Avenue study for Bloor West Village in Toronto underway

Inside Toronto, January 24, 2017

Led by DTAH, the study will assess land uses, transportation, servicing infrastructure, community services, facilities, built form character and redevelopment potential for Bloor Street West between Keele Street and the Humber River.

Success by design

Globe & Mail, January 18, 2017

Architecture is demanding for anyone, but women face added challenges. Alex Bozikovic asks designers at the top of their game about opportunities for growth in the profession. DTAH Partner Megan Torza among interviewed.

Creating the transformational Crow's Theatre

Daily Commercial News, January 18, 2017

DTAH partner Joe Lobko says integrating the 200-seat, 3,000-square-foot theatre and 1,400-square-foot studio rehearsal space into the base of a residential condominium was a novel concept in Toronto and not easy to accomplish.

Green Line takes a huge leap towards reality

Park People, January 13, 2017

With the start of a City-initiated study of the Green Line this year and money budgeted for improvements, the future 5km linear park and trail is set to take a huge leap towards reality in the next three years.

It's (almost) show time!

National Post, January 10, 2017

Put aside the post-holiday blahs and put on your walking shoes — the Interior Design Show (IDS) is back for its 19th year. Filled with inspiring installations and booths that straddle the divide between fun and functional and showcase on-trend furnishings, the event never disappoints.

DTAH partner Megan Torza and Dubbeldam Architecture+Design Principal Heather Dubbeldam will be speaking Saturday January 21, in conversation with Globe & Mail's architecture and urbanism writer, Alex Bozikovic.


Exciting time for Clarington's Camp 30 as redevelopment plans start

Durham Region, December 15, 2016

The former boy's reform school turned prisoner-of-war camp has fallen prey to graffiti, vandalism and fires in recent years - but a turnaround is in sight. DTAH has been awarded the contract for the preparation of the Jury Lands Community Vision and Urban Design Plan. Precedents include DTAH projects like Evergreen Brick Works and Artscape Wychwood Barns.

A Closer Look at Ryerson’s Public Realm Plan

Park People, November 18, 2016

DTAH-authored Ryerson University Campus Public Realm Plan, aims to transform its public space network, including streets, into something that is safer, people-focused, and accessible. It’s not just a redesign that will benefit students, but residents and visitors to downtown. And, if it’s done right, it could act as an important example of what’s possible in other neighbourhoods.

Public Realm Redesign in the Works for U of T's Willcocks Street

Urban Toronto, November 11, 2016

Big changes are in store for a pedestrianized Willcocks Common, as the University of Toronto is looking to upgrade the street with a new public realm plan that would reimagine the thoroughfare as a gathering and social space at the heart of its downtown campus.

Wellington Destructor rises again

NOW Magazine, October 4, 2016

Rental spaces for makers and blacksmithing are among the ideas pitched at Architectural Conservancy Ontario’s Next Gen design charette to breathe new life into once flaming bowels of Liberty Village incinerator site.

Are we killing Yonge Street?

NOW Magazine, July 6, 2016

The key to Yonge Street's success has been the rows of independently operated, narrow-fronted shops and businesses that collectively support intense social and commercial activity. What sustains Toronto's main street are the many comings and goings from shops, cafés and bars at street level and the offices, showrooms and apartments on the upper floors. Entrances occur every few metres. There's an intense synergy between the repetitive building type and the street. But this synergy is disappearing as buildings are stuffed and preserved in a lifeless trend I call urban taxidermy.

At 100, Jane Jacobs more relevant than ever

Toronto Star, May 6, 2016

Striding out of Toronto’s urbanist hivemind is a fresh idea to retrofit an almost two kilometre stretch of the Gardiner Expressway’s underbelly. Parks, gardens and farmer’s markets will enliven the shadowy concrete passageway and serve as a new avenue to connect tens of thousands of downtown dwellers, say the project’s proponents. The Gardiner proposal bears the hallmarks of Jacobs’s recipe for good urban planning: it’s pedestrian friendly, meant for myriad uses and designed to evolve rather than stay static.

The Art of street safety in Toronto

Metro Toronto, April 3, 2016

Starting Friday, DTAH will project a loop of imagery and text onto the sidewalk below their office at 50 Park Road. Titled StreetsPortal, the exhibit uses examples of street revitalizations in Toronto and elsewhere to explore and spark a discussion about how roads can become more than just conduits for cars.

