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March 20, 2009
2009 Toronto Urban Design Awards call for entries
The Toronto Urban Design Awards return this year. Designers, developers, project owners, community groups, design students and others are invited to enter eligible projects no later than 4 p.m. on May 19. Submission categories 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. To learn more about the awards and how to enter, visit

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.

Submissions will be adjudicated by a panel 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.

Robert Freedman, Toronto’s Director of Urban Design, says, “The Toronto Urban Design Awards is an exciting program that recognizes those urban designers, architects, landscape architects and artists who design the exceptional spaces and places we all enjoy as residents of Toronto. I’m pleased as well to encourage architecture and design students to submit to the competition theoretical or studio projects relating to Toronto.”

The City will host an awards ceremony on September 21 at the Palais Royale to celebrate all entries and announce the winners. The 2009 ceremony is a ticketed 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 from Mayor David Miller.

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, Sr. Communications Coordinator, City of Toronto, 416-392-3496,



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