NRU discusses the RavinePortal exhibition, curated by Megan Torza / written by Leah Wong
NRU discusses the RavinePortal exhibition, curated by Megan Torza / written by Leah Wong
Urban Toronto covers the RavinePortal Opening Night Reception / written by Jack Landau
Among the many construction projects taking place along the Toronto waterfront, one is a large new stormwater attenuation shaft to service the East Bayfront precinct.
Finishing touches being put on the DTAH designed landscape at RBC WaterPark Place, including accessible green roofs with a high graphic impact. Several environmentally conscious features are being applied on the roofs, including high-albedo paving, a water cistern, and trench drains, to help achieve the development's goal of LEED Platinum designation / written by Jack Landau
The NXT CITY PRIZE is an open invitation for all young people connected to Toronto to improve on the design of our city’s open spaces. Spacing teamed up with the NXT CITY PRIZE to provide readers with a series of Q&As with local and national city builders in the lead up to the announcement of the winning design. In this interview, Joe Lobko discusses public spaces as the ‘lungs’ of a city, the essentiality of the street, the importance of public space in the future success of communities and more.
In a twist on the traditional election debate, cultural leaders took questions from mayoral candidates about art's place in the city. The panel featured Joe Lobko who commented on the importance of community partnerships, saying "The development of cultural life, like many other aspects of city life, is not dependant only on government. We can celebrate the ways in which we as communities already partner to bring the arts into our daily lives. We need to find more ways to do that. That’s going to be the key to the future, those community partnerships” / written by Peter Goffin
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson calls south end bridge the city's Eiffel Tower.
A long-awaited link between the communities of Barrhaven and Riverside South has officially opened to the public as cyclists, pedestrians and drivers can freely travel between the areas.
The excitement was palpable from the hundreds that gathered for the official opening of the Strandherd-Armstrong bridge. The day included a walking procession, a ribbon cutting ceremony and a first ride on an OC Transpo bus. Pedestrians and cyclists put the bridge to good use even before the official opening. Ottawa mayor Jim Watson was also impressed with what he saw. "I think it's pretty unique. It could be our version of the Eiffel tower. It might be one of the iconic landmarks in the south end of the city" / written by Matt Skube
If all goes to plan, the council-approved vision for McCowan precinct will create a beautified gateway to Scarborough and be a draw for much-needed development in the area. The City of Toronto McCowan Precinct Plan was supported by a DTAH street design and transportation network study which provided an overall framework for the street network within the Precinct. The framework includes the street network, block plan, parks and open space strategy, streetscape plan, and transportation network study and serves as a blueprint for possible future actions / written by Jennifer Pagliaro
50 Park Road receives OAA Landmark Designation
Toronto artist and architect Paul Raff is to design an art fence along lower Don Valley trail that is more about access than barrier. Raff's work is part of a larger city plan to improve a 4.7 km section of the lower Don Trail, which runs along the Don River from Pottery Rd. to the Corktown Commons. Raff and DTAH are working together to implement this legacy project for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. The team was selected by a Toronto-based jury in a national competition / written by Lucas Oleniuk
The Storefront for Art and Architecture has announced the selection of DTAH’s proposal entitled “The Portal” as one of 10 international projects comprising their inaugural WorldWide Storefront – “a new initiative to provide a simultaneous, multi-locus of alternative spaces around the globe and a digital platform for the expression and exchange of latent desires within contemporary art and architecture practices.”
Toronto’s Market Street boasts five cheerful restaurants, a bustling coffee emporium and a specialty food store. Its 150-year-old buildings are accented by outdoor patios, the entire street repaved with brick. It’s a stunning transformation for a historic street along the west side of St. Lawrence Market that for years had been all but abandoned and considered expendable as a wave of redevelopment swept in from all sides. It took vision, perseverance and a lot more effort than originally planned, but the redevelopment set precedents that should make it easier to preserve heritage sites in the future / written by Wallace Immen
Sure, New York's got the High Line. But in Toronto, ambitious planners are designing green spaces to rival the best. Take a peek at four of the most promising places to escape the concrete jungle -- including the Lower Don Trail / written by Matthew Hague
DTAH partnered with Gladki Planning Associates to develop an educational report on active transportation for Toronto Public Health "Active City: Designing for Health." The report makes the case for prioritizing cycling and walking in urban design interventions of all scales by drawing on academic research and a number of case studies of successful projects in Toronto and around the world.
