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A New Vision of Yonge Street by Richard Valenzona

Expanding pedestrian access and transforming the street’s visual appearance are just a few of the innovative ways that YONGE-REDUX proposes to improve the Yonge Street corridor,making it more attractive to tourists and residents, and Over the next year, Richard will work closely with Distl and a team of industry mentors to implement his vision and improve one of Toronto’s most famous public ultimately transforming it into a globally recognized street spaces.

Toronto needs great ideas for its public spaces. Ideas that are big, bold and unconventional. Ideas from champions, outsiders and geniuses. Ideas that recognize Toronto’s greatness – and its potential for the future.



The NXT CITY PRIZE is all about vision – the vision to reimagine Toronto’s public spaces and to inject asense of energy, dynamism and reflexivity. How do our public spaces respond to the speed of today’s world, for the generation of tomorrow?

This is your time to be heard. We’re looking for ideas from new and young voices to show the city how public space can better meet the need of our connected and social generation. It’s an open invitation for young people to improve open space for all.

Win up to $20,000 in Total Prizes for Your Vision For Public Space

1. Develop a vision for public space in Toronto in 250 words or less.
2. Create 1 or 2 pdf panels sized 36" by 48" that visually express your vision.
3. Upload an optional video that expresses your vision to Vimeo or Youtube.
4. Review all the competition details and submit your entry.


It’s Our Time To Reimagine Toronto

If you’re under 30, show us your big idea to improve a public space in Toronto and you could take home a $5,000 cash prize. Not only that, the City is ready to listen. You’ll also be given up to an additional $10,000* to work with a team of leading experts and turn your vision into reality. Competition opens April 30 2014. All entries must be submitted by July 31 2014 at 11:59pm.

*Cost of implementation will be provided up to a maximum amount of $10,000. Must be accepted as awarded. No cash substitutions. Subject to terms and conditions.

Submission Guidelines

A clearly represented vision for future of one or more City-owned public space including visuals and a brief (250 word) written rationale or explanation.

Up to two (2) panels sized 36” by 48” including all necessary visual information to clearly express the vision.

An optional accessory video up to three (3) minutes in length may be submitted in addition to the panel(s). Videos can be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo with a web ad- dress link provided.

FAQ & Terms & Conditions


Winners of the NXT City Prize will be selected by a high-profile panel of judges that represent the diversity of skills, experience, and ideas that we're looking for.

  • Jennifer Keesmaat

    Chief Planner, City of Toronto

  • Rahul Bhardwaj

    President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation

  • Zahra Ebrahim

    Principal, archiTEXT

  • Sevaun Palvetzian

    CEO, CivicAction

  • Sam Crignano

    President, Cityzen

  • Carol Wilding

    President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade