The Toronto Urban Design Awards (TUDA) bestowed the Award of Merit on the Front Street Revitalization project in the “Large Places and/or Neighbourhood Designs Category.”
Over 26 million people pass through this public space yearly. The City of Toronto hired AECOM’s landscape architects to lead the re-design and revitalization of Front Street, transforming it into an attractive, vibrant, urban destination with improved safety and mobility.
“It was exciting to see the team come together to deliver a vision for the City – the collaboration within the AECOM team across disciplines and across geographies, our sub-consultants, client, contractor and contract administrators in a common pursuit for excellence, under a leadership that kept us focussed and motivated through this challenging project to complete on time for the Pan Am Games in Toronto,” Said Shalini Ullal, landscape architect at AECOM’s office in Markham.
The Toronto Star’s Christopher Hume wrote “The new Front Street is a product of a different mentality, one that doesn’t ignore complexity but embraces it.” Hume also noted that Front Street was now Toronto’s first “unblocked artery” and a “stretch of enlightenment.”
TUDA presents awards every two years in recognition of architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists, design students, and the city builders who have made significant contributions to Toronto’s urban livability.
The award was presented on September 13, 2017 in a ceremony hosted by the City of Toronto Chief Planner and was attended by hundreds of fellow professionals. The event also received media coverage by urbantoronto.ca.
For more details on nominations and winners, check out the TUDA website.