Waterfront Corporation unveils submissions for Lower Don Design Competition

    TORONTO, April 13 /CNW/ - The Toronto Waterfront Revitalization
Corporation today unveiled the final submissions for the Lower Don Lands
Design Competition. The winner will be announced following a public exhibition
which runs from April 16-24 at the BCE Place Allen Lambert Galleria, 181 Bay
    TWRC also announced the members of the jury that will select the winning
design - Bruce Kuwabara, architect and chair of TWRC's Design Review Panel,
photographer Ed Burtynsky, architect Renee Daoust, Morden Yolles, structural
engineer and Charles Waldheim, architect.
    TWRC launched the design competition in February to produce an overall
vision for the area that runs from the Parliament Street Slip east to the Don
Roadway and from the rail corridor south to Commissioners Street, including
the Don Greenway, in the Port Lands.

    The competing teams are:

    -   Stoss, Boston, Brown + Storey Architects, Toronto, Zas Architects,
    -   Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, New York, Behnisch Architects,
        Los Angeles, Greenberg Consultants, Toronto
    -   Weiss/Manfredi, New York, du Toit Allsopp Hillier, Toronto
    -   Atelier Girot, Zurich, Office of Landscape Morphology, Paris ReK
        Productions, Toronto

    "We are very impressed and excited by the quality of the submissions,"
said John Campbell, TWRC's President and CEO. "The Lower Don Lands Design
Competition has clearly generated a number of new possibilities for this
unique and special part of the waterfront."
    The Lower Don Lands area provides a critical connection between the three
emerging waterfront communities in the East Bayfront, West Don Lands and the
Port Lands.
    There are a number of infrastructure, urban design and transportation
initiatives in this area required for waterfront revitalization - the
naturalization of the mouth of the Don River, flood protection for the Port
Lands, precinct planning for the area between Parliament Street and Cherry
Street and extending Queens Quay Boulevard from Parliament Street to Cherry
    Until now, there has not been a comprehensive process to produce an
overall vision for integrating these various waterfront revitalization
projects and addressing the complicated infrastructure challenges this area
    The design competition will produce a bold and compelling concept for the
Lower Don Lands with the river as a central feature incorporating new
development and new linkages to the rest of the city.

    The objectives of the design competition include:

    -   Promoting sustainable development
    -   Naturalizing the mouth of the Don River
    -   Creating a continuous riverfront park system
    -   Enhancing the Martin Goodman Trail
    -   Providing for harmonious new development
    -   Making transit a priority
    -   Developing a gateway into the Port lands

    The jury selecting the winning design will seek public input at a public
forum on Monday, April 16, 2007 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. (presentation begins at
7:00 p.m.) at the Allen Lambert Galleria in BCE Place, the four teams will
present their designs to TWRC, stakeholders and Torontonians. The winning team
will be announced in early-May.

    TWRC was created by the federal and provincial governments and the City
of Toronto to lead the $17 billion renewal of Toronto's Central Waterfront.
The development of the first new waterfront community, West Don Lands, is
scheduled to start in 2007.
    For more information on the Lower Don Lands Design Competition

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Kristin Jenkins, TWRC, tel.
(416) 214-1479, kjenkins@towaterfront.ca; Tanya Bevington, TWRC, tel. (416)
214-9042 ext. 239, email: tbevington@towaterfront.ca

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