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Hibou House / Barbora Vokac Taylor Architect

17:00 - 16 February, 2018
Hibou House / Barbora Vokac Taylor Architect, © Scott Norsworthy
© Scott Norsworthy

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy + 22

The Politics of Vacancy: The History, and Future, of Toronto's Condo Euphoria

09:30 - 2 February, 2018
The Politics of Vacancy: The History, and Future, of Toronto's Condo Euphoria, © Manuel Alvarez Diestro
© Manuel Alvarez Diestro

The City of Toronto has a long, fraught relationship with development and vacancy. The map of the initial Toronto Purchase of 1787 between the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the British Crown, which would later establish the colonial territory that became Toronto, conceives of the landscape as a single, clearly defined vacant lot anxious for development. Or, as artist Luis Jacob better described it, “signifying nothing but an empty page waiting to be inscribed at will.” Over two-hundred years later, as housing availability, prices, and rental shortages drive vertical condominium developments in the city, the politics of the vacant lot have never felt so palpable.

The first condominiums appeared in Toronto during the late 1960s as a solution to a crisis of affordable housing. By 1981, the newspaper The Globe and Mail would prophetically report that "vacant lots all over downtown Toronto are sprouting condominiums of late.” The Globe would further lament that "no sooner has one of the glamorous edifices begun to climb the Toronto skyline than the sold out sign is posted, and the next development announced.” After a 30% drop in prices during the 1990s, the early 2000s saw the expansion of Toronto’s “condo euphoria” with sites zoned across the Greater Toronto Area from CityPlace to College Park. Now, these towering edifices—captured here by photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro—have become icons of both the city’s downtown identity as well as capital-driven development.

© Manuel Alvarez Diestro © Manuel Alvarez Diestro © Manuel Alvarez Diestro © Manuel Alvarez Diestro + 24

Living Architecture 'Astrocyte' Questions Whether Buildings Can Think and Care

14:00 - 21 January, 2018
Living Architecture 'Astrocyte' Questions Whether Buildings Can Think and Care, © Philip Beesley
© Philip Beesley

'Astrocyte' is a living piece of architecture that could easily be mistaken for a piece of science fiction. Engaging with the senses for an immersive experience, artist and architect Philip Beesley’s aerial structure combines chemistry, artificial intelligence, and a responsive soundscape. ‘Astrocyte’, translates from Greek to the literal meaning of star and cell, appropriate for such a complex structure that can react with the viewers' movements with patterns of light, vibrations and surround sound. 

© Philip Beesley © Philip Beesley © Philip Beesley © Philip Beesley + 9

The Best Music Videos for Architecture Fans in 2017

08:00 - 31 December, 2017
The Best Music Videos for Architecture Fans in 2017

The old adage "writing about music is like dancing about architecture" (it's stupid etc.), loses some of its impact when architecture becomes the backdrop for both music, and dancing. Ever since video killed the radio star, famous houses, quirky spaces, and history's great buildings have provided beautiful, unique and dramatic settings for music videos of all types. So which of 2017s music videos have capitalized on the wonderful world of architecture? 

Thespaces.com have compiled a list of the best music videos for architecture lovers for 2017. Here are a few of our favorites and a few additional videos we think deserve a mention.

3XN Reveals Waving Mixed-Use Building Located Adjacent to Sidewalk Labs' Future Smart City

14:00 - 31 October, 2017
3XN Reveals Waving Mixed-Use Building Located Adjacent to Sidewalk Labs' Future Smart City, The Parliament Slip with its boats and promenade will be activated by retail and balconies. Image © 3XN
The Parliament Slip with its boats and promenade will be activated by retail and balconies. Image © 3XN

Danish firm 3XN has been selected as the winner of a competition to design a new mixed-use waterfront building in Toronto’s East Bayfront district that will be located on the edge of Google/Sidewalk Labs’ new smart community, Quayside.

Inspired by the reflection of the waves of Lake Ontario, ‘The Waves at Bayside’ will feature a undulating facade of metal balconies with views out to the water and a podium filled with public program including a rowing club and assortment of restaurants and cafes.

Looking northeast to The Waves at Bayside. Image © 3XN An aerial view of the project. Image © 3XN Looking down across the multi-tired decks onto the amenity terrace. Image © 3XN Angled balconies and terraces give all suites lake views. Image © 3XN + 10

Sidewalk Labs Announces Plans to Create Model Smart City on Toronto's Waterfront

17:01 - 17 October, 2017
Sidewalk Labs Announces Plans to Create Model Smart City on Toronto's Waterfront, Eastern Waterfront as it looks today. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs
Eastern Waterfront as it looks today. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs

Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto have revealed plans for a brand new community on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront that will bring together “forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology to create people-centred neighbourhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity.”

Public Realm Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Sustainability Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Digital Infrastructure Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Housing Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs + 12

Hariri Pontarini Architects Unveil Waterfront Skyscraper Development for Toronto

16:30 - 16 October, 2017
Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects
Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

Hariri Pontarini Architects and Pinnacle International have unveiled the design of three glassy skyscrapers that will make up a new development on the Toronto waterfront.

Known as One Yonge, the complex will consist of over 4 million square feet of mixed-use space spread across five new buildings and a total renovation of the existing Toronto Star building.

Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects + 19

Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Canada's Tallest Building in Toronto

14:25 - 6 October, 2017
Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Canada's Tallest Building in Toronto, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Canada’s future tallest building, The One, has broken ground in downtown Toronto. Designed by Foster + Partners, the 85-story building will become the country’s first supertall skyscraper (commonly defined as taller than 300 meters/980 feet), rising to a peak of 306 meters (1,004 feet). The tower will also take over the title of Canada’s second tallest manmade structure, behind only the CN Tower.