The city should be better utilizing its built environment to promote active living. This means creating mixed-use developments and updating active transportation infrastructure says a new report from a trio of city departments. The report, Active City: Designing for Health, authored by DTAH and Gladki Associates, and issued from medical officer of health Dr. David McKeown, chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat and transportation services general manager Stephen Buckley discusses the role the built environment plays in promoting health. It outlines how the built environment can make it easy or difficult to lead an active lifestyle and what should be done to reduce barriers to active living / written by Leah Wong
First phase of a construction for a new cable-stayed highway bridge in Ontario, Canada is now under way. The modest cable-stayed bridge design by McCormick Rankin Corporation with DTAH has a triple tower with three cable planes supporting a composite steel superstructure. Construction of the bridge is due to be completed in 2017.
OAA bestows Landmark Designation to 50 Park Road at the annual Celebration of Excellence Awards.
Stellar sustainable design around the world always deserves recognition. The 2014 Canadian National Urban Design Awards program — hosted by RAIC | Architecture Canada, Canadian Institute of Planners, and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects — recently announced this year's winners in acknowledgment of their contributions to the quality of life and sustainability in Canada's cities through architecture and urban design. Among the eight awards given, DTAH took home a Special Jury Award In Sustainable Development for Evergreen Brick Works.
Eve Lewis has completed her late husband, Paul Oberman's dream of restoring the buildings on the west side of Market St. and turning the asphalt roadway into an old-world cobblestone path. Designed by DTAH, Market St. at St. Lawrence Market, is now a unique Toronto road, the only street purpose-built for patios. And the city is now using Market St. as a prototype for other “flexible streets,” including a new design for John St. from Front St. to north of Queen St. W / written by Rick Madonik
Coming out of the DTAH led Weston Design Charette held in 2011, plans for a new cultural hub and improved farmers' market in Weston are underway with hopes to get shovels in the ground by 2015.
The Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition was launched in December 2012 as a challenge to the world’s most innovative landscape architects, architects and planners to rethink Winnipeg’s Fort Garry campus, including the Southwood Precinct, and create a bold new plan that will secure a strong future for the University of Manitoba.
45 teams from 17 countries submitted their design proposals in Phase 1; six finalist teams were selected by the jury to further develop their proposals in Phase 2.
The University of Manitoba recently announced the winners, with DTAH of Toronto with Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited of Winnipeg, Integral Group of Toronto, and BA Group of Toronto in third place.
The Georgian style Francis Beale Building at King and Parliament, built in 1852, is getting a new lease on life thanks to a drastic facadist treatment funded by its owner and neighbour, Little Trinity Church.
In December 2012, a team of builders led by DTAH and E.R.A. architects shored up the crumbling brick facade and demolished everything behind, including the old foundations. From a hole in the ground rose an entirely new structure, cleverly disguised as the very thing it replaced, plus a little extra at the rear / written by Chris Bateman
The restoration of Little Trinity Church Workman's Cottage at 399 King Street East goes beyond mere façadism. Behind a fully restored northern façade, DTAH has designed a modern yet contextually sensitive building that will bring new life and much needed additional space to the previously abandoned and badly dilapidated heritage site / written by Jack Landau
From the site of a former fuelling station rises a contemporary space worthy of Ontario's arts-minded patrons. Featuring low-maintenance, "easy landscaping" designed by DTAH, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre is the first LEED Gold freestanding performing arts center in Ontario and is the product of a long existing cultural and sustainable goal / written by Ashley T. Kjos
Streetcar Developments plans to fill Leslieville's void in community programming with a 12-storey mid-rise that will include a 10,000-square-foot performing arts facility and community hub at the base of the building. Designed by DTAH and operated by Crow’s Theatre, it will be the first performing arts facility of its kind in the eastern end of the city / written by Ryan Starr
An urban planning proposal for the Port Credit waterfront is under consideration by the City of Mississauga, for a significant revitalization of the lakeside area of the community. In order to approach the contextual renewal of the port lands, DTAH, the leading urban planner retained to produce the Master Plan, addresses the surrounding urban landscape and site influences while integrating input from over 3,000 people who were engaged in the planning process / written by Ted DuArte
An enthusiastic list of reasons to love Toronto includes a byproduct of the condo boom - theatre companies are getting awesome new stages! Crow's Theatre will finally find a permanent home with a 200-seat theatre, café and rehearsal space designed by DTAH at the base of a condo at Dundas and Carlaw, set to open in 2015.
