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          Competition to Develop Innovative Design Options for Gardiner Expressway in Toronto
          Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto
        • Category
        • International
        • Type
        • Open, two-stage
        • Registration Deadline
        • 01/25/2010
        • Submission Deadline
        • 01/25/2010
        • Open To
        • Lead firm must be a licensed urban planner and/or architectural/landscape architectural design firm (multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged)
        • Entry Fee
        • None
        • Awards
        • Six shortlisted teams each receive CAN$50,000 to compete in second round
        • Jury
        • Not yet announced
        • Address
        • Waterfront Toronto, 20 Bay Street, Suite 1310, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2N8, Canada
        • Web Site
        • Competition Web Site
        • Phone
        • 416.214.1344
        • Description
        • Waterfront Toronto (legally known as Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation) and the City of Toronto are seeking input from the world's most talented and creative design and engineering professionals in developing bold new concepts for the future of the elevated Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard, including the adjacent lands. The firms selected through this RFQ process will be invited to participate in a high-profile design competition focused on developing options for the future of the Gardiner. This RFQ is open to all interested firms (herein after called "Proponents") with experience in the required disciplines and the required resources described. Three broad strategies have been identified for exploration in this exercise: 1) Improve the urban fabric while maintaining the existing expressway; 2) Replace with a new less intensive expressway; and 3) Remove the elevated expressway and build a new boulevard.

          Following this RFQ process, it is expected that six respondent firms or teams representing a range of different design philosophies and approaches to the three strategies above will be short-listed to participate in an intense, eight-week design competition.

          The completed design proposals will be exhibited over a 2-3 week period and presented publicly by each of the design teams. During that time, input will be solicited from the general public, stakeholders and community leaders, as well as peer reviewers. At the close of the exhibition, a jury of leaders in design, planning, engineering and other relevant fields will review the proposals and make recommendations to Waterfront Toronto and the City as to which concept(s) should be carried forward. These favoured proposals will inform the development and assessment of alternative solutions in the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment and Integrated Urban Design Study, recently initiated by Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto.

          Each selected Proponent that submits a completed proposal will receive an honorarium of CA$50,000, subject to conditions to be set out in a detailed Competition Brief. At the conclusion of the competition, Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto may choose to retain one, more than one, or none of the firms or teams for continued involvement in the Environmental Assessment process and/or implementation of the approved plan.

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