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Friday, June 24, 2011

Top Toronto, GTA and Ontario Architecture Companies

Best Ontario Architectural firms presented alphabetically

Top architects from a range of Ontario cities including Toronto, Mississauga, Markham, GTA, Ottawa, Kingston, Oshawa, Kitchener, Hamilton, London, Oakville, Barrie, North Bay, Sudbury, Newmarket, and Windsor.

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Ontario Association of Architects 2010 Design Awards winners

List of Ontario architecture studios:

Adamson Associates Architects

Adamson Associates website

Adamson Associates Architects is a full-service Architectural Practice located in Toronto, Canada, with offices in New York (AAI Architects, P.C.); London, UK (Adamson Associates International Limited); Los Angeles (Adamson Associates, Inc.); and Abu Dhabi (Adamson Associates International Ltd - Abu Dhabi).

Established in 1934, Adamson Associates is noted for its long tradition of design excellence and technical expertise. Our firm has developed a diverse portfolio of projects in Canada, the United States and around the world, encompassing projects in a wide range of sectors including commercial; cultural; hotel and residential; institutional; large-scale, mixed-use development sites; retail and entertainment; and airports and transportation centres.

Adamson Associates has won numerous prestigious design awards and recognitions, and has succeeded in winning several international design competitions including: the New Terminal Development Project, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Toronto Canada; Tara Station, Dublin, Ireland; and the Fengtai Science and Technology Park, Beijing, China.

In the 1980s, we diversified to undertake work as Executive Architect on large-scale developments in the United States, the United Kingdom and Southeast Asia. As Executive Architect/Architect of Record, we work with the Design Architect through all stages of project development with the goal of developing, enhancing and delivering the vision that they and the Client have established.

We have had the privilege of collaborating with some of the world’s most acclaimed Design Architects on such prestigious projects as the World Financial Center in New York and;Kuala Lumpur City Centre in Malaysia. Currently, we are working on several large-scale develoments with multiple design architects such as the World Trade Center Redevelopment in New York; and Canary Wharf in London, England.

Under the progressive leadership of three partners, we are continually upgrading our design, project management and technical expertise to maintain a competitive advantage within the dynamic architectural field and an expanding economy.

Our services extend the entire development of a project from strategic planning to design and on through final construction. These services include: architectural and urban design, master planning, feasibility studies, programming, interior design, contract documents, value engineering, contract administration, building conditions assessments, and building sciences.

Altius Architecture Inc, cottage specialists

Altius Architects, Toronto

Altius has continued to move forward towards a complete, holistic and collaborative approach to building. We believe that the best buildings are achieved when architects, engineers, consultants, constructors and clients come together to achieve something greater than the sum of their individual parts. We subscribe to a team approach to building and believe that the confluence of architecture, structure, mechanical systems and building technology must meet at the commencement of the design process in order to successfully meet the needs of our clients, their budgets and respond to our modern times.

We have established close relationships and continue to share knowledge with the best consultants available to us in the fields of structural, mechanical and sustainable systems design.

Architects Alliance

ArchitectsAlliance architecture studio website

At aA, our team of 40 architects, designers, planners and technologists provide the full spectrum of services, applied to a scope of practice that ranges from academic and institutional buildings to large-scale mixed-use developments.

We have built condominiums and classrooms, laboratories and research buildings, affordable housing and entire communities. You’ll find aA projects all over Canada, the United States, and Europe. A long list of national and international awards attest to our well-earned reputation as one of the most innovative design firms in Canada.

Thomas Ewing Blood Architects, Ottawa

Thomas Blodd Architects website


Bortolotto Architects, Toronto

Bortolotto Architects webpage

The firm is committed to design excellence and the integration of sustainable and leading edge technologies. A significant concentration of the work is for government and educational institutions, reflecting the firm’s understanding of the complexities associated with public buildings and the public realm and their commitment to improving the quality of these places.

Bortolotto Design Architect has developed design strategies collectively called Performance Architecture.

Breathe Architects (Martin Leifhebber & Associates), Toronto

Breathe Architects

Our unique approach sets Building Code precedents and enables our clients to express themselves through our product: be it intellectually, spiritually or monetarily. Their enthusiasm, evident on their websites creates clientele for us on a ongoing basis, so sustainability is achieved all around.

We see, as a logical extension, the need to promote more environmental sensitive living on a larger scale. Up until a few years ago the practice has been a Sole Proprietor. By embracing the Integrated Design Process we have further expanded the team and skill set necessary in our manifestation of an ecological practice. This inspires our clients to be more open-minded, accept ecological principles into their lives, and to communicate these to the broader community.

Implementation: As a team - client, builder and architect - we challenge conventions by proving that alternatives are ready for implementation. A good example is ruling of the Ontario Building Code Commission that strawbale constructions, a ’breathing’ wall assembly, is superior to conventional ‘sealed’ construction.

Our practice is a think tank that allows our clients and ourselves to decompress and question what we have deemed an acceptable and comfortable ‘way of life’.


Clients that hire us are able to reinvent themselves, as their research and our design insight combine to provide answers that result in buildings that are used as instruments of change: Our model inspires and enables clients to promote more environmentally sensitive living by initiating ecological entrepreneurism. Because of the effectiveness of this model we see our clients as a logical extension of our work. Our innovative practices speak for themselves as our clients go on to demonstrate the worthiness of our innovative ideas, communicate this on their websites, and in doing this, solicit additional pros.

Purpose and Goals: 

We anticipate the visions of our residential clients to become more and more relevant to commercial and institutional organizations. The practice’s transformation from Martin Liefhebber Architect Inc. into Breathe Architects enables us to respond to larger scale building programs. Our projects provide evidence of effective alternatives, reinforce clients ambitions, and create a sustainable business model – for our clients, ourselves and the ongoing relevance of architecture.

BSN Architects, Toronto

Baird Sampson Neuert Architects website

BSN is committed to maximizing the environmental quality and performance of all of its projects. The firm believes strongly in the ethical dimension of “sustainability” which promotes the principal of equitable access to the earth’s resources across space and through time. Our design process focuses on the conceptualization and execution of exceptional interior and exterior environments: that are healthy for their users; that promote long term sustainability of the project; and that reduce negative effects on the larger natural environment to the absolute minimum achievable.

