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Toronto Waterfront Revitalization

It is often easy to forget Toronto is a city situated on the banks of the vast Lake Ontario. The city is divided by a massive highway system that does little to encourage people to edges of the lake and lacking a green strip along the lakeside leaves it wanting for development. In a shocking way Toronto seems to back up to the waterfront where other major cities such as Sydney take advantage of this aspect. According to Christopher Hume, the strip is seen more as a summer-only tourist destination with little sense of neighbourhood and lacking in facilities. Finally Canada is recognising it's growing lakeside population and putting itself on the map.

The Competition has been won by Dutch/Canadian amalgam West 8 who say

It is a sleeping beauty waiting to be awakened. What the waterfront needs is a village-like neighbourhood with small-scale buildings where you find shops, bars, nightclubs, institutions … But at street level there's little creativity. Queens Quay is very unattractive. The contemporary development is mono-cultural; it needs diversity. We would change Queens Quay by pushing cars to the northern half of the street. The southern half would be set aside for pedestrians and cyclists … This lakefront is calling out for people walking, biking, rollerblading.

Other contenders included

Foster and Partners, London UK and Atelier Dreseitl, Uberlinggen, Germany

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, New York and Martínez Lapena-Torres Architects, Barcelona
Snøhetta,Norway, Sasaki Associates, New York, nARCHITECTS, New York, Weisz + Yoes Architecture, New York, H3, New York, Balmori Associates, New York
and Halcrow Yolles HPA, New York

For competition details see Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation.

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