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August 31, 2009
Celebrating the best in design with the 2009 Toronto Urban Design Awards
Join the City of Toronto in celebrating excellence in architecture and urban design at the 2009 Toronto Urban Design Awards Gala at the Palais Royale on September 21. Designers, developers, project owners, community groups, design students and others have submitted more than a hundred 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.

A week-long exhibit of all entries to the competition will take place in advance of the awards, in the rotunda on the first floor of Toronto City Hall beginning September 14. The exhibit is open to the public.

The awards will be handed out at the 2009 Toronto Urban Design Awards Gala, Monday, September 21. The event will take place at the Palais Royale Ballroom from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at

The 2009 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 displays of all submissions, an awards presentation, a catered reception, and a keynote address by Mayor David Miller.

Following the gala, there will be a display of the winners at each civic centre. The schedule follows:
September 22 to 25, City Hall
September 28 to October 2, Metro Hall
October 5 to 9, Etobicoke Civic Centre
October 19 to 23, Scarborough Civic Centre
October 27 to November 2, North York Civic Centre

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.

The 2009 jury is made up of renowned design professionals, including Ian Chodikoff, Editor, Canadian Architect Magazine; Jack Diamond, Principal, Diamond + Schmitt Architects Inc.; Eha Naylor, Principal, ENVision - The Hough Group Limited; and Michael Van Valkenburgh, Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Bruce Hawkins, Senior Communications Coordinator, City of Toronto, 416-392-3496,



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