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Urban Design Awards

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Evergreen Brickworks and Toronto Police Services’ 11 Division have just been awarded Toronto Urban Design Awards of Excellence for “Public Buildings in Context.” And both Maple Leaf Gardens and St. James Cathedral Centre won awards of merit.

Evergreen Brickworks, what the Jury had to say: “Though chaotic at first glance, the site takes its structure from the original industrial buildings, each of which have been adapted for specialized uses…. Between and around the buildings are outdoor spaces that offer an equally wide range of public uses…. The site is well connected to its surroundings, making it fully accessible to all Toronto residents. The jury lauds the implementation of this long-term vision and the commitment that was required to see Evergreen Brick Works become one of Toronto’s most unique urban spaces.”

And the Jury on 11 Division: “…exemplary for its creative adaptive re-use of a former school. It is not only a sensitive blending of the old and the new, but also a well-balanced layering of heritage, solid and transparent aspects, landscaping treatment and community integration…. The result is a welcoming civic building which will become a landmark in the community.”

Congrats to all the winners, thanks to the Jury and the City, and a big thanks to our partners in these projects: architectsAlliance, DTAH, Diamond Schmitt, Claude Cormier, Stantec, gh3, Evergreen, and Toronto Police Services.

For other Urban Design Awards, please see the City’s website.