Cityscape

The year in review


Frank Gehry’s celebrated Transformation AGO is a surprising also-ran at the Toronto Urban Design Awards.

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The lights on the unforgettable Second World War-era marquee of the Kingsway Theatre come back to life after two years in the dark.

Iconic Sam’s is flattened to make room for Ry High’s new student learning centre at Yonge and Gould.

The Design Exchange’s wildly praised Carrot City exhibit envisions a fertile future where local farms line rail corridors and greenhouses watered by the Don sprout veggies under the Gardiner.

Pieces of the vaunted street furniture rollout begin popping up in curious places. And, as some critics feared, pedestrian concerns are lost in the sidewalk shuffle for space.

Project Bookmark Canada unveils its series of plaques “to bring the imagined landscapes of stories and poems into our physical spaces” with a marker excerpting Michael Ondaatje’s In The Skin Of A Lion on the east side of the Bloor Viaduct.

Harbour Light, Diamond + Schmitt’s Salvation Army creation on Jarvis, comes to life.

A $34 million redo of the Metro Reference Library is formally unveiled. Finally, some relief from the oppressive red brick monster.

The Bloor/Gladstone Library reopens after a four-year remake with a swanky new see-through glass wing.

The Toronto West Railpath opens. On visual offer: towering steel sculptures and wildlife sanctuary.

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Paul Terefenko

Timmy’s takes another bite out of the core and Queen West’s cool (?) with its takeover of the Queenshead.

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Enzo DiMatteo

The Hug Me Tree, a Queen West landmark mysteriously knocked down last summer, is unveiled in its new surroundings at the ROM as part of the Housepaint, Phase II: Shelter exhibit.

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