TORONTO – Diamond Schmitt Architects with landscape design firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates are shortlisted to design a new Etobicoke Civic Centre and square.
The City of Toronto has allocated 5.6 hectrares (13.8 acres) in suburban Etobicoke to redevelop and create an integrated civic hub, including a civic square, civic offices, a library, a daycare centre and a recreation centre.
“We look forward to applying our resources and experience in creating award-winning multi-purpose facilities to develop a vision for this new civic landmark,” said David Dow, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects.
Build Toronto, the City of Toronto’s real estate and development investment corporation, launched an international design competition and has selected five teams for the shortlist.
“This is the beginning of an exciting project to design an entirely new community with a civic centre and public space, that will also allow us to streamline the six points intersection and make this the heart of Etobicoke,” says Chair of the Board and Councillor David Shiner (Ward 24 Willowdale). “As stewards of public land, Build Toronto and the City are driving the focus on City-Building by exploring creative and innovative design ideas and bringing them to the forefront of this transformation.”
A public presentation of the designs in April 2017 will be followed by judging from a jury comprising leaders in the fields of planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture. Toronto City Council will consider the results of the design competition as well as a business case for the development later this year.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is based in Toronto. Informed by urbanism, driven by design, the firm’s extensive portfolio includes performing arts centres, residential and commercial buildings, sports and academic facilities. Current projects include the transformation of Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall in New York City; multiple projects and the master plan for Vaughan Metropolitan Centre; the restoration of Ottawa’s heritage Government Conference Centre including the interim home of the Canadian Senate; and the new Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver.