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Toronto opens public realm contest for new rail line

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Toronto’s transport authority Metrolinx has launched an international competition for a series of pedestrian-friendly public realm projects on its new Sheppard East Light Rail Transit line

Supported by the University of Toronto’s architecture faculty, the contest seeks proposals for ‘small, high-impact interventions’ for a pair of test sites at Palmdale Drive and Agincourt Drive.

According to the brief: ‘The Middle City Passages Toronto competition is an opportunity to investigate how new transit infrastructure along Sheppard East might interweave with existing local, small-scale pedestrian networks.

‘It is also a chance to test how forging connections between local paths and transit infrastructure can further support development and improve local living conditions.’

The contest is open to young professionals and emerging practices specialising in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, urban planning, and related disciplines.

Six shortlisted teams will receive around £500 each (plus travel expenses) to participate in a design workshop in Toronto in July.

Jury members include Henri Bava, Andres Borthagaray, Harold Madi, Marcel Smets, Richard Sommer, Leslie Woo, and Mirko Zardini.

The deadline for applications is 30 April.




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