May 3, 2011
For anyone feeling voter-withdrawal after the excitement/joy/sorrow/malaise of the federal election, fear not, your vote can again count for something!
The annual Pug Awards launched today with a new group of competitors ready to be judged by your discerning eye. The awards give Torontonians a chance to vote on their favourite and least favourite new residential and commercial developments. Buildings completed in 2010 and larger than 50,000 square feet are eligible and the full list can be found at the Pug Awards website.
Obviously, there is no shortage of nominees in development-rich Toronto. “Most cities would be envious of the general level of building taking place in Toronto,” said Gary Berman, co-founder of the Pug Awards and president of real estate financier Tricon Capital Group. “But we need to ensure that we don’t waste this opportunity with middling or pedestrian architecture. The development community needs to push the envelope on design so that we create buildings that we are proud of – buildings that speak to our exemplary urban society.”
In addition to the balloting aspect of the the awards, there is also the Pug Talks series, designed to further the city’s architectural dialogue, as well as the Pug Ed program, which encourages young people to develop a passion for architecture.
“Toronto is growing up,” said Anna Simone, the second co-founder of the Pug Awards and principal of
design firm Cecconi Simone. “We are finally designing buildings that are truly world-class news.”