The firm is an acknowledged leader of “green design” in Canada. It is experienced with the Canadian Green Building Council’s (CGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, the federal government’s Building Incentives Programme (CBIP) for energy efficient design and other programmes and precedents related to issues of sustainability. Two of the firm’s principals, Barry Sampson and Jon Neuert, are LEED accredited professionals, as are senior associate Yves Bonnardeaux, and associates Ian Douglas and Mauro Carreño.

We approach the design of each project and its site as an integrated “system of systems”. The firm’s interest in “green design” has developed out of its research and practical experience with the application of principals of “bioclimatic design” to public spaces and public conservatories. Both require building and landscape systems and components to be integrated in the design process so that they can work together as “environmental modifiers”, achieving effective responsiveness to climate and maximizing usability under changeable weather conditions. This approach entails creative collaboration with other specialist professionals and the breaking down of disciplinary boundaries to eliminate system redundancy.

Our expertise with environmental design has developed out of successful project experience.

Joseph Campatelli, Markham ON

JNC-Architect.com website

Chamberlain Architects, Burlington ON

Chamerlain Architects, Ontario

The firms of the Chamberlain companies function under one roof offering management, architectural design and construction services. Many years of seamlessly integrating these services for clients requiring a single source of responsibility for their projects has made us expert at delivering enhanced projects through an Integrated Project Delivery Process.

Our staff of 70 consists of Project Managers, Architects, Construction Managers, Estimators, Technologists, Construction Coordinators, Site Superintendents, and support staff. From constant involvement in all the processes necessary to realize a project, our staff members have evolved into experienced and knowledgeable professionals who consider a project not just in terms of design or construction tasks, but rather as a whole and cohesive project – the successful completion for which we are responsible.

Celebrating 30 years in business, Chamberlain is a creative, financially secure organization. Our clients include the entrepreneur with a single project, government and public service organizations, and many high profile corporations with ongoing development programs. They are all equally deserving of our best efforts and our main focus is to exceed their service expectations.

Cool Earth Architects, Toronto

Cool Earth Architects web site

Elias (Lou) Ampas is a graduate of McGill University. He has been a licensed architect for almost 20 years. He has worked on, or been responsible for a number of award winning designs, with a portfolio of high-end housing, commercial, retail and community work. His most recent projects include net-zero townhouses and a passive solar house.

Martin Poizner has extensive technical experience and a level of insight gleaned in 49 years of practice, from a wide variety of experience. Martin was recently awarded the Order of Da Vinci by the Ontario Association of Architects for outstanding contributions to the Profession.

Sheena Sharp is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, and then obtained her Master of Architecture degree at the University of Washington, in Seattle. After her initial degree she worked as a research assistant on projects including Energy Efficiency and Daylighting, and a project which built and instrumented a wood frame house to monitor energy use.

She has experience in many forms of housing and commercial buildings. Her first large environmentally sustainable project was the $20 mil. addition and renovation for the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, where she acted as Project Architect while working for Young + Wright Architects.

Her second large environmentally sustainable project is the $3.5 addition and renovation to the District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board, which is currently a candidate for LEED certification.

CS+P, Toronto

CS+P Architects website

CS&P Architects Inc., one of Canada's leading architectural practices, offers architectural, planning, interior and urban design services to a wide range of public and private sector clients. Since the firm's inception, a significant focus of our practice has been the design of public spaces and community-focused projects for recreational, judicial, and educational uses. Our objective in developing these projects is to discover imaginative and meaningful ways to connect these buildings with their contexts. By designing from the inside out, we continually explore ways to enhance and enrich our clients' programmes. Our dedicated team of 60 includes registered architects and accredited urban, interior design and LEED professionals. This talented group is commited to design excellence and client satisfaction. This winning approach has resulted in the loyalty of many longstanding clients as well as over 65 design excellence awards.

CXT Architects, Toronto

CXT Architects Studio

CXT Architects Inc. has evolved into a firm with a reputation for strong problem solving skills, excellence in design, vigorous attention to detailing and technical execution, as well as leadership in contract administration. Throughout its history, the firm has consistently produced high quality architecture that responds to the specific needs of clients through various construction delivery modes including design-build and construction management.

Diamond and Schmidt, Toronto

Diamond and Schmidt Architects Inc.

Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated is an architectural practice founded in 1975 and located in Toronto, Ontario Canada. The firm currently employs 137 people.

Born in South Africa, Jack Diamond arrived in Canada in 1964 as Founding Director of the University of Toronto’s Master of Architecture program. From 1968-1975 he was principal in the firm of Diamond and Myers. In 1975 he established A.J. Diamond Architects, which by 1989 had evolved into the partnership of A.J. Diamond, Donald Schmitt and Company.

Canadian born architect Donald Schmitt studied architecture at the University of Toronto, and has been in practice with Jack Diamond since 1978. Jack Diamond and Donald Schmitt are the founding principals of Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated.

In addition to the founding principals, Jack Diamond and Donald Schmitt, there are 13 principals, 13 associates, 92 registered graduate and student architects; and a support staff of 19.

Principals: Sydney Browne, Gregory Colucci, Martin Davidson, David Dow, Robert Graham, Helen Kabriel, Michael Leckman, Gary McCluskie, Birgit Siber, Matthew Smith, Jon Soules, Mike Szabo and Michael Treacy.

Associates: Walton Chan, John Featherstone, Branka Gazibara, Duncan Higgins, Daniel Klink, Matthew Lella, Ana Maria Llanos, Jarle Lovlin, Sarah Low, Michael Lukasik, Jennifer Mallard, Antra Roze, and Peggy Theodore.

Elias + Associates Landscape Architects

Elias Associates website

Elias + Associates has worked with the private and public sector providing professional landscape architecture, planning and urban design services since 1992.    
The firm has always pursued a conceptual approach, producing designs that combine artistic spirit, humour, and material experimentation. Each project evolves from extensive research, problem solving, and sensitivity to site and client needs.

The firm has pursued a multidisciplinary approach that develops sophisticated relationships between building and landscape and addresses social, urban design, and ecological issues. Surrounding context and sense of place are typical elements emphasized in the design process.

Elias + Associates has earned a strong reputation for its commitment to innovative design and its ability to build within tight budgets without sacrificing artistic integrity, craftsmanship, attention to detail and quality of construction. We contribute our success to combining practical experience with attention to client objectives and programmatic needs.

Farrow Partnership Architects, Toronto

Farrow Partnership Architects

Farrow Partnership Architects is a world leader in creating architecture that lifts the human spirit while advancing clients’ needs and business goals. Working individually or in joint venture, Farrow Partnership has designed construction projects under a variety of procurement methods, including design build, stipulated sum, construction management and P3. With roots established over 50 years ago, Farrow Partnership has become a leading international firm offering a full range of services in planning, urban design, architecture and interior design.

Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga

Farrow Partnership’s diverse leadership team, which includes architects, strategic planners and specialists in medical planning, workshop facilitation and knowledge development, when combined with the firm’s outstanding design and technical capabilities, provides clients with the necessary depth of talent to achieve their aspirations. The firm’s diverse practice areas include:

• Health Care

• Seniors’ Living

• Education

• Institutional

• Residential

• Corporate Interiors

• Urban Planning and Design

• Master Planning

Farrow Partnership Architects also offers valuable expertise in sustainable design, green buildings, energy efficiency, health and wellness as it pertains to architecture and creating healthy living and work spaces.

Key to the firm’s success is its ability to draw on and apply the research of globally recognized leaders in the fields of group decision-making and collaborative process. The approach and methods used by Farrow Partnership’s facilitators have been designed to encourage active participation in order to engage clients in a creative design process. Our clients tell us that this leads to greater opportunities for the same cost and allows them to make more knowledgeable choices while providing a predictable process for generating better-than-expected results.

The firm and its partners have worked on diverse projects across North America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East.

Peter Gabor Architect, Markham ON

Peter Gabor Associates

Only through a thorough understanding the of the client's goals, and achieving high design standards within the real world context of fiscal constraint, complex approvals, and existing urban and/or building fabrics, can an architect add the maximum value through his or her involvement.

At Gabor Associates: Architecture, Urban Design, and Interiors, the principal, Peter A. Gabor, Architect MRAIC and his longstanding professional support staff are dedicated to understanding the client's needs, and fulfilling the functional design within a framework of design excellence in, style, finish, and contextual response. To us, a project is not truly satisfying unless the client is as proud of the design as we are.

gh3 Inc

gh3 Inc Architects

gh3 designs in the increasingly complex realm where architecture, urbanism + landscape overlap. We design with a modernist's eye to order, beauty and social possibility, and an environmentalist's awareness about sustainability and long-term thinking.

Informed by the past and speaking to the future, we design with a modernist’s eye to order, beauty and social possibility, and an environmentalist’s awareness about sustainability and long–term planning.

We apply global learning to local problems through a staff that brings specialized expertise in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. Our thinking is grounded in knowledge, and our design in creative excellence. We bring learning from two decades of collaboration to projects that blur the edge between buildings and the out–of–doors.

Our work is visually engaging, with the underlying philosophy that the best way of encouraging sustainable thinking is to bond people to their environments through deep understanding, and by making good design an indispensable part of everyday life. To create instructive, engaging, environments, we approach every design with a site and context-specific approach. The result is inspiring and useful spaces that are fundamentally modern in outlook.gh3 works closely with clients and multidisciplinary teams to ensure that the values and aspirations of every project are reflected in the design. We bring our cross–disciplinary insights into the cultural, social and physical context of each design. At heart, we are very practical designers, combining our professional training and life experiences to our work. We design with the intention that our projects will last for centuries, and the pragmatic awareness of the importance of ease of maintenance, durable details, and good value for investment.

Pat Hanson and Diana Gerrard, each with over 30 years of experience in their respective careers, own the Toronto-based practice. Individually, they have designed and run major projects throughout North America. Together, in 2005, they founded gh3 and have quickly established themselves as a major design practice. Working globally, in both the public and private sectors, and in all fields – educational, institutional, commercial and leisure – gh3 has completed award-winning projects at many different scales that have been extensively published internationally.

gh3’s work is realized by a studio that also includes architects, landscape architects, intern architects and support staff. The firm has steadily grown in capacity since its inception, winning multiple awards from their peers. The ability of the 2 senior partners to mentor and direct the work of a young, enthusiastic and deeply talented staff has been key to our accomplishments and success in international competitions, including the most recent winning for June Callwood Park and the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture 2010 for A Photographer’s Studio Over A Boathouse.

Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects

Goldsmith Borgal architects website

Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects (GBCA) provides a full range of architectural services to clients for a variety of built projects including adaptive reuse, restoration, and rehabilitation. Working as prime consultant or as part of a larger team, GBCA is equipped to handle a variety of assignments. At GBCA, we bring together the skills, sensitivity, specialized knowledge and commitment to undertake technically demanding work that not only conserves our built and cultural heritage but also creates contemporary environments that support our clients’ needs and aspirations.

In addition to our design and built work, GBCA is one of the leading heritage firms providing consultancy services for projects across the country. Services include the preparation of heritage impact assessments, conservation reports, master plans and feasibility studies, as-found documentation, and construction drawings. Expertise in building science and building envelope is invaluable for sustainable developments. 

Led by the Principal of the firm, Christopher Borgal, GBCA consists of five associates, all of whom bring to the firm distinctive specialties in the heritage, conservation and design field. Supported by our team of 12 architectural and administration staff, we are committed to responding to the needs of our clients energetically and proactively. Years of successful, award-winning projects and satisfied clients are a testament to our dedicated staff.

Hardie Architects, Ottawa

Douglas Hardie Architects website

Hicks Partners Architecture, Oakville

Bill Hicks architectural website

Julian Jacobs, Toronto

Julian Jacobs Architects

Building/Environments must be designed with love and care. An artifact designed in this way is substantially different, superior, its inner life is revealed; it does not seem inanimate. It has the sense of a living thing, and a sense of 'soul'.

For every project we seek a 'conceptual DNA molecule' – a central idea which imparts information to every aspect of the design, ensuring harmony, unity, and authenticity; as in an oak tree – the roots, trunk, branches and leaves are all harmonized and unified by its DNA. The central idea comes from asking, predesign, how one should begin to think about the project. Every project deserves a 'tabula rasa' – a blank slate.

There are many ways to categorize spaces, but for us the most useful categorization is as 'connector space' and 'non-connector space.' For us the space (or spaces) which connect the programmatic elements is as important as the elements themselves. One methodology we have developed uses the analogy of the ‘Architectural Bouquet in a Vase’, where the vase is the ‘connector space’ and the flowers are the elements: the vase is custom-designed to control the flow and organization of the building.

