DTAH partner Megan Torza