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July 14, 2003
Winning design ideas for historic asylum wall on display at Toronto City Hall
  
Toronto - July 14, 2003: More than 100 submissions made to the Centre for
Addiction and Mental Health's Open Ideas Competition on the future of its
historic east wall will be on display at the rotunda in Toronto's City Hall
from July 14th to July 17th. The public is invited to view the design ideas on
the main floor of the City Hall at 100 Queen Street West from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
daily.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the City of Toronto jointly held
an Open Ideas Competition to seek broad community input into the design of the
historic east wall at Queen St. West and Shaw St. in Toronto's west end. The
redesign of the east wall will be part of the proposed redevelopment of CAMH's
27-acre Queen Street site.

"In many important ways, this Ideas Competition goes well beyond the limits of
usual design competition," explained Councillor Joe Pantalone. "As a jury
member, I was thrilled with the range of submissions - not only from the
professional communities, but also from the people who have received mental
health and addiction services and local grass roots communities. The diversity
of creative imagination focused on a single subject is simply stunning."

The winning design ideas were selected by a jury from the 127 submissions made
by local community members, artists, staff, architects, conservation groups,
people who have experienced the mental health and addiction system and an
entire class at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

The winning ideas were submitted by Carlos Moreno and Cassie Kent and Janet
Rosenberg and Glenn Herman with artwork provided by Lynn Donoghue. Three
designs also received honourable mention, and five were designated as finalists.

"Showcasing the design ideas in the City Hall rotunda will provide an excellent
opportunity for the public to view these innovative and creative submissions.
We were extremely pleased with the amount of interest in the Open Ideas
Competition. It was a very difficult decision for the jury, but we are all very
excited by the winning design ideas and how they both preserve and transform
the historic asylum wall," said Dr. Paul Garfinkel, CAMH President and CEO.

The jury, made up of city officials, an architect, a local artist,
neighbourhood residents, and people who have experienced the mental health
and/or addiction system evaluated the entries from a number of different
perspectives such as heritage preservation, community integration, interest and
beauty, contribution to safe and open spaces and reducing stigma.

The best aspects of the two winning ideas, and perhaps some elements from the
honourable mention and finalist entries, will be further refined by CAMH and
its development team, in consultation with the City, Councillor Joe Pantalone,
and with the input of the Competition winners. As the wall is historically
designated, the final wall design needs to be approved by the City of Toronto
Preservation Board and by City Council as part of the overall redevelopment
process. The overall site redevelopment must also be approved by the Ministry
of Health and Long Term Care.

Details about the winning ideas can be found on the CAMH website at www.camh.net.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is a Pan American Health
Organization and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre and a teaching
hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

For more information, please contact
Anne Ptasznik, Media Relations Coordinator, and (416) 595-6015
or Councillor Joe Pantalone at (416) 392-4009.



 

 

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