Choose a challenge – how will you bring these public spaces to life?


The NXT City Prize is a celebration of bold, visionary ideas for public space. This year, we’ve shaken things up with four site-specific public space challenges to make your mark on our city’s public realm.

If you’re under 35, submit your idea and show leading civic players what you would do if you were given a blank slate to make Toronto even better – with $20,000 in cash prizes to be won!

See the photos from the 2017 awards ceremony


Challenge 1


Prize: $5,000

Challenge: How can we unlock the cultural and economic potential of the Wellington Destructor to create an internationally-recognized community space?

See The Brief Submit Your Idea

Challenge 2


Prize: $5,000

Challenge: How might technology and/or public art enhance wayfinding and the safety of multi-use trails and their connections to active public spaces?

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Challenge 3


Prize: $5,000

Challenge: How might we make the Liberty Market Galleria a more inviting public space for pedestrians?

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Challenge 4


Prize: $5,000

Challenge: How might emerging technologies be used to meaningfully improve the quality and accessibility of our public spaces?

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Briefs Go Live: 
Jul 31

Entries Due: 
Sept 15

Late Sept

Awards Presentation: 
November 28

What’s NXT for the west?

You asked for tighter parameters and the chance to see your ideas brought to life. That’s why we’ve teamed up with key partners to present site-specific challenges in Toronto’s west end, an area undergoing profound changes. With major development slated and a population growth of 40% since 2011, public space will play an important role in improving the quality of life for residents and visitors.

NXT City Prize in action

Since 2014, the NXT City Prize has generated over 350 ideas (and counting!) for the best ways to improve our public spaces – some of them have already gained traction with civic leaders. The 2016 winner, Streetcar Safety Murals, by Lucas DeClavasio and Andrew Patterson, is now set to be part of the King Street Pilot Study!


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