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Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge

On Tuesday the 24th of November, John Tory, Mayor of Toronto along with Bill Bryck, President & CEO of Build Toronto and Councillor David Shiner, announced the winning design for the new Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge. This much needed and long awaited piece of civic infrastructure will provide significant benefits for a growing community, linking Trinity Bellwoods Park in the north, through Fort York’s Garrison Common and its new Visitor Centre, down to the new revitalized Queens Quay – another DTAH project.

"The Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge Project is an investment in smart infrastructure that connect communities, gets people moving across Toronto and is part of the City’s plan to revitalize the waterfront," said Mayor John Tory. "This is a great example of creatively using our public spaces to best serve our growing city."

The winning design, inspired by the meandering alignment of the original Garrison Creek, envisions two bridges utilizing a unique stainless steel arch design with a distinctive diagonal hanger pattern that will create a signature expression appropriate to this important and historic place in the City. Upon completion, these will be the first bridges in North America that use stainless steel on the entire structure.

Dufferin Construction Company is leading the team which includes Pedelta Canada Inc for bridge design (prime designer), Mulvey & Banani for lighting design, Golder Associates for geotechnical and DTAH for urban design, landscape and architectural aspects of the bridge design.

Active City Receives Two Awards

DTAH is proud to announce that Active City: Designing for Health, a project prepared for Toronto Public Health in association with City of Toronto Planning and Transportation Services, was honoured with two Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) awards. Presented November 5 at Queen’s Park in Toronto, the 2015 OPPI Excellence in Planning Awards celebrate the best of the best in community planning across the province, recognizing professional planners in leadership roles.

In the category of Community Planning & Development Studies/Reports, Active City: Designing for Health was acknowledged based on its innovation, creativity and professionalism, problem-solving and communications advancements. Additionally, Active City was the sole recipient of the OPPI and Heart & Stroke Foundation's Healthy Communities Award. This special award recognizes excellence in creating healthy communities. DTAH was a key member of the project team led by Gladki Planning Associates.

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DTAH team selected for Milwaukee Innovations Design Charrette

A DTAH-led team (with Freedman Urban Solutions, Mark Schollen and TMIG), has been selected to participate in a two-day Waterfront Innovations Design Charrette for the City of Milwaukee, Harbor District Inc., and the Institute for Ecological Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The goal of this effort is to explore innovative design solutions for the social, environmental, and economic transformation of Milwaukee’s industrial waterfront.  Selected from a pool of candidates from across North America, the DTAH team joins teams led by Studio Gang from Chicago, PWL from Vancouver, and Wenk Associates from Denver.

Heritage TO Award of Excellence for Little Trinity Annex

Congratulations to the Little Trinity redevelopment team, DTAH, ERA Architects Inc., The Dalton Company and Historic Restoration Inc., for winning a 2015 Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence, October 13, in the William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship category.

The Little Trinity Church Annex, 403 King Street East, was chosen due to the sensitive rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of these row houses, which enriches the quality of life of all Torontonians through an appreciation and awareness of our heritage.

This category honours projects to restore or adapt buildings or structures that have been in existence for forty years or more or are included on the City of Toronto’s Inventory of Heritage Properties. In addition to the quality of craftsmanship, appropriateness of materials, and the use of sound conservation principles, the jury considers how well the project meets current needs while maintaining the integrity of the original design vision.

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Queens Quay wins Brownie Award

Queens Quay Revitalization was awarded a 2015 Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award for Best Overall - Neighbourhood Scale on October 8th, as part of Inve$table City: 2015 Canadian Urban Forum.

The CUI Brownie Awards (held in collaboration with FCM Green Municipal Fund and the Canadian Brownfields Network) program recognizes excellence in redeveloping urban sites in Canadian communities. Best Overall Neighbourhood Scale is awarded to a project and/or program initiated from Jan 2013 - June 2015, which stimulates neighbourhood scale reinvestment, inspires many land owners and investors to engage with community support of a shared vision, and promotes comprehensive neighbourhood transformation by re-envisioning public realm and improving functionality, liveability and character of an area.

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University of Toronto Design Competition

DTAH + Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates are proud to share our competition entry for the revitalization of the St. George campus, as one of the shortlisted teams in the 8-week intensive design competition, A Landscape of Landmark Quality.

Please share your feedback in the online survey. Comments will be provided to the Evaluation Committee for their consideration in evaluating the entries and selecting a winning team.

