Mark your calendars on May 6th, Jane's Walk: from community vision to City implementation, Toronto's Green Line

DTAH has been working with The City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation as well as with consultants Workshop Architecture, Dillon Consulting, ASI Heritage and A.W. Hooker, to deliver one of Toronto’s future great places: The Green Line.

The project will transform disconnected land in the Dupont hydro corridor into a beautiful, continuous park and trail, connecting multiple communities and becoming a citywide destination. The park will stretch 5km from Earlscourt Park to the Annex, linking neighbourhoods that are currently low in green space with off-street routes for cycling and walking.

Learn more about the project by joining the Jane’s Walk on May 6th. The free walking tour is inspired by Jane Jacobs, and encourages the public to explore their cities, and connect with neighbours.

Brent Raymond, Partner at DTAH will lead the Green Line Walk, divided into two sections (east and west), and will present the findings from Phase 1 of the study, which focuses on environmental and archaeological assessments and identifies opportunities and constraints along the corridor that will inform the overall conceptual master plan of the Green Line.

Visit the Jane’s Walk website for more information and register for these free events:

Green Line Walk West: Beginning at 11:00am ending with a public information session between 12:00-1:00pm at Bartlett Parkette.
Green Line Walk East: Beginning at 1:00pm.

East Bayfront Stormwater Management System wins highly prestigious Ontario Engineering Award

The Consulting Engineers of Ontario honoured East Bayfront’s Stormwater Management System with the 2017 premier Willis Chipman Award. This award recognizes the project that best demonstrates and contributes to the social, economic and environmental well-being of Ontario through technical excellence and innovation.

The success of the design was made possible by the exceptional collaboration within the design team. Interdisciplinary mutual respect between the engineering and design disciplines created an environment that maintained the most important priorities for all, without compromising creativity, quality and long-term sustainability.

The complex design challenge was to incorporate the shaft storage tank, OGSs and adjacent switch panel within an urban 21 m right-of-way, alongside a thriving new public realm. The design not only addressed the engineering requirements; it created a complete street that prioritized pedestrian connectivity to the adjacent award-winning waterfront promenade.

The control panel adjacent to the shaft storage tank and access hatches were thoughtfully coordinated and integrated with the high-quality public realm. Priority was given to maintaining a continuous unit paver sidewalk, waterfront promenade and road surface, all the while discretely concealing a 12 m diameter, 25 m deep shaft. The shaft access hatches were also designed to protecting for vehicular and pedestrian movement during maintenance activities.

Another significant public realm priority was to maintain the waterfront promenade and streetscape trees. To insure exceptional tree health and the ability to make a long-term and positive impact on the public realm, soil cells were used to provide optimal soil volume. The continuous soil cells were closely coordinated with the shaft storage tank and municipal infrastructure, being considered an essential piece of both above and below grade infrastructure.

Adding to the many design constraints was the adjacent Lake Ontario dockwall. The existing dockwall structure needed to be reinforced as the shaft storage tank and municipal infrastructure would bisect the existing anchor wall and battered piles. The construction was carefully phased and included the design of the coffer dam and dockwall penetrations.

RAIC awards posthumous 2017 Gold Medal to Roger du Toit

The RAIC has awarded the 2017 Gold Medal to DTAH's founding partner, Roger du Toit. The Medal is the highest honour the profession of architecture in Canada can bestow. It recognizes a significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture.

“His work inspired many professionals and firms that followed his pioneering in urban design,” said the jury. “He made us aware that our community projects could go way beyond the traditional notions of just streetscapes.”

Sheila du Toit, and their sons Rob du Toit and Andre du Toit will accept the award at the RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture taking place in Ottawa May 24-27.

Read the full announcement here.

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Video: Revitalizing the MacGregor Fieldhouse

DTAH partner Megan Torza describes the importance of community involvement in the process of finding a solution to the Revitalization of the MacGregor Fieldhouse.

We took a look at the history of the park, how the fieldhouse was used in the past, and its current and potential future uses. Conclusions from this investigation - specifically the option of an expansion, a community room addition to the west side of the Fieldhouse - were positively received during well-attended presentations at the park, and are enthusiastically endorsed by the Board of Directors of the Botanicus Art Ensemble (BAE).

Watch the video and learn more about BAE and the study here.

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Harbour Street Re-Imagined

DTAH were the landscape architects and urban designers for the 2010 Municipal Class ‘C’ Environmental Assessment and detailed design for the reconfiguration of the York-Bay-Yonge ramps. These ramps provide eastbound traffic to and from the Gardiner Expressway in Downtown Toronto.

The project relocates an excessive and costly-to-maintain structure to Simcoe Street, liberates valuable park space at the foot of York Street, facilitates the implementation of Council-approved north-south promenades plans, and supports on-going redevelopment, all while maintaining acceptable—and in many instances improve—traffic operations to the downtown core and Central Waterfront.

A key component of the project was the redesign of Harbour Street, which will become a more urban downtown street rather than a high-speed vehicle thoroughfare. Key components of the design include a greatly improved pedestrian environment, extension of a multi-use path, street trees in open planters, new street lighting, safer intersections, and the extension of the Bay Street and York Street Promenades.

Enabling works began mid-2016 with street reconstruction to begin in early 2018.

DTAH Partner James Roche speaks at the Green Infrastructure Workshop

The City of Saint Paul, Minnesota, in partnership with Capitol Region Watershed District will convene this special event focused on Rain as A Resource on Thursday, January 26th.

James will bring an international perspective and provide insight about the benefit and value of Canada’s “district” green infrastructure designed to use rain as a resource.

More on the event can be found here.
Image: Snelling-Midway Development, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Meet DTAH's Newest Associate, Charles Mackintosh

It is with enthusiasm that DTAH announces the promotion of Charles Mackintosh to the position of Associate. Charles has been a valued member of DTAH since joining in 2007. As an architect, Charles’ contribution spans all stages of project design and construction, with a particular interest in adaptive re-use projects.

His highlight projects include Crow’s Nest Theatre, Little Trinity Church revitalization, the Modern on Richmond, multiple retail projects for Hugo Boss, and Vimy Memorial Bridge.

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Implementation Plan begins for the Green Line

The City of Toronto has initiated an Implementation Plan effort for the Green Line. Led by City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation with consultants DTAH, Workshop Architecture, Dillon Consulting, ASI Heritage and A.W. Hooker, the project aims to deliver one of Toronto’s great places. Our city alongside many others in North America have turned to their own ‘left over’ spaces to create wonderful linear parks such as Chicago’s 606 and Atlanta’s Beltline. Similar to the Green Line, these examples have grown from ideas generated by the local community, capturing the imagination of their respective cities at large, connecting neighbourhoods, and enhancing civic pride. A great deal of public engagement has already taken place to develop the current vision, including the Green Line Competition in 2012 led by Helena Grdadolnik of Workshop Architecture and continued by Park People in 2014. Now the community is interested in action. The Implementation Plan project will commence in January 2017 and work closely with the Green Line stakeholders to deliver a truly signature public space in our city.

Read more about the project here.

Photo Credit: Sammy Tangir

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City of Toronto Publishes Complete Streets Guidelines

Complete streets are streets that are designed to be safe for all users, such as people who walk, bicycle, take transit or drive, and people of varying ages and levels of ability. They also consider other uses like sidewalk cafés, street furniture, street trees, utilities, and stormwater management.

See the Toronto Complete Streets Guidelines, with DTAH as Lead Consultants.
Read more about the project.