Waterfront Toronto design recognized for the contribution to Toronto's quality of life and commitment to sustainability of the central waterfront

    TORONTO, July 2 /CNW/ - Waterfront Toronto together with Michael Van
Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) received the 2008 Royal Architectural Institute
of Canada's (RAIC) Sustainable Development Award for the design of the Lower
Don Lands.
    The Sustainable Development Award, one of RAIC's National Urban Design
awards, recognizes the role urban design and architectural excellence play in
maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Canadian cities. In their
final analysis the National Urban Design jury members felt that the Lower Don
Lands design crafted an ecologically-based and environmentally sensitive
approach that will provide a long-term evolutive strategy for sustainable
    The Lower Don Lands project is just one part of Waterfront Toronto's
8000 Hectare project to transform the City of Toronto's central waterfront.
The design for the Lower Don Lands promises to turn unused land in Toronto's
central waterfront into a sustainable "green" city, a new destination where
city, lake, and river interact in a dynamic and balanced relationship.
    "Waterfront Toronto is driven by an integrated approach to transforming
the central waterfront land," said John Campbell President & CEO, Waterfront
Toronto. Waterfront Toronto's approach goes beyond getting the highest value
for each parcel of land. Waterfront Toronto is a champion of transformation
based on sustainability, innovation, intelligent communities, design
excellence, and the need for this integration to take place before the design
phase. "RAIC's recognition of Waterfront Toronto with the Sustainable
Development award shows that Waterfront Toronto's commitment to design
excellence is not just an aspiration but a realization in the Lower Don Lands
design," Campbell added.
    It is a unique distinction for a master planner like Waterfront Toronto
to be recognized by RAIC. RAIC's recognition of Waterfront Toronto in addition
to the MVVA design team signifies the role of integration in the design phase
to achieve design excellence and sustainability.


    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.

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For further information: Media Contact - Debra Conlon, Waterfront
Toronto, (416) 214-1344 x264

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