Winning design concept for Princes' Gates announced|
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Two hundred people attended a fundraising gala dinner yesterday evening at the
Windsor Arms Hotel to celebrate and raise funds for the Princes' Gates
Revitalization Project. The evening was hosted by Mayor David Miller and Deputy
Mayor Joe Pantalone, and featured pianist Nazzareno Carusi and soprano Karine
Levasseur of "I Soloisti Della Scala Trio."
The Princes' Gates Revitalization Project is central to the twinning agreement
between Toronto and Milan to promote business, trade and cultural relations
between the two cities. A two-stage design competition was launched earlier
this year, inviting design teams from both cities to submit an Expression of
Interest. The teams were required to demonstrate a commitment to design
excellence and a proven ability to design, develop and construct significant
open spaces for public uses.
Three design teams were invited to submit design concepts and the design
submitted by Sering + Sistema Duemila, Milano -- MBTW Group, Toronto, was
selected as the winner of the Princes' Gates Area Revitalization Design
Mayor David Miller, Assessore Giovanni Verga representing the City of Milan,
and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone announced the winning team and design selection.
Tartaglia Partnership, Milano -- MEP Design, Toronto and D + S AA, Milano --
Terraplan LA, Toronto also submitted design concepts for the area immediately
east of and adjacent to the Princes' Gates.
"Toronto is twinned with Milan for good reasons," said Mayor David Miller.
"They share common values of design, creativity, and beauty. This design
competition allows both cities to learn from one another, and as the vision of
the winning team is realized, it will make this Toronto icon even more
"The vision of the competition was to bring together all the elements that make
a great city building -- history, contemporary development and open space,"
said Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone. "The winning concept is a wonderful,
achievable design that respects history, improves the public spaces around the
Princes' Gates, and has engaged the community, both at the international and
Last night's event was the culmination of the fundraising campaign to supply
the needed private sector funds to help make the Princes' Gates Revitalization
Project a reality. Over $300,000 was raised. Implementation of the winning
design will be completed in 2006, as part of the City of Toronto's TO Live With
Culture campaign -- a 16-month celebration of the city's extraordinary arts and
Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone