The City of Toronto recently hosted the 2021 Urban Design Awards, honouring two DTAH projects: Garrison Crossing was recognized with Award of Merit in the Large Open Spaces and/or Neighbourhood Designs category and Ryerson’s Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex in the Public Buildings in Context category.
The jury commented: Garrison Crossing is a “crucial piece of infrastructure connects key areas of the city and is well used and accessible to people of multiple mobilities. The value to the city is high, achieving the remarkable feat of traversing two challenging railway corridors. The bridges are a fantastic amenity to people from this area and for those coming to enjoy the newly interlinked linear parkway system. Considered use of material and detail are evident from above and below the bridges, which maximize overlooks to city viewscapes.”
Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex “diagrammatic approach to context and urban space that surrounds the project is clearly expressed and successfully executed throughout. Seating along the street provides comfortable places to pause, canopies bring the building down to a human scale and provide shelter. Fenestration is used strategically for a feeling of secure overlook, for example next to exterior bicycle storage. Hospitable to the street on all sides, clear viewsheds create a feeling of safety even in laneways.”