Toronto Tuesday : PUG Awards, Unsung Beautifiers, and Bathurst Bridge Virtual Charrette

 

Each Tuesday, Spacing Montreal will share with you some posts from our sister blog, Spacing Toronto. We hope it will enable constructive dialogue on the urban issues faced by both cities, though we’ll settle for some witty jibes against la Ville reine in the comments.

PUG Awards: And the winner is? : Since 2004, the PUG Awards celebrate new construction in the (former unamalgamated) City of Toronto by asking the public to pick favourites and well, lemons. Although the requirements for entry are rather restricted (over 50,000 square feet in the residential and commercial/institutional sectors), the results can always be interesting. In this post, Matthew Hague presents a critique of the competition procedure and structure.

Unsung city beautifiers: Fruits and flower shops : Focusing on smaller and often overlooked design issues, Leah sandals looks at how small businesses are transforming their sidewalk space. From colourful outdoor stalls at fruit and flower stores to drab office fronts and sea-of-pavement larger retail thresholds, every design decision matters and modifies our urban experience significantly.

Virtual charrette on the Bathurst Street Bridge : Preparing for the first Design Review Panel that will be held on June 26th, Spacing proposes something different: a virtual charrette. The comments and ideas collected from the post will be forwarded to the designers.

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