On October 14th DTAH presented to the church congregation the final design for the Cummer Avenue United Church renewal. Pending municipal approval, construction is anticipated to commence in Spring 2019.

The revitalization of the Cummer Avenue United Church aims to create a more welcoming, adaptable and sustainable worship centre and community hub for the surrounding growing community. The renovation scope includes the provision of a new main entrance connecting to reconfigured worship spaces and administrative offices, as well as new multi-purpose meeting and gathering spaces within the ground and lower levels of the building. A full upgrade of mechanical and electrical systems is focused on reducing energy consumption and increasing user comfort. The landscape surrounding the church is also to be reimagined as more open and accommodating of a range of outdoor activities while improving views toward and into the building.

DTAH has been selected to lead a diverse design team in the investigation and implementation of improvements to the northwest corner of Dufferin Grove Park, including architectural and landscape improvements aimed at increasing the accessibility, functionality and capacity of the park’s clubhouse and surrounding landscape to support existing and future community programming. As part of the DTAH team, Lura Consulting will continue to work with the local stakeholders and community to ensure that community engagement is a key component of the project. The City’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department is providing overall leadership for the project.

The City of Toronto has identified an opportunity to improve the north-west corner of the park where the clubhouse, ice rink, Zamboni garage, community garden and bake oven are located. The current clubhouse has washrooms, change rooms, and a kitchen, in addition to a Zamboni garage and chilling equipment for the ice rink pads. The use of the clubhouse has expanded, and is now being used for the preparation and serving of food to support community programs and operation of a snack bar at the weekly Farmers Market. The project will look at opportunities to improve the facilities and amenities in the north-west corner of the park. Learn more here

Ice Breakers was launched in 2016 as a partnership between the organizers of Winter Stations and the Waterfront Business Improvement Area. Now embarking on its third year, Ice Breakers is seeking proposals for temporary art works to produce and exhibit along Toronto's Queens Quay for Winter 2019.

DTAH Partner Megan Torza is part of the competition jury which will be selecting four unique installations as well as one invited University installation for five unique sites exhibited from January 19, 2019 until February 24, 2019. This is a single-stage international competition open to artists, designers, architects and landscape architects. This year's competition theme is "Signal Transmission" which may be approached as an exploration of data, digital and analog communication, including the various modes and codes involved; it may also veer into the realm of biology, ecology and sociology. Proposals are due October 22, learn more here

We are thrilled to announce that on October 11th at the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) Annual Heritage Awards, DTAH's Stephanie Mah won the Mary Millard Award for her enormous contributions to the organization in several roles while still in the early years of her career. Stephanie has assisted with ACO's branding, graphic design and photography, social media and outreach, and has demonstrated exceptional volunteer leadership. Learn more about the ACO here

DTAH is thrilled to be one of five teams short-listed for CentreVenture's Market Lands Design Competition. The short-listed teams are Daoust Lestage, Dialogue, DTAH, 1x1 Architecture Inc. & dRMM & LDA Design, and Saucier+Perrotte Architectes & Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN). DTAH's team includes Purpose Building (Sustainability Consultant) and Entro (Public Art Consultant).

The Market Lands are situated in the heart of Winnipeg's Exchange District, central to many of Winnipeg's historical, cultural, and emerging community assets. For the last fifty years the site has been home to Winnipeg's Public Safety Building and Civic Parkade. At the time of the founding of the City of Winnipeg in the early 1800's, it was the site of the city's public market and a centre of commerce and trade. The design competition focuses on the 0.8 Acre (0.32Ha) Southern Parcel of the Market Lands. The five short-listed teams are asked to submit conceptual designs for a 100 unit affordable housing complex with a main floor cultural hub, a public market building, and integrated public realm and plaza space. Learn more

Mississauga is evolving, and with growth and change comes a need to plan for and reshape our city spaces in a way that fosters healthy and complete communities where we can live, work, and play. The Reimagining the Mall project will provide policy direction and guidance on the long-term evolution of five areas anchored by indoor shopping malls: Meadowvale Town Centre, Erin Mills Town Centre, South Common Centre, Sheridan Centre, and Rockwood Mall. The project aims to ensure that any future development will improve the quality and functionality of the physical surroundings, promote active lifestyles, and support local retail offerings in a mixed-use environment.

DTAH and urbanMetrics are part of a consulting team led by Gladki Planning for the City of Mississauga's Reimagining the Mall project. Join us for a public open house on September 25 2018, 5-8PM at 300 City Centre Drive, where draft Guiding Principles and examples of how the principles may be applied to the malls and their surrounding areas will be presented. Learn more

DTAH Partner Brent Raymond is one of three speakers for the International Downtown Association's Increase the Use of Bicycles in Urban Places webinar on September 19, 2018, at 3PM. Learn more

In the rapidly evolving transportation landscape, the bicycle will play an increasingly important role as cities strive to provide multi-modal options for their ever-growing populations of urban dwellers. Automobile traffic, challenges of parking, and spatial constraints of urban places make single-occupant vehicle use challenging. Efficiency, ease of use, and the ability to park almost anywhere make the bicycle perhaps the perfect vehicle for improving individual mobility in downtown and center city areas. 

Woodsy Park, a new City of Toronto park at Concord Park Place, is currently under construction and anticipated to open in Fall 2019. Designed by DTAH, the park will provide a wide range of welcoming, engaging, and beautiful outdoor spaces for the community. The central piazza includes a rink, fire bowl, and pavilion with integrated art, and a multi-use gathering space. Adjacent to the piazza is a recreational playing field, public plaza and children’s play space. 

Once the entire community is completed in 2020, Concord Park Place will boast 4.5 million square feet of residential, retail and commercial space buildings located south of the Bessarion subway station near Leslie Street and Sheppard Avenue. More than 6,000 people will live in this new, vibrant and connected neighbourhood.