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Toronto Waterfront Innovative Design Competition

December 20, 2006
by Canadian Architect

The TWRC, in cooperation with TRCA and the City of Toronto, is seeking input from the world’s most talented and creative design and engineering professionals in developing bold new concepts for the Lower Don Lands area, including the mouth of the Don River. It is anticipated that approximately five firms or teams representing a range of different design philosophies will be selected to participate in an eight-week design competition. Teams should preferably be led by a landscape or architectural design firm, and include expertise in landscape, architecture, urban planning, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, transportation and hydraulic engineering, and sustainability.

The Competition Brief, which will include a detailed description of existing conditions, a compilation of results from technical investigations, identification of opportunities and constraints, and a list of deliverables, will provide a program for producing concept designs that achieve the following ten goals and objectives:

1. Naturalize the Mouth of the Don River
2. Create a Continuous Riverfront Park System
3. Provide for Harmonious New Development
4. Connect Waterfront Neighbourhoods
5. Prioritize Public Transit
6. Develop a Gateway into the Port Lands
7. Humanize Existing Infrastructure
8. Enhance the Martin Goodman Trail
9. Expand Opportunities for Interaction with the Water
10. Promote Sustainable Development

Each shortlisted respondent that submits a completed proposal will receive an honorarium of 45,000, subject to conditions to be set out in a detailed Competition Brief.

The inquiries deadline is 4:00pm EST on January 17, 2007, and answers will be posted online on January 19, 2007. The submission deadline is at 1:00pm EST on January 24, 2007, and the shortlist mandatory site visit takes place on February 9, 2007.

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