Design City Toronto by Sean StanwickDesign City Toronto by Sean Stanwick

Design City Toronto

bySean Stanwick, Jennifer FloresPhotographed byTom Arban

Hardcover | March 26, 2007

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At a time when modern architecture has become a means for cities to up their game and raise their cultural profile on the world stage, Toronto is coming into its own. Fully entrenched in a design renaissance that is dramatically changing the face and space of the city, Toronto is now a welcome playground for celebrated local talent and international star architects. While some cities can be immediately defined by a specific style, Toronto is distinguished instead by a fusion of contemporary architecture, heritage preservation and sustainable urban design. A true mosaic of architecture and culture, Toronto is a city learning to recognise and celebrate its diversity – it is a city set to rediscover itself.

Design City: Toronto showcases over thirty exemplary contemporary interior and architectural projects, both complete and underway. These range from hip restaurants and bars by Toronto-based practices to major institutional buildings completed by the likes of Will Alsop, Behnisch, Behnisch & Partners, Foster and Partners, Frank Gehry, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg and Daniel Libeskind. Written in an engaging and lively manner, the book is beautifully illustrated with new photography by Tom Arban. It also provides a neighbourhood overview and biographies of featured designers. It should appeal as much to design savvy individuals as local and foreign archi-tourists who are as interested in discovering – or rediscovering – the dynamic evolution of this exciting city.

Sean Stanwick is an Associate with Farrow Partnership Architects Inc. in Toronto. He is a frequent contributor to Architectural Design, and has written for numerous architectural journals worldwide. He recently co-authored Wine by Design (John Wiley & Sons, 2006). Jennifer Flores is an experienced project manager working in the IT con...
Title:Design City TorontoFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 11.1 × 8.9 × 0.7 inPublished:March 26, 2007Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0470033169

ISBN - 13:9780470033166

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ForewordGreat cities have always been associated with great architecture. More than that,architecture has formed the substance, image, and uniqueness of each city. Thereare times when a palpable shift, a seismic urban energy, catapults a city to a newlevel. Whether it is eighteenth-century Paris or early twentieth-century New York,there is a moment in which a city’s form emerges.When I lived in Toronto in the early 1970s the city was eminently liveable, butoutside vibrant neighbourhoods, the striking City Hall, and the memorable Miestowers, architecture was generally undistinguished. This is certainly no longer true.Suddenly, seemingly only in the past five years, the city is exploding with new andexciting architecture. There is a new horizon that has opened up – in a sense, we arewhat we look at. We are what we live in. We are what we aspire to. And what thisnew Toronto aspires to is an architecture that is as exciting as its culture, is as variedas its diversity, and is as open as the youthful minds that flood the streets.What makes a renaissance? A renaissance is a connection between what thecity was and what the city can be. This discovery entails digging deeper intopossibilities. At the same time, it challenges architecture and planning to take risksbecause what is to be built is more than just ‘one more building’. The renaissanceimplies bringing back the wonder of architecture to the public at large by breakingfree from the straitjacket of ‘this is how our city has always been’. The breaking offormulas, the challenge of building something that has never been built before, thedaring that goes with originality – all these speak of a new sense of identity for a city.A dynamic development, such as the renaissance of architecture in Toronto, renewsmore than street fronts … it explodes the myth that stereotypes ‘Toronto The Good’,suddenly making it ‘Toronto The Great’.Daniel LibeskindNovember 2006=

Table of Contents


Foreword by Daniel Libeskind.


Discover Explore.

Art Gallery of Ontario.

Bata Shoe Museum.

Evergreen Commons at the Brick Works.

Toronto International Film Festival, Festival Centre and Tower.

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art.

Young Centre for Performing Arts.

Royal Ontario Museum.

Toronto Waterfront Redevelopment.

Eat Enjoy.

Blowfish Restaurant + Sake Bar.

Boiler House Restaurant.

II Fornello Restaurant.


Jamie Kennedy Restaurant and Wine Bar.

Ultra Supper Club.

Relax Recharge.

Bloorview Kids Rehab.

BMW Toronto.

C Lounge.

The Drake Hotel.

Gladstone Hotel.


Convent for the Sisterhood of St John the Divine.

Learn Study.

Bahen Centre for Information Technology, University of Toronto.

Canada's National Ballet School.

Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Early Learning Centre, University of Toronto.

Graduate House, University of Toronto.

Centennial HP Science and Technology Centre, Centennial College.

Leslie L Dan Pharmacy Building.

Sharp Centre for Design, Ontario College of Art & Design.

TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Royal Conservatory of Music

Schulich School of business, York University.

Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research.

Toronto by Neighborhood.


Architects and Designers.