Toronto area contains the second largest concentration of high-rise buildings in North America. The bulk of these are aging mid century apartment towers, built throughout the City and it’s suburbs in the post-war boom.

The Tower Renewal Project is an initiative to re-examine this remarkable heritage, neighbourhood histories, their current place in our city, and their future potential in a green and equitable Toronto.

Key considerations for this multidisciplinary project include decreasing greenhouse gas emissions through building and site retrofit, as well as enabling ‘complete communities’ through the introduction of on-site mixed-use, community services delivery, usable open and recreation space, as well as new retail, housing and employment opportunities. More about the Tower Renewal Project can be found here.

The Tower Renewal Opportunities Book can be downloaded here.

The report Tower Neighbourhood Renewal in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, produced for the Province of Ontario can be downloaded here.

Tower Renewal combines several streams of on-going research related to Toronto’s modern towers, including work by the University of Toronto, ERA Architects, and a growing number of  organizations, Colleges and Universities across the region.

A growing list of project collaborators currently includes:

The City of Toronto

Tower Renewal Office

Growth Secretariat, Province of Ontario

Cities Centre at the University of Toronto

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Toronto Community Housing

Greater Toronto Apartment Association

East Scarborough Storefront

Jane’s Walk

HIGHRISE: National Film Board of Canada




Halsall Engineering

The Clinton Foundation

Zero Footprint

archiTEXT Inc.

Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Tower Wise

York University: Global Suburbanism

Ryerson University

OCAD University

Institute Without Boundaries: George Brown College

Seneca College

City Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus – Understanding Urban Neighbourhoods and Communities: East Scarborough

The Canadian Urban Institute



The Toronto Society of Architects

Ontario Building Envelope Council

Cement Association of Canada

Toronto Hydro

With a focus of enabling vibrant neighbourhoods and healthy communities as well as a sustainable built environment, the Tower Renewal Project is a series of programs and initiatives which will continue to grow in the years to come.

The Tower Renewal Blog will act as a forum as the project develops. It will provide a historical and contemporary perspective of modern apartment neighbourhoods built in Toronto, the GTA and internationally, from the perspective of researchers, project partners, artists and the community.

For more information on Tower Renewal please contact us.