Bloor Annex BIA shows off new greening plan

Yonge Street Media, April 27, 2016

Last week the Bloor Annex BIA unveiled its plans to green its patch of Bloor between Spadina and Bathurst. The initiative will create four parkettes on cityowned rightsofway, replace the existing raised tree planter with trees at sidewalk level and increase the amount of bike parking along the street.

Editorial: A Better Boulevard

Canadian Architect, March 11, 2016

As the success of Toronto's Queens Quay shows, streets can be transformed‚ through design, into strong contributors to the public realm.

Leafed Out

Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM), March 2016

The completion in June last year of a central, one-mile stretch of Queens Quay, from the foot of Bay Street to Yo Yo Ma Lane, just past Spadina, is a small but critical phase in one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in recent history.


Once-dead Fort York pedestrian bridge ready to rise

Metro Toronto, November 24, 2015

Torontonians can now see images of the $19.7 million stainless steel bridge that will let cyclists and pedestrians skim over the rail corridor separating southwest downtown from Fort York.

Restored townhouses keep Corktown quirky despite gentrification

Globe and Mail, September 18, 2015

The restoration of Corktown's historic Little Trinity Annex, led by DTAH, is highlighted in part 2 of this 3 part series showcasing the 2015 Heritage Toronto William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship Award candidates. Winners will be announced on Oct. 13 at the Heritage Toronto Awards gala / written by Dave LeBlanc

Rethinking Growth

Novae Res Urbis, August 28, 2015

Discussing growth around Etobicoke-Lakeshore in light of the Sherway Planning Study currently underway, led by Gladki Planning Associates Inc. and including DTAH, Arup and The Municipal Infrastructure Group / written by Edward La Rusic

Making Dufferin Vibrant

Novae Res Urbis, July 10, 2015

The City of Toronto envisions turning the stretch of Dufferin Street between Lawrence Avenue West and HIghway 401, currently an inhospitable car-oriented corridor, into a vibrant, pedestrian-oriented mainstreet with added parks and open spaces / Edward LaRusic

New Queens Quay a redesign for everyone: Hume

Toronto Star, June 21, 2015

The recently opened stretch between Bay and Spadina isn't just the best new street in Toronto, it's the most democratic. Perhaps for the first time, the city has built a thoroughfare for everyone / written by Christopher Hume

New Queens Quay accommodates all modes of transportation

Toronto Star, June 19, 2015

There's a lot to like about the new Queens Quay but, most importantly, there's a place for everybody now: there are separate lanes for cars, streetcars, cyclists and pedestrians. A "complete street," as the urban planners say / written by Shawn Micallef

Quartz & Spectra - Concord CityPlace

Award Magazine, April 2015

Quartz and Spectra are the capping triumph of a development that has already brought badly-needed revitalization to a section of downtown Toronto / written by Robin Brunet

Flexibility vs. Predictability

Novae Res Urbis, May, 2015

As the city reviews its mid-rise guidelines, both staff and developers say there is room for exceptions to the guidelines, but they are split on how much flexibility should be permitted. DTAH partner Joe Lobko comments / written by Edward LaRusic

2014 Annual Report

Toronto City Planning, March 2015

Toronto City Planning's Annual Report documents achievements over the past year and identifies work program priorities moving forward. DTAH projects highlighted include South Niagara/Garrison Common, Concord Park Place, McCowan Precinct, Dufferin Street Avenue Study, Market Street and Artscape Wychwood Barns. Access the full report from the City of Toronto website in the City Planning section:

Making Connections

Report published by Park People, April 2015

As many Toronto neighbourhoods continue to develop and intensify, the need for an expanded and improved parks and open space system grows. This report highlights tools and strategies for planning parks and open space systems that are emerging in North America in response to the challenges presented by growth and densification.

Hiding giant storm tanks in beautiful urban spaces

Influents, Spring 2015

With the recent development of the East Bayfront, Toronto Water and Waterfront Toronto were given an opportunity to showcase innovative stormwater techniques encompassed in a new significant precinct / written by Yvonne Battista, Geneviève Kenny, Bernardo Majano

Gateway to the Capital

Accolades, Volume 9 | 2015

Vimy Memorial Bridge, the first of its kind in North America and already a landmark along the Rideau River, is given the Award of Merit - Transportation by the Consulting Engineers of Ontario / written by Theresa Rogers

Countering the Culture of Convenience: Active City Design

Novae Res Urbis, April 17, 2015

Discussing the Active City Forum held at Ryerson University April 15, 2015, as a part of the Active City: Designing for Health report developed by DTAH and Gladki Planning Associates for Toronto Public Health / written by Leah Wong

