Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

National Urban Design Awards — 2010 Recipient

Tower Renewal Opportunities Book
Toronto
ON
Award Category: 
National Urban Design Awards
Sustainable Development

E.R.A. Architects Inc. and the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, Project lead Graeme Stewart, ERA Architects Inc.

With a heritage of over 1000 post-war apartment tower blocks spread throughout the city and suburbs, the Toronto region’s urban form is unique to North America. Developed as progressive experiments in post-war planning, today these vast areas require thoughtful reconsideration.

The Tower Renewal Opportunities Book re-examines this housing resource and the neighbourhoods in which they lie, and outlines a series of urban design strategies in which these clusters of apartment towers can emerge as complete, vibrant, transit supportive, low-carbon and equitable communities throughout the city and region. Tower Renewal was adopted by Toronto City Council as a new policy direction in 2008.

Jury Comment(s): 

“This plan represents a good model for Toronto to increase its sustainability in terms of social context, the retention of existing buildings, human scale, and the conservation of energy.” 

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