Kirkor Architects, Toronto

Kirkor Architect website

Kirkor Architects + Planners was founded in 1990 by partners Steven Kirshenblatt and Clifford Korman. It has developed into a firm of nearly 60 architects, interns and technologists who support a robust client list including major developers both local and international. Kirkor’s focus is on the creation of responsible, sustainable, economically viable developments through smart growth strategies. We have expertise in urban design principles of intensification, mixed-use development and public transportation that are necessary to ensure holistic, healthy building practices. Urban intensification is a critical issue for cities that must cope with rising populations while curbing sprawl. Kirkor is an authority in urban densification with award-winning smart build projects across North America.

Kirkor’s clearest directive is to create buildable architecture. Our partnership knows where to start a building design, how to manage the budget effectively, negotiate with municipalities and planning authorities, and execute a well ordered project through technical drawings and focused on-site discourse. Our application of this fundamental philosophy to every project, without exception, is one of Kirkor’s greatest strengths.

KPMB Architects, Toronto

KPMB Architects

The integration of architecture and sustainability, performance and aesthetics and making buildings that support the public realm is at the heart of KPMB’s work. The individual act of making a building must be both transformative and enduring, and take part in a collective effort to support all levels of life, work, and creativity. Architecture must be positioned responsively between landscape and urbanism, issues of cost and environmental performance, and innovation and design excellence. This approach to architecture has earned the practice the Royal Architectural Institute of Architects Firm of the Year Award and the Toronto Arts Award.

Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects, Toronto

Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz architecture website

Gail E Lamb Architects, Lucan (north of London)

Gail Lamb Architecture

A successful project is the product of a close working relationship between Architect and Client. An Architect must have a "good ear", not just a "good eye". We listen carefully to our clients and respect their programs and their budgets.
Each project is developed and produced as a team effort with full involvement throughout the course of the project by the firm's principal. We make ourselves available to our clients and their staff and encourage their participation and review not only in the design process but throughout all phases of the work:

- schematic design
- design development 
- budget preparation 
- contract document preparation 
- tender call 
- project construction 
- project follow-up 

Client involvement ensures that all needs are addressed in detail in order that day to day operations in the completed building run smoothly.

David Mailing Architects Associates, Ottawa

>David Mailing, award-winning architect

Our approach to our work is quite simple: the project belongs to the client, not to us. We are just part of the overall team required to see the project through to fruition. We have a passion for good design, which we apply at all levels of the work, always respectful of the client's needs, budget and schedule. We insist on earning the trust of our clients, which can only be attained by listening, working as a team player, and always providing a consistent level of quality service.

Fine residential homes, luxury cottages, commercial / retail developments.

McCormack Architects – Community-driven design

McCormack Architecture website

McCormack Architects is a design architecture firm that understands the user experience. How people ‘use’ a building and what they expect from it are central to the design process.

How should a building make you feel? What qualities do you admire in other buildings? How should your building stay the same/how should it change over time?

Whether it’s for you, your family, your community, your business, association or membership. McCormack loves designing homes, work spaces and recreational facilities that people use. The design team is oriented towards contemporary modern work with all of the incumbent design and ecological advantages. That being said, our acclaimed work in heritage conditions and traditional materials takes advantage of a ‘best of both worlds’ approach.

The collaborative advantage in McCormack l DesignArc is the idea that the “Graduate School of Design approach” can come to terms with ‘down-to-earth expectations’. With this foundation and thinking we provide the leadership and discipline to guide clients into the process of discovering what is possible through better design advice and accountable execution. From private residential projects, to corporate design programs, to public and institutional work, collaboration is the counterpoint to compromise. It's the way we resolve every challenge and it is the way that makes the project the best it can be.

The atelier structure of the firm provides the opportunities for design team members to be immersed in all levels of detail design including millwork, furniture, lighting, landscape and dynamic structures. Now in its 10th year, McCormack Architects has lead projects from $10,000 to $10 million and designed everything from massive retractable roof installations to a kitchen sink.

Increasingly our design team is able to advance a sustainable architecture agenda with our clients, and to collaborate with other designers, fabricators and artisans. We know what is required, but we also know what makes people happy.

MCLarchitects, Barrie ON

Barrie-area architecture company

McKnight • Charron • Laurin Inc. has a very broad base of experience. We work on alterations, renovations, historical restorations, additions and new buildings.We provide Full Architectural Services including:

Owner and User needs assessments.

Feasibility studies, concept design re-zoning applications, site plan control applications and Ontario Building Code interpretation.

Liaising with financial institutions and other funding organizations, meeting with board staff, committees and legal staff as required.

Overseeing the approvals process, liaising with local building departments, government agencies and completing government forms.

Co-ordinating soils and survey work.

Budget development and budget control.

Design development, working drawing and specification development, tendering, tender analysis and contract negotiation.

Project management and construction time tabling, and construction review.
Progress draw analysis, Contemplated Change Notices, Change Orders, and Site Instructions.

Substantial completion, deficiency correction control, project closeout and warranty enforcement and correction.

Our primary focus is on providing our Clients with outstanding service from the initial meeting through design and construction on into contract closeout and over the warranty period.

The principals of the firm will be available at all times to meet with Client staff, committees, and during the construction phase with the General Contractor.

McMillan Design - Burlington ON

McMillan Design Architecture - Healthcare Hospitality Restaurants +++

McMillan Design is one of the leading Design Firms operating in the hospitality industry today. With over 30 years experience, Del McMillan (Owner/President) offers his expertise and oversees every project.

Our ingenuity and foresight allows us to provide a service that encapsulates the various elements of interior design specific to the client’s needs.

The resourcefulness of our group of experts enables the development and execution of innovative solutions that create a unique ambiance to the job at hand.

McMillan Design is recognized for their design excellence and technological innovation in providing design consultation, specification, procurement as well as project coordination from conception through completion.

Petroff Partnership Architects, Markham ON

Petroff Architects website

Commercial, Retail, Industrial, Residential, Institutional – they do it all!

Paul Raff, visionary Toronto architect

Paul Raff's architecture studio

Paul Raff Studio began as a creative practice in 1994 and incorporated as a full services architecture firm in 2003. The Studio employs experts in architecture, development strategy, multi-media, and landscape and interior design. Its collaborative environment is dedicated to creative vision of the highest caliber. Based in Toronto, the Studio assists local and international clients in the creation of projects where art becomes life. 

The Studio is an internationally recognized leader in sustainable architecture and design. Each project is uniquely conceived and attentively advanced. Our proficient technical knowledge and project management always strive to realize exceptional value and architectural quality. Projects and experience range in scale and scope, and include residential, cultural, and commercial architecture, master planning and urban design, multi-media and public art, private gardens, and special features. Paul Raff Studio consistently produces exceptional work that is thoughtful, evocative, and poetic.