The DTAH proposal for development at the former W.C. Wood property in Guelph has been a collaborative process resulting in a design that residents and the developer can be excited about. The design calls for features that blend with the existing character of the neighbourhood and includes two high rises on each end of the 3.26 hectares property, a series of four-storey townhouses along Arthur Street, three eight- to 10-storey condos behind the townhouses, as well as the revitalization of a heritage structure along the Speed River / written by Rob O'Flanagan
On November 16, 2012, ground was broken on the Queens Quay Boulevard in Toronto, marking the initiation of a long-awaited revitalization of a 3.5-kilometre stretch of Toronto's Central Waterfront. The Boulevard will bring the city an important step closer to realizing the award-winning vision for the Central Waterfront generated in 2006 by West 8 + DTAH.
Peter Fletcher Smith, DTAH partner and landscape architect for the new Goodes Hall, discusses how the landscape design knits into the larger campus, and yet reflects the particular character of the new building and its immediate context / written by Christine Peets
Waterfront Toronto continues to revitalize Toronto’s Lake Ontario shoreline, making the city's southern edge more enjoyable, accessible, and beautiful. UrbanToronto.ca gives you a glimpse of all the pieces of this major undertaking, including the West 8 + DTAH designs currently under construction / written by Devon Johnson
John Hillier, DTAH partner, discusses his vision for the landscape design at YONGE + RICH, and the project's unique fusion of metropolitan sophistication and gritty heritage context.
Behind the preserved facades of Little Trinity Anglican Church, the foundation has been laid, and the DTAH design for a new two-storey space is ready to rise from the ruins of the long disused Workmen's Cottages / written by Devon Johnson
Residents who attended the meeting were treated to a multitude of details, from the tidbit the bridge will have mesh barriers “as light and airy as possible,” to the plan for nighttime lighting with a “nice glow” that won’t adversely affect the environment / written by Karena Walter
DTAH's master plan proposes lower buildings, more connection to the river, consideration for parking that is out of view, and using the heritage building still on the site for public purpose. “Thank you,” said Barb Mann, a Ward 1 Guelph resident, after DTAH's presentation outlining the revised vision for development of the site. “I think you heard us.” / written by J. Shuttleworth
The Ontario Growth Secretariat case study illustrates key policies in the "Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe", and outlines the redevelopment project’s success in transforming an urban brownfield site “into a multi-purpose facility and public park, while creating a transit-supportive, pedestrian-oriented environment and high quality public open spaces.”
Currently under construction in downtown Belleville, the Quinte Consolidated Courthouse facility is expected to be a catalyst for the rejuvenation of the city's newly defined Courthouse District. DTAH provided Peer Landscape Consulting services to the DBFM team / written by Pamela Tourigny
The many factors that influence the future shape of Carleton’s campus are discussed by facilities management and planning vice-president Darryl Boyce, and Roger du Toit of DTAH – architects of Carleton’s 2010 Master Plan / written by Cullen Bird
In finding a permanent home away from Toronto's established theatre district, and choosing to nest in Leslieville, Crow's Theatre seeks to redefine the relationship between artistic direction and spectator by getting to know its audience - and its neighbours. “This isn’t,” says Lobko, partner at DTAH, himself an east end resident, “just about building a theatre; it’s about sharing it with an area that needs it. For one third of the year, that will be theatre; for the other two-thirds, it will be available for community activities”
After 30 years without a permanent home, Crow’s Theatre plans to settle down in Leslieville, in facilities designed by DTAH / written by Carys Mills
Crow’s Theatre announces plans to open a 200-seat theatre in the heart of Toronto’s east-end Leslieville neighbourhood, an $8-million home designed by DTAH and built into the base of a new condo tower being erected by Streetcar Developments.