An exhibit of the competition entries is being hosted from September 29 to October 2 at the J. Roberts Prichard Alumni House.

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Vanauley Street YMCA Harvest Party

DTAH and The Bowery Project celebrated the bountiful results of a successful partnership during a Harvest Party, September 25 at the Toronto Vanauley Street YMCA .

The Bowery Project is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to create opportunities for urban agriculture in Toronto through the temporary use of vacant lots. In spring, 2015, DTAH partnered with The Bowery to transform the vacant space adjacent to the YMCA into a “mobile urban farm”.

Consisting of 750 repurposed milk crates, the farm is used to grow produce for the community and to supplement products sold to raise money for the Alexandra Park Community Centre. With over 300 lbs of organic produce harvested to date, it is safe to say the Vanauley Street YMCA’s urban farm is a success!

DTAH wins two 2015 Toronto Urban Design Awards

DTAH was honoured to receive two awards at the 2015 Toronto Urban Design Awards ceremony on September 16.

An Award of Excellence was given to the Market Street Development team in the category of Private Buildings in Context - Low-Scale. DTAH contributed as landscape architects in the redevelopment of Market Street, which sets a precedent in Toronto for the creation of mixed use, multi-purpose and flexible public streets. The following is a comment from the jury:

"It shows architecture and the public realm working together thoughtfully and humanely. The design of the streetscape, which seamlessly integrates roadway, sidewalk and concealed drainage, sets a wonderful example for the city."

An Award of Merit in the category of Visions and Master Plans was also received for the DTAH led Master Plan for the Lower Don Trail Access, Environment and Art Master Plan, which covers a six kilometre long corridor extending from Pottery Road in the north to Corktown Common. A remark from the jury regarding the Master Plan:

"Using few relatively small intervention, the plan connects the ravines to streets with pedestrian and bike connections. It would make existing attractions such as Evergreen Brickworks more accessible, and also open up the ravines more generally for park-like use. This strategy should be employed consistently and coherently over time to make ravines across the city better used and better loved."

For more on the submissions and winners of the 2015 Toronto Urban Design Awards, see www.toronto.ca/tuda/2015.

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A Monumental Issue: The Long Term Vision and Plan for Canada's Capital

DTAH Partner Robert Allsopp along with Architectural Conservation Consultant Lyette Fortin, will examine the history of the Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts, the key principles of its layout and the pivotal role of a long term master plan to accommodate its evolving needs at the upcoming lecture, “A Monumental Issue: The Long Term Vision and Plan for Canada's Capital", hosted by Heritage Ottawa. The topic is particularly timely as controversy swirls around the location of the proposed Memorial to the Victims of Communism in the Judicial Precinct.

The lecture is the first in the 2015-2016 Heritage Ottawa Lecture Series, taking place Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe Street.

Robert returns to Ottawa on October 15th, for CanU7: Canada’s Urban DNA, presenting a solo, condensed version of this lecture. The three-day summit, October 14th to 16th, is hosted by the Council for Canadian Urbanism (CanU).

Read The Parliamentary Precinct Area: Urban Design Guidelines and Demonstration Plan for Long Range Development (1987)

Read The Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts Area: Site Capacity and Long Term Development Plan (2006 update)

 

Brent Raymond recognized as Notable Alumnus

Congratulations to Brent Raymond, landscape architect and partner at DTAH, who was recently recognized by the University of Guelph as a Notable Alumnus as 1 of the top 50 graduates from the first 50 years of the School of Landscape Architecture.

Brent, who completed his MLA at Guelph in 2000, joined DTAH in 2006 and became a partner in 2012. Specializing in the urban environment, specifically waterfronts, parks, redevelopments, and streetscape planning and design, Brent’s major projects include the Toronto Complete Streets Guidelines, Queens Quay RevitalizationScarborough Centre Public Realm, Ryerson University Public Realm, and Master Plans for Wascana Centre, Lower Don Trail and the University of Regina.

Notable Alumni is an evolving project celebrating graduates from the first 50 years of the landscape architecture program at the University of Guelph. Find more information about the 50th anniversary of landscape architecture at the University of Guelph on the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) website: www.uoguelph.ca/sedrd/landscape-architecture-fifty-year-celebration

Sail-In Cinema on Toronto's Waterfront this weekend!

