March 31, 2011, 7am PDT
Critic Christopher Hume says that "an architecture of openness" is overtaking Toronto, foregoing individual personality for a greater sense of community and connectivity.
March 26, 2011, 11am PDT
Developer Brad Lamb is cranky about urban planners' insistence on building tall buildings on podiums that meet the street, then taper off in the Vancouver style to let in light and views.
March 10, 2011, 6am PST
Critics in Toronto are blasting a new transit plan from Mayor Rob Ford that they say overlooks the city's suburban areas.
March 5, 2011, 11am PST
Toronto's City Hall is a massive concrete structure. Oddly, so was all its furniture, which was included with the original design. <em>99% Invisible</em> looks at this unconventional design choice, and the legacy of that furniture.
March 2, 2011, 7am PST
Canada's suburbs don't have to be a problem, according to architect Drew Adams, who proposes a plan to densify them by developing unused space.
February 17, 2011, 9am PST
In Canada, the mayors of two of the country's biggest cities are at the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to cities and urban issues.
January 23, 2011, 11am PST
Toronto is growing up, up, up, with a very hot downtown condominium market, including a number of very small (500 sq. ft.) apartments for young professionals.
January 18, 2011, 7am PST
Sprawl is seen as an unfortunate reality in Toronto, and one that some fear it's too late to unwrite.
January 11, 2011, 9am PST
<em>Toronto Star</em> critic Christopher Hume predicts a lackluster 2011 for Toronto -- both in terms of architecture and urbanism.
January 3, 2011, 10am PST
Pedestrian-oriented shopping streets can be key to making communities more livable, particularly when they are well designed, managed and strategically connected to networks of public trans
December 25, 2010, 7am PST
An extensive piece in Bloomsburg BusinessWeek uncovers the bad ideas and worse decisions that led to the downfall of Niagara Falls, New York. Step one? Replacing the historic downtown with "a bunch of modernist follies."
December 3, 2010, 8am PST
The newly installed mayor of Toronto has swiftly abandoned an $8.1 billion mass transit plan for the city.
December 2, 2010, 2pm PST
Dehumanizing urban renewal-era public housing developments across North America are being replaced by mixed-use, mixed income neighborhoods with affordable housing. Yet in Regent Park, Toronto at least, many troubling social problems remain.
November 28, 2010, 5am PST
Toronto takes the crown in a new study from the Canadian Centre for the Study of Living Standards, ranking lowest in happiness for the country.
October 27, 2010, 11am PDT
Toronto's mayor-elect had campaigned on a platform that included plans to ditch the city's streetcar system. Now he seems to be backing away from that stance.
September 8, 2010, 12pm PDT
Alex Bozikovic hits the beach with his son at a new public space in Toronto: Sugar Beach, an urban park built on a former industrial site.
August 28, 2010, 11am PDT
Richard Florida plots the geography of class on a map of Toronto to show the deep economic divisions at work in an almost "completely post industrial," city.
August 19, 2010, 1pm PDT
With her Foodprint project, Nicola Twilley wondered what one could learn about a city by looking at it through the lens of food. In this piece on <em>Urban Omnibus</em> she shares what she's learned.
August 13, 2010, 5am PDT
Designing cities for all age groups means designing places where everyone from kids to seniors can feel safe walking, according to this column. Groups in Toronto are calling on mayoral candidates to get behind that idea.
August 10, 2010, 11am PDT
<em>Toronto Star</em> architecture critic Christopher Hume blasts the city's lackluster bicycle planning efforts, calling them disjointed.