The Studio's designs have been recognized with numerous awards by the highest authorities, including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. They have been published internationally in such journals as Wallpaper*, Architecture, AZURE, Objekt, and Landscape Architecture, and have been the subject of three television documentaries.

Absolute commitment to every project's aesthetic function within its total environment is largely what has led to Paul Raff Studio's' growing impact on local and global art and architecture.

Paul Raff Studio

The Studio is an internationally recognized leader in sustainable architecture and design. Each project is uniquely conceived and attentively advanced. Our proficient technical knowledge and project management always strive to realize exceptional value and architectural quality. Projects and experience range in scale and scope, and include residential, cultural, and commercial architecture, master planning and urban design, multi-media and public art, private gardens, and special features. Paul Raff Studio consistently produces exceptional work that is thoughtful, evocative, and poetic.

Reich + Petch Architecture and Design, Toronto

Reich + Petch Architects Design studio

The team at Reich + Petch asks questions. Lots of them. We involve clients in the creative process and welcome ideas that enable us to translate their visions into imaginative, interactive environments.

Formed in 1987, Reich + Petch is an international, interdisciplinary design firm. We are inspired by opportunities that allow us to create spaces that are meaningful and engaging. We are driven by the need to explore, innovate and shape environments that excite the senses and make an emotional connection with both visitors and clients.

Reich + Petch invents timeless solutions.

Reich + Petch architectural studio

Formed in 1987, Reich + Petch is an international, interdisciplinary design firm. We are inspired by opportunities that allow us to create spaces that are meaningful and engaging. We are driven by the need to explore, innovate and shape environments that excite the senses and make an emotional connection with both visitors and clients.

The team at Reich + Petch asks questions. Lots of them. We involve clients in the creative process and welcome ideas that enable us to translate their visions into imaginative, interactive environments.

Reich + Petch invents timeless solutions.

Salter Pilon Architects, Barrie

Salter Pilon Architecture Inc.

Salter Pilon Architecture Inc. and its predecessor practices have a 45 year history of successful architectural practice in the province of Ontario.  With roots extending back to 1960, the firm has been fortunate to have evolved with a stable core group of talented architects and designers.  Our consistent performance is our greatest source of pride, with an on time / on budget record most enviable within the profession.

Scott Associates Architects, Toronto

Scott architects website

Aviation specialists with an international project portfolio, SCOTT Associates Architects Inc. is known for its expertise in the planning and design of airport facilities.


▪  SCOTT was established in 1987, and is privately-owned
▪  the firm’s head office is in Toronto, Canada, with branch and affiliated offices
   in Atlanta, Montréal, and Zagreb, Croatia

Aviation Architects

▪  SCOTT’s main focus is Architecture, specifically the design of Passenger Terminal Buildings
▪  in addition, the firm provides a range of in-house Aviation Specialty support services relating
   to PTB design, including – financial assessment, security interface, baggage handling
   specification, apron planning, and bridge specifications (potable water, 400 Htz, etc.)
▪  SCOTT has provided design services for a diverse range of private and public sector clients
   – airport authorities, crown corporations, governments, developers, corporations, and other consulting firms

Project Scope

▪  SCOTT has designed and built three $300 millionPTBs
▪  built and planned space totals more than $7.8 billion and 1.1 billion square meters
▪  the firm works in Canada, the US and offshore


▪  the firm regularly provides architectural design and support to consulting engineering firms
▪  SCOTT does not provide competing engineering services
▪  SCOTT regularly participates in large multi-disciplinary teams, in arrangements from specialist
   sub-consultant to joint venture partnerships

▪  SCOTT has a well-established US office – SCOTT Associates Consultants, Inc.
▪  SCOTT-US is certified as a Female Business Enterprise (FBE) with the City of Atlanta’s Equal Business Opportunity Program

Christoper Simmonds, Ottawa ON

Christopher Simmonds, award-winning Canadian architect

Since the inception of the firm in 1996, Christopher Simmonds Architect has provided a broad range of clients with the highest quality of service on residential, institutional, commercial and educational projects.

Our goal is to promote individual and community well-being through an integrated design that fully supports all needs of the client, while respecting the overall integrity of the site from the perspective of architecture, environment and community.

With a reputation for maintaining an open dialogue with our clients and listening closely to their needs, we are able to delight them by providing solutions that exceed expectations.

Achieving outstanding results in quality of design is attested to by an extensive array of design awards won by the firm. Christopher Simmonds Architect also exhibits strong leadership in sustainable approaches to design. We designed the first LEED gold certified building in Ottawa (Rideau Valley Conservation Centre) and in 2008 we were awarded the Canada Green Building Council's Leadership Award for "fostering sustainable design, construction and management in buildings in the national capital regional of Canada."

Superkul Architects, Toronto

Superkul Architects studio

The firm has a broad portfolio of project types, ranging from garden design and single-family housing to medium size commercial / institutional work and master planning. While diverse, all of the projects we undertake share an attention to detail and material at both the large and the small scale, a thorough engagement of the clients and stakeholders involved, and a profound connection of our buildings to their built and natural contexts.

Taylor Hazell Architects

Taylor Hazell architectural website

Site Under Construction

Teeple Architects, Toronto

Teeple Architects

Teeple Architects Inc. has built a reputation for innovative design and exceptional service. Some examples of Teeple Architects Inc.'s exceptional work are the following awards; Governor General's Medal (Chemical Sciences Building, Trent University), Governor General's Medal (Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church), OAA Architectural Award of Excellence (Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church) and the SAB Award (Langara College Library and Classroom Building).

Cynthia Zahoruk, Burlington ON

Cynthia Zahoruk Architecture website

Design becomes a process of integrating some key ingredients… program and environment and finding a unique solution. On all of our projects we listen to our clients needs, then together with our clients, create a design that is distinctive and fits their goals.

Our full service approach to architecture gives our clients added assurance that we will handle any size project both confidently and completely. We not only strive to be a full service architectural firm, but excel in project development, zoning and approval processing and building permit expediting, and this provides relief from the time consuming development issues that can overwhelm the client with a full work load.

Ziedler Partnership Architects, Toronto

Ziedler Partnership website

Eberhard Heinrich Zeidler, OC, O.Ont (born January 11, 1926 in Germany) is a Canadian architect. He studied at the Bauhaus-University Weimar, Weimar, Germany, and the Technische Hochschule, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Zeidler immigrated to Canada in 1951 and formed his first partnership with Blackwell and Craig of Peterborough, Ontario. He later went on to create a new firm, Zeidler Roberts Partnership/Architects in Toronto, and offices in Calgary, AB, Vancouver, BC, Victoria, BC, London, Berlin, Beijing, China, Abu Dhabi, UAE and West Palm Beach, Florida.

