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February 20, 2007
Nathan Phillips Square Design Competition - Public exhibition of final design submissions
A public exhibition of the four finalists’ design submissions to revitalize Nathan Phillips Square was unveiled this evening at Toronto City Hall. In December 2006, four outstanding design teams were short-listed by the competition jury to participate as finalists in Stage II of the competition:

• Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, Toronto
• Plant Architect Inc., Toronto
• Rogers Marvel Architects, New York
• Zeidler Partnership Architects, Toronto

The week-long exhibition is being hosted by the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Public Advisory Group (PAG). Established by City Council in 2006, the PAG’s mandate is to act as a resource for the design competition jury, advise the City on the operation and long-term management of the Square, and promote the implementation of the winning design for the renewal of the Square.

The finalists’ design submissions will be displayed for public viewing in the City Hall Rotunda from February 21-26, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The public is invited to complete comment cards about the design submissions. The cards are available at the exhibition or on the competition website at The comments will be summarized and forwarded by the PAG to the competition jury for consideration in its deliberations.

The competition jury will judge the four final design submissions in early March and announce a winner on March 8. Six local and international experts in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, architectural heritage preservation and artistic and community involvement comprise the jury: Dinu Bumbaru; David Crombie; Eric Haldenby (Chair); Frances Halsband; Cornelia Hahn Oberlander; and Michael Ondaatje.

Revitalizing Nathan Phillips Square is a priority for the City and one of Mayor David Miller’s initiatives for making Toronto a cleaner, greener and more beautiful city. To fund the Square’s revitalization and restoration, the City has made a $16 million financial commitment and is seeking an additional $24 million in contributions from other levels of government, the private sector and the business community.

For more information about the design competition, visit

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 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 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and livability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Peter Ortved, Competition Professional Advisor, CS&P Architects Inc., 416-482-5002
Sheila Glazer, Manager, Strategic Policy and Projects, Facilities and Real Estate Division, City of Toronto, 416-392-0879



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