Artscape Wychwood Barns is selected as a top ten mixed-use project with an innovative take on combining various project types, which creates a whole that is more than the sum of its parts.
Plans for a $17.5 million landmark footbridge were met with unanimous support and even applause during a Sept. 27 open house at the Glebe Community Centre / written by Laura Mueller
RECLAIM – Remediate Reuse Recycle interprets and compares actions extracted from the projects and classifies them into three re- processes: Remediate (acting on the territory), Reuse (acting on the building), Recycle (acting on the material). This excerpt treats Reuse at the Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto.
RECLAIM – Remediate Reuse Recycle interprets and compares actions extracted from the projects and classifies them into three re- processes: Remediate (acting on the territory), Reuse (acting on the building), Recycle (acting on the material). This excerpt treats Remediation at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, led by DTAH.
Home to bicycle workshops, gardening seminars and Toronto’s largest farmers’ market, Evergreen Brick Works has come a long, long way from its industrial roots / written by Benjamin Leszcz
Architecture critic Christopher Hume selects 50 Park Road, DTAH's studio building, as one of Toronto's best unknown buildings in his column "Beyond Bricks / written by Christopher Hume
The Architourist reviews Harbourfont’s architecture gallery exhibit “Born Again: The Repurposed City” featuring an installation by DTAH / written by Dave LeBlanc
The 2012 SAB Awards special issue features the Centre for Green Cities at the Evergreen Brick Works, a project that transformed an abandoned industrial site in Toronto's Don Valley into an environmentally-themed community landmark.
Development Editor Bert Archer draws attention to Evergreen Brick Works as one of five buildings that have made their neighbourhoods better / written by Bert Archer
Queens Quay is finally on its way to becoming the signature tourist street in all of Toronto / written by Amber Daugherty.
Six years in the making, Waterfront Toronto announces the beginning of construction on Queens Quay / written by Kelli Korducki
Waterfront Toronto promises to turn rundown street into a tree-lined promenade / written by Tess Kalinowski.
In a golden age of adaptive reuse, heritage buildings are being lovingly restored for new purposes, turning into compelling examples of environmentally friendly design / written by Pamela Young.
DTAH principal, Roger du Toit, shares two anecdotes about Canadian architect John Parkin.
The Evergreen Brick Works is included in the American Society of Landscape Architects' collection of projects that successfully and sustainably manage stormwater.
Durham College/UOIT is included in the American Society of Landscape Architects' collection of projects that successfully and sustainably manage stormwater.
Targeting LEED Platinum, the Centre for Green Cities at Evergreen Brick Works demonstrates recent advances in green building technology at the heart of what was once a derelict urban industrial site / written by Pamela Young.
A description of the early success of the Gordon Street Affordable Housing condominium development in Guelph, which includes residential live and live-work units, as well as ground-floor commercial space / written by Vik Kirsch.
Joe Lobko presented his paper “Toronto Brownfield Redux”, on Artscape Wychwood Barns and Evergreen Brick Works, at the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) General Assembly and Scientific Symposium in Paris (France) November 2011.
DTAH's Megan Torza discusses the reclamation of the Evergreen Brick Works site and the challenges in creating Canada's first large-scale community environmental centre.
Former industrial sites are increasingly being transformed into community spaces, cultural institutions, and social service centres, as the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, an exemplary project, reveals / written by Mark Gorgolewski, June Komisar and Joe Nasr.
