A heritage building in Toronto’s financial district will be revitalized as an office environment. Designed by prominent Canadian architect Henry Sproatt, the building was originally the Canada Permanent Trust Building.
Four teams have been shortlisted for the 2020 Venice Biennale in architecture. The Canadian Council for the Arts is also doubling its previous investment to enhance the international profile of Canada’s representation. It is making a contribution of $500,000 toward the 2020 exhibition and acting as commissioner.
Early planning has begun at for a new building at the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus to bolster research, teaching, and public engagement in the field of astronomy. The new structure will include a mix of research facilities, classrooms, departmental offices, and a planetarium of up to 150 seats to facilitate academic and research pursuits of the proposed joint occupants, and to support community outreach.
Three Canadian mayors, alongside 16 mayors from around the world, representing 130 million urban citizens, have committed to significantly cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their cities by ensuring new buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030.
Innovators will test their smart city technologies in test-beds across Toronto, through the first-ever Urban Pilot Program (UPPlift). Designed and delivered by Urban Living Futures, the program focuses on bridging the gap between emergent smart city technologies and building and infrastructure operators seeking innovations to enhance the city’s liveability.
Canadian markets top the inaugural International Green Building Adoption Index (IGBAI), a study by CBRE and Maastricht University in Netherlands. More than 50 per cent of office buildings in Vancouver and Toronto holds “green” certifications.
Ontario is investing in Toronto’s rental housing market to encourage the creation of more affordable rental housing. The province’s housing minister Peter Milczyn has announced funding for municipalities to provide rebates to developers who want to build high-rise, mid-rise, and townhouse rental housing. The City of Toronto will receive $60 million to encourage the construction of complete communities that are accessible, livable, walkable, and close to transit and other services.
The designs of Luc Bouliane, MRAIC, are inspired by the geology of Northern Ontario. The recipient of the 2018 Young Architect Award of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) credits his upbringing in the community of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.—surrounded by Lake Superior and rock outcrops—for the geometrically complex forms of his designs.