Winners announced for Urban Ideas Competition to Reconnect Toronto’s Waterfront

ULI Toronto, a District Council of the Washington DC-based Urban Land Institute (ULI), has announced the winners of the inaugural Urban Ideas Competition at a public awards ceremony event which took place recently at Malaparte in the TIFF Bell Lightbox. In recent weeks, visionary proposals were submitted to ULI Toronto with ideas to reconnect the City of Toronto with its waterfront. The jury team consisted of a panel of highly respected urban professionals who reviewed the submissions, and prizes were awarded to the following teams within the categories of People’s Choice, Site Specific and Overall Vision.

The People’s Choice winner was Green Deck City by Line Architecture Group, comprised of Loghman Azar, Vadim Novik, Kiarash Safavi, Ben Namini, Mahshid Mohajer, Thea Karlavaris, Vivian Lok, Oscar Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Jacki Vandervelde, Joaquin Sevillano, Audric Montuno and Sahara Azar.

The winner in the Site Specific category was ReVAMP by Carolyn Rowan and Robyn Whitwham.

The Overall Vision winner was Inundation by Dillion Consulting Ltd., comprised of Merrilees Willemse, Martina Braunstein, Kiran Chhiba, Mark Hillmer and Jay Leasa.

The winning submissions, as well as all the other submissions, will be on display from April 25 to May 9, 2014 in the Eaton Centre Towers Lobbies, located at 250 Yonge Street and 1 Dundas Street West in Toronto.  

Submissions can also be viewed on ULI Toronto’s website at and on their Facebook page at

This Competition was organized by the Young Leaders Initiative of ULI Toronto as part of its mission to educate and connect Toronto’s young leaders of tomorrow through the exchange of ideas to better prepare them for the unique urban challenges Toronto will present in the future. The Urban Ideas Competition called for submissions proposing visionary ideas and design proposals to reconnect the City of Toronto with its waterfront. Entries were received from Korea, the United States, and from across Canada from members of the public, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, artists, students, and members of the development community. The jury consisted of Paul Bedford, Former Chief Planner, City of Toronto; Shirley Blumberg, Founding Partner, KPMB Architects; Meg Davis, VP Development, Waterfront Toronto; and David Gerofsky, President and CEO, Great Gulf.