Building for the Condo Kids Generation by ZAS ARCHITECTS

The last10 years have seen a massive seachange in the way we live and grow in our urban centres in Canada and nowhere is this as evident as in Toronto’s downtown. Around 66 per cent of chidren in downtown Toronto live in midrise and highrise buildings.

Since the last census in 2011, there were 10,500 more Toronto families with children living in condos, up to 129,000 from 118,000. The growth of these condo families (8.9 per cent) was more than double the growth of families (3.9 per cent) in the region.

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West Don Lands Community Wins ULI Global Award of Excellence by ZAS ARCHITECTS


West Don Lands, an industrial area currently being redeveloped as a mixed-use neighbourhood in Toronto’s downtown east end, was named one of thirteen winners in the Urban Land Institute’s 2017- 2018 ULI Global Awards for Excellence.

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The Future of Vertical Neighborhoods by ZAS ARCHITECTS


For the past three years, New York based Metropolis magazine has been conceni Think Tank, a series of discussions with industry leaders on issues surrounding human-centered design. On June 8, 2017 Susan S. Szenasy, Director of Design Innovation at Metropolis was joined in Toronto by architects and planners including ZAS Principal Peter Duckworth-Pilkington, Ann-Marie Nasr, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, City of Toronto, City Planning

Division and Dean Richard M. Sommer, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.

Together they discussed the role of the residential high-rise in increasingly dense urban environments and how this density will affect families. What follows is an edited transcript of the conversation. The full transcript of the conversation can be found here.