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Call for entries issued for Toronto Urban Design Awards

Call for entries issued for Toronto Urban Design Awards

TORONTO — Submissions are now open for the 2023 Toronto Urban Design Awards.

The City of Toronto holds Urban Design Awards every other year to acknowledge and celebrate the significant contribution architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists, design students and city builders make to the look and livability of the city, states the awards website.

The entry deadline is Monday, April 24, 2023 at noon. The awards ceremony will likely be held in September but the date has not been confirmed.

The 2023 jury members include Matthew Hickey, partner, Two Row Architects; Juhee Oh, manager sustainability, WSP; Michael Ormston-Holloway, partner, The Planning Partnership and adjunct faculty, University of Toronto; Patrick Saavedra, university architect/director, York University; and Gail Shillingford, principal, B+H.

Award categories consist of elements; private buildings in context, public buildings in context; small open spaces; large places and/or neighbourhood designs; visions and master plans; and a student category.

The awards program seeks broad representation from the design community, including representation from Indigenous, Black and equity-deserving groups or communities.  

In addition, the program seeks entries that represent design excellence in diverse neighbourhoods, particularly those underrepresented in the space.

The primary criteria for assessing the merit of all entries will be a positive contribution to the public realm/quality of place; the successful integration with the surrounding urban fabric (both urban and suburban contexts); a demonstration of fulfilling a clearly articulated urban design intent; precedent setting for a project of its type through major innovation and/or design excellence; exemplary application of the City of Toronto’s Urban Design Guideline documents; incorporation of barrier-free design or improvement to the accessibility of the built environment and public spaces; positive contribution to a sustainable environment, including enhancement of pedestrian, cycling and transit infrastructure and application of the Toronto Green Standard; and a demonstration of sensitive and creative preservation of the heritage values of a building or area, and contribution to a sense of place.

For more information visit Toronto Urban Design Awards – City of Toronto.

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