The Canadian Institute of Planners has awarded the Planning Excellence Merit Award for New and Emerging Planning Initiatives to the Tower Neighbourhood Renewal initiative.
Since 2007, the Tower Neighbourhood Renewal initiative has been working to tackle one of the most pressing planning challenges of our times – the renewal and revitalization of post-war Apartment Tower Neighbourhoods.
SvN, ERA Architects and the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal (CUG+R), working with project partners at the City of Toronto, Province of Ontario, University of Toronto, United Way Toronto and Toronto Public Health have produced the reports Tower Neighbourhood Renewal in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Toward Healthy Apartment Neighbourhoods, and A New Approach to Zoning for Apartment Neighbourhoods. Together, this ground breaking work has been recognized by the CIP and has led to the adoption of new zoning for Apartment Neighbourhoods to allow for new investment and new uses in these areas throughout the city.
The Tower Neighbourhood Renewal initiative has also been recognized with a Canadian Association of Heritage Practitioners Award of Excellence, a Toronto Urban Design Award of Excellence, and a National Urban Design Award for Sustainable Development.