Following the successful completion of the award-winning Humber Bay Park Master Plan, DTAH has been selected by the City of Toronto to lead the landscape architecture for phase 1 implementation of the Master Plan, including ponds revitalization in Humber Bay Park East. Humber Bay Park, with its system of trails, rugged shoreline, and dramatic views, is a unique and rare waterfront experience within the larger metropolitan Toronto area. The 43-hectare park is owned by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and operated by the City of Toronto Parks Forestry & Recreation Division.
Designed by DTAH, the Niagara Falls Farmers' Market and Cultural Hub is now out for tender. The project consists of a new two-storey building of approximately 14,000 SF to house the farmers’ market as well as a range of cultural activities and services including artist studios, a tool library, workshop, and large and small multipurpose rooms to support the arts community of Niagara Falls. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2019, and open either late 2019 or early 2020.
The new Niagara Falls Cultural Hub & Farmer’s Market will become a vibrant centre of activity in the community by providing shared spaces where artists, musicians, food vendors and patrons, and local businesses can come together and create. The entire site is knit together with a design language that prioritizes an accessible public realm, and creates quality indoor and outdoor space that is durable, flexible, and sustainable.
DTAH landscape architect See-Yin Lim is leading the case competition at the 2020 Waterloo-Ryerson Conference, using DTAH's current work on the Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure project to showcase the opportunities and challenges related to resilient and sustainable street design. The Waterloo-Ryerson Undergraduate Planning Conference (WRUPC) is a yearly tradition that aims to promote collaboration and networking between Waterloo and Ryerson Planning Students. This year, the WRUPC will take place on February 8 2020 at Waterloo, and the theme is "Planning for Uncertainty". Through emerging technologies, unforseeable changes in policy, and encountering different aspirations, the next generation of planners will face an array of challenges and uncertainties.
Ethennonnhawahstihnen Park (formerly named Woodsy Park) is a new City of Toronto park now open within Concord Park Place, which will boast 4.5 million SF of residential, retail and commercial space in 19 buildings located south of the Bessarion subway near Leslie Street and Sheppard Avenue. More than 6,000 people will live in this vibrant and connected neighbourhood.
Designed by DTAH, the overall composition of the park involves a series of formal and relaxed gathering spaces that respond to the sloped topography of the site, surrounding built form, and the connecting circulation patterns. Amenities include a park pavilion, central piazza, multipurpose field, firepit, splash pad, playground, fountain, reflective pond, and open green space. The reflective pond is transformed into a skating trail in the winter, providing opportunities for seasonal activities to the community.
A key goal for this project was to weave a comprehensive public art scheme into the fabric of the park as functional and integrated art as well as stand alone feature elements. The public art in the park includes works by Studio Kimiis, An Te Liu, Demarkesvan, Michael Belmore, Ken Lum O.C., and DMV.
On December 17, 2019 Toronto City Council adopted the recommendations of the Parkdale Hub Project report. This report was led by DTAH and provides an overview of the findings from CreateTO's Parkdale Hub Feasibility Study and the next steps for moving the project forward.
The study focused on the area around Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue and examined building massing, site program and adaptive re-use options. This section of Parkdale has long served as a civic and cultural hub for the neighbourhood, historically providing an important focus for community life.
On June 10, 2019, a public meeting was held for the Parkdale Hub Project. Learn more and see the presentation and panels here
By adopting the recommendations contained within this report, City Council will be endorsing the collective vision for the future of these properties, and providing authority to undertake the necessary next steps to advance the redevelopment of this site.
As part of DesignTO Festival 2020, DTAH will be exhibiting a window installation, Context, at our 50 Park Road studio from January 17-26. Learn more here
Context addresses our stratified urban fabric and highlights a design process influenced by the interconnected social, environmental, and built layers of our cities.
Whether walking on the sidewalk, biking to work, or driving home, how we experience spaces and our perception of a place is influenced by a range of factors, each requiring careful consideration when creating our cities. Designed by DTAH architects, landscape architects, and urban designers, Context is comprised of a series of connected materials that narrate these different elements of our built environment, creating a dynamic and engaging facade. Within the window, visitors will discover a display of planting which brings vibrant greenery and nature indoors, contrasting the stark winter state of the ravine surrounding the building. A banner of reflective material weaves through the planting, connecting beyond to the glass window and entrance of the building, and extending outside onto the brick exterior. By creating a linear mirror that navigates between both interior and exterior spaces, the diverse surrounding contexts will be reflected throughout, revealing different perspectives depending on the viewers angle. The final component of the installation is added by the visitors themselves, with their reflection representing the interactive and integral social layer of our cities.
DTAH Partner Megan Torza will be a keynote speaker at the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Annual Forum in Toronto, Canada, on December 30, 2019. As part of the Localization + Globalization track, Megan will speak to her work in bolstering the public’s role in city-building, and how it has led to the development of a portfolio influenced by meaningful public engagement and reflective of the diversity of each project’s community context. She will discuss the power of inclusivity in the design process, and the value of the architect as conduit and interpreter of a community’s conception of itself and its future. Learn more about the 2019 AIAS Forum here
DTAH is honoured to receive an Award of Excellence - Concept for Downtown Reimagined at the 2019 Brampton Urban Design Awards. Led by HDR with DTAH as landscape architects and designers, the Downtown Reimagined project aims to fulfill the potential for Queen and Main Streets to become a vibrant destination by creating an aesthetically beautiful streetscape around Brampton’s historic Four Corners. The project proposes critical infrastructure upgrades that create a complete, safe and accessible public realm for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike. Features include widened pedestrian boulevards, double the street trees, separated cycling lanes, public art, bespoke street furniture, and unique lighting solutions with WiFi capabilities. The custom designed paving consists of a random field pattern of varying intensity at the four gateways to the downtown core and at key civic sites. The colour palette, derived from the local context, includes a heritage component whereby the former channel of Etobicoke Creek is subtly referenced through blue pavers.
The Brampton Urban Design Awards celebrate achievements in design, architecture and landscape architecture. These awards, given out every two years, recognize the creativity and excellence of those who are working to fill Brampton with innovative, high-quality environments. Learn more here