Respect for Ravines

Novae Res Urbis, March 27, 2015

The Ontario government is seeking public input on how to protect the province’s natural areas, such as Toronto’s ravines. DTAH partner Megan Torza, curator of the RavinePortal exhibition, mentions scope to improve signage and wayfinding in the ravines / written by Leah Wong

Centennial College To Build Aerospace Campus at Downsview Park, February 23, 2015

The application to permit the Centennial College Downsview Park Aerospace Campus to come to life in the former de Havilland building has been filed. The 12,324 square metre facility at 65 Carl Hall Road will provide educational, training, research and business opportunities as part of Centennial College while strengthening Ontario's aerospace industry / written by Nicolas Arnaud-Goddet


100 + 25 Years - OAA Perspectives on a quarter-century

Book published by Ontario Architects Association, 2014

On the 125th anniversary of the Ontario Association of Architects, the OAA Perspectives team published a commemorative book based on a careful selection from the past 25 years of articles. Just as OAA Perspectives explores architectural life, practice, culture and sometimes even architecture itself, the book looks at these same issues, with a focus on what has changed over the past quarter-century / edited by Ian Ellingham & Gordon S. Grice

A Large New Park North of Fort York

Fife and Drum, December, 2014

A newly planned park in Toronto, south of the present Stanley Park, will be a further step in the recovery of the Fort York Garrison Common and an additional link in a chain of parks following the line of Garrison Creek / written by Robert Allsopp

The many hands in John Street’s rebirth

ULI Toronto Blog, November 11, 2014

Development application to be filed for a new mixed-use project at 22 John Street in the community of Weston in Toronto is the latest in the city building effort that has been gaining steam since 2011 / written by Brandon G. Donnelly

Guidelines Underway

Novae Res Urbis, October 31, 2014

City of Toronto staff is in the midst of creating technical standards that will inform the creation of complete streets guidelines, an effort led by DTAH / written by Leah Wong

Landscape architects to discuss master plan for Toronto's ravines

Yonge Street Media, October 29, 2014

Landscape architects and partners at DTAH, Bryce Miranda and Brent Raymond, along with Chief Operating Officer of Evergreen, Seana Irvine, will talk "Possible Futures" about Toronto's ravines as part of a series of talks associated with the RavinePortal exhibition / written by Bert Archer

Ottawa Bridge Spans UNESCO Heritage Waterway

Civil Engineering, October 2014

Crossing a historically significant and protected waterway in Ottawa, the Strandherd–Armstrong Bridge, designed by DTAH and engineered by Parsons, features a 125m long main span supported on three parallel arches.

Hidden Gems

Novae Res Urbis, October 3, 2014

NRU discusses the RavinePortal exhibition, curated by Megan Torza / written by Leah Wong

New stormwater shaft for Toronto's East Bayfront

Canadian Consulting Engineer, September 4, 2014

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.

Pinstriping Downtown in Green at RBC WaterPark Place III, August 22, 2014

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

NXT City Prize: Joe Lobko and architecture in the non-profit sector

Spacing Toronto, August 01, 2014

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.

What Mayoral Candidates Want to Know About Art, August 13, 2014

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

Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge officially opens to the public

CBC News, July 12, 2014

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.

Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge officially open

CTV News, July 12, 2014

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

City reimagining Scarborough as an ‘urban village’

Toronto Star, June 23, 2014

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

Don Valley "art fence" to increase access to trails

Toronto Star, June 3, 2014

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

DTAH proposal selected for WorldWide Storefront

Canadian Architect, June 2, 2014

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.”

Market Street looks back - and to the future

Globe and Mail, June 2, 2014

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

City of Parks - Prospect Parks

Toronto Life, May 2014

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

Active City: Designing for Health

Toronto Public Health, May 2014

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.

Healthy Infrastructure

Novae Res Urbis, May 30, 2014

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

Landscape Architecture in Canada

Book published by McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014

The largest and most pervasive of human artifacts, landscapes are both cultural expressions and environments that shape our actions. In the first critical history of designed landscapes in our country, Ron Williams approaches landscape architecture as a social art that creates places for people to use and as an environmental art through which practitioners act as stewards of the natural world / written by Ron Williams

Three-pronged approach

Bridge Design & Engineering, Issue 75 | 2014

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.

Winners of the 2014 Canadian National Urban Design Awards

Bustler, April 28, 2014

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.

Market St. revival a testament to late developer Paul Oberman

The Toronto Star, April 21, 2014

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


Winner of University of Manitoba's VISIONARY (re)GENERATION competition announced

Canadian Architect, November 3, 2013

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.

