Recognizing excellence in urban design

Recognizing excellence in urban design

October 11, 2011

Toronto Community Housing and its revitalization partners in Regent Park have been recognized for excellence in the design and construction of new buildings.

Toronto Community Housing�s 60 Richmond Housing Co-op and the One Cole condominium, a partnership between Toronto Community Housing and The Daniels Corporation, have won �Awards of Excellence� at the 2011 Toronto Urban Design Awards. The awards are presented every other year to recognize the contributions of designers and developers who create great urban spaces.

60 Richmond won first prize in the Private Buildings in Context � Mid-Rise category. In its Jury Report, the presenters said they were �very taken with 60 Richmond,� saying it �enlivens a utilitarian stretch of Richmond that makes no concessions to pedestrian life.� The building was designed by Teeple Architects Inc.

One Cole took first prize in the Private Buildings � Tall Residential category. The jury recognized the building�s design and contribution to the streetscape and city-building. �The effect is reminiscent of what works well in the St. Lawrence District,� the jury said. The building project team was Diamond and Schmitt Architects, Graziana + Corazza Architects Inc., and NAK design group.

Regent Park townhouses received honourable mention in the Private Buildings in Context � Low Scale category. The jury noted that �the townhouses relate well to the street and adjacent high rises, presenting a pleasing sense of scale as well as a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere with many eyes on the street.� The townhouses were designed by + Corazza Architects Inc.

Toronto Community Housing is committed to quality building design and construction. Building better buildings attracts more tenant and buyer interest. It contributes to building a great city where residents are proud of the places where they live. And it reduces our repair and maintenance costs over the long-term. This is crucial to our being able to tackle $650 million in unfunded capital repairs and improve quality of housing and quality of life for our 164,000 tenants.