Toronto Urban Design Awards

Toronto Urban Design Award winners for 2011

The 2011 Toronto Urban Design Awards were given out last night to honour the contributions made the city by architects, designers and urban planners over the last two years. Unlike the annual Pug Awards, which focus solely on completed buildings and are voted on by the public, the TUDAs also recognize public space design, small-scale private residences, masterplans for future developments and are voted on by a jury of experts on urban design.

There probably aren't a whole lot of surprises amongst the winners listed below, but that just speaks to the widespread critical accolades places like Sugar Beach, 60 Richmond, the RBC Centre, and the Regent Park Revitalization have received. As was the case when the Pug award winners were announced, I still think the TIFF Lightbox is overrated, but given the institutional character of the other buildings in its category, it was a shoo-in to win. If there's one award winner from last night that's a little painful, it's the Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge, which was fittingly honoured in the Visions and Masterplans category. Had it not been scrapped by the City earlier this year, it surely would have made a stunning addition to Toronto.

Here's a look at the winners and honourable mentions (follow links for a summary of all the nominees in a category)


Salvation Army Lightbox

  • Award of Excellence: Salvation Army Harbour Lightbox (160 Jarvis St.)
  • Honourable Mention: Sherbourne Common Pavilion (51 Dockside Dr., Toronto Waterfront)

Private Buildings in Context — Low Scale

Summerhill Shops

  • Award of Excellence: Shops of Summerhill (1099 Yonge St.)
  • Honourable Mention: Dacre Crescent Residence (28 Dacre Cresc.)
  • Honourable Mention: Regent Park Townhouses (620 Dundas St. E.)
  • Honourable Mention: Richmond Town Manors (853 Richmond St. W.)

Private Buildings in Context — Mid-rise

60 Richmond Street

  • Award of Excellence: 60 Richmond Housing Co-op (60 Richmond St. E.)
  • Honourable Mention: The Printing Factory Lofts (201 Carlaw Ave.)
  • Honourable Mention: The Robert Watson Lofts (363/369 Sorauren Ave.)

Private Buildings in Context — Tall Commercial

Telus House Toronto

  • Award of Excellence: Telus House Toronto (25 York St.)
  • Award of Excellence: RBC Centre (155 Wellington St. W.)

Private Buildings in Context — Tall Residential (see link above)

Regent Park

  • Award of Excellence: One Cole (1 Cole St., Regent Park)
  • Award of Excellence: Thompson Hotel and Residences (550 Wellington St. W.)

Public Buildings in Context

TIFF Lightbox

  • Award of Excellence: TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St. W.)

Small Open Spaces

City Hall Green Roof
  • Award of Excellence: West Toronto Railpath (between Cariboo Avenue and Dundas Street West)
  • Honourable Mention: Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization - Podium Roof Garden (100 Queen St. W.)

Large Places of Neighbourhood Designs

Sugar Beach

  • Award of Excellence: Canada's Sugar Beach (Lower Jarvis Street, south of Queen's Quay Boulevard)

Visions and Masterplans

Fort York Bridge

  • Award of Excellence: The Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge (53 Strachan Ave.)
  • Award of Excellence: Toronto's Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study, City of Toronto
  • Honourable Mention: OCAD University Capital Master Plan, City of Toronto
  • Honourable Mention: Parkway Forest Reurbanization, Don Mills/Sheppard Avenue

Student Projects

  • Award of Excellence: Feed Toronto: Growing the Hydrofields (Toronto's Hydrofields)
  • Honourable Mention: MaMmaL: A Mobile Media Lab for Regent Park Focus (Regent Park)

Photos of the City Hall Green Roof and Sugar Beach go to Gabriel Li and SubjectiveArt, respectively. Photos of the Summerhill Shops, 60 Richmond and the Fort York Bridge courtesy of the City of Toronto. All other photos blogTO.

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