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Toronto's Best Lauded at 33rd Annual BILD Awards

33rd annual BILD Awards, Tridel, Minto, MOD Developments, Toronto
April 30, 2013 10:15 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
The building and development industry celebrated the best in design, construction, sales and marketing at the 33rd annual BILD Awards on Friday, April 26. Over 1,100 industry professionals ... read more

Then and Now: King Street East and Leader Lane

King Street East and Leader Lane, Toronto, circa 1920
April 30, 2013 9:56 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. King Street and Leader Lane. Leader Lane is on the right. Circa 1920? Now. September 2012. Well, there's a survivor back there; the white and brown building, which can 'just' be glimpsed ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For April 30, 2013

April 30, 2013 9:46 am | by Izabela Molendowski | Comments
Toronto Zoo's giant panda exihibit is scheduled to open for the public on May 18th after much debate with CUPE 1600; local flag designer takes on project to represent Toronto's neighbourhoods; ... read more

Photo of the Day: Ominous Skyscrapers

Dark, cloudy downtown east Toronto skyline
April 30, 2013 12:00 am | by Jonah Letovsky | Comments
As avid readers may be aware, UrbanToronto likes to feature the downtown east of Toronto due to its dramatic sightlines and proximity to the core. Today's photo of the day, from Forum member Razz, ... read more

Zeidler, Vaughan, and Mirvish Talk Heritage in the Entertainment District

Mirvish+Gehry with surrounding Entertainment District projects, Toronto
April 29, 2013 4:50 pm | by Craig White | Comments
It used to be in Toronto that height was the number one issue when considering new buildings. That's not necessarily so anymore; many people now would rather talk about how a project meets the ... read more

Tiny: A Story About Living Small at Hot Docs

Tiny: A Story About Living Small by Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith
April 29, 2013 11:45 am | by Craig White | Comments
The average size of condo units for sale in Toronto gets a bit smaller every year; as the price of land goes up, something must come down to keep the units affordable. We hear again and again from ... read more

Then and Now: Queen Street East, Baseball Place

Queen Street East, Baseball Park, Toronto, 1954
April 29, 2013 9:48 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. Queen Street looking east from Baseball Place. December 26, 1954. The place of baseball alluded to in this long-gone laneway was Sunlight Park. Before Rogers Centre, before Exhibition ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013 9:46 am | by Editor | Comments
TTC chair Stintz and other councillors want Scarborough subway revived; reclaiming suburbia, one strip mall at a time; commemmorating the Battle of York; and more news. In Pictures: An outdoor ... read more

Photo of the Day: Old & New at Bay & Dundas

Bay and Dundas, downtown Toronto
April 29, 2013 12:00 am | by Jonah Letovsky | Comments
Just as Canada is a nation of immigrants, Toronto is a city of immigrants. Waves ebbed and flowed, and the ethnicities and origins of migrants have changed, but for years Bay and Dundas was the ... read more

Sneak Peek: David Mirvish on His Art Collection and Gallery Plans

Jack Bush “Floating Banner” 1968   a/c 87" x 81 1/2”
April 26, 2013 6:26 pm | by Craig White | Comments
There are countless things to say, and discuss, about the Mirvish+Gehry proposal for King Street West in Downtown Toronto. The condo and cultural centre development has been presented for ... read more

Hot Docs Opens Big for 2013, Though We Go Human Scale

Still from The Human Scale by Andreas M. Dalsgaard
April 26, 2013 6:25 pm | by Craig White | Comments
If you're a documentary film buff, you're not reading this—because right now you're in a theatre in Downtown Toronto! Wait, that's not right: I'm a documentary film buff and I'm not in a theatre ... read more

Reserve Enlists Popular Landscape Architects to Reinvent Outdoor Space

109OZ Toronto condo Torrance balcony design, Raw Design for Reserve Properties
April 26, 2013 4:10 pm | by Jonah Letovsky | Comments
The vast majority of condominium suites in Toronto come with balconies or terraces, and they certainly raise unit value, but is this outdoor space that we all claim is essential really being well ... read more

ROMwalks offer Toronto History Lessons at the Pedestrian Level

Royal Ontario Museum in downtown Toronto, Libeskind architect
April 26, 2013 3:12 pm | by Jonah Letovsky | Comments
Starting again in May and continuing through October, ROMwalks are a free resource for Torontonians and non-locals alike to learn more about the detailed history of the city's varied ... read more

Ryerson's Interior Design Students Showcase Their Work

Ryerson University School of Interior Design in downtown Toronto
April 26, 2013 2:40 pm | by Jonah Letovsky | Comments
Ryerson University's School of Interior Design (SID) is holding an end-of-year exhibition of student work entitled "[in]sid RAW"—a nod to the raw talent of SID undergraduates. The exhibit will ... read more

Architects and Engineers Come Together to Jam for Earth Week

Smith + Andersen Eco Jam, aA, B+H, Diamond Schmitt, HOK, IBI, WZMH, Zeidler
April 26, 2013 2:25 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Few changes have impacted the burgeoning Greater Toronto Area in recent years as much as new commercial and residential development that has stretched outwards in the suburbs and upwards in the ... read more

Tarion Considers Expanding Warranty Protection To Conversions

Schoolhouse Lofts in downtown Toronto by E.I. Richmond for Empire Communities
April 26, 2013 2:00 pm | by Jonah Letovsky | Comments
Tarion Warranty Corporation, regulator for the new home building industry in Ontario, is exploring the feasibility of providing coverage for condominium conversions. The decision was announced at ... read more

Then and Now: York and Front

York and Front streets, Toronto, circa 1960
April 26, 2013 9:49 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. York Street, looking north from just north of Front. Royal York Hotel on the right. No rhyme or reason for this one; other than I like the happy family, their stiff sided suitcase and the ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For April 26, 2013

April 26, 2013 9:44 am | by Jonah Letovsky | Comments
More religious leaders side against a casino; debate over Toronto's transit funding (or lack thereof) heats up; TTC riders getting a larger say; the passing of a development giant; and more ... read more

Photo of the Day: Rail Corridor

Rail Corridor, Toronto, GO, Metrolinx, UrbanToronto Flickr Pool
April 26, 2013 12:00 am | by Dylan Giuliano | Comments
Commute times are projected to improve for some of the hundreds of thousands of commuters that take GO Transit on the average weekday. The recent announcement of imminent service increases on the ... read more

Historic Postal Station K Preserved in Montgomery Square Condo Plan

April 25, 2013 6:15 pm | by Craig White | Comments
In 2012 Canada Post was looking to relocate the services of three of its Toronto post offices into a unified modern facility, and called for proposals. The Rockport Group's site on Wicksteed ... read more