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Toronto's Anti-City Mayor Ousted

OccupyToronto: Evict Rob Ford March (November 19, 2011). Photo via Flickr User CC Jackman Ciu
OccupyToronto: Evict Rob Ford March (November 19, 2011). Photo via Flickr User CC Jackman Ciu

Rob Ford, the Toronto Mayor famous for making enemies of "urban thinkers, designers and practitioners," has been ousted from office for violating a conflict-of-interest act (he spoke and voted on a matter which allowed his own Football Foundation to financially benefit).

Sukkahville Design Competition Winning Exhibition: 'Hegemonikon' / Christina Zeibak and Daphne Dow

Courtesy of Christina Zeibak and Daphne Dow
Courtesy of Christina Zeibak and Daphne Dow

As part of the Sukkahville Design Competition in Toronto, organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, Christina Zeibak and Daphne Dow were selected as winners for their ‘Hegemonikon’ exhibition. The seat of the soul which rules and guides all the others, the project is considered to exist within the heart of all living things. The complete development of the human Hegemonikon comprises absolute rationality; it chooses action according to reason. This philosophy was the foundation and inspiration behind the design concept of this project. More images and the designers’ description after the break.

‘Embryonic Canopy’ Exhibition for the Sukkahville Design Competition / Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher

Courtesy of Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher
Courtesy of Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher

As part of the Sukkahville Design Competition in Toronto, organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher were selected as one of the finalists for his ‘Embryonic Canopy’ exhibition. The project re-images the Sukkah as both a temporary shelter and permanent fixture within the agricultural ecosystem. It challenges the notion of the traditional static Sukkah while creating a sense of wonder, intrigue and connection to the natural environment. More images and designers’ description after the break.

The Offset / Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build

  • Architects: Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Structural Design: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
  • Area: 2000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS, Courtesy of Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build

Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS

Whale House / rzlbd

Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd

Architects: rzlbd Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Project Team: Reza Aliabadi, Ladan Niknam, Lailee Soleimani Project Manager: Amin Sheivari Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd

Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd

'Harvest Wave' Exhibition for the Sukkahville Design Competition / Various Architects

Courtesy of Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, Teresa Cacho
Courtesy of Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, Teresa Cacho

Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, and Teresa Cacho were recently named as the second prize winner in the Sukkahville Design Competition in Toronto. Organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, five finalists were given the opportunity to build their designs for an exhibition with the challenge to design a temporary structure constructed for use annually during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. Representing many conceptual themes surrounding the essential nature of dwelling, this proposal for an innovative Sukkah design delicately balances the inherent dichotomies of new/old, open/closed, and temporary/permanent. More images can be viewed after the break.

In Progress: Theatre at Nathan Phillips Square / Perkins+Will

  • Architects: Perkins+Will
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Area: 910.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Steven Evans

© Steven Evans © Steven Evans © Steven Evans © Steven Evans

Libeskind's "L Tower" Tops Out

"L Tower" in progress.
"L Tower" in progress.

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.

Gehry and Mirvish unveil Toronto 'Sculptures'

View form the southwest, Courtesy of Gehry International Inc.
View form the southwest, Courtesy of Gehry International Inc.

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.” Continue reading to learn more.

York University Learning Commons / Levitt Goodman Architects

  • Architects: Levitt Goodman Architects
  • Location: Scott Library, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: Brock James
  • Design Team: Kris Payne, Amanda Reed
  • Client: York University
  • Budget: $1.9 Million
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Bob Gundu, Ben Rahn © A-Frame Inc.

© Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu

Salvation Army Harbour Light / Diamond Schmitt Architects

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban

Public Art Sculpture Mirage / Paul Raff Studio

© Cassandra Hryniw
© Cassandra Hryniw

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.

"Considering the Quake | Seismic Design on the Edge" Exhibition

Courtesy of Studio SKLIM
Courtesy of Studio SKLIM

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.

Evergreen Brick Works / Diamond Schmitt Architects

  • Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Structural Engineers: Hallsall Associates
  • Construction Manager: Eastern Construction
  • Heritage Preservation: E.R.A. Architects
  • Area: 11743.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban

Patio House / Reza Aliabadi

  • Architects: Reza Aliabadi
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Architects: Reza Aliabadi
  • Structure: Ali Saeed
  • Project Manager: Amin Sheivari
  • Construction: Maxamin Corp.
  • Area: 2000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: BorXu Design

© BorXu Design © BorXu Design © BorXu Design © BorXu Design

House 1 / Kyra Clarkson Architect

  • Architects: Kyra Clarkson Architect
  • Location: 154 Rhodes Ave, Toronto, ON M4L 2Z9, Canada
  • Architects: Kyra Clarkson Architect - Kyra Clarkson, Christopher Glaisek
  • Landscape Architect: Elise Shelley Landscape Architect
  • Contractor: Collaborative Ventures Inc.
  • Area: 1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 0
  • Photographs: Steven Evans Photography

© Steven Evans Photography © Steven Evans Photography © Steven Evans Photography © Steven Evans Photography