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
DTAH is honoured to have won two Awards of Excellence - Bridges at the 2019 Ontario Steel Design Awards; one for Garrison Crossing at Fort York in Toronto with Dufferin Construction and Pedelta, and another for Flora Footbridge over the Rideau Canal in Ottawa with WSP. Learn more about the awards here
DTAH is proud to sponsor and attend the CanU11 Summit, hosted by the Council for Canadian Urbanism, taking place November 6-9 2019 in Hamilton. The summit will explore the possibilities of an urban renaissance through in-depth discussion panels, illuminating presentations, walking tours of the city’s neighbourhoods and vibrant performances by local artists.
The Council for Canadian Urbanism is a movement dedicated to improving City-Building practices, research and education in order to create sustainable, healthy and livable cities and communities across Canada. Learn more here
First Capital Realty Inc have unveiled the masterplan for an exciting new urban lakefront neighbourhood in Toronto, which has been designed by a team led by Allies and Morrison. The design team offers exemplary experience, design flair and local Toronto knowhow, bringing together DTAH, Gross.Max., Urban Strategies, Adamson Associates, Tate Economics, Arup, ERA, Hatch, AKTII and BA Group.
Located on a 11.5-ha site at 2150 Lakeshore Boulevard West at Park Lawn Road, the project will involve the transformation of the former site of the Christie Cookie factory into a new high-density piece of city. An Official Plan Application has been submitted to the City of Toronto, detailing proposals that have been shaped following extensive stakeholder engagement.
The masterplan aims to take advantage of the site’s unique location to deliver a place that is both urban and green, creating the best of city life with access to green open spaces and the lakefront. It completes a void currently existing within Humber Bay Shores, putting in its place, a convivial community with a rich mix of uses – a new high-density centre for Toronto. Buildings will prioritise their civic responsibilities to work together to create a great public realm with a variety of new spaces, framing squares, parks, a linear ravine landscape, streets and promenades with the experience of pedestrians and cyclists being paramount. It will also be well-connected to the rest of Toronto with a new multi-modal transit hub (including the new Park Lawn GO Train Station) and new routes that knit the development into the neighbouring urban fabric. A covered Galleria at the heart of the scheme provides a yearlong destination with a diverse offer that will appeal to residents, workers and visitors alike.
As part of the RAIC Festival of Architecture 2019, DTAH is excited to be offering a walking tour of Toronto's waterfront revitalization.
Date: Wednesday, October 30
Time: 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (approximated travel time included)
Join DTAH for a guided walking tour of Toronto’s waterfront, and learn how revitalization efforts are integrating architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design to create a new vibrant downtown neighbourhood destination along Lake Ontario. Led by James Roche and Joe Lobko, the tour will follow the revitalized Queens Quay Boulevard, making stops at Spadina Ave., the Rees and Simcoe WaveDecks, and Water’s Edge Promenade.
These award-winning projects have transformed the industrial waterfront into an active, sustainable place and quintessential destination. The tour will also explore the future of the waterfront, with James Roche discussing DTAH’s current work on the public realm design for East Bayfront and the Port Lands, and Joe Lobko sharing insights into George Brown’s new tall-wood building, The Arbour, for which he was the professional advisor during the international design competition.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Travel Duration from Hotel: N/A
Travel Method from Hotel: Tour departs from Westin
DTAH Associate Yvonne Battista will be presenting Double Duty: Stormwater Management in an Urban Public Park at the Grey to Green Conference in Washington, DC, on October 29, 2019. As cities grow and experience an increase in both urban density and environment issues related to climate change, it is essential that new parks are designed to be socially, environmentally, technically, and economically balanced. Two case studies, Edgeley Pond+Park and Gage Park, exemplify opportunities and challenges related to designing dual-purpose parks.
Edgeley Pond + Park is currently a forgotten stormwater (SWM) pond in the City of Vaughan that supports an urbanized Black Creek, over 54 ha of urban SWM and 767 ha of upstream drainage. It also protects adjacent development which will enable over 5,000 new residents while providing a signature amenity park with space to play, learn, relax, and explore. Led by landscape architects DTAH, the multi-disciplinary design team of civil engineers, geomorphologists, ecologists, and public facilitators took the client, stakeholders and public on a journey of design evolution that addresses a variety of park programmes and balances budgets, phasing, rigid engineering and ecological approvals. The proposed design strives to resolve stormwater quality, quantity, and control while celebrating Black Creek by returning it to a more natural existence in the park.
Over the last 100 years, downtown Hamilton Ontario has grown around the 71-acre Gage Park. Challenged with aging infrastructure, repeated surcharging and property damage, the City of Hamilton implemented an innovative solution to bring urban stormwater from adjacent streets into the park. DTAH worked with civil engineers to create a planted bioswale that followed the original 1920’s vision for the park, but with a sustainable and modern twist.
DTAH Partner Megan Torza will be speaking at the National Trust Conference 2019 Heritage Delivers: Impact, Authenticity, and Catalytic Change (presented in association with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals) in Winnipeg on October 18, 2019. Megan will be presenting Master Planning New Development in Heritage Contexts as part of Session 2.1 - Design Track - Adaptive Reuse. Master planning, intensification, and development studies often require investigating how new developments can be integrated into established built environments. These urban design studies must recognize that cultural heritage plays an irreplaceable role in the broader ambitions of placemaking and city-building, and should determine effective ways for heritage sites to act as catalysts for greater sustainable regeneration and intensification throughout the community. While the revitalization potential of existing properties in both urban and rural contexts can have equally positive impacts, the opportunities, challenges, and solutions can differ drastically due to their economic, social, environmental, and cultural contexts. Looking at two architect-led urban design master plans, this presentation will compare the design and implementation, unique spatial requirements of specific building forms and typologies, and the planning ideals and constraints for a range of uses in urban versus rural settings.
The annual National Trust conference is Canada’s largest heritage learning and networking event. Held in a different part of Canada every year, this national conference brings together a wide-range of people keeping Canada’s heritage alive: from grassroots advocates, professionals and planners, to elected officials, policy makers, and students. Learn more here
On October 9, 2019, the 2019 Ottawa Urban Design Award winners were announced at the Ottawa Art Gallery. DTAH is honoured to have received an Award of Excellence - Urban Elements and an Award of Excellence - Civic Spaces for the Flora Footbridge, led by WSP with DTAH as the bridge and landscape architects. DTAH is also delighted to be part of the design team, led by Diamond Schmitt Architects, as landscape architects for the Senate of Canada Building which received an award as well.