More prominent projects by Zeidler's firm include:

Toronto Eaton Centre shopping mall and offices, 1977-1981 with Bregman + Hamann Architects, Toronto, Ontario

McMaster University Health Science Centre, 1972, Hamilton, Ontario

Ontario Place theme park, 1967-1971, Toronto

Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre, 1975-1986, Edmonton, Alberta

Yerba Buena Gardens, 1980-1984, San Francisco, California

redevelopment of the Queen's Quay Terminal, 1979-1983, Toronto

Canada Place for Expo'86, Vancouver, British Columbia

To have your Ontario architectural practice profiled on this page, please send your details to joetrainor @ dhrendering.com , thanks kindly!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Chinese artist / architect Ai Weiwei released on bail

Designer of Birdsnest Stadium a proponent of truth and freedom

Ai Weiwei first got in trouble with the Government of China when he criticized the design, architecture and construction of many schools that collapsed during China's major earthquake. The Gov wanted to bury the bad news along with all the kids, but Ai wanted to prevent such a thing from happening again.

This past April, Weiwei was arrested by Chinese authorities during a crackdown related to the Arab Spring uprisings. After almost 3 months incarceration, he was released on bail today!

"I'm back with my family," Ai told the UK's Guardian newspaper. "I am very happy. I'm fine."

Guardian.co.uk report on freeing of Ai Weiwei

Huffington Post report on release of Ai Weiwei

Friday, June 3, 2011

Architecture competition websites, architectural awards links

Please bookmark this page in your favorites for easy access to upcoming architectural design competitions, architecture awards, and to websites that feature design competition and architectural awards on a monthly basis.

Upcoming Architectural Awards and Design Competitions

June 2011

Europan 11
Deadline: 06.10.2011

The Europan 11 competition is taking place in conditions marked by a strong commitment amongst European cities to very stringent environmental objectives. Following the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in 2009, municipalities became aware of the importance of what they do alongside central government to limit greenhouse gas emissions, control energy consumption and manage (or preserve) rare and non renewable resources such as water, as well as to diminish pollution of different kinds. As a general rule, they are trying to achieve greater autonomy, in both food and energy, and want to develop societal innovations in order to encourage every Citizen to adopt an eco-responsible lifestyle. These geopolitical concerns need to be reflected in the design of urban spaces at the urban and architectural scale.

Info on Europan 2011 sustainable architecture awards

July 2011

Unbuilt Architecture and Design Awards
Deadline: 07.29.2011

Architects, designers, educators and students throughout the world are invited to submit real or theoretical projects.

Unbuilt designs of any project type are eligible, including purely theoretical projects and unbuilt client-sponsored projects (e.g., buildings, interiors, transportation infrastructure, monuments, etc.). Projects under construction or otherwise apparently assured of construction are ineligible.

Information on Unbuilt Architecture and Design Awards

August 2011

CTBUH Tall Building Student Design Competition
Deadline: 08.12.2011

1st Annual Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat “International Student Design Competition: Why Tall?” aims to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society from the perspectives of green, safety, and humanity.


• Friday, April 1, 2011 – Competition announcement

• Friday, August 12, 2011 – Registration Deadline

• Wednesday, August 31, 2011 – Project submission deadline

• Friday, September 30, 2011 – Short-listed Finalists announced

• Tuesday, October 11, 2011 – Winners will be announced at the CTBUH 2011 World Conference in Seoul, Korea

CTBUH Tall Building Student Design Competition website

Websites with Info on Architecture Competitions and Awards

Architects Newspaper list of upcoming architecture awards deadlines

Architects.org Architecture Awards info page

AWR architecture and design competitions

Competitions.org Open Design Competitions

e-architect.co.uk International Architecture Competitions

Landscape Architecture Design Competitions and Awards

TheArchitectureRoom.com Architectural competitions from all over the world

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Earth's 5 Most Crucial Eco-city projects

Green communities a priority for architects, planners, builders

Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city

The Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city (simplified Chinese: 中新天津生态城; traditional Chinese: 中新天津生態城; pinyin: Zhōng Xīn Tiānjīn Shēngtài Chéng) is the result of a collaborative agreement between the governments of China and Singapore to jointly develop a socially harmonious, environmentally friendly and resource-conserving city in China. Designed to be practical, replicable and scalable, the Tianjin Eco-city will demonstrate the determination of both countries in tackling environmental protection, resource and energy conservation, and sustainable development, and serve as a model for sustainable development for other cities in China.

The Singaporean government formed a Ministerial Committee in 2011 in order to improve the coordination and support among its agencies for the project – reportedly a sign of the importance of the project to Singapore

When fully developed in the early-to-mid 2020s, the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city will be home to about 350,000 residents.

The Eco-city site is located 40 km from the Tianjin city centre and 150 km from Beijing. The site is 10 km from the core district of the Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA), with the southern tip of the site only a 10-minute drive from the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA).

The Eco-city is sited on non-arable land. Prior to development, the site of the Eco-city was one-third saltpan, one-third deserted beach, and one-third water, including a 270-hectare wastewater pond.

Key Features of Tianjin Eco-city

The Tianjin Eco-city will be ecologically friendly, and existing wetlands and biodiversity will be preserved. Green spaces will be interspersed throughout the city. Located in an area of low rainfall, the Eco-city will draw a significant part of its water supply from non-traditional sources such as desalinated water.
Integrated waste management will be implemented in the Eco-city, with particular emphasis on the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste. A light-rail transit system, supplemented by a secondary network of trams and buses, will be the main mode of transportation in the Eco-city. This will help to reduce its carbon emissions.

Social harmony will be a key feature of the Eco-city. An important instrument will be subsidised public housing in the Eco-city, which will help to meet the housing needs of the lower and lower-middle income strata of society, and enable people of different income and social strata to live near to, and interact with, one another. The Eco-city will be barrier-free to cater to the needs of the elderly and the mobility-impaired. Public social and recreational facilities will be located within easy access of homes to meet residents’ needs and provide opportunities for residents to interact.

The development of the Eco-city will respect local heritage. The profile of the Ji Canal, which is 1,000 years old, will be retained. Two existing villages within the Eco-city site will also be conserved through adaptive reuse or partial rebuilding.

