Red Hill Creek Bridge: Construction Underway

The new Red Hill Creek Bridge is currently being erected just east of Hamilton city centre. Spanning about 220m in length, the bridge will link the valley trail system to the Lake Ontario waterfront by enabling pedestrians to cross over the ecologically sensitive wetland area and the QEW highway.

The bridge deck features a prominent tilted arch that will make it an easily identifiable new landmark for the City of Hamilton. If the bold colour looks familiar - you may be noticing that the Red Hill Creek Bridge is the exact same Fireweed Red as the famed Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. On a more subtle level of design, the railings have been placed in a random picket pattern to evoke the visual character of the wetland below.

In a quest to optimize the visual effect of this unique new structure at all hours of the day or night, full-scale mock-ups are being used to test lighting schemes to find the ideal fit. Pedestrian lookout points placed at various points across the bridge span will be equipped with LED lights integrated directly into the handrails, in addition, accent lighting will illuminate the the most prominent features of the bridge. Look forward to a stroll along the Red Hill Creek Bridge upon its completion in December 2010.

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DTAH chosen in team for Pan Am Athletes’ Village

Planning work for the section of the West Don Lands that will be home to Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village moves forward with the selection of HOK | Montgomery Sisam |DTAH| Quadrangle Architects| Populous, in collaboration as the planning, design and compliance team.

The Athletes’ Village project increases the pace of the West Don Lands revitalization, and is based on the vision of a green, modern and vibrant new community as outlined in the West Don Lands Precinct Plan, completed by DTAH and UDA in 2005.

The team brings together global expertise in athlete village planning, design, and operations, and the most creative minds in community and neighbourhood design in Canada. As a partner firm, DTAH will continue its commitment to ensuring design excellence, sustainability, and a vibrant public realm are created in Toronto’s newest landmark waterfront community.

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Living Concrete / Carrot City

Living Concrete/Carrot City, a collaborative exhibition of Ryerson University and the New School to be held 30 September to 15 December 2010, looks at the relationships among design, food systems and communities through curriculum and research to explore the potential for the university's participation in its urban context.

As part of the exhibition, the event "Learning from Toronto and New York City: Sharing Experiences in Urban Agriculture Across Borders," October 19-21, intends to initiate dialogue between the US and Canada's biggest cities. Both cities have emerged as North Amercian leaders in the thriving urban agriculture (UA) movement. To activate a cross-metropolitan conversation on the lessons learned and challenges faced in and around these two cities, active participants in Toronto's UA scene are being invited to share their experience with counterparts from New York City.

As a Toronto-based designer with direct experience in developing UA projects, DTAH's own Joe Lobko will speak at a public session on October 20th where he will discuss the award-winning adaptive reuse project completed at Artscape Wychwood Barns, as well as the recently completed Evergreen Brick Works.

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Evergreen Brick Works Grand Opening!

Evergreen Brick Works is envisioned as the transformation of an industrial facility, largely abandoned since 1989, into a sustainable village that ties together nature, culture and community. Through adaptive reuse; re-planting of native species; green building design; and ongoing education, discovery and play, the village will demonstrate how nature can be invited back into the City.

Tackling the unique challenges of re-adpating and constructing a modern, eco-sensitive community village on the archaeologically-rich flood-plain upon which the 19th Century Brick Works buildings originally stood, has engaged the creative and collaborative talents of a diverse team of Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers.

After eight years of dreaming, designing and building, Evergreen Brick Works — Toronto’s new community environmental centre — will be open every day, year-round. Come see the award-winning transformation of these remarkable heritage buildings.

Join in the celebration! We’ll have marvelous music, fantastic food, exciting exhibits, wonderful workshops, terrific tours and plenty of family fun.

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Award-winning Campus Plan Presented

Roger du Toit, client and colleagues presented the Society of College and University Planners prestigious 2010 Institutional Innovation and Integration Award for the Vancouver Island University Campus Plan at this year’s annual conference in Minnesota.

The plan is for the transformation of a college campus of scattered buildings to a true university environment. It will be reorganised to encourage interdisciplinary connections, sustainable buildings and landscapes and a strong sense of place around a new main quad.

Besides green buildings, energy reduction and passive energy gain, the plan takes advantage of an unusual source of extremely economical geothermal energy in large underground flooded coal mines beneath the property. The combined outcome is that while student population and floor area is expected to increase by just over 50%, total energy demand is projected to decline by nearly 50% while demand per GFA will decrease by 60%.

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DTAH at Canadian Water Summit and 'Park Redux' Pecha Kucha

Adam Nicklin of DTAH will be appearing at the first annual Canadian Water Summit in Toronto, held on June 16th and 17th, to discuss new directions in stormwater management integration in the public realm. Adam will present and attend a workshop along with Abe Khademi of the Municipal Infrastructure Group and David Sim of Smart Watering Systems.

The next night, Adam will be a feature speaker at Pecha Kucha Night Toronto. Presenters from the worlds of architecture, landscape design, and urban planning will speak on the theme of "Redux Park: Re-imagining the urban park".

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50 Park Road to feature in Doors Open Toronto 2010

DTAH's office at 50 Park Road will be open for the public on May 29th and May 30th, 10am until 5pm (last entry 4.30pm), as a part of Doors Open Toronto. 

The 1954 Building - orginally the headquarters of the Ontario Assocation of Architects - was designed by John B. Parkin Associates, one of Toronto's leading modernist firms.

The building was extensively renovated in early 2010 in order to revive the spatial quality of the orginal vision. An extended studio and boardroom have been completed, and DTAH staff will be on hand to inform visitors about 50 Park Road, then and now.

Doors Open Toronto - Preview of the Brickworks with Joe Lobko

"The trouble with being featured on the Doors Open Toronto itinerary is that you’re pretty much stuck at your own site for the weekend and can’t get out to tour the other awesome locations opening their doors to eager architecture fans."

With this in mind, Evergreen Brick Works kindly invited 2010 DOT participants to preview its sprawling construction site last Thursday. Lead architect Joe Lobko of DTAH guided a large group through the labyrinth of what was once one of North America’s largest brick-making operations.

The public will be able to check out the progress for themselves at Doors Open Toronto, starting May 29 and 30. The site’s weekly farmer’s market opens that same weekend and runs Saturday’s thru October - check Evergreen's website for location and travel details:

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DTAH Spring Party

The DTAH spring party has resumed this year, with our friends and colleagues joining us again for our annual get together - this time at our newly renovated studios at 50 Park Road.

After taking a few years break, the party has returned as an annual fixture for our clients and contemporaries in the design community.

City of Hamilton adopts Gage Park Masterplan

The City of Hamilton Council has voted in favour of adopting the Gage Park masterplan.

Gage Park is a landmark open space in downtown Hamilton, covering 28.8 hectares. Originally designed in 1920, the park as conceived by Howard and Laurie Dunington-Grubb during the City Beautiful Movement.

DTAH's masterplan aims to restore a strong, cohesive identity to the park which has been altered in an ad-hoc manner over many decades. In addition to refurbishing the parks original features and enhancing accessibility, the masterplan advocates a new children's museum, aviary and tropical greenhouse; along with a skating loop to entice more users groups to enjoy the unique setting.

A reforestation management plan is being developed to ensure the continued health and vitality of the parks impressive stand of mature trees.

The first phase of implementation is expected to be complete this summer.

Team: Du Toit Allsopp Hillier (Lead), AMEC Earth and Environmental, Dougan and Associates

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Evergreen breaks ground on exterior works

The site work at the Brick Works is under way!

The central parking area with drainage channels and Welcome Court has been graded and is ready for surfacing. Expect this and the planting mounds in Evergreen Gardens to be ready for Doors Open at the end of May.

The base for the ice rink will be ready by the mid April, but judging by the weather skating will not be happening for at least another 8 months...

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Gerrard, Fairford, Coxwell Intersection

Bryce Miranda has spearheaded a transportation alternative for his neighbourhood. Diverting traffic away from the community onto the major streets where it should be, this option creates a larger park which is double the size of the suggested alternative by the City.

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'Green' Transit Terminal underway in Hamilton

Construction is well under way on the new MacNab Transit Terminal in downtown Hamilton.

DTAH's design features a striking 200m long green roof over the passenger platforms, along with a brand new central amenity building. Tree planting will utilize cutting edge silva cell soil technology, to encourage optimum natural shade and tree vitality.

The project also features extensive use of natural wood finishes, along with long life LED lighting.

DTAH (Architecture / Landscape Architecture); McCormick Rankin (Project Management, Civil Engineering); MMM Group (Structural Engineering); Trace Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical); Entro (Signage and Wayfinding)

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East Bayfront Water's Edge Promenade

Toronto's new waters edge promenade is starting to take shape from the ground up.

Work is well under way, with the dockwall being reinforced to allow a new pedestrian promenade to connect Sugar Beach at Jarvis Slip to the New Sherbourne Park.

Excavation for utilities is almost complete - next up a new 'silva cell' system will be installed to give trees access to a large volume of soil beneath the paved promenade, allowing unprecedented growth potential in comparison to previous urban tree growing conditions in the city. In additon to the silva cells, a cutting edge irrigation system that will be fed by rainwater run-off from the promenade will be installed.

Sherbourne Park, Sugar Beach and the water's edge promenade are all due to open this summer.

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Innate Terrain Symposium

John Hillier will be presenting and joining a round table discussion at the National Innate Terrain Symposium and Exhibition on Saturday, February 6th.

Innate Terrain will showcase the exemplary work and ideas of established and emerging Canadian landscape architects. Speakers are invited to present their Canadian projects from the years 2000 to 2010, and to discuss a Canadian specific trajectory - thereby relaying a distinct approach practiced by Canadian landscape architects.

Symposium 6 February 2010, 9AM–5:30PM
University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty, 103 Lecture Hall (simulcast 230 College Street)

Keynote Charles Waldheim
Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard GSD

Speakers Chris Grosset - Aarluk Consulting, Tina Beers - BDA, Doug Carlyle - Carlyle + Associates, Mark Hallé - Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes, John Hillier - DTAH, James Thomas - Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram, Janet Rosenberg - JRA, JoséeLabelle/Mélanie Mignault - NIP Paysage, Pete North - North Design Office, Douglas Olson - O2 Planning + Design, Fung Lee - PMA, Bruce Hemstock - PWL Partnership, Angela Morin - SageHouse, Donna Hinde - The Planning Partnership, George Dark - Urban Strategies

L'Arche Daybreak featured in "Community Centred" Exhibition

COMMUNITY CENTRED is an exhibition focusing on community centred architecture. DTAH is exhibiting an historical look at the L'Arche Daybreak community in Richmond Hill, with whom partner Joe Lobko has been working for over 17 years. L’Arche is an international organization which aims to provide a sense of community and dignity for those with disabilities.

Opening Reception:
Friday, January 22, 2010

ERA Architects Inc.
Public Workshop
du Toit Architects Limited

York Quay Centre
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Admission is FREE!
Exhibition continues January 23 to June 13, 2010

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