Waterfront Toronto launches design competition for Jarvis Slip



    Foot of Jarvis Street to become key component in network of world
    renowned waterfront public spaces

    TORONTO, Nov. 23 /CNW/ - Waterfront Toronto has selected four
distinguished teams to participate in the design competition to enhance the
public space at the Jarvis Slip. The teams selected to participate in the
design competition are:

    
    -   Daoust Lestage, Inc.
    -   Janet Rosenberg & Associates
    -   Claude Cormier architectes paysagistes inc.
    -   West 8 + DTAH
    

    Waterfront Toronto will hold a public exhibition of completed design
proposals and a review by a five member jury of prominent arts and design
professionals leading to a January 28th announcement of the winner.
    "This is yet another opportunity for Waterfront Toronto to distinguish
the public realm on the waterfront and in so doing, continue to build a great
waterfront for Toronto," said John Campbell, Waterfront Toronto's President
and CEO.
    The intersection of Lower Jarvis Street and Queens Quay is a key gateway
to the future East Bayfront community. Waterfront Toronto is sponsoring this
Invited Design Competition to produce an innovative design and bring a fresh,
new perspective to the one-acre site at the foot of Lower Jarvis Street.
Designs are expected to readily accommodate large scale gatherings and
performances without compromising its day-to-day informal usage.
    This space is seen as a complementary component of the public realm in
the East Bayfront precinct, which will also include a revitalized Queens Quay,
Sherbourne Park, Aitken Place Park, as well as the water's edge promenade and
public streets. Jarvis Slip public space will perform as a forecourt to the
new First Waterfront Place building, which will be the home of Corus
Entertainment, as well as a public gathering place for the East Bayfront
precinct and a civic public square for the city at large.
    The East Bayfront Precinct Plan was prepared by Waterfront Toronto and
endorsed by Toronto City Council in December 2005. The vision for the East
Bayfront precinct is as a new urban waterfront community, a place
characterized by design excellence, high levels of sustainability and strong
relationships to the water's edge. East Bayfront will accommodate a mix of
land uses and range of built form typologies, with building arranged to give
appropriate definition, identity and scale to the public realm within the
precinct. Parks and public spaces such as Jarvis Slip public space will be
vital amenities for both residents of this community and visitors.
    Waterfront Toronto has formed a Jarvis Slip Public Space Stakeholder
Committee to provide an on-the-ground perspective on the problems and
opportunities they see from their day-to-day experience with the area.
    This design competition is being run by Waterfront Toronto in
co-operation with the City of Toronto and other government partners.
    The Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto
created Waterfront Toronto to oversee and lead the renewal of Toronto's
Waterfront. Public accessibility, design excellence, sustainable development,
economic development and fiscal sustainability are the key drivers of
waterfront revitalization.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Marisa Piattelli, VP, Government
Relations, Communications and Special Projects, (416) 214-1344 ext. 233,
mpiattelli@waterfrontoronto.ca


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