Key Eco-City Performance Indicators

There is a set of 26 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city. In formulating these KPIs, reference is made to national standards in China and Singapore, as well as international standards.

Some of the KPIs are listed below. The development of the start-up area and the entire Eco-city is targeted for completion by 2013 and 2020 respectively, and so reference is made to these years in the KPIs.

Ambient Air Quality - The air quality in the Eco-city should meet at least China’s National Ambient Air Quality Grade II Standard for at least 310 days.

Quality of Water from Taps - Water from all taps should be potable.

Carbon Emission Per Unit GDP - The carbon emission per unit GDP in the Eco-city should not exceed 150 tonne-C per US$1 million.

Proportion of Green Buildings - All buildings in the Eco-city should meet green building standards.

Green Transportation - At least 90% of trips within the Eco-city should be in the form of green trips by 2020. Green trips refer to trips via non-motorised transport, i.e. cycling and walking, as well as trips on public transport.

Barrier-Free Accessibility - The Eco-city should have 100% barrier-free access.
Proportion of Affordable Public Housing - At least 20% of housing in the Eco-city will be in the form of subsidised public housing by 2013.

Usage of Renewable Energy - Renewable energy should account for at least 15% of the energy utilized in the Eco-city by 2020. Possible sources of renewable energy for the Eco-city include geothermal energy, hydropower and solar power.

Usage of Water from Non-Traditional Sources - At least 50% of the Eco-city’s water supply will be from non-traditional sources such as desalination and recycled water by 2020.

Jobs to be generated in the Eco-city - Sufficient jobs should be generated for at least 50% of the Eco-city’s residents within the Eco-city who are employable, to minimize the need for them to commute on a daily basis from their home to their workplace.

Master Plan

The Master Plan of Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city was jointly developed by the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute, and the Singapore planning team led by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore.

The intention is for development to take place around a central core of conserved ecological wetlands and rehabilitated water bodies. The main centre of the Eco-city will be located on the southern bank of a historical thousand-year old river course, which has been planned for a variety of uses, including commercial, cultural and recreational uses.

A comprehensive green transport network, i.e. non-motorised and public transport, will be developed in the Eco-city. A light rail transit system will serve as the main mode of transport within the Eco-city.

Commercial sub-centres will be located in each of the suburban areas to provide employment opportunities for the residents and reduce their need for commuting. There will also be dedicated service industry parks, university and hospital sites located within the Eco-city, which will contribute to the long-term economic vibrancy of the Eco-city in a sustainable manner.

Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

Masdar (Arabic: مصدر‎, maṣdar, literally source) is a project in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. Its core is a planned city, which is being built by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, with the majority of seed capital provided by the government of Abu Dhabi.Designed by the British architectural firm Foster + Partners, the city will rely entirely on solar energy and other renewable energy sources, with a sustainable,zero-carbon, zero-waste ecology. The city is being constructed 17 kilometres (11 mi) east-south-east of the city of Abu Dhabi, beside Abu Dhabi International Airport. It will host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

The project is headed by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (ADFEC). Initiated in 2006, the project was projected to cost US$22 billion and take some eight years to build, with the first phase scheduled to be completed and habitable in 2009. However, due to the impact of the financial crisis, Phase 1 of the city will be completed in 2015 with the final completion occurring by 2020-2025. The estimated cost of the city has also declined by 10 to 15 per cent, putting the development between US$18.7 and 19.8 billion. The city is planned to cover 6 square kilometres (2.3 sq mi) and will be home to 45,000 to 50,000 people and 1,500 businesses, primarily commercial and manufacturing facilities specialising in environmentally friendly products, and more than 60,000 workers are expected to commute to the city daily. It will also be the location of a university, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), which will be assisted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Automobiles will be banned within the city; travel will be accomplished via public mass transit and personal rapid transit systems, with existing road and railways connecting to other locations outside the city.[10][14] The absence of motor vehicles coupled with Masdar's perimeter wall, designed to keep out the hot desert winds, allows for narrow and shaded streets that help funnel cooler breezes across the city.

Masdar City will be the latest of a small number of highly planned, specialized, research and technology-intensive municipalities that incorporate a living environment, similar to Novosibirsk, Russia or Tsukuba Science City, Japan.
Partners in the project through its Clean Tech Fund are Consensus Business Group, Credit Suisse and Siemens Venture Capital. Construction of the first phase of the project is being managed by CH2M HILL. Infrastructure construction for the city will be handled by the Al Jaber Group and design of the central Masdar headquarters building has been awarded to Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Masdar will employ a variety of renewable power resources. Among the first construction projects will be a 40 to 60 megawatt solar power plant, built by the German firm Conergy, which will supply power for all other construction activity. This will later be followed by a larger facility, and additional photovoltaic modules will be placed on rooftops to provide supplemental solar energy totalling 130 megawatts. Wind farms will be established outside the city's perimeter capable of producing up to 20 megawatts, and the city intends to utilise geothermal power as well. In addition, Masdar plans to host the world's largest hydrogen power plant.

Water management has been planned in an environmentally sound manner as well. A solar-powered desalination plant will be used to provide the city's water needs, which is stated to be 60 percent lower than similarly sized communities.

Approximately 80 percent of the water used will be recycled and waste water will be reused "as many times as possible," with this greywater being used for crop irrigation and other purposes.

The city will also attempt to reduce waste to zero. Biological waste will be used to create nutrient-rich soil and fertiliser, and some may also be utilised through waste incineration as an additional power source. Industrial waste, such as plastics and metals, will be recycled or re-purposed for other uses.

The exterior wood used throughout the city is Palmwood, a sustainable hardwood-substitute developed by Pacific Green using senile plantation coconut palms. Palmwood features include the entrance gates, screens and doors

CALIFIA: Bay Area EcoCity

Califia Project info: 

Califia is a proposed 10,000-person ecocity to be built in the San Francisco metropolitan region over the next ten to fifteen years. The Green Century Institute is developing the general proposal for the project and seeking partners for this world class sustainable development.

Key Objectives:

• Model Ecocity Development: Create a living example of an ecologically and economically sustainable urban development that leverages the evolutionary culture of Northern California in a real estate development integrating advanced green design features, network-facilitated community development, and forward thinking partnerships with private, non-profit, commercial, and civic institutions.

· Green Community Network Hub: Develop Califia in concert with a network of ecological community projects around the world, sharing solutions for proven green development methodologies.

