A reimagined stretch of Yonge Street was the winner of the 2014 NXT City Prize. Rendering: Richard Valenzona

What does the future of public space in Toronto look like? The NXT City Prize’s annual NXT City Night should provide a glimpse.

Each year the not-for-profit group invites those under 35 to send in proposals imagining ways to improve the city’s shared spaces. On the evening of Thursday, September 24th, the winners of this year’s NXT City Prize will be announced.

The announcement will be made at 56 Maud St., an appropriate venue for the NXT City Night given the art deco building — the former site of St. Andrew’s Market Hall — was once a public space itself.

This year, more than 300 proposals were submitted, leaving the jury including notables like Toronto’s Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat and Hunter Tura, president and CEO of Bruce Mau Design, with their hands full.

In addition to a $5,000 cash prize and exposure, the overall winner will receive consideration from Toronto City Council, so those in attendance may very well be among the first to lay their eyes on something that will shape the city’s landscape in years to come.

Four $1,000 winners will also be announced across the following categories: under-18, technology and public space, neighbourhood improvement areas and sustainability and energy.

Like last year’s event, NXT City Night 2015 will also offer food, drink and music. This time around, libations from Steam Whistle and Tequila Tromba will be available and there will be eats from Oyster Boy, Kanpai Snack Bar, Vertical, Thoroughbred and PAI Northern Thai Kitchen, too. Toronto-based producer Jesse Futerman will be holding down the soundtrack selections.

The event, which kicks off at 6:30pm, is presented by developer Oxford Properties and will be hosted by E!’s Tyrone Edwards. Tickets cost $25 and you can grab them here.

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