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Nine architecture and urbanism projects set to transform Toronto

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A host of large-scale developments have recently been announced for Toronto, joining many more proposed or underway in the city. Here are some of the most ambitious, including Canada's tallest building, an underground park and an entire new "future city".

Sidewalk Toronto by Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto

Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet, has teamed up with Waterfront Toronto to transform an 800-acre (324-hectare) site on the edge of Lake Ontario into a model city for future urban development.

High-tech systems will be employed to solve urban issues like self-driving cars to improve road safety and travel efficiency, new construction methods will be used to build affordable housing. Infrastructure in the city will aim to reduce urban waste and create public space for year-round use.

Waves at Bayside by 3XN

Close to Sidewalk Toronto, a pair of peaked residential towers designed by Danish firm 3XN will feature rippling terraces to mimic the waves on the nearby lake.

Church and Wellesley by 3XN

3XN also recently unveiled its first high-rise in North America: the 153-metre-high Church and Wellesley residential skyscraper.

Located in the neighbourhood of the same name, which is known as a hub for the city's LGBTQ community, the tower include a dual-level plaza at its base for hosting public events like the annual Pride celebrations.

Pinnacle One Yonge by Hariri Pontarini Architects and Micheal De Cotii

This trio of glazed skyscrapers designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects and property developer Micheal De Cotiis are set to rise to heights of 95, 80 and 65 storeys in Downtown Toronto.

The three towers will host a hotel, affordable housing, a community centre and retail spaces, forming part of the major Pinnacle One Yonge development.

The Bentway by Ken Greenberg and Public Work

Taking cues from New York's popular High Line park, a scheme known as The Bentway will see four hectares under the city's Gardiner Expressway transformed for public use, including a trail, auditorium-style seating and performance spaces.

Habitat 2.0 by BIG

Bjarke Ingels' firm BIG also plans to make its mark on Downtown with a modular housing scheme, which is reminiscent of the Habitat 67 experimental housing complex built by Moshe Safdie in Montreal.

Etobicoke Civic Centre by Henning Larsen Architects

Henning Larsen Architects won a competition to build the 46,500-square-metre Etobicoke Civic Centre in the Eatonville neighbourhood, which will include the Toronto Public Library, municipal offices, child care facilities and an outdoor plaza.

As Toronto was susceptible to cold prevailing winds, the Danish firm designed the centre as a cluster of buildings to offer shelter around a public plaza.

Toronto Tree Tower by Penda

Following a trend for plant-covered buildings, architecture firm Penda has proposed a high-rise for the city that would feature trees and plants growing from its balconies.

The timber-framed, 18-storey residential tower would be built with a structure made from cross-laminated timber modules assembled off site.

The One by Foster + Partners and Core Architects

Construction has begun on Canada's tallest inhabitable building – a "champagne" coloured, 306-metre-high skyscraper designed by British firm Foster + Partners and Ontario-based Core Architects.

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^^ Awesome article! Thanks for posting....
Hmmmm.... here is an article posted today which is along similar lines....
Very cool futuristic buildings are in this thread. Nice green plants are on buildings. The building with trees everywhere is amazing. Toronto Tree Tower by Penda looks like beautiful art. Plant-covered buildings look interesting. It is unbelievable to have a high rise with trees growing from balconies... Can they really exist like this.... Bird's eye views are nice for fascinating views. Good luck, Toronto developments.

Sidewalk Labs is interesting. Edge of Lake Ontario has always been interesting. These are nice developments. I wonder how many self-driving cars there will be in the future. Reducing urban waste would be a great help.
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^^ Definitely some very exciting projects coming up!!!
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