Enjoy an open-air cinema on the waterfront this weekend! Movies will be shown under the open skies on a two-sided screen set atop a barge in Toronto Harbour from August 20-22. You can watch movies for free from the East Bayfront Water's Edge Promenade (adjacent to Sugar Beach) or from a boat on Lake Ontario.

The theme for this year’s festival is “Flashback to the ‘80s” and the movie line-up, chosen by a record-breaking 5,465 public votes, includes:

  • Ghostbusters on Thursday, August 20
  • The Goonies on Friday, August 21
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on Saturday, August 22

Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and movies will start after sundown (approximately 8:45 p.m.)

Get all the details here

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DTAH speaks to Summer Design Lab students

The 2020 course offered at the Summer Design Lab will challenge high school students to evaluate and propose solutions that will enhance the social and living conditions of the future. Students will have the opportunity to engage first hand with practising design thinkers when guest speakers Megan Torza and James Roche meet with students today to talk about what we do here and our approach to design in the context of the Future of the Design Thinking.

Summer Design Lab is a program that engages high school students in the design thinking process. Design thinking is a system and process that takes on a human-centric approach to innovation. It integrates design tools with technology and business development. In short, it’s what we do here in our DTAH studio.

Joe Lobko & Megan Torza featured contributors in latest issue of Spacing Magazine

In the newly released Summer 2015 issue of Spacing, Joe Lobko and Megan Torza tell the story of how the West Don Lands community was planned and, eventually, built 25 years after its original conception:

At the mouth of the Don River on a site once part of an expansive estuary, bordered by the original 10-block settlement of York to the west and the Don River to the east, the West Don Lands occupies a special place in the city. It reaches back to the industrial roots of Toronto, including the 19th-century pork packing plant - reputed to be the largest in the British Empire - that gave Toronto its "Hogtown" moniker. [...]

This summer, however, around 8,000 athletes will assemble on these lands in the 2015 Pan Am Games Athletes' Village to help inaugurate a new neighbourhood. It's the culmination of two-and-a-half decades of discussion, study, design, decision-making, delay, and substantial public infrastructure investment. The visiting athletes will discover a new neighbourhood defined by a range of beautifully designed and executed public spaces, including the new Corktown Common park, and a diverse grouping of mid-rise, mixed-use residential buildings that serve as an important counterpoint to the current flood of ever-taller tower buildings now emerging across the city.

The journey from post-industrial wasteland to award-winning modern community was long, convoluted, and involved - a real drama.

To learn more about the rich history of the West Don Lands, and the hard work, determination and cooperation needed to transform abandoned brown fields into a thriving urban community, pick up your issue of Spacing today!

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James Roche joins DTAH as partner and studio leader

Our design & leadership team continues to grow

Having worked with acclaimed firms in both Canada and the United States, James Roche brings over 20 years of experience in design, direction and implementation of award-winning public realm projects including Canada’s Sugar Beach, Sherbourne Common Park, Underpass Park, Corktown Common, Pan Am Athletes’ Village Streetscapes, Queens Quay Revitalization, HTO Park, and Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.

Since 2000 James has been an instructor and sessional lecturer of graduate-level seminars and landscape design studios at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. He has received recognition for his work on several international design competitions, and is currently leading the shortlisted DTAH / MVVA team envisioning the revitalization of the major public open spaces of the University of Toronto’s historic St. George campus.

City of Markham tours East Bayfront Precinct

The City of Markham requested a tour of the East Bayfront precinct at Toronto’s waterfront to better understand the design considerations of mixed use neighbourhoods where public realm elements, including parks and streets, are designed and built before the buildings. Bryce Miranda, the DTAH Partner managing the East Bayfront Public Realm development, led a multidisciplinary group of city staff, including landscape architects, planners, urban designers and transportation engineers, on a tour that began at Canada’s Sugar Beach and ended up on the 6th floor of the George Brown College Waterfront Campus building, overlooking East Bayfront Bayside.

The group discussed key urban development topics such as flexible use spaces, sustainability features and green standards, built form and detailed design, use of materials, as well as lighting and stormwater management design. They quite literally walked through the planning process from Master Plan to Construction as they toured an area where the idea of what the neighbourhood ought to be was conceived through the planning and design of great public space, which set the tone for building development to follow. This is the strategy for creating a new and thriving urban community that Markham is hoping to learn more about.

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YMCA Urban Farm

DTAH has partnered with Bowery Project to transform the vacant space adjacent to the Toronto Vanauley Street YMCA into a “mobile urban farm”. The farm consists of 750 repurposed milk crates used to grow a variety of produce. In addition to urban agriculture, the open space program includes opportunities for socialization and recreation for the drop-in centre youth.

