On August 11, 2020, Niagara Falls City Council approved funding for the construction of the Niagara Falls Exchange, a new farmers' market and cultural hub in the Main and Ferry neighbourhood designed by DTAH. Construction is expected to begin in Fall 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. For more information on the project, please see our project page.

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Designed by DTAH, the Church of St. Aidan Revitalization at 2423 Queen Street East in Toronto is now out for tender. Construction is anticipated to start Fall 2020 and be complete by Summer 2021. The project’s primary focus is to support the church in realizing its vision to serve and connect to the community. The church is to be made universally accessible on both levels through the introduction of a new level-access front door, entry lounge and elevator; administrative offices are to be relocated to the front of the church, and the lower level is to be extensively renovated to increase its functionality as a series of multi-purpose community program spaces. The exterior landscape will also be transformed, with the redesign of the Queen Street frontage accommodating a new paved entry plaza, seating area and landscaping. New signage is proposed on Queen, as well as a comprehensive upgrade to the church’s mechanical and electrical systems to meet the church’s energy efficiency and sustainability objectives.

DTAH Associate Ayako Kitta has been appointed to the City of Mississauga's Urban Design Advisory Panel (MUDAP). Established in 2007, the role of MUDAP is to provide professional, objective advice to City staff on matters of design that affect the public realm, architecture, context sensitivity and sustainability which better complies with the council approved Official Plan and relevant design guidelines. The Panel is made up of 14 independent design professionals consisting of architects, landscape architects, and a transportation specialist who volunteer their expertise operating in a peer review capacity, for various development proposals submitted by the Planning and Building Department for approval. Learn more here

The Town of Milton has published the final Milton Mobility Hub Study report, which is now available online here.

The Milton Mobility Hub will be an innovative, transit-oriented, and pedestrian-friendly vibrant destination where people can live, work, and play. The Study focuses on the area within a 10-minute walk from the Milton GO Station and includes a Demonstration Plan to show one way that the area may look like at full build-out, in about 30 years. Among other features, the Mobility Hub will include active street frontages, comfortable spaces for people to sit and socialize, and mid-block connections.

As key members of the multi-disciplinary consultant team, DTAH developed Urban Design Guidelines for The Study which provide an overarching vision and design framework to guide and direct development. The Guidelines highlight the importance of creating a green, safe and attractive place with high-quality public parks, boulevards, streets and privately owned publicly accessible open spaces that are designed to promote walking and support a range of local, social and recreational activities. The built form strategy includes a mix of building types and promotes a shift from surface parking to underground parking and structured parking. These buildings frame, define and animate public spaces and create a consistent street edge and give shape and sense of enclosure, which reinforces the public realm.

University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) has selected DTAH to lead the Landscape and Public Realm Master Plan for the UTSC campus. DTAH will be collaborating with Hoffmann Hayes to deliver a visionary plan that integrates principles and practices of permaculture within an active and dynamic campus setting. The Master plan will guide future improvements and redevelopment to the campus and will serve as a clear organizing physical framework linking people, places and community through a hierarchy of open spaces and circulation networks with a particular focus on the pedestrian relationship to the physical environment, the use of resilient native landscape materials and ease of maintenance.

Building upon frameworks established through UTSC's Campus Master Plan and Secondary Plan efforts, this project is an exciting opportunity to significantly enhance the student experience by establishing sustainable landscapes, pedestrian priority zones and enhancing numerous open spaces. The campus landscape is the place where academia meets the social and cultural school community, where students, faculty, and staff can casually share ideas, and where forward-thinking values spill out beyond the classrooms and labs. It is a place for people to meet, play, rest, and reflect. The right landscape interventions, even modest ones, can reinforce campus identity and bring people together in a safe and welcoming place for the university community and the community beyond.

In partnership with the City of Guelph, Windmill Development Group is developing a model sustainable community in the heart of downtown Guelph, called the Baker District. In June 2020 Windmill and the design team, led by DTAH (urban design, landscape architecture, south-block architecture) and Diamond Schmitt Architects (north-block architecture), presented the Baker District Urban Design Master Plan as part of a virtual public open house. The Urban Design Master Plan summarizes the urban design ambition and details of the Baker District Redevelopment, and outlines how elements of the public and private realm work together to create a development of high quality that fits well into its context. The presentation as well as the community engagement questions and answers have been posted publicly on the City's website here

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A virtual open house and public meeting for Geary Avenue Park Expansion will be held on July 7, 2020, from 6:30-8PM. This project will be one of the first new parks in the Green Line. At the virtual meeting we will be providing a project update, present concept plan options for feedback, and identify community perspectives and priorities. Learn more here

Following the successful completion of the Green Line Implementation Plan, DTAH has been selected by the City of Toronto to lead the implementation of the Green Line, including Geary Avenue & Macpherson Avenue Parks. Geary Avenue Park Expansion will transform a segment of the hydro corridor running parallel to Geary Avenue between Delaware Avenue and Westmoreland Avenue into new park space. Streetscape improvements will link the expanded Geary Avenue Park to the existing Barlett Parkette at Salem Avenue.

DTAH Associate Yvonne Battista will be presenting Double Duty: Urban Stormwater Management as part of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) webinar series on June 11, 2020, 11AM-12:30PM. Learn more here

As cities grow and experience an increase in both urban density and environmental issues related to climate change, it is essential that public spaces are designed to be socially, environmentally, technically, and economically balanced. Several local and urban case studies will explore innovative stormwater (SWM) management at different scales with a balance of green and grey solutions as well as highlight landscape-architect-led design processes for unique, site-specific solutions.

Projects will include Edgeley Pond + Park in Vaughan, which is currently a forgotten SWM pond that supports an urbanized Black Creek with 767 hectares of upstream drainage and 54 hectares of untreated urban SWM. The new park will protect and enable development for over 5,000 new residents while providing a signature amenity park space.

Over the last 100 years, downtown Hamilton has grown around the 28-hectare Gage Park. Challenged with aging infrastructure, repeated surcharging, and property damage, the City approved an innovative solution to bring urban stormwater from adjacent streets into the historic park.

With land value at a premium, Toronto’s 23-hectare East Bayfront neighbourhood needed a precinct-wide urban stormwater solution. Learn how the design team created a unique solution that was built in a 21-metre right-of-way.