Adaptive reuse projects, such as the Artscape Wychwood Barns, strive to maintain connections to the past, conserving resources through the reuse of materials and benefitting communities by revitalizing neighborhoods / written by Mark Gorgolewski, June Komisar and Joe Nasr.
Drawing on examples from the Toronto Central Waterfront, the Queens Quay Revitalization, and the East Bayfront Precinct Plan, Adam Nicklin, OALA, and Victoria Taylor, OALA, discuss the similarities and differences between landscape architecture and engineering.
The Evergreen Brick Works site has been transformed into Canada’s first large-scale community environmental centre: an international showcase for green design and innovation, and a vibrant public space that hosts a farmers’ market and retail garden market, plus learning spaces for youth and adults.
Highlights from the Artscape Wychwood Barns, a mixed-use centre for artists and environmental organizations, realized through the conversion of an early 20th century streetcar repair and maintenance facility in a dense residential neighbourhood in downtown Toronto.
The story of the St. Clair Carhouse revival as the Artscape Wychwood Barns, a neighbourhood arts and cultural centre, offers multiple lessons in the value of adaptive reuse and sustainable design, historic preservation, and community engagement.
Following her interests has lead DTAH's Clara Kwon on a journey between city and country.
The first phase of the DTAH/West 8-designed Waterfront Promenade and boardwalk consists of a diagonal walkway of granite and tumbled concrete cobblestones in a maple leaf mosaic pattern, running from Queens Quay to the water’s edge.
A row of derelict 19th-century shops are to be redeveloped into a new two-storey building that will serve as a “storefront” for Little Trinity Church’s ministry, mission and community.
The Wychwood Barns and 900 Queen Street West studios are included in a diverse portfolio of underutilized buildings across Toronto that Artscape has transformed into multi-tenant space for the arts and culture sector, illustrating the power of the artistic impulse in creative city building / written by Rhys Phillips.
DTAH's Bryce Miranda discusses the transformation of the Evergreen Brick Works, an industrial heritage site.
DTAH-designed Southbrook Vineyards, a LEED Gold, certified organic winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, receives a CSLA Regional Citation Award.
The adaptive reuse of long-vacated streetcar service barns as the Artscape Wychwood Barns, a cultural precinct in midtown Toronto, is a prime example of what the city is starting to do right / written by David Steiner.
Toronto’s Waterfront development is breathtaking in its total approach. Hopes are the world will take notice and use this tremendous example of urban development new-think as an opportunity to learn / written by Kelly Gray.
People-friendly landscapes transform Lake Ontario’s shoreline, a component of the DTAH/West 8 waterfront master plan / written by Jenny Andrews.
The plan to redesign Queens Quay, the backbone of Toronto’s waterfront revitalization plans, finally has the go-ahead / written by Patty Winsa.
The plan to eliminate two lanes of traffic on Queens Quay Boulevard and transform the thoroughfare into a grand promenade has received final approval from the province / written by Kelly Grant.
Highlights of several new parks and public spaces on the Toronto waterfront, including the DTAH/West 8-designed WaveDecks and the East Bayfront community.
How urban planners are turning industrial eyesores into popular public spaces / written by Tim McKeough.
A profile of the DTAH-designed University of Ontario Institute of Technology, which integrates the urban and the rural and the built and natural environments / Braun Publications.
A feature on architect and DTAH principal, Joe Lobko, who has played a key role in some of the city’s most innovative projects, such as the Artscape Wychwood Barns and the Evergreen Brickworks / written by Tracy Hanes.
Described as a “simple and elegant intervention” by the jury, the Spadina WaveDeck, the first of seven timber “waves” planned for the central waterfront, receives a CSLA National Merit Award.
The design excellence and boldness of the waterfront revitalization, as exemplified by the newly opened Simcoe WaveDeck, will bring the waterfront back to life / written by Christopher Hume.
The flamboyant Simcoe WaveDeck, a key piece in the ongoing remake of the Toronto waterfront, is a $5.5-million flourish of dark red wood and dramatic curvature / written by Chelsea Murray.
Canada’s cities are getting parks that blend hangouts and high design. Adele Weder picks five of the newest and most notable, including the waterfront WaveDecks.