Bowery Project supplied the crates and mobilized volunteers for assembly of the DTAH design this spring. Following an amazing and rewarding 12 hour day of building, volunteers are delighted with the results. A volunteer from the shelter has already commented on the nerve calming experience of watering the newly created garden and the team looks forward to more of these priceless secondary effects of urban farming, as well a great crop to come!

DTAH sculpture floats atop Azure Awards Gala at the Brick Works

This year’s AZ Awards Gala, held on June 19 at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, attracted architects and designers from around the globe and featured a floating installation by DTAH. Check out some images from the evening: www.azuremagazine.com/article/scenes-2015-az-awards-gala

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Queens Quay, Toronto’s main waterfront boulevard, reimaged as an engaging public space

The Central Waterfront is one of the City of Toronto’s most valuable assets and today, Friday June 19th at 6 pm, a significant component of the Central Waterfront Innovative Design Competition will be officially opened to the public; the revitalization of Queens Quay Boulevard. Designed by West 8 + DTAH the space has been re-envisioned to create a defining landscape that serves as a linear park connecting the various precincts, WaveDecks and public spaces along the Waterfront.

The street is now configured to create an engaging pedestrian experience with a generous granite pedestrian promenade on the south side defined by a double row of trees that line the Martin Goodman Trail, a multi-use recreational trail that is now connected along the full length of the waterfront for the first time. The revised alignment of the dedicated Light Rail Transit (LRT) line adjacent to the promenade with two lanes of east-west traffic on the north side of the street has created the space to effectively rebalance the needs of its residential, business, recreational and visitor users.

“The revitalization of Queens Quay has been one of the most complex street reconstruction projects in Toronto’s history and has transformed the central waterfront. I think its success is due in large part to the dedication of a team that has spent the last 10 years implementing the original vision. As the street matures it redefines and sets the benchmark for what makes a great street in this city”, says DTAH’s Partner, Brian Brownlie and Project Director for West 8 + DTAH.

The streetscape design features 232 street trees, thousands of metres of granite curbs, and over a million individual pieces of granite cobble, all laid by hand in a mosaic with details inspired by the iconic Canadian maple leaf.  The promenade trees are planted within a soil cell corridor and supported by a passive irrigation system that will allow the trees to thrive and mature in difficult urban conditions. The unique storm water system is designed to collect surface runoff and divert it into the planting soil for the trees, thereby greatly reducing the volume of water entering the storm system. The streetscape design also includes custom street light standards and furniture. Craftsmanship and sustainability were guiding principles in implementing the promenade, and products were selected for their durability and longevity with preference given to Canadian suppliers.

The design of Queens Quay West contributes to the realization of the vision from West 8 + DTAH’s winning Central Waterfront Innovative Design Competition entry from 2006, which includes a number of key strategies developed through the master plan phase. The three WaveDecks at Spadina, Rees and Simcoe, marked the beginning of the project and extend the public realm out over the lake in a playful imitation of the iconographic Canadian Shield shoreline. The East Bayfront Water’s Edge Promenade linking Sugar Beach and Sherbourne Common, and Portland Slip Water’s Edge Promenade between Queens Quay and Ireland Park are other pieces that help to unify the design of the public spaces across the inner harbor.

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Experience DTAH's stunning installation at the 2015 AZ Awards Gala

AZURE has partnered with Megan Torza and Robert Cram of DTAH to create a one-of-a-kind installation for the 2015 AZ Awards Gala at Evergreen Brick Works Friday June 19!

Get tickets and find out more at: www.azuremagazine.com

Check out images from the gala on instagram and follow us @dtahtoronto

Robert Allsopp and the Heart of the Nation

DTAH Partner Robert Allsopp along with Architectural Conservation Consultant Lyette Fortin, will examine the history of the Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts, the key principles of its layout and the pivotal role of a long term master plan to accommodate its evolving needs at the upcoming lecture, “Heart of the Nation: The Long Term Vision and Plan for Ottawa’s Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts”. The topic is particularly timely as controversy swirls around the location of the proposed Memorial to the Victims of Communism in the Judicial Precinct.

In light of the recent and untimely passing of founding DTAH partner Roger du Toit, and his longstanding contributions to the shaping of the Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts, this presentation will be dedicated in his honour.

