Toronto City has announced the winners of the Toronto Urban Design Awards in 2021. The biennial event, held virtually this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, recognizes outstanding design projects and seeks to recognize the significant contributions of architects, landscape architects, urban designers and urban builders for the look and viability of the city.
This year, the city received 170 submissions divided into nine categories. The jury, which consisted of Michael Leckman of Diamond Schmitt, Fadi Masoud of the Center for Landscape Research 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 Awards of Merit and two Special Jury Awards for 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 a small building that contributes significantly to the quality of the public area.
The award went to the Toronto Eaton Center Bridge, located at 15 Queen Street West, designed by WilkinsonEyre Architects and Zeidler Architecture.
Category 2a: Private buildings in context – low scale category
This award goes to an individual or a composition of buildings of four storeys or less that is precedent-setting for a project of its type because of its relationship to the public space, pedestrians, details and massage, and the natural environment.
The award for excellence went to Montcrest School Redevelopment, located at 658 Broadview Avenue and designed by Montgomery Sisam Architects.
Category 2b: Private buildings in context – Mid-Rise category
This is granted to a person or composition of buildings higher than four storeys but not higher than the width of the adjacent street road, precedent for a project of its type due to its relationship to the public area, pedestrian convenience, details and massage and the natural environment.
The award for excellence went to 80 Atlantic, located at 80 Atlantic Avenue, developed by Hullmark, and designed by the architects BDP Quadrangle.
Category 2c: Private buildings in context – high category
This is assigned to a person or composition of buildings that is higher than the width of the adjacent street, which is precedent for a project of its type due to its relationship to the public area, pedestrians, details and massage, and the natural environment .
The award for excellence went to Axis Condos, located at 411 Church Street, developed by CentreCourt and designed by IBI Group.
Category 3: Public buildings in context
This is awarded to an individual building or a combination of buildings with a primary function to serve the public and / or is largely accessible to the public, demonstrating urban design and architectural expertise through its relationship with the public area, pedestrian facilities, details and massage, the natural environment and sustainable design.
The award for excellence went to Seneca College – Center for Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE), located on Finch Avenue East 1750 and designed by architects Perkins & Will.
Category 4: Small open spaces Category
This is allocated a small open space, generally related to and defined by adjacent buildings or natural / built elements, which provides an extension and addition to the public area in an exemplary manner.
The award for excellence went to both SQ2 POPS, located at 80 Vanauley Street (developed by Tridel and designed by architects Teeple Architects, Kirkor Architects Planners) and University of Toronto Scarborough Valley Land Accessible Trail, located at 1265 Military Trail.
Category 5: Large places and / or neighborhood design
This is awarded 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 community engagement and acceptance.
The award for excellence went to Centennial College Downsview Campus Center for Aerospace and Aviation (ERA Architects), located at Carl Hall Road 65.
Category 6: Visions and master plans
This is awarded to unfulfilled visions for the city, studies and master plans of high inspirational value with potential for significant influence on Toronto’s development.
The award for excellence went to both Bloor / Kipling & Islington Developments, Bloor Street & Kipling Avenue, Bloor Street & Islington Avenue and The Meadoway, Gatineau Hydro Corridor.
Category 7: Students
This is awarded to theoretical or study projects located in Toronto by students in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture and other design programs.
The award for excellence went to Power and Place, Princess Margaret.
Special jury prizes
Special jury awards in the Inspirational Infrastructure category went to the Storm Water Facility at 480 Lake Shore Boulevard East and emergency exit buildings on the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension.
Architects Perkins & Will had three award-winning projects, most by any other firm that had won the Excellence Awards for Seneca College’s CITE and Meadoway, as well as a merit award in the context of public buildings for working with Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex, located at 288 Church Street. .
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