The ambitious Canary District has already received a lot of attention, both within the industry and in the media, for its design, expansive scope and great location on Toronto’s waterfront. Now it has a new trophy to add to its rack, having been awarded the 2012 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence.
The awards are one of two major Canadian design award programs and has been recognizing amazing new developments annually since 1968. Canary District was one of nine projects selected for the top honour out of a pool of 167 submissions from across Canada.
For those not in the know, Canary District will serve as the Athletes’ Village for the Pan/Parapan American Games in 2015. Following the Games, it will morph into a dynamic master-planned community which will boast an impressive pedestrian network and open streetscapes. The aim was to build a sustainable neighbourhood with a unique collection of amenities, including retail stores, cafes and restaurants.
“The Canary precinct is sophisticated proof (and a quiet rallying call) that intelligent cities should renew the currency of the well-crafted ‘block’ as the real medium in which we can grow good neighbourhoods,” said Awards of Excellence juror Donald Chong in a press release.
Dundee Kilmer Developments, the firm behind Canary, will have to make room on its trophy rack for this new accolade. They’ve already taken home seven awards from the National Association of Home Builders, including a National Sales and Marketing Gold Award for Community of the Year (Urban).
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