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Extra, Extra: Pug Awards, Pop-Up Lunches, and How to Rebuild a 180-Year-Old House

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.

Top: Instructional Centre at University of Toronto Scarborough campus. Bottom: the redeveloped Shops of Summerhill.

  • Every year, the Pug Awards recognize the best and worst of Toronto’s new buildings, as chosen by the public. Invariably, half of the nominees are barely distinguishable condo towers featuring sheets of glass and steep angles; inevitably, almost all end up in the Hall of Shame. You can vote throughout the month of May; winners—and losers—will be announced at an awards reception in June.
  • While we’re on the subject of buildings and how to make them: a neat article from the Star that looks at Bishop’s Block—an 1830s heritage site that was taken apart and rebuilt, brick by brick, to accommodate a new tower going in on University Avenue.
  • For a week this month, if you’re near Queen and Bathurst and are carnivorous, you have lunch plans. To celebrate its one-year anniversary, the Grid has organized a series of $5 pop-up lunches, courtesy of six local restaurants and served at 416 Snack Bar. Vegetarians, you are pretty much out of luck (Grid, what’s up with that?), but the menu is a solid line-up for the meat-eaters among us.

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  • Anonymous

    Some of the photography used this year on the website doesn’t show all the best design elements of certain projects. Lumiere, a condo development on Bay Street, has a beautiful wall of narrow windows with pastel colours that isn’t shown on the site. Reve wasn’t the most exciting project, but the Pug Awards used two photos from almost the same exact angle. What the Pug Awards say about actually seeing the buildings in person is more important than ever, but we all know that people are going to judge at least some of the buildings from the photos alone. And while any building can be made to look interesting in photos, they should at least adequately document what the architects and builders have produced in terms of aesthetic design inside and out, the proportions, how the desired functions of the building have been handled, and context.

  • David Reed

    Nice to see the Bishop’s Block back, even if it’s a deconstruct, reconstruct and restore. Too bad the other three townhouses are gone.