My good friends over at Urban Capital recently released a short film about the making of their River City project here in Toronto. (If you can’t see the embedded video above, click here.)
For those of you who aren’t familiar, River City is a 4-phase development on the east side of downtown that was really the first project in what was known as the West Don Lands area. Urban Capital secured the right to develop the then government-owned lands in 2008 through a public tender process that was run by Waterfront Toronto.
It’s a tricky and unobvious kind of site in that it’s surrounded by infrastructure and it came with a whole host of development challenges, including flood risk. But the team figured it out and River City has gone on to win a number of awards including the Ontario Association of Architect’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Design Excellence.
River City is an important project for Toronto in that it dared to be different. It’s like no other project in the city, and I’m not just saying this because they’re my friends. I’m saying it because I want our city to be a global leader in architecture, design, and development, and to continue to push the envelope.
River City did exactly that.