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May 17, 2005
Sharp Centre for Design wins best in show at Architecture and Urban Design Awards
  
During a gala ceremony at the Art Gallery of Ontario last night, Mayor David
Miller announced the winners of the City of Toronto Architecture and Urban
Design Awards. Held every other year, the awards acknowledge and promote the
contribution that architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists
and builders make in enhancing the public realm. Their achievements help to
shape urban character and identity through their visions, plans and buildings.

The Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design received
an award of excellence, as well as the designation “best in show”. Other
awards of excellence went to the vegetarian restaurant “fresh” for the design
of its corner; a master plan for the West Don Lands; and a guide map to 50
years of Toronto architecture.

“We celebrate these works in their own right for the way they have improved
Toronto,” said Mayor Miller. “They also serve to inspire and motivate us to
raise the bar for future urban design and architecture projects in our city.”

The jury chose 15 winning projects for awards or honorable mentions from more
than 100 entries. Landscape architect Claude Cormier, architectural journalist
John Bentley Mays and architect Brigitte Shim comprised this year’s jury. At
the awards ceremony, Ms Shim commented that, “It takes time, commitment and
passion to design and build buildings that contribute to the project of ‘city
making’. In order to add a new layer to the city, architects and urban
designers need to make intelligent additions to the city that reinforce
successes, enhance the existing and keep the way open for future evolution.”

Awards of Excellence
Visions and Master Plans (imaginative studies and plans with potential for
significant impact on Toronto’s development)
  • West Don Lands Precinct Plan

    Building in Context (individual buildings, or compositions of buildings, in
    relation to their surroundings)
  • Sharp Centre for Design

    Elements (stand-alone objects, landscape elements, or pieces of buildings)
  • fresh

    Honourable Mentions
    Visions and Master Plans
  • Centre for Addiction + Mental Health
  • Cityplace: Railway Lands West Public Realm Master Plan, Architectural
    Guidelines and Implementation Plan
  • Fort York Neighbourhood Public Realm Plan

    Large Places or Neighbourhood Designs (for new or renovated large-scale areas)
  • King’s College Circle Precinct

    Building in Context
  • BMW Toronto
  • Camera – Steven Bulger Gallery – Mongrel Media
  • McGregor Park Public Library Reconstruction
  • Schulich School of Business and Executive Learning Centre
  • Wellesley Community Centre

    Elements
  • “One Phoebe Fence and Gates”
  • Toronto Old City Hall Gargoyles

    Special Jury Award
  • TSA Guide Map: Toronto Architecture 1953 – 2003

    Best in Show
  • Sharp Centre for Design

    All of this year’s entries will be on display in the City Hall rotunda, May 23
    to 29, 2005.
    Photos and full design credits for the winning submissions will appear on the
    City’s Web site, www.toronto.ca/auda, along with
    information on displays at other locations in June.

    The public can also tour the Sharp Centre, BMW, Camera – Steven Bulger Gallery
    – Mongrel Media, McGregor Park Library and Wellesley Community Centre buildings
    during Doors Open, May 28 to 29.


    Media contacts:

    Robert J. Freedman
    Director of Urban Design
    416-392-1126

    Richard Bishop
    Communications Coordinator
    416-392-7597



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