Winners of the 2013 Toronto Urban Design Awards announced

TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - This evening at a ceremony at the Palais Royale, members of the design and development community came together to celebrate the winners of the 2013 Toronto Urban Design Awards. From an impressive 125 submissions containing a variety of built projects, visions and master plans as well as student works, the jury selected 11 projects for Awards of Excellence, 16 for Awards of Merit and one for a Special Jury Award.

The 2013 jury was made up of renowned design professionals, including Marianne McKenna, Founding Partner, KPMB Architects; Cecelia Paine, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Guelph; Jeremy Sturgess, Principal, Sturgess Architecture; Eric Turcotte, Partner, Urban Strategies Inc.; and Matthew Blackett, Publisher and Creative Director of Spacing.

"In a city that continues to grow at a rapid pace, I am pleased to see excellence in architecture, design and construction that is keeping pace with that growth," said Councillor Peter Milczyn (Ward 5 Etobicoke Lakeshore), Chair of the Planning and Growth Management Committee. "Good architecture and design are keys to building a livable and vibrant city that attracts residents, businesses and tourists to come visit and stay."

Below are the 2013 award winners by category:

Elements
Award of Excellence: Shangri-La / Momofuku Toronto
Award of Merit: Pottery Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing
Award of Merit: The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Private Buildings in Context - Low Scale
Award of Excellence: Mjölk House
Award of Excellence: Noble Street Studios
Award of Merit: 38 Lesmill
Award of Merit: Linea Bayview Townhomes
Award of Merit: Native Child and Family Life Centre

Private Buildings in Context - Mid Rise
Award of Excellence: CUBE Lofts
Award of Merit: Art Condominiums

Public Buildings in Context
Award of Excellence: 11 Division, Toronto Police Service
Award of Excellence: Mount Dennis Library Renovation
Award of Excellence: Regent Park Aquatic Centre
Award of Excellence: St. James Cathedral Centre
Award of Excellence: Victoria Park Bus Terminal Replacement
Award of Merit: Centre of Excellence for French-Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education
Award of Merit: George Brown College Waterfront Campus
Award of Merit: Maple Leaf Gardens
Award of Merit: North Toronto Collegiate Institute Redevelopment
Award of Merit: Ryerson Image Centre / School of Image Arts

Small Open Spaces
Award of Merit: Dundas Street West Parkettes

Large Places or Neighbourhood Designs
Award of Excellence: Evergreen Brick Works
Award of Merit: Sherbourne Common

Visions and Master Plans
Award of Excellence: John Street - Toronto's Red Carpet
Award of Merit: The Green Line Vision

Student Projects
Award of Merit: An Architecture of Civility
Award of Merit: In Search of Place

Special Jury Award
Market 707

A display of the winning entries will take place at City Hall and three of Toronto's civic centres on the following dates:
September 16 to 20: Toronto City Hall Rotunda
September 23 to 27: Scarborough Civic Centre Rotunda
September 30 to October 4: Etobicoke Civic Centre
October 7 to 11: North York Civic Centre

More information about the awards and the final jury report, including photos and project credits, are available at http://www.toronto.ca/tuda. The public can sign up for City Planning or Official Plan email updates at http://www.toronto.ca/e-updates.

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SOURCE City of Toronto

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