2012 National Urban Design Awards recognize projects across the country

Architecture Canada | RAIC, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects have announce the winners of the 2012 National Urban Design Awards in the following categories:

  • Urban Architecture – North Vancouver City Library (North Vancouver, BC) Diamond Schmitt Architects and CEI Architecture Planning Interiors, in joint      venture;
  • Urban Design Plans – East Village Master Plan (Calgary, AB) Broadway Malyan with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants;
  • Urban Fragments – ESPA 2010 Mural Project (aka “Transition” Mural Project) (Edmonton, AB) Edmonton Small Press Association;
  • Urban Fragments – Gathering Circle (Thunder Bay, ON) Brook McIlroy and Ryan Gorrie;
  • Civic Design Projects – Canada’s Sugar Beach (Toronto, ON) Claude Cormier + Associés and Waterfront Toronto, with The Planning Partnership;
  • Civic Design Projects (Small Town) – Marché Lionel Daunais (Boucherville, QC) Sylvie Perrault architectes / Atelier Urban Face Inc.;
  • Civic Design Projects (Sustainable Award) – Sherbourne Common (Toronto, ON) Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg and Waterfront Toronto, with The Planning Partnership;
  • Student Project – Feed Toronto: Growing the Hydrofields (Pickering, ON) Drew Adams / Fadi Masoud / Karen May / Denise Pinto / Jameson Skaife

The following are recognized with Certificates of Merit:

Urban Design Plans

  • Toronto  Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study (Toronto, ON) Brook McIlroy and the City of Toronto with ERA Architects, Quadrangle Architects, Urban Marketing Collaborative;
  • VYR Vancouver International Airport (Richmond, BC) Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc.

Urban Architecture

  • Elm Street Four Unit Infill (Ottawa, ON) Jason C. Flynn Architect Inc.;
  • One Cole, Regent Park, Toronto (Toronto, ON) Diamond Schmitt Architects with Graziani + Corazza Architects Inc., NAK Design Group

Civic Design Projects

  • Garden City Play Environment, City of Richmond (Richmond, BC) space2place design inc. with POD Design;
  • West Toronto Railpath (Toronto, ON) Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. (Prime) Brown and Storey Architects Inc.

Student Project

  • Loose Change (Montreal, QC) (Rico) Chun Fung Law, Anne-Marie Desmeules, Aisha Sheikh

“The National Urban Design Awards recognize that architecture and urban design impact society and enriches our lives and stand as clear evidence that Architecture matters,” said Architecture Canada | RAIC president David Craddock, FRAIC. “We are proud to celebrate the range of projects from communities across Canada and the calibre of this year’s award recipients.”

“Creating vibrant communities is at the core of what we do,” Andrea Gabor FCIP RPP, CIP president.  “The Canadian Institute of Planners knows good urban design is essential; and that beautiful urban design is inspirational. This year’s winners are a shining example of the excellence of both – congratulations to all!”

According to Liane McKenna, MBCSLA, FCSLA, CSLA president, “The 2012 National Urban Design Awards highlight the vital role played by the design community in building lively, safe and sustainable cities. Each project shows how our public life and urban spaces enhance our lives and how dramatic changes can emphasize their excellence.”

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.

The Awards will be presented at an award ceremony held during IIDEX NEOCON Canada Sept. 21, 2012 in Toronto.

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