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University of Toronto’s Landscape of Landmark Quality Design Competition

by ERA Architects

The University of Toronto put forward an eight-week intensive Landscape of Landmark Quality Innovative Design Competition to revitalize the historic landscapes of St. George campus. These major public spaces include King’s College Circle, Hart House Circle, the Sir Daniel Wilson Quadrangle, Back Campus, and Tower Road. Following a qualification stage, four teams were selected to prepare design proposals.

A public event was held on September 28th at the University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall, where the four teams presented their design proposals. The designs will be evaluated based on their ability to respond to the eight principles laid out for the competition, which are 1) Improve the Pedestrian Experience; 2) Enhance Green Space; 3) Create Public Spaces that Animate the Campus; 4) Support Events; 5) Remove Surface Parking from King’s College Circle, Hart House Circle, and Tower Road; 6) Limit Traffic on King’s College Circle and Hart House Circle; 7) Wayfinding; and 8) Allow for Discreet Servicing and Access to all Buildings and Landscapes.

Following the presentation, the designs were showcased at the J. Robert S. Prichard Alumni House from September 29th to October 2nd, where computer terminals were provided so that viewers could easily provide feedback.

If you are interested in providing your comments, the University of Toronto has created an online survey. The Evaluation Committee will then summarize public input and take it into consideration during the finalist selection process.

The four proposed projects.

The four teams.

Photos from the event.

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