Mississauga Urban Design Awards Nominates City Sites For The 2018 Competition, Inviting Residents To Vote
As a fast-growing municipality, Mississauga prioritizes and encourages good urban design in all developments within the city. One of the city’s tools to promote development design that fosters high quality spaces is the Urban Design Awards.
The Urban Design Awards has just released a shortlist of 11 city sites nominated for its 2018 awards. A panel of 6 judges recruited by the City from both private and public sectors will evaluate these sites, but Urban Design Awards is also inviting all Saugans to vote on their choice for the “People’s Choice Award.” (See below how to participate.)
The nominated sites will be judged on how well their design meets Urban Design Awards’ criteria of developments promoting interaction between people and places. The judges will consider the sites’ arrangement, appearance, function, and how they fit with the local setting.
Nominees are vying for the Award of Excellence, the Award of Merit, and the “Healthy by Design” Award. The winners score the most on six elements from the Healthy Development Index: density, service proximity, land use mix, street connectivity, streetscape characteristics and parking.
Here are the nominees:
The 4-storey Cooksville Medical Art Centre at 250 Dundas Street West is in the heart of the Cooksville neighbourhood along a major regional transportation road. The building hosts 33 units, comprising medical offices, professional offices, and retail space.
Located on top of a hill southeast of Courtneypark and Kennedy, Danville Park celebrates the aircraft industry’s contribution to Mississauga’s developments. The viewing platform offers an excellent view of planes landing at or taking off from Pearson International Airport.
The new public washrooms at the Fallingbrook Community Park (Eglinton Avenue West and Mavis Road), operate on solar panels and are designed with sustainability in mind.
This park’s playground recreates Mississauga’s unique skyline. The play structures resemble the city’s structures, like the two twisting carved towers (imitating the famous Marilyn Monroe buildings), the clock atop City Hall, and skyscraper towers.
The Meadowvale Community Centre and Library, located along Glen Erin Drive in northwest Mississauga, offers residents a much needed expanded centre for their growing community. It’s spacious, vibrant and colourful, offering cutting-edge amenities to the area’s residents.
Mississauga’s Transitway stations were constructed to meet city’s growing need for public transit and to promote its use. Eight of these stations are being recognized for features and amenities such WIFI, washrooms, public art, heated/cooled waiting areas, public service announcement systems, and improved bicycle accessibility.
ParkLane is an enclave of 18 modern townhomes along Lakeshore Road West in Port Credit, designed with a blend of style and luxury. They are located right across the street from Rhododendron Gardens, steps from the waterfront, bicycle trails and walking paths.
Branded as Canada’s first Korean supermarket and conveniently located on Dundas Street East near Hurontario Street, PAT is an accessible supermarket with a modern design, offering residents a one-stop shopping authentic cultural experience.
Paul Coffey Park is a community park in the Malton neighbourhood of northeast Mississauga. The park’s re-development included significant community input. Its playground design is inspired by the wooden castle playground in Toronto’s High Park, featuring one-of-a-kind park equipment and unique, handcrafted carvings.
Daniels Erin Mills is one of the largest master-planned communities in the city today, and “Skyrise” is the first new rental apartment residence in Erin Mills in over 20 years. The 25-storey building aims to offer an exceptional rental experience.
Community activism preserved this Small Arms Inspection Building that belonged to a World War II munitions factory, and rehabilitated it into a Creative Hub. The reborn historical facility now fosters the exchange ideas in arts, heritage, environmental sciences, and technology.
The 2018 Mississauga Urban Design Awards ceremony will take place on September 20, 2018. The City residents can vote in their favourite site until August 24. The winner from this poll will be presented with the People’s Choice Award at the same ceremony.