“Heart of the Nation” is a quarterly instalment of the Urban Forum, a free public lecture series that began in 1997 with the objectives of promoting ongoing dialogue between professionals, engaging elected officials, government staffs and the public to discuss new ideas and provide ongoing professional development opportunities for the professional associations involved (including OPPI, OALA, ORSA and ITE).

Read The Parliamentary Precinct Area: Urban Design Guidelines and Demonstration Plan for Long Range Development (1987)

Read The Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts Area: Site Capacity and Long Term Development Plan (2006 update)

Roger du Toit 1939-2015

Roger du Toit, a founding partner of DTAH, died peacefully and surrounded by his family on Sunday, May 31, as a result of a bike accident.

Roger's professional life spanned three continents and more than 50 years. Educated as an architect and urban designer first in South Africa and later at the University of Toronto, Roger began his working life at the offices of H.G. Huckle & Partners in London, England. In 1966 he joined John Andrews Architects in Toronto, where he played a pivotal role in the design of Toronto's CN Tower and Canberra's Municipal Offices at Belconnen, along with leading the firm’s urban design and master planning divisions. Establishing his own architecture and urban design practice in the early 1970's, and later achieving designation as a certified landscape architect, Roger dedicated his career to the integration of these three disciplines of design. Evident in all of Roger’s work is the ambition to create environments that meet the needs of economy and utility, while being socially responsive and a joy to inhabit. Continuing his work in partnership with Robert Allsopp and John Hillier (establishing du Toit Allsopp Hillier in 1985), and more recently within the expanded partnership known as DTAH, Roger's leadership in the realms of community and campus master planning, urban intensification, and innovative transportation planning is second to none. His commitment to shaping the urban form of Canada's National Capital for more than 30 years stands as a testament to his dedication, tenacity, and his love of the work.

If desired, charitable donations in memory of Roger can be directed to the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.

DTAH will be hosting an event for Roger’s professional colleagues and contacts on Monday, June 15th from 4pm to 8pm at 50 Park Road.

Vimy Memorial Bridge awarded Gustav Lindenthal Medal

The prestigious Gustav Lindenthal Medal from the International Bridge Conference has been awarded for the Vimy Memorial Bridge in Ottawa. DTAH were the architects on the team led by Parsons (Ottawa). The bridge features triple tubular steel arches supporting a suspended deck using inclined hangars and crosses the Rideau River, a National Historic Site and UN World Heritage Site. It has eight lanes of traffic, including two bus rapid transit lanes, as well as bicycle lanes and pedestrian walkways.

The award, recognizing “an outstanding structure that is also aesthetically pleasing,” will be presented on June 9 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

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50 Park Road has its Doors Open May 23-24

The DTAH studio at 50 Park Road will be opened to the public for this weekend's 16th annual Doors Open Toronto event.

Visitors to DTAH will experience the history of a beautifully renovated modern building that sits in the Rosedale Valley ravine and get a glimpse inside the working environment in a leading urban design, building and landscape architecture firm. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about John B. Parkin Associates, the architects who won the building design competition in the early 1950s and how they contributed to the design of significant buildings such as Toronto City Hall (1965 with Viljo Revell) and the Toronto-Dominion Centre (1969 with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe).

Visitors can also learn about how DTAH continues to shape the city, through projects such as the Lower Don Trail Master Plan and the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Athletes' Village. Included in the self-guided Architects' Studio Tour presented by the Toronto Society of Architects.

For more details visit the Doors Open website

Toronto Complete Streets: A Landscape Architect’s Perspective

DTAH Partner Brent Raymond will address the CSLA Congress in Mexico this week to share his perspective on the concept of Complete Streets. "Complete Streets" is a relatively new term used to describe streets that are designed and operated to enable safe access and functionality for all uses and users within the transportation system, including pedestrians of all ages and abilities, cyclists, public transit riders, and motorists (e.g. emergency services vehicles, goods delivery, etc.). The Complete Streets concept aims to bring greater clarity to decision-making processes such that social, economic and environmental priorities are considered and balanced in the design and construction of the entire public right-of-way.

The City of Toronto is now working towards making their streets more complete, following an impressive integrated and cross-departmental approach. DTAH are leading a multidisciplinary team to create a powerful and useful design and procedural tool to help Toronto effectively deliver great streets in all parts of the city. The resulting Guidelines will provide a framework to improve decision-making processes and outcomes across Toronto's complex and diverse street system.