Organic wine making needs a sustainably designed building / written by Martin Davidson.
DTAH principal Peter Fletcher Smith discusses the way in which landscape architects are increasingly taking lead roles within complex projects with comprehensive consultant teams.
DTAH principal Joe Lobko writes that the Artscape Wychwood Barns project exemplifies not only community collaboration, but also prolonged professional collaboration.
Joe Lobko and Megan Torza, DTAH principals, describe the features of the redesigned Artscape Wychwood Barns.
One of 35 entries in a contest for a pedestrian bridge in Calgary, DTAH & Delcan's design consists of bold lines and dramatic flourishes / written by Jason Markusoff.
An undulating design by DTAH/West 8 gives Toronto access to its waterfront / written by Adam Regn Arvidson.
A display at the Royal Ontario Museum looks at some bold city-building ideas — old and new — that missed the boat, including the Lower Don Lands competition submission by DTAH and Weiss/Manfredi / written by John Bentley Mays.
What’s unique about the design of the Evergreen Brick Works, and what garnered it the 2008 Holcim North America Awards Acknowledgement prize, is the way the it integrates into the environment, both metaphorically and physically / written by Ian Harvey.
Designed as catalysts for urban regeneration, these landscape architecture projects, including DTAH and West 8’s East Bayfront Promenade, will become the organizing structure for the entire waterfront / written by James Roche.
DTAH principal Robert (Bob) Allsopp accepts the 2008 OALA Pinnacle Award for Landscape Architectural Excellence, recognition of a body of work that demonstrates outstanding professional accomplishment.
Four of the most cutting-edge examples of the creative redevelopment of former industrial sites, including the Evergreen Brick Works / written by Rachel Pulfer.
Long in the planning stages, projects aimed at revitalizing Toronto’s waterfront are moving ahead / written by Nestor Gula.
A Toronto brick factory finds new life as a centre for urban renewal and sustainable design / written by Aldrich Pears and Associates.
The 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.
Headed by architect Joe Lobko of DTAH, the Evergreen Brick Works will see the transformation of a former industrial property into a sustainable multi-use complex dedicated to the idea of nature in the city / written by Christopher Hume.
Infused with a green vision for the city, Evergreen imagined the rusting
buildings and gouged earth on the Brick Works site as an ideal test bed to research urban-based environmental change.
The site design for Toronto’s Brick Works, a unique project that involves restoring nature in the city while incorporating heritage buildings and an art component, was a collaboration between seven design firms, including DTAH.
DTAH’s integrated approach to designing communities / written by Angela Altass.
The process of creating Canada’s most sustainable cultural landscape at the Evergreen Brick Works will return a sense of nature to the city of Toronto / written by Ian Chodikoff.
A growing list of grassroots organizations and young designers are putting the idea of fun back into the way we use our cities, as exemplified by the Quay to the City event by DTAH and West 8 / written by Chris Hardwicke.
This document highlights DTAH’s campus related planning, landscape architectural, and architectural experience.
DTAH/West 8 announced as the winner of the $20 million competition to redesign Toronto’s central waterfront / written by Christopher Hume.
As a temporary installation, the Quay to the City Bike Arch isn’t likely to enter the pantheon of bike-related art-objects / written by Peter Goddard.
A discussion of the DTAH/West 8 Quay to the City event, which provided a sneak peak of what is to come for Toronto's waterfront / written by Christopher Hume.
A dry run for permanent changes starting next summer, the central waterfront, along Queens Quay from York to Spadina, has been handed over to pedestrians and cyclists, flowers and grass / written by Christopher Hume.
After years of debate about how to enliven its much-maligned waterfront, Toronto has selected a bold yet realistic plan headed up by Dutch firm West 8 and Toronto firm DTAH / written by Elizabeth Pagliacdo.
West 8 and DTAH’s winning design is a marvel of clarity and credibility / written by Lisa Rochon.
Five finalists unveil their plans for reviving the waterfront / written by Robert Oullette.