Downsview Framework Plan Shortlisted for World Architecture Festival Award
July 12, 2022
This week, the World Architecture Festival announced the shortlist for its 2022 awards program, naming the Downsview Framework Plan as a contender for the master planning category. It was selected from hundreds of submissions across 50 countries.
Together with Henning Larsen Architects, SLA Architects, Urban Strategies, and other critical collaborators, KPMB designed the Downsview Framework Plan to reimagine 520 acres of the former Downsview Airport and surrounding land in North Toronto into a complete, connected community. The project is set to be the largest urban development in Canada.
The Downsview Framework Plan aims to establish complete connected communities, achieve sustainability and resilience, cultivate city-nature, offer equity and accessibility all while honouring the uniqueness of its place.
Intrinsic to the World Architecture Festival’s mission to create a forum to explore global ideas, the Downsview Framework Plan exemplifies how city building approaches from different regions can be harmoniously combined and function in tandem with each other. The Downsview Framework Plan encompasses KPMB’s deeply rooted knowledge of Toronto’s urban fabric with Scandinavian design influence from Henning Larsen Architects and SLA Architects.
The World Architecture Festival is an annual festival and awards ceremony widely recognized as one of the most prestigious international honours in the industry. This year’s international judging panels will include Mario Cucinella, Tracy Meller, Sanjay Puri, Gonka Arik Caliskan, Sir Peter Cook, Yui Tezuka, Shane O’Toole, Eva Jiricna, Issa Diabaté, Nadia Tromp, Jo Noero, Ann Lau and Nigel Coates. The aim of the festival is to share global ideas on design and architecture while celebrating excellence in the built environment. The award festival will take place in Lisbon in December 2022 where all shortlisted projects will be presented to a live jury.