Located at the corner of Bloor Street and Yonge Street on the border between downtown and Yorkville, the residential tower will respond to its unique context, embodying the neighborhood character of Yorkville, the bustling commercial life of Bloor Street and the local heritage of Yonge Street.

Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners via Mizrahi Developments + 5

Call for Submissions: WinterStations 2018 – RIOT

00:30 - 6 October, 2017
Call for Submissions: WinterStations 2018 – RIOT, The Beacon by Joao Araujo Sousa and Joanna Correia Silva (credit: Khristel Stecher)
The Beacon by Joao Araujo Sousa and Joanna Correia Silva (credit: Khristel Stecher)

WinterStations is now embarking on its fourth year, again opening up an international design competition to bring temporary public art installations to The Beaches, an exhibition to celebrate Toronto's winter waterfront landscape.

Millgrove House / Toms + McNally Design

13:00 - 22 September, 2017
Millgrove House / Toms + McNally Design, © Revelateur Studio
© Revelateur Studio

© Revelateur Studio © Revelateur Studio © Revelateur Studio © Revelateur Studio + 33

Ultra-Luxury Tower in Toronto to be CetraRuddy's First Canadian Project

08:00 - 15 September, 2017
Ultra-Luxury Tower in Toronto to be CetraRuddy's First Canadian Project, Courtesy of CetraRuddy
Courtesy of CetraRuddy

Since the site was acquired in 2016, New York-based architects CetraRuddy, known for the iconic Manhattan tower One Madison, have been working on what is likely to be an icon of its own, 64 Prince Arthur. The point where The Annex and Yorkville neighborhoods meet in Toronto marks Adi Development Group and Forgestone Capital’s newest project, as well as Adi's first in Toronto. The initial renderings of the project show the commitment by the development team and CetraRuddy to making a statement on the skyline, “an iconic legacy project." 

Courtesy of CetraRuddy Courtesy of CetraRuddy Courtesy of CetraRuddy Courtesy of CetraRuddy + 6

Call for Entries: Ice Breakers

01:00 - 12 September, 2017
Call for Entries: Ice Breakers, Incognito by Curio Art Consultancy and Jaspal Riyait, Rees Street Parkette (Photo: Andy Barrow)
Incognito by Curio Art Consultancy and Jaspal Riyait, Rees Street Parkette (Photo: Andy Barrow)

After a successful inaugural year, Ice Breakers is returning to Toronto's Waterfront. The Waterfront BIA has again enlisted WinterStations Inc. to bring five temporary, public art installations to various sights between Bathurst St. and Yonge St. for five weeks, commencing February 03, 2018.

A Modular Wooden Bench Forms the Backbone of this Awesome Undulating Walkway

14:00 - 10 September, 2017
A Modular Wooden Bench Forms the Backbone of this Awesome Undulating Walkway, © Zeenah Mohammed Ali
© Zeenah Mohammed Ali

This modular design developed by the students of the Department of Architecture Sciences at Ryerson University proposes a public space to sit and relax that works as an extension of the walkway, appropriating and giving a new meaning to the parking spaces in the streets of Toronto. 

The project, with a natural wave form, is built by a series of Accoya wood modules, which allow easy storage, reuse, and reconfiguration. 

© Zeenah Mohammed Ali © Zeenah Mohammed Ali © Zeenah Mohammed Ali © Zeenah Mohammed Ali + 35

Kaleidoscope House / Paul Raff Studio

13:00 - 30 August, 2017
Kaleidoscope House / Paul Raff Studio, © Ben Rahn / A-Frame
© Ben Rahn / A-Frame

CORE Modern Homes / Batay-Csorba Architects

13:00 - 29 August, 2017
CORE Modern Homes / Batay-Csorba Architects, © Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

© Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography + 15

Exhibition: "The Evidence Room" at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto

18:14 - 14 August, 2017
Exhibition: "The Evidence Room" at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Interior perspective of The Evidence Room with models of Auschwitz gas column and gas-tight hatch, plaster casts, and model of gas-tight door.   Photo by Fred Hunsberger, University of Waterloo School of Architecture.
Interior perspective of The Evidence Room with models of Auschwitz gas column and gas-tight hatch, plaster casts, and model of gas-tight door. Photo by Fred Hunsberger, University of Waterloo School of Architecture.

Widely acclaimed as a critically important work on its debut at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the 2016 Venice Biennale, The Evidence Room examines the chilling role architecture played in constructing the Auschwitz death camp.

Penda Designs Modular Timber Tower Inspired by Habitat 67 for Toronto

15:05 - 3 August, 2017
Penda Designs Modular Timber Tower Inspired by Habitat 67 for Toronto , Courtesy of Penda
Courtesy of Penda

Penda, collaborating with wood consultants from CLT-brand Tmber, has unveiled the design of ‘Tree Tower Toronto,’ an 18-story timber-framed mixed-use residential skyscraper for Canada’s largest city. Drawing inspiration from the distinctly Canadian traditional modular construction, including Moshe Safdie’s iconic Habitat 67, the tower is envisioned as a new model of sustainable high-rise architecture that can establish a reconnect urban areas to nature and natural materials.

Courtesy of Penda Courtesy of Penda Courtesy of Penda Courtesy of Penda + 16

Albion Library / Perkins+Will Canada

11:00 - 7 July, 2017
Albion Library / Perkins+Will Canada, © Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

© Doublespace Photography © Michael Muraz © Michael Muraz © Michael Muraz + 41