City announces 2021 Toronto Urban Design Awards

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The City of Toronto has announced the winners of the 2021 Toronto Urban Design Awards. The biannual event, held virtually this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, recognizes outstanding design projects and seeks to recognize the important contributions of architects, landscapers, town planners and city builders to the appearance and livability of the city.

This year, the city received 170 entries in nine categories. The jury, composed of Michael Leckman of Diamond Schmitt, Fadi Masoud of Landscape Research Center at the University of Toronto, Eladia Smoke of Smoke Architecture Inc. and Jackie VanderVelde of Land Art Design Landscape Architecture Inc., selected 11 projects for awards of excellence, 13 for merit awards and two special jury awards for an inspiring infrastructure.

The big winners in each category were …

Category 1: Elements

This category goes to a stand-alone object, landscape element, public art installation, or small-scale piece of a building that significantly contributes to the quality of the public realm.

The Award of Excellence was presented to the Toronto Eaton Center Bridge, located at 15 Queen Street West, designed by WilkinsonEyre Architects and Zeidler Architecture.

Toronto Eaton Center Bridge, image by Marcus Mitanis, UT Forum contributor

Category 2a: Private buildings in context – Small scale category

This award is given to an individual or a building composition of four stories or less that sets a precedent for a project of this type because of its relationship to the public realm, pedestrian amenity, detail and mass and l ‘natural environment.

The award of excellence was awarded to the redevelopment of the Montcrest school, located at 658 Broadview Avenue, and designed by Montgomery Sisam Architects.

Rendering of the Montcrest School Extension, image courtesy of Montgomery Sisam Architects

Category 2b: Private buildings in context – Medium height category

This award is given to an individual or a composition of buildings that are more than four storeys high but not taller than the width of the adjacent street right-of-way, which sets a precedent for a project of this type due to its relationship with the public domain, pedestrian amenity, details and volumetry and the natural environment.

The Award of Excellence was presented to 80 Atlantic, located at 80 Atlantic Avenue, developed by Hullmark and designed by architects BDP Quadrangle.

80 Atlantic, image via submission to the City of Toronto

Category 2c: Private buildings in context – Large category

This is attributed to an individual or a composition of buildings taller than the width of the right-of-way of the adjacent street which sets a precedent for a project of this type due to its relationship to the public realm, pedestrian amenity, the details and the mass, and the natural environment.

The award of excellence was awarded to Axis Condos, located at 411 Church Street, developed by CentreCourt and designed by IBI Group.

411 Church Street, image via submission to the City of Toronto

Category 3: Public buildings in context

This award is given to an individual building or a composition of buildings whose primary function is to serve the public and / or which is widely accessible to the public and which demonstrates excellence in urban design and architecture through its relationship to the public realm, pedestrian amenity, detail and mass, the natural environment and sustainable design.

The Award of Excellence was presented to Seneca College – Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE), located at 1750 Finch Avenue East and designed by architects Perkins & Will.

An exterior view of the new CITE, image courtesy of Doublespace

Category 4: Small Open Spaces Category

This is attributed to a small open space, usually linked and defined by adjacent buildings or natural / built features, which provides extension and addition to the public realm in an exemplary manner.

The Award of Excellence was presented to both the SQ2 POPS, located at 80 Vanauley Street (developed by Tridel and designed by architects Teeple Architects, Kirkor Architects Planners) and the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Valley Land Accessible Trail , located at 1265 Military Trail.

SQ2 POPS, image via submission to City of Toronto

Category 5: Large venues and / or neighborhood amenities

This award is given to a design plan for a new or renovated large-scale area of ​​the city that demonstrates innovation related to infrastructure, environmental management and sustainable design, and demonstrates the community engagement and acceptance.

The Award of Excellence went to Centennial College Downsview Campus Center for Aerospace and Aviation (ERA Architects), located at 65 Carl Hall Road.

Centennial College Downsview Campus Center for Aerospace and Aviation, iImage via submission to City of Toronto

Category 6: Visions and Master Plans Category

This award is given to unrealized visions for the city, studies and master plans of great inspiring value and likely to have a significant impact on the development of Toronto.

The Award of Excellence went to Bloor / Kipling & Islington Developments, Bloor Street & Kipling Avenue, Bloor Street & Islington Avenue, and The Meadoway, Gatineau Hydro Corridor.

Category 7: Student

This award is given to theoretical or studio projects located in Toronto by students in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture and other design programs.

The Award of Excellence went to Power and Place, Princess Margaret.

Special Jury Prizes

Special jury prizes in the Inspiring Infrastructure category were awarded to the stormwater treatment facility at 480 Lake Shore Boulevard East and the emergency exit buildings of the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension.

Architects Perkins & Will had three award-winning projects, the most of any other firm, winning awards of excellence for Seneca College’s CITE and Meadoway, as well as an award of merit in the Public Buildings in Context category for work on the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex, located at 288 Church Street.

UrbanToronto has more information on several of the above winners in its database files, linked below, and associated discussion threads, where you can participate in the discussion if you wish. You can also leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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