This is how to do heritage restoration in Toronto

BlogTO, September 11, 2013

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

Derelict Corktown Heritage Cottages Get Much-Needed Refresh, September 9, 2013

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

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

Green Building & Design, Sep-Oct 2013

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

Acting up at The Carlaw

The Toronto Star, August 08, 2013

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

Mississauga Considers Major Redevelopment at Port Credit Harbour, July 19, 2013

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

Reasons to Love Toronto - Crow's Theatre

Toronto Life, June 2013

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.

Arthur Street condo development progressing, 16 June 2013

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

An Intimate Engagement with Nature

Landscapes Paysages, Spring 2013

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.

Goodes Hall Expansion - Queen's School of Business

Award Magazine, April 2013

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 Making More of the Water's Edge Accessible, May 9, 2013

Waterfront Toronto continues to revitalize Toronto’s Lake Ontario shoreline, making the city's southern edge more enjoyable, accessible, and beautiful. 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

YONGE + RICH Spotlight: Q&A with John Hillier, Apr 25, 2013

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.

Little Trinity Church Restores a Little Bit of Old Corktown, April 18, 2013

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

Burgoyne Bridge span plan revealed, April 3, 2013

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

New plan for W.C. Woods site proposes lower buildings, more connection to river, March 20, 2013

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

Urban Form Case Study: Artscape Wychwood Barns

Places to Grow – Ministry of Infrastructure, February 2013

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.”

Quinte Consolidated Courthouse

Award Magazine, February 2013

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

As the crow lands: Chris Abraham preps a nest in the east end

The National Post, January 26, 2013

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”

Toronto's Crow’s Theatre to get a permanent home – in the east end

The Globe and Mail, January 8, 2013

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.


Residents awed by new canal footbridge plans

Ottawa East Community News, Oct 4, 2012

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

Cutting down on energy consumption in a former tram sheds

Reclaim: Remediate Reuse Recycle, Spring-Autumn 2012, Issue 39-40

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.

Restoring natural fluxes to a former quarry

Reclaim: Remediate Reuse Recycle, Spring-Autumn 2012, Issue 39-40

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.

Brick by Brick

re:Porter, Sep 2012

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

Rosedale's hidden architectural gem

Toronto Star, Aug 16, 2012

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

Centre for Green Cities at Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto

SABMag, Jul-Aug 2012

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.

5 new Toronto buildings worth a second look

Yonge Street Media, July 25, 2012

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

What's New is Old Again

Applied Arts, June 2012

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.

Two John Parkin Stories

OAA Perspectives, Spring 2012

DTAH principal, Roger du Toit, shares two anecdotes about Canadian architect John Parkin.

A Brickyard's Rebirth as a Green City Centre

CFM&D, Feb 2012

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.

Proposed Guelph Condo Attracting Ample Interest and Support, Feb 2012

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.


Toronto Brownfield Redux

ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium, November 2011

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.

Evergreen Brick Works

Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture, 2011

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.

Artscape Wychwood Barns

Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture, 2011

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.

Best Friends/Worst Enemies - Landscape Architects and Engineers

Ground, 2011

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.

Green Campus Development: Evergreen Brick Works

SABMag Toronto Green Building Guide, Fall 2011

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.

Public Building | Facility: Artscape Wychwood Barns

SABMag Toronto Green Building Guide, Fall 2011

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.

Toronto's Rust Belt Redefined

Green Source, Jan-Feb 2011

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.

An Eclectic Path

Ground, Winter 2011

Following her interests has lead DTAH's Clara Kwon on a journey between city and country.


Extreme Makeover

Town of York Historical Society, Dec 2010

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.

Housing the Spark

Building, Oct-Nov 2010

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.

City Building Brick by Brick

Ground, Fall 2010

DTAH's Bryce Miranda discusses the transformation of the Evergreen Brick Works, an industrial heritage site.

Making New Tracks

Canadian Architect, June 2010

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.

In a Class of its Own

Canadian Journal of Green Building and Design, Summer 2006

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.

Toronto’s Waterfront Gardens

Garden Design, May-June 2010

People-friendly landscapes transform Lake Ontario’s shoreline, a component of the DTAH/West 8 waterfront master plan / written by Jenny Andrews.

Queens Quay Ready for its Makeover

Toronto Star, April 2010

The plan to redesign Queens Quay, the backbone of Toronto’s waterfront revitalization plans, finally has the go-ahead / written by Patty Winsa.

