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September 8, 2011
Getting ready to announce the Toronto Urban Design Award recipients
This year sees the return of the biennial Toronto Urban Design Awards, which recognizes achievements in urban design, architecture and landscape design. A week-long exhibit of all entries to the competition will take place in advance of the awards, in the Toronto City Hall Rotunda beginning September 12. The exhibit is open to the public.

Designers, developers, project owners, community groups, design students and others have submitted 129 projects in categories that 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 winners will be announced on September 19 at the 2011 Toronto Urban Design Awards Gala, with CBC Radio's Matt Galloway as Master of Ceremony. The event will take place at the Palais Royale Ballroom from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at

This year's ceremony is an event that will bring together in recognition and celebration, urban designers, architects, landscape architects, planners, land developers, builders, urban policy makers, design professionals, artists and interested community members from across the Toronto region. The ceremony will include a reception, displays of all submissions and the awards presentation.

Following the gala, there will be a display of the winning entries at each civic centre. The schedule is as follows:
September 20 - 23 Toronto City Hall Rotunda
October 10 - 14 Etobicoke Civic Centre
October 17 - 21 North York Civic Centre
October 24 - 28 Scarborough Civic Centre Rotunda

Award recipients will be selected by the 2011 jury, which is made up of renowned design professionals, including Christine Abe, Principal at The MBTW Group; Ronji Borooah, Town Architect and Head of Urban Design in the Town of Markham; Ralph Giannone, founding Partner at Giannone Petricone Associates Inc.; John Lorinc, journalist specializing in urban affairs, municipal politics, development and public space; and Greg Smallenberg, founding Partner of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg.

The Toronto Urban Design Awards promote excellence and celebrate achievements in urban design, architecture and landscape architecture. Good design creates cityscapes that are both functional and attractive. Celebrating excellence in urban design helps create a city that appeals to residents, businesses and visitors alike.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Bruce Hawkins
Senior Communications Coordinator



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