Tower Renewal Showcase


Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure



The Tower Renewal Partnership brings together partners including the Centre for Urban Growth + Renewal (ERA Architects and SvN), City of Toronto,  Maytree and DKGI, Province of Ontario, NBLC, Transsolar, klimaEngineering, United Way of Toronto and York Region.

Tower Renewal Showcase is a multi-faceted initiative to enable Toronto’s remarkable stock of Apartment Neighbourhoods to become more complete communities, resilient neighbourhoods and healthy places, fully integrated into the City’s infrastructure and community life.

The initiative is routed in three main objectives:

  • Maximize Social Opportunity through expanding community infrastructure and opening doors to allow social innovators, local entrepreneurs, local residents and newcomers to define their neighbourhoods;
  • Optimize buildings and neighbourhood performance through lower carbon urbanism and healthy built form; and
  • Expand housing and employment options through appropriate neighbourhood growth that supports the above.

Key project strategies of the Tower Renewal Showcase are:

  • Retrofit of existing buildings
  • Social & economic opportunities: mixed-use on site
  • Growth, mixed-development and complete communities
  • Financial tools and policy environment to support the above


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Our team conducts research and creates strategy for government and non-government clients on a wide range of economic development issues. This includes strengthening, broadening and diversifying the economic base of regions, cities and towns and accelerating development through improvements to land use, urban design, planning policy and governance.
Housing is a core focus of our business. We design innovative and adaptable buildings and master plans that respond to the immediate and future housing needs of diverse communities and all levels of income. We have a history of initiating and realizing housing projects that fill critical gaps in the market, and that are sensitive and adaptable to evolving cultures and contexts.
We apply our thorough understanding of the provincial and municipal regulatory context to develop studies and public policy instruments for local, provincial and federal governments and First Nations. These include: zoning by-laws, official plans, municipal development plans, local official plans, secondary plans, neighbourhood plans, and urban design guidelines.
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