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September 5, 2007
Mayor David Miller to host Urban Design Awards Gala
Mayor David Miller will host Toronto’s Urban Design Awards Gala at the newly refurbished Palais Royale Ballroom, 1601 Lake Shore Blvd. W., on Monday, September 17. Held every two years, these awards celebrate design excellence and the important contribution of urban designers, architects, landscape architects and artists to Toronto urban life.

Award categories this year include: Elements, Private Buildings in Context, Public Buildings in Context, Small Open Spaces, Large Places or Neighbourhood Designs, Visions and Master Plans, and Student Projects. The jury members, who will select the winners from 138 entries, are: Toronto columnist John Barber, Toronto architect and urban designer Calvin Brook, Montreal architect and urban designer Renée Daoust, Director of Architectural Studies at the University of Waterloo Rick Haldenby, and Toronto landscape architect David Leinster.

“The jurors assess submissions based on their positive contribution to the public realm, quality of place and the successful integration of urban design with the surrounding urban fabric,” said Robert Freedman, Toronto‘s Director of Urban Design. “The jury gives special consideration to urban design projects that support accessibility, environmental sustainability, public art and heritage preservation.”

The urban designers, landscape architects, architects, artists and owners of the winning projects will receive a certificate of an Award or Honourable Mention in the applicable category. Their projects will be published in a Jury Report, posted on the Urban Design Awards website at, and displayed at Toronto’s Civic Centres and Metro Hall in September and October.

Tickets for the Urban Design Awards Gala, including the award presentation at 6:30 p.m. and cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., are $50 and may be purchased through TICKETWEB at or by calling 1-888-222-6608.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Robert J. Freedman, Director of Urban Design, City Planning, 416-392-1126



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