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April 25, 2006
Mayor David Miller launches Festival of Architecture and Design
Mayor David Miller has launched fAd 2006, Toronto’s second annual Festival of Architecture and Design. The City has joined with more than a dozen organizations and partners to showcase and develop design activities throughout the month of May. As well as architecture and landscape architecture, they celebrate fashion, graphic, industrial and interior design across Toronto.

“The design workforce in Toronto is the third largest in North America,” said Mayor Miller.
“The number and range of activities of this festival reflect the depth and breadth of our design community, as well as how passionate Torontonians are about design. The contributions of the design industry are vitally important to our efforts to build a great city.”

fAd 2006 features over 57 events, including a summit, an awards ceremony, galas, presentations, open houses, festivals, film series, receptions and parties, speaker series and discussions, tours and exhibitions. Most events are free to the public. The festival culminates in Door Open Toronto and is part of Live with Culture, a 16-month celebration of creativity in Toronto.

These are just a few examples of what the public can do:
  • Ongoing events at the Design Exchange, including DigiFest and the Rocket Show of Industrial Design Graduating Students
  • “In the Skin of a Building:” The City’s Building Division invites architects of the ROM Crystal and the University of Toronto’s Connelly CCBR and Leslie Dan Pharmacy Building to talk about the way the building’s ‘skin’ affects the design vision
  • Heritage Toronto walking tours
  • Projects Green Toronto: a show of sustainable architecture projects sponsored by the Friends of Sustainable Architecture and the Toronto Society of Architects
  • “Toronto the Good” Party: sponsored by ERA Architects and Spacing Magazine at Fort York
  • Toronto Society of Architects film series at the Royal Ontario Museum
  • The Pugly Awards: people’s choice awards for the best and worst of Toronto architecture have moved to be part of fAd. On-line voting begins May 1. Winners and losers announced June 1 at a forum with architectural critics on what makes good architecture.

A full event calendar is available online at Related information is available at and

Printed calendars are available from Access Toronto locations at City Hall, and the Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough Civic Centres; Art Gallery of Ontario; Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario; Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario; Ballenford Books; Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation; Design Exchange; Designers Walk; Doors Open Toronto; ERA Architects; Gladstone Hotel; Harbourfront; Heritage Toronto; Line Architect; Ontario Association of Architects; Ontario Association of Landscape Architects; Ontario College of Art and Design; Royal Ontario Museum; Ryerson Architectural Alumni Association; St Lawrence Market; Toronto Botanical Garden; Toronto Sculpture Garden; Toronto Society of Architects; University of Toronto Art Centre.

Media contacts:

Elyse Parker
Clean and Beautiful City Secretariat

Stuart Green
Office of the Mayor



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