Here are the most inspiring and interesting new buildings and projects in Mississauga

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Published July 24, 2023 at 10:03 am

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Spectrum Square Phase I and II is one of 24 buildings and projects nominated for Mississauga Urban Design Awards.

Members of the public will soon select the single most “innovative, interesting and inspiring” new building or urban design project in Mississauga this year.

The 24 contenders for 2023 Mississauga Urban Design Awards are before the judges and the public–and there are some eye-catching, colourful and generally impressive new buildings and other projects vying for recognition.

Public voting to determine one of the winners of the upcoming awards began on June 1. Online voting for the People’s Choice Award closes this coming Sunday (July 30).

In total, two dozen new buildings and projects in Mississauga have been nominated for Urban Design Awards as the most “innovative, interesting and inspiring” such works in the city.

Nominations for this year’s awards were received between last November and April of this year. The six-member jury that will decide on the winners in various categories has also been chosen.

All winners will be announced in early fall.

In addition to the jury’s decisions, members of the public will make one big decision of their own–the People’s Choice Award. Click on the link in the tweet below to see photos of all nominated projects and register your vote. (Also, see photos of a number of the nominees below).

“Mississauga’s Urban Design Awards are a celebration of excellence for innovative, dynamic, trendsetting urban design projects that are transforming Mississauga,” City of Mississauga officials say.

The Mississauga Urban Design Awards competition, held every two years, began in 1981 and is the longest-running awards program of its kind in Ontario. 

The Urban Design Awards aim to inspire and celebrate design leaders who help raise the quality of life for residents by shaping Mississauga’s diverse cityscape, City officials say. 

This year’s theme is “The Next Big Thing.” Winners will be announced on Sept. 21.

“Each year, the Mississauga Urban Design Awards jury has the privilege of reviewing all the nominations, which demonstrate design excellence in Mississauga; this year, they have got their work cut out for them with a large number of transformative projects to review,” said Sharon Mittmann, Mississauga’s manager of urban design and planning. “Jury members are recommended by City staff and invited to participate based on experience and expertise in their field. They’ll spend the next few months evaluating the submissions to make some hard decisions about which ones will receive an award.”

Awards will be presented in three categories:

  • Urban Elements: a standalone object that contributes to the quality of the public realm
  • Private Project: a building or group of buildings that achieve urban design excellence
  • Public Project: a building or group of buildings that are accessible and serve the public

As they prepare for the stretch run of the 2023 awards competition, Mississauga officials recently took a look back at previous Urban Design Awards winners that helped shape Mississauga’s lakeshore communities.

Below are six more 2023 nominees for Mississauga Urban Design Awards.

Sheridan College Hazel McCallion Campus Student Centre (Public Project)

Lakeshore Lofts (Private Project)

Churchill Meadows Community Centre (Public Project)

3 Arches (Urban Elements)

Meadowvale Theatre (Public Project)

Ebb and Flow (Urban Elements)

(All photos: City of Mississauga)

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