Development Process Goals:

1.Financing: Develop pioneering community-based financing and development approaches, and strategic public/private partnerships.

2.Ecology: Focus on sustainable and/or regenerative design solutions wherever possible in answering Califia's fundamental questions regarding energy use, food production, construction techniques/materials, transportation, etc

3.Values: Propagate the interdependent values of social justice and ecological sustainability.

4.Social: Use social network enhanced decision-making processes for accelerated project development, including sustainable lifestyle guidelines and systems, and the ongoing function and evolution of the Califia community.

5.Creativity: Encourage biomimetic design, aesthetics and lifestyles.

The concept of Califia emerged out of the research and development work of the Green Century Institute as a further evolution of various first generation eco-city design implementations across the globe, among them GCI partner projects Arcosanti in central Arizona and Auroville in Southern India. Drawing partially upon these eco-city implementations as well as their theoretical backing, we envision Califia as a leading edge eco-development joining next generation green architectural design principles and information systems into integral human living environments for the 21st century. Key to the design will be the innovative social meshwork underlying it, which will be implemented in a flexible mixed-use project combining traditional and cohousing-style residential development – a full suite of community, commercial, and social spaces to maximize human potential and group interactions.

Auroville; Utopian City in south India

Auroville (City of Dawn) is an "experimental" township in Viluppuram district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, near Puducherry in South India. It was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa (since her definitive settling in India called "The Mother") and designed by architect Roger Anger.[1][2][3] Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity.

Auroville Charter

1.Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But to live in Auroville, one must be a willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness.

2.Auroville will be the place of an unending education, 
of constant progress, and a youth that never ages.

3.Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards future realisations.

4.Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual Human Unity.

Auroville was founded as a project of Sri Aurobindo, who believed that "man is a transitional being". The Mother expected that this experimental "universal township" would contribute significantly in the "progress of humanity towards its splendid future by bringing together people of goodwill and aspiration for a better world." The Mother also believed that such a universal township will contribute decisively to the Indian renaissance (Ref. Mother's Agenda, Vol. 9, dt.3.02.68). The Government of India endorsed the township, and in 1966, UNESCO also endorsed it inviting the member-states to participate in the development of Auroville. UNESCO re-endorsed Auroville four times more in the course of the last 40 years

The Matrimandir

The Matrimandir, a golden metallic sphere in the center of town.
In the middle of the town is the Matrimandir, which has been acclaimed as "an outstanding and original architectural achievement". It was conceived by The Mother as "a symbol of the Divine's answer to man's inspiration for perfection". Silence is maintained inside the Matrimandir to ensure the tranquility of the space and entire area surrounding the Matrimandir is called Peace area. The Peace area in which the structure is situated is characterized by three main features: the Matrimandir itself with its twelve gardens, twelve petals and future lakes, the Amphitheater and the Banyan Tree.

Inside the Matrimandir, a spiraling ramp leads upwards to an air- conditioned chamber of polished white marble - "A place to find one's consciousness". At its centre, a 70 cm crystal ball in a gold mount and glow with a single ray of sunlight that is directed on the globe from the top of structure. According to The Mother, this represents "a symbol of future realisation."

When there is no sun or after the sunset, the sunray on the globe is replaced by beam from a solar powered light.

Matrimandir has its solar power plant and is surrounded by manicured gardens.

Radiating from this centre are four "zones" of the City Area: the "Residential Zone", "Industrial Zone", "Cultural (& Educational) Zone" and "International Zone". Around the City or the urban area, lies a Green Belt which is an environment research and resource area and includes farms and forestries, a botanical garden, seed bank, medicinal and herbal plants, water catchment bunds, and some communities.

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK

AIA Hong Kong, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, has recognized the Langfang Eco-Smart City Master Plan with its 2010 Merit Award for Urban Design. Noted for its long-range vision, the master plan sets forth a strategy for transforming Langfang into a model of ecological urban redevelopment, calling attention to the role of existing cities in forging a more sustainable global future. Woods Bagot’s San Francisco studio served as the architect for the planning team led by HOK and CW Group. The award was the only honor given for urban design by the chapter this year.

Located between Beijing and the Tianjin mega-region, Langfang has grown from an agricultural hub of 50,000 in the mid-20th century to a city of 800,000. With the pending completion of the Beijing- Shanghai high-speed rail line, which will stop in Langfang, additional growth opportunities for the city are anticipated. In contrast to the pattern of new city development common in China, the Eco-Smart City Master Plan proposes to intensify existing development patterns within Langfang, preserve the surrounding agricultural land, and integrate ecological systems that restore and enrich the natural habitat—all with an overarching goal of creating an economically, culturally and environmentally vital metropolitan center for future generations.

Three key elements comprise the plan: a City Center Transportation Hub, a Northern Gateway Cultural Corridor, and an extensive wetland and aquifer system. Located in the heart of the city and bridging the high speed rail-line, the transportation hub weaves together transit systems, living infrastructure, and compact development to create a pedestrian-scaled, multi-tiered canopy for working and living. Marking the city’s northern gateway, the Cultural Corridor provides a respite from the density of the city center, offering low-rise, residential blocks, world-class cultural institutions, and a vast, 376-hectare park devoted to ecological restoration.

Eco City in Scandinavia, Spain, Slovakia

Joint ECO-City developments in Scandinavia and Spain

The aim of the "ECO-City project" is to demonstrate innovative integrated energy concepts in the supply and demand side in three successful Communities in Denmark/Sweden, Spain and Norway, respectively the cross border community of Helsingør and Helsingborg, the community of Tudela and the community of Trondheim.

From the outset the three Communities all have an advanced energy profile in comparison to other national and neighbouring communities and activities initiated as part "ECO-City" hence builds on that platform.

The large number of demonstration activities, are based on both the demand i.e. demonstration of ECO-buildings and rational use of energy, and the production side i.e. demonstration of various renewable energy technologies. All demonstration projects are defined in a "Whole Community Approach", which involve that all project initiatives are considered as integrated components. The aim being to ensure that optimal interaction and balancing of the demand and supply at all times.

Also the activities will be coordinated between the three communities to exploit and learn from experiences across borders and traditions.

Furthermore, the project include an associated community Zilina in the Slovak rep. The role of Zilina is to receive inspiration and input from the ECO-City projects and concepts. Also neighbouring municipalities to the project in the three project communities will be targeted through specific dissemination activities.

Eco City Partners:


Sources: Arch-Times.com, ArchDaily.com, Wikipedia.org

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