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

Construction of new parkettes designed by DTAH for the Bloor Annex BIA is currently underway. This week, multiple large granite rocks that weigh up to 30,000lbs were installed as public art by artist Robert Cram. These blocks quarried in northern Quebec were considered ‘offcuts’ that would not meet aesthetic standards with a grain or split and would otherwise be discarded. They show the blast lines, natural grain and character which were further sculpted by the artist and transformed into inviting places for passersby to stop, sit, and rest. Watch a timelapse of the installation here

This revitalization project will see the transformation of four underused paved rights of way adjacent to Bloor – at Brunswick Avenue, Robert Street, Major Street and Howland Avenue – into a series of new dynamic green spaces. In addition to the sculpted rocks, the parkettes will feature trees, pollinator-friendly gardens, sustainably sourced wood decking, artistic bike parking and custom site furnishings, including salvaged materials from the nearby Honest Ed’s demolition site and public art seating. Learn more about the project here

On November 29, 2019, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Toronto Section announced that Lakeshore Connection Communities - Lakeshore Road Transportation Master Plan was selected as this year's Project of the Year. The awards jury was comprised of four selected (volunteers) judges that reviewed the nominated projects (submissions) and provide scores based on the established ITE Toronto Section evaluation.

DTAH were part of a team led by HDR for the City of Mississauga's Lakeshore Connecting Communities master plan which sets out a long-term vision for transit and corridor improvements along Lakeshore Road from 2020 to 2041 that will support waterfront development. The 13-kilometer corridor includes Clarkson Village, Port Credit, and Lakeview areas, and is expected to grow by 56,000 people and 16,500 jobs by 2041, based on proposed developments along Lakeshore Road.

Join DTAH Partner James Roche at A Walk Across Space and Time as part of the Toronto Biennal of Art on November 30, 1:30PM-4PM at 259 Lake Shore Boulevard East. The goal of A Walk Across Space and Time is to observe—and share observations—about plural understandings of the shoreline, Toronto, and the landscape embodied in the area around 259 Lake Shore Blvd E. The past remains present in the material landscape, but its absence from most people’s everyday consciousness is striking. Through walking and talking indoors and outdoors together with Anishinaabe Grandmother Kim Wheatley, James Roche, Susan Schwartzenberg, Sandy Smith, and Jane Wolff, we can observe (and document) what comes to the surface. As part of the walk, a temporary installation transforms part of the Programs Hub at 259 Lake Shore Blvd into a field station where visitors can trace their own relationships to the shoreline. Learn more here