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Toronto’s New Courthouse: “sculpted from the urban fabric into which it is placed”

Toronto’s New Courthouse: “sculpted from the urban fabric into which it is placed”

Antonio Belvedere is the partner in charge of the new Toronto Courthouse project for Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW). He speaks to us about this project, recently awarded to the Paris-based architecture studio against competition from American firm Perkins Eastman. Ultimately it was not only by the lessons RPBW learned from its work on the Paris’ new law courts (Palais de Justice) that won over the Canadian jury, but above all the convincing manner in which the RPWB team applied the logic of urban planning and design to the project.

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Canada – Renzo Piano Building Workshop will design new Toronto Courthouse

The celebrated architecture firm with branches in Paris, Genoa and New York is part of the EllisDon Infrastructure Team consortium selected to build the new courthouse building in the Canadian city. Conceived as a PPP, the mega-contract is worth close to a billion dollars.

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Rebuild By Design – Creating more resilient cities

The New York-based NGO believes that resilience – physical, climate-related, social, and economic – can only be developed by complete cooperation with local communities.

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Arnaud Lacour – pollinating the USA

The co-founder of Apiterra, which sets up and maintains beehives at company and organisation premises in central Paris is developing an agricultural pollination service with its US-based arm Ubees.

New York’s solutions to rampant gentrification

Over the last 15 years, New York’s growing attractiveness has pushed rents ever higher. Under Michael Bloomberg, zoning regulations for around 40% of the city were changed. And just as it pioneered the sale of air rights, the City of New York has honed the art of using private finance to compensate for lower public investment possibilities.

Detroit City walk “à la French” with Michel Desvigne

The city of Detroit planning and development department (Michigan, USA) commissioned French landscape designer Michel Desvigne to develop a comprehensive plan to revitalise the Detroit riverfront. His challenge: to participate in the renaissance of this vast American city, ravaged by both financial catastrophe and population exodus, in a country where public procurement is rare. He gives us a guided tour.

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