Province Approves Reducing Queens Quay to Two Lanes

Globe and Mail, April 2010

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.

Time to Take Another Look at the Waterfront

Our Toronto, Spring 2010

Highlights of several new parks and public spaces on the Toronto waterfront, including the DTAH/West 8-designed WaveDecks and the East Bayfront community.


Green Giants

The Walrus, Dec 2009

How urban planners are turning industrial eyesores into popular public spaces / written by Tim McKeough.

Durham College/UOIT

1000x Landscape Architecture, 2009

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.

CSLA National Merit Award: Spadina WaveDeck

Landscapes | Paysages, Summer 2009

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.

Waterfront on a Roll with Classy WaveDeck

Toronto Star, June 2009

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.

Skate Parks, Promenades and Plazas

Globe and Mail, June 2009

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.

Leading with Landscapes

Landscapes | Paysages, Spring 2009

DTAH principal Peter Fletcher Smith discusses the way in which landscape architects are increasingly taking lead roles within complex projects with comprehensive consultant teams.

Artscape Wychwood Barns: Top Ten Teamwork List

Perspectives, Spring 2009

DTAH principal Joe Lobko writes that the Artscape Wychwood Barns project exemplifies not only community collaboration, but also prolonged professional collaboration.

Rebirth of the Wychwood Barns

Heritage Matters, May-June 2009

Joe Lobko and Megan Torza, DTAH principals, describe the features of the redesigned Artscape Wychwood Barns.

Designs for Second Bow Bridge Unveiled

Calgary Herald, Sept 2009

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.


New Wave

Metropolis, Nov 2008

An undulating design by DTAH/West 8 gives Toronto access to its waterfront / written by Adam Regn Arvidson.

Toronto as it Might Have Been

Globe and Mail, Nov 2008

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.

Brick Works in for Unique Retrofit

Toronto Star, Nov 2008

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.

Redefining Toronto's Waterfront

Topos, 2008

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.

Thinking Through Drawing

Ground Magazine, Summer 2008

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.

Forms and Functions

Azure, May 2008

Four of the most cutting-edge examples of the creative redevelopment of former industrial sites, including the Evergreen Brick Works / written by Rachel Pulfer.

Revamping Toronto's Waterfront

Builder's Digest, Spring 2008

Long in the planning stages, projects aimed at revitalizing Toronto’s waterfront are moving ahead / written by Nestor Gula.

Old Bricks, Green Fix

architectureBC, March 2008

A Toronto brick factory finds new life as a centre for urban renewal and sustainable design / written by Aldrich Pears and Associates.

Transformation of an Industrial Facility

World Architecture News, Jan 2008

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.


Project Keeps Nature Close to City’s Heart

Toronto Star, Dec 2007

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.

Evergreen Brick Works

Reading Toronto: the City is a Book With a Million Poems, Nov 2007

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.

$55-million Plan to Transform Former Toronto brickyard

CBC News, Nov 2007

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.

Bricks and Mortar

Canadian Architect, Jan 2007

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.


Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts Area: Site Capacity and Long Term Development Plan

Report published by Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2006

This Development Plan provides the essential direction for a major multi-phase 25-year program to upgrade the deteriorated buildings and landscape, and add much needed accommodation for those national institutions which together form the Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts Area / written by DTAH

The Good Life

Canadian Architect, Nov 2006

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.

Campus Planning and Design from Canada

International New Landscape, Sept 2006

This document highlights DTAH’s campus related planning, landscape architectural, and architectural experience.

Meet Your New Waterfront

Toronto Star, Aug 2006

DTAH/West 8 announced as the winner of the $20 million competition to redesign Toronto’s central waterfront / written by Christopher Hume.

Bike Sculpture Built for 300

Toronto Star, Aug 2006

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.

Trial Run Marks Big Shift for Waterfront

Toronto Star , Aug 2006

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 Glorious Kick in the Asphalt

Toronto Star, Aug 2006

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.

Toronto's Winning Waterfront

Azure, July 2006

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.

Dutch Treat at Water's Edge

The Globe and Mail, June 2006

West 8 and DTAH’s winning design is a marvel of clarity and credibility / written by Lisa Rochon.

One Scheme Stands Out

The National Post, May 2006

Five finalists unveil their plans for reviving the waterfront / written by Robert Oullette.


Moving Up

Canadian Architect, July 2004

Fort York Apartments amd Transitional Residence, Toronto, Ontario - Joe Lobko Architects Inc. with Michael Spaziani Architect Inc. Article by Ian Chodikoff