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Feb 05, 2017  |  Vote 0    0

Design competition for new Etobicoke Civic Centre kicks off

Build Toronto has shortlisted 5 international design teams

Etobicoke Guardian

Build Toronto kicked off its international design competition for the new Etobicoke Civic Centre this week by shortlisting five architectural teams to develop the “new heart of Etobicoke.”

The goal of the Etobicoke Civic Centre design competition is to develop a vision for a new integrated hub – including a civic square, civic offices, a library, a daycare centre and a recreation centre – on the Westwood Theatre Lands at the southwest corner of Dundas and Kipling.

“This is the beginning of an exciting project to design an entirely new community with a civic centre and public space, that will also allow us to streamline the Six Points intersection and make this the heart of Etobicoke,” Coun. David Shiner, chair of the Build Toronto board, said in a statement.

“As stewards of public land, Build Toronto and the city are driving the focus on city-building by exploring creative and innovative design ideas and bringing them to the forefront of this transformation.”

“This will not only become the new heart of Etobicoke, but it will also create a renewed area of activity, commerce and civic space for the local community and the city.”
- Etobicoke-Lakeshore Coun. Justin Di Ciano

The shortlisted teams, comprised of firms from Brooklyn, N.Y.; Copenhagen, Denmark; London, U.K.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and Toronto, Ont., include:

• Adamson Associates Architects, Henning Larsen Architects, PMA Landscape Architects

• Diamond Schmitt Architects, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

• KPMB Architects, West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture

• Montgomery Sisam Architects, Adjaye Associates, OLIN

• Moriyama and Teshima Architects, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, FORREC Ltd.

The design component of the selection process is scheduled to be judged by a jury of leaders in the fields of planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture in late April 2017, following a public presentation of the final design submissions.

“Through the international design competition, industry jury selection and public input, we are all helping to shape the new Etobicoke Civic Centre — which is exactly what civic centres represent,” Etobicoke-Lakeshore Coun. Justin Di Ciano said in a statement.

“This will not only become the new heart of Etobicoke, but it will also create a renewed area of activity, commerce and civic space for the local community and the city.”

City council will consider the results of the design competition in the third quarter of 2017.

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