Lisa Dietrich, Suzanne Ernst, Jessica Craig, Jeremy McGregor, Matt Hartney; STIP – Andrew Frontini, D’Arcy Arthurs, Linda Neumayer, Perry Edwards, Gavin Guthrie; HSLA – Peter Schaudt, John Ridenour; ABUP – Adrian Blackwell, Marcin Kedzior; James Urban; Blanche Lemko van Ginkel.
Photographs: Steven Evans

Shaft House / rzlbd

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Architects: rzlbd
Location: ,
Design Team: Reza Aliabadi & Ali Malekzadeh
Project Manager: Ali Malekzadeh
Project Area: 1,400 sq ft
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: borXu Design

Creemore Farm / PLANT Architect

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The Creemore Farm is a frugal renovation and 85 sqm extension to a turn of the century farmhouse north of Toronto, overlooking rolling hills and expansive views. The addition reorients the whole house toward the view, presenting tall panoramic corner windows in the sitting area at the ground floor, and the master bedroom at the second floor, both framing the vista to the Southeast.

Architect: PLANT Architect
Location: Toronto, Canada
Project Team: Chris Pommer, Lisa Rapoport, Heather Asquith, Judy Sanz-Solé, Jane Hutton, Jessica Craig, Matthew Hartney
Engineer: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
Contractor/Cabinets: Porter Skelton & Associates Ltd., Clearview Woodworking
Project Area: 85 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Peter Legris Photography

Camp Arowhon Headquarters / PLANT Architect

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Camp Arowhon is a family-run summer camp in Algonquin Park. The new 250 sqm two-story storefront is a new headquarters intended to create a visual presence in the community, facilitate administration, and create a place which fosters a post-camp alumni community. The owners wanted the building to feel like “a piece of Algonquin Park in the city” evoking the character of camp, while wanting to avoid the camp imagery overused by spas and clothing retailers. The character was established instead through the use and detailing of materials: using harvested raw and rough hewn wood from the camp, and detailing them with a more polished, but simple elegance found in camp buildings.

Architect: PLANT Architect
Location: Toronto, Canada
Project Team: Chris Pommer, Lisa Rapoport, Mary Tremain, Jane Hutton
Contractor: Integer Construction
Cabinetwork: Edwards and Wilson Cabinetmakers
Engineer: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
Planting & Irrigation: Oriole Landscaping
Signage: Arrow Graphics
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Peter Legris Photography

Update: Absolute Towers / MAD Architects

© Jason Zytynsky

Designed by MAD Architects, the Absolute Towers located in Toronto, are nearing completion, and we are sharing with you the latest under construction photographs byJason Zytynsky. Serving as a gateway to the city beyond, the towers’ facade contains a continuous balcony wrapping the entire building.  In 2006 competed and won the international competition to design the towers.

More images after the break.

Young Centre for the Performing Arts / KPMB Architects

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The Young Centre for the Performing Arts (YCPA) is the result of a unique partnership between George Brown College and Soulpepper Theatre Company. Since opening in January 2006, the Young Centre has significantly anchored the Distillery District as a cultural destination. The project introduces a new paradigm that combines teaching and live performance in one facility.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: The Distillery District, Tank Houses 9 and 10, Toronto, ,
Project Area: 44,000 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Tom Arban

TIFF Bell Lightbox / KPMB Architects

© Maris Mezulis

The winning competition design for the Bell Lightbox and Festival Tower was conceived on an epic scale to create a city of cinema within the city that hosts one of the most important annual film festivals. It was also designed to reflect the heterogeneity and openness that characterizes Toronto. Located in the heart of the city’s media and entertainment district, the architecture of the Bell Lightbox at the corner of King and John Streets injects energy into the precinct.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: Toronto, ,
Project Team: Bruce Kuwabara, Design partner; Shirley Blumberg, Partner-in-Charge; Luigi LaRocca, Senior Associate; Matthew Wilson, Project Architect; Matt Krivosudsky, Bruno Weber, Brent Wagler, Glenn MacMullin, Andrea Macaroun, Rita Kiriakis, Lilly Liakus, Carolyn Lee, David Poloway ,Tyler Sharp, Debra Fabricus, Claudio Venier, Thom Seto, Walter Gaudet, Krista Clark, Clementine Chang, Winston Chong, Carla Munoz, Elizabeth Paden, Bill Colaco, Nicko Elliot, Norm Li.
Architect of Record: Kirkor Architects & Planners
Project Area: 547,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Maris Mezulis, Tom Arban, Mehrdad Tavakkolian

The Royal Conservatory, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning / KPMB Architects

© Eduard Hueber

The new TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning is the final phase in the Master Plan to build a new home for ’s premier music and arts educator, the Royal Conservatory. KPMB, under the direction of Marianne McKenna, has been working with the RCM to realize the vision set forth in the 1991 award winning Master Plan.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, , Canada
Project Area: 190,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Eduard Hueber, Tom Arban

Shops of Summerhill / AUDAXarchitecture

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Architects: AUDAXarchitecture
Location: 1099 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario,
Project Management: Den Bosch + Finchley
Landscape Architect: Du Toit Allsopp Hillier Architects Ltd.
Architects of Record: Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects
Developer / Owner / Client: Woodcliffe Corporation
Project area: 2,500 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: AUDAXarchitecture

180 Queen West / KPMB Architects with Stone McQuire Vogt Architects

© Eduard Hueber

One Eighty Queen West is a commercial property located on a site at the northwest edge of downtown Toronto’s financial district area and adjacent to the city’s “legal district” to the east (Osgoode Hall, the Ontario Courts Building, Old and New City Halls). The site also stands immediately adjacent to a historic legal monument: Campbell House, originally the home of William Campbell, first chief justice of Ontario and at the threshold to the Queen Street West retail strip and the residential neighbourhoods to the north. The land is part of the Life lands. Along with an environmental agenda, the project design was driven in the first instance by its obligation to address this confluence of distinct urban conditions.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects with Stone McQuire Vogt Architects
Location: 180 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Project Area: 270,809 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Tom Arban, Eduard Hueber