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September 14, 2012
Two City of Toronto projects to receive national awards for urban design
The leading voice of architecture in Canada - Architecture Canada/Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) - has announced the 2012 National Urban Design Award winners. Two City of Toronto projects are receiving awards this year.

The RAIC seeks to build awareness and appreciation of the contribution of architecture to the physical and cultural well-being of Canadians. The 2012 National Urban Design Awards recognize individuals, organizations, firms and projects that have contributed to the quality of life in Canadian cities, and to their sustainability.

The National Urban Design Awards are part of a two-tier program held in co-operation with major metropolitan centres in Canada. Recipients are previous year's winners from participating municipalities, such as Toronto, Mississauga, Calgary, Edmonton, Vaughan and Ottawa, as well as submissions from other communities in Canada.

These following two City of Toronto projects were entered into the National Awards programs as a result of having won Awards of Excellence at the 2011 Toronto Urban Design Awards:
• Toronto Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study (Urban Design Plans Category)
Credits: Brook McIlroy, with ERA Architects, Quadrangle Architects, Urban Marketing Collaborative.
• West Toronto Railpath (Civic Design Projects Category)
Credits: Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. (Prime); Brown and Storey Architects Inc.

The 2012 National Urban Design Awards will be presented at an award ceremony in Toronto during IIDEX NEOCON Canada on September 21.

About the Avenues & Mid-Rise Buildings Study
The Avenues & Mid-Rise Buildings Study, adopted by City Council in July 2010, recognizes that Toronto's Avenues are an integral part of the urban fabric, serve as social and commercial centres, and are intimately linked to the identity and vitality of the neighbourhoods that surround them. These Avenues are part of Toronto's Official Plan growth strategy so it is important to set the stage for appropriate, typically mid-rise, development.

The vision for Avenues in the City of Toronto’s Official Plan is one of vibrant, tree-lined streets, and wide, sun-lit sidewalks, framed by well-designed and contextually-sensitive mid-rise buildings. These mid-rise buildings support an active street life by providing a variety of retail and community uses at the ground floor level. Mid-rise buildings are an integral part of Toronto’s built form; they help to achieve growth targets while enhancing and revitalizing existing neighbourhoods.

This is the fourth award presented to the Avenues & Mid-Rise Buildings Study. More information is available at

About the West Toronto Railpath
The West Toronto Railpath is a unique, multi-use pathway that runs along a 2.1-kilometre stretch of abandoned rail line purchased by the City of Toronto in 2002. The north trailhead is located at Cariboo Avenue, north of Dupont Street and west of Osler Street. The trail extends south to the intersection of Dundas Street and Sterling Road with bridge crossings at Dupont Avenue and Bloor Street. The former spur line once serviced local industrial properties, but had not been in use for over 40 years.

The park is an example of how design can enhance public spaces, provide opportunities for outdoor recreational activity for the local community, and serve the larger cycling community as a significant off-road component of the Toronto Bike Plan.

The park also features four sculptural artworks by John Dickson, collectively named Frontier. These large industrial sculptures are constructed of steel frames with perforated galvanized steel surfaces. At different locations along the southern portion of the Railpath Park area, each Frontier form simultaneously evokes the industrial frontiers of the site while also referencing the natural frontier states that existed before and after the area's industrial period. The Frontier forms alternately appear to be solid and transparent, creating a flickering effect when viewed from the trail as well as from the adjacent functioning rail corridor.

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