The presentation will focus on the issues and progress to date, coordination with other parallel City initiatives, and highlight the relevance to landscape architects, in particular the profession’s role to promote and deliver more green, healthy and active cities.

The 2015 CSLA Congress will be held in Mexico City, Mexico, from May 20 to 23, 2015. The theme is Green Futures - Livable Cities of Tomorrow

Dane Avenue Childcare: Construction in Progress

Construction of the Dane Avenue Childcare Centre, located at Dufferin and Lawrence in Toronto, is currently underway. The playrooms that will be distinguished by exposed heavy-timber beams, columns and wood decking, can be seen taking shape in this site photo.

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OAA Conference May 7: Joe Lobko talks about Urban Agriculture

The 2015 OAA Conference welcomes Joe Lobko on Thursday May 7, who will speak on the topic of Urban Agriculture. The emerging interest in healthy food, and its multi-layered and increasing influence on urban life and architecture lies at the heart of many community renewal efforts currently underway across the country. These interests align well with the Urban Renewal theme of this year’s conference and underpin much of the work undertaken at DTAH, which will help inform the content of the presentation.

The OAA Conference takes place in Hamilton, May 6-8.
For more information on the event, visit the OAA website

Toronto City Planning 2014 Annual Report released

DTAH has collaborated on several projects featured in Toronto City Planning's 2014 Annual Report, which focuses on critical projects that will profoundly shape the future of city. The report is part of the implementation of the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan and highlights studies, policy initiatives and development review over the past year.

For a deeper look at the people and projects influencing the future of Toronto, check out the full report at the City of Toronto website

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Accidental Parkland explores Toronto's distinctive ravine landscape

Accidental Parkland is a documentary project on the changing nature and sustained value of Toronto’s urban waterways, both the waterfront and ravines. The film features interviews with DTAH Partners Megan Torza and Brent Raymond, as well as stunning and unique aerial views of local landscape and topography. Filmmakers Dan Berman (Producer/Director) and Shawn Micallef (Host) explore Toronto’s most distinctive, and perhaps least appreciated, physical attribute: its 44,000-acre ravine system, and how we have gone about caring for and protecting our natural spaces and local water ways.

Watch the trailer and learn more about the project by visiting accidentalparkland.tv

Learn more about the RavinePortal exhibition

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Pull up a chair at the Chief Planner Roundtable April 24

Joe Lobko will join the Chief Planner Roundtable as a panelist on April 24, where the focus will be on Mid Rise Buildings: Growing Toronto’s Neighbourhoods. In the spirit of promoting community awareness and engagement around planning issues, participants can attend in person at City Hall or participate via live-stream, twitter, comment cards or email.

This public forum is an opportunity for Torontonians to engage with industry professionals, community leaders and city staff to discuss key city-building challenges and to identify innovative “drivers for change”.

For more information on the event, panelists and how to participate, visit www1.toronto.ca

POST-EVENT UPDATE: To learn more about  the Mid-rise Guidelines conundrum, just one of the topics discussed at this event, check out this Novae Res Urbis article

Community input on DTAH design for Riverdale Park East

DTAH has recently completed the second round of public engagement for Riverdale Park East. A community meeting was held on February 17th to seek feedback on design concepts. The team will be incorporating feedback into the detailed design with implementation anticipated for 2016.

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Public Space Rules at Ryerson University

Following the recent unveiling of the 28-storey Church Street Development design for Ryerson University, Perkins + Will has opened an exhibition to the public that explores the process and prospects of this monumental project in the heart of downtown Toronto, set for completion in 2018.

It is worth a visit whether you are interested in understanding whose needs are being served and how the design process aims to meet those needs, or want to check out a cool model of the building including textured green roof designed by DTAH.

The Paul H. Cocker Gallery is plastered with sketches, mark-ups and images, while a graphic-novel style narrative draws the visitor along the curved gallery wall, illustrating the collaborative design process from public and stakeholder consultations through iterations of design, right around to a photorealistic final rendering and scale models which sit atop scattered layers of sketches alongside material samples. Following through on the collaborative spirit of the design process and lending a sense of interactivity to the exhibition, visitors are invited to offer their feedback on post-it notes, which become instantly integrated in the installation that gives the sense of walking through a design studio more than a gallery.

March 19 – April 10
Paul H. Cocker Gallery
Ryerson University
325 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario
Open to the public, admission is free
Mon-Fri 11am-5:30pm
Closed on weekends

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Vaughan Design Review Panel to include Megan Torza

DTAH Partner Megan Torza is a member of the City of Vaughan Design Review Panel (DRP) in 2015. The Vaughan DRP is a non-statutory, advisory body of design professionals – architects, landscape architects, urban designers, public art consultant and engineering – to advise City Staff on matters of design that affect the public realm, including proposed buildings, structures, landscape, and associated streetscapes, in order to promote and uphold standards of design excellence.

The panel will meet monthly to review development applications during both schematic design and detailed design phases with the intention of affording meaningful contribution to the full development process.

For more details see www.vaughan.ca

Urban Watershed Forum Friday March 20 at Evergreen Brick Works

Held on Friday March 20 at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, the 2015 Urban Watershed Forum will bring together watershed practitioners, students and government representatives to participate in a day of informative presentations and facilitated workshops focusing on innovative approaches to the challenges of urban watershed management. The purpose of the day is to convene leaders in urban watershed management and provide a platform for them to share best practices, lessons learned and novel projects with their peers while focusing on sustainable solutions to urban watershed issues.

Some highlights include:

  • A lunchtime panel discussion about Toronto’s Ravines moderated by the Honorable David Crombie and featuring panelists: Carolyn Woodland (TRCA), Mark Wilson (Waterfront Toronto), Megan Torza (DTAH), Norman DeFraeye (City of Toronto), and Shelley Petrie (The Greenbelt Foundation);
  • An afternoon workshop facilitated by Waterlution’s co-founder Karen Kun inspiring pattern-making and pattern-breaking change towards a healthy and sustainable relationship with water; and
  • A series of informative concurrent sessions targeting urban water issues through the lenses of Community Engagement, Policy & Research, and Climate Change Adaptation.

Robert Allsopp appointed to Toronto Preservation Board

DTAH Partner Robert Allsopp has been appointed by Toronto City Council to be one of seven members at large of the Toronto Preservation Board, to serve on a voluntary basis for a four year term that will coincide with the Council terms (January 2015 to November 2018). The Board also includes up to three City Councillors and the chairs of the four Community Preservation Panels.

Toronto Preservation Board, with the assistance of Heritage Preservation staff, advises Toronto City Council on heritage matters relating to the Ontario Heritage Act, identifying buildings, structures and places of architectural and historical importance, listing and designating of properties, and reviewing and advising on development proposals that may affect heritage resources.

Monthly meeting schedule, minutes and list of members are accessible to the public here.

Megan Torza on Canadian Green Building Awards jury

The 2015 Canadian Green Building Awards  jury will include DTAH Partner Megan Torza, as well as John Crace of Architecture 49 in Halifax, Darryl Condon of Hughes Condon Marler Architects in Vancouver, and Braden Kurczak of MMM Group in Waterloo.

The national awards program, presented by Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine and the Canada Green Building Council, recognizes excellence in the design and execution of Canadian residential and non-residential buildings of all types, including new construction, existing buildings, renovations and interior design projects. This March, the jury will assess awards submissions based on criteria of sustainable design, architectural excellence and technical innovation.

For entry details and more click here

Fort York Pedestrian Bridge – DTAH team selected for RFP stage

DTAH is on one of three shortlisted teams selected to submit a proposal for the Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge, a project that will create a vital new pedestrian and cyclist connection between Stanley Park in the north and the Fort York National Heritage Site in the south.

The team is led by Dufferin Construction and includes Pedelta, Golder Associates, Mulvey Banani and Archaeological Services Inc., with DTAH responsible for Architecture and Landscape roles.

Learn more about the project and the development process here

Neighbourhoods, Streets, Buildings: January 30 – May 29, 2015

The latest edition of the DTAH Portal series of exhibitions is on now until May 29.

Initially part of the Summer 2012 Architecture Exhibition at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto (see BORN AGAIN: The Repurposed City), Neighbourhoods, Streets, Buildings (Everything old is new again) has been transposed from its original gallery setting and transformed into an informative and captivating video presentation. The Portal is located in the storefront window of our studio at 50 Park Road in Toronto. Learn more and view the presentation here.

Pan Am Athletes' Village taking shape in the Canary District

Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games are fast approaching and preparations across the GTA are in high gear. The Athletes Village, located in the Canary District development in the West Don Lands, has recently achieved substantial completion, with DTAH a key part of the team carrying out Games and general compliance review in time for handover to TO2015 at the end of February.

From early involvement with the West Don Lands Precinct Plan in 2004, through a Planning, Design and Compliance role for Pan Am, DTAH is pleased to see the component projects of the Pan Am Athlete’s Village take shape as part of this exciting international sporting event and the development of what promises to be a vibrant new district in the City of Toronto.

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Opening reception tonight: ORANGE CRUSH at Come Up To My Room

The city we live in is cloaked in orange plastic.

ORANGE CRUSH, the DTAH installation for Come Up To My Room 2015 is complete – construction fencing washes over the rooftop of the Gladstone Hotel spilling onto the green roof below in a wave that bathes the building in orange. Check it out at the Opening Reception Party tonight, Friday January 16, along with a slew of other amazing installations at this unique design event.

ORANGE CRUSH is already listed in the top 5 picks on Designlines Loves: The Top 100 Designs of Toronto Design Week

The show runs until January 25 at
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St W

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LifeCorps Food Share Hub Competition jury to include Joe Lobko

The design of a new food hub will be selected through a design competition among architecture and design students. In cooperation with Architecture for Humanity, LifeCorps Food Share has asked Joe Lobko to be a part of the four person jury, which also includes Elsa Lam, Canadian Architect Editor; Valerie Gow, Interior Designer and Architect; and Abra Snider, Fresh City Farm General manager.

LifeCorps is expanding, so a “stand alone” building is needed in the near future that will house LifeCorps programs, Farmers’ Markets, classrooms, rooftop community gardens and/or greenhouses, a community food bank, and employment training space.

This competition is intended to visually represent and explore the future potential of LifeCorps Food Share in their 10 year growth plan and bring to light issues of food insecurity in York Region.

For more details on the LifeCorps Food Share Hub Competition

L’OEUF, Joe Lobko, and Florence Portes want to speak with you January 29

L’OEUF (Daniel Pearl, Bernard Olivier, and Sudhir Suri) is a Montreal-based architectural practice founded in 1992. Toronto architect Joe Lobko and Florence Portes, chef des services aux femmes at the Mission Old Brewery in Montreal, will join L’OEUF in a conversation on their book Community Inspired Housing in Canada. Co-edited with Daniel Wentz and published by the HOLCIM Foundation in Switzerland, the book describes the challenges of integrating community aspirations with approaches to advanced green building, long-term resilience, and sustainability.

The series They want to speak with you invites design and architecture professionals to discuss their most recent projects.

The Conversation happens Thursday, January 29, 6:00 pm
Shaughnessy House
Canadian Centre for Architecture
1920 Rue Baile
Montréal, QC H3H 2S6

The Nature of Cities: Unlocking the potential benefits of urban waterfronts

The Nature of Cities, a collective forum on cities as ecosystems, hosts an online global roundtable where professionals from around the world are engaged in interactive discussions. DTAH Partner, Joe Lobko was invited to contribute to the current feature which asks:

Urban water fronts have typically been sites of heavy development and often are sites of pollution or exclusive access. But they have enormous potential benefits. How can we unlock these benefits for everyone? Are there ecological vs. social vs. economic tradeoffs?

Joe's response explores the ways in which Toronto has met the challenges and pressures of  substantial, sustained population growth and the evolution of Toronto's waterfront revitalization in that regional context. He touches on themes of the importance of collective visions, the involvement and influence of committed community leadership, the role and impact of watersheds, of bureaucratic leadership and creativity, of the level of public land ownership and level of upfront investment in public infrastructure as well as the role of an appreciation of history and the importance of multi-generational thinking.

This 13th monthly edition of the TNOC roundtable is now live at www.thenatureofcities.com/roundtable/. Check out Joe's full response as well as the contributions of other panel members from Buenos Aires, Bath, Shanghai, Mumbai, Cape Town, New York and more. The discussion is open until January 26, 2015 and readers are invited to participate in the conversation by posting comments.

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The TSA Digital Archives: An exciting new project in 2015!

Stay tuned in 2015 for the launch of the TSA Digital Archives project, an exciting initiative led by Megan Torza, TSA Executive Member and a Partner at DTAH.  This initiative will be presented as a digital exhibition of the 128 year history of the Toronto Society of Architects. Many thanks to the OAA for its support of this project and the Toronto Archives for its access and assistance.

Pictured above: Toronto Architectural Guild at Long Branch in August 1888