Prix du XXe siècle honours enduring excellence in Canadian architecture
Toronto City Hall and Civic Square has been honoured with the Prix du XXe siècle for its enduring excellence as a nationally significant work of architecture, designed by architects Viljo Revell and John B. Parkin Associates (now NORR Limited Architects Engineers Planners).
According to the jury, recent rehabilitation work has generally embodied the spirit of stewardship required to maintain significant public heritage. The site is currently being revitalized by PLANT Architect and Perkins+Will Canada in joint venture.
Photo: Panda Associates Photography
The Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Park is a new green space coming to a concrete triangle in Toronto’s West End, courtesy of Section 37 money coming from Howard Park Residences.
PLANT Architect Wins National CSLA Award
The Pottery Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing in Toronto has been recognized by the CSLA as a preeminent example of Canadian landscape architecture. It is one of fifteen projects that received a national award this year.
The project has significantly improved the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in Toronto, and has become a landmark entry to the Lower Don Recreational Trail. It draws on key elements of the Don Valley, echoing the site’s ecological and post-industrial history and choreographing a twenty-first-century experience of the Lower Don landscape where urban infrastructure meets urban ecology.
Artscape Wychwood Barns’ Information Kiosk
“FOR YOUR INFORMATION” is a design ideas competition for a new outdoor information kiosk at Artscape Wychwood Barns with concepts provided by Ryerson University architecture students. This student design exercise represents an imagining of what a contemporary kiosk could be.
The jury, which included Ruth Baumann, President of Wychwood Barns Community Association, Christopher Hume, Architecture Critic at the Toronto Star, Claire Pfeiffer, Communications Manager at Artscape, Lisa Rapoport, Partner at PLANT Architect Inc., and Cookie Roscoe, Market Manager at The Stop Community Food Centre, selected the winning design from a group of finalists at the February 18th community event.
Image Credit: Winning design entitled BLIP by Anthony Gugliotta and Kyle Marren.
PLANT Architect has been chosen to redesign the north edge of Kew Gardens in the heart of Toronto’s vibrant Beach neighbourhood. We are thrilled to be working with the Beach BIA and local community on this exciting project.
The new design will transform the park and streetscape along the north edge of Kew Gardens into a space that promotes year-round public use, improves pedestrian safety, strengthens view corridors, ensures flexible programming for community events, and evokes and enhances the unique character of the site and surrounding neighbourhood. The streetscape revitalization project will also aim to enhance the rich arboreal assets of the site by replenishing the lost tree-scape along the park edge.
Stay tuned for more updates on project milestones and public events.
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Canadian contemporary choreographer and performer Adriana Spaziani’s most recent work Lone Dancer explores the creation of virtual space for bravery and dance by broadcasting a series of choreographic prompts for 30 days. Members of the public were invited to participate in the project by following the prompts and uploading their videos. Who starred in this performance compilation? Why PLANT Architect’s very own Lisa Rapoport, that’s who.
The East Point Park Bird Sanctuary is part of a citywide initiative to enhance and protect bird habitat and increase birding activity through public education programming. The first of six key sites to be developed and improved over the next several years, East Point Park will comprise three architectural structures — a Viewing Pavilion, Soundscape Pavilion, and Bird Blind. Connected by new and rehabilitated paths and framed by interpretive signage and seating, these unobtrusive architectural interventions will enhance the structure of the site to promote public use and foster stewardship in support of bird habitat in the city.
Slated for completion in Fall 2014, Phase I of this project will provide future generations of visitors and birdwatchers with a rare and heightened experience of the city’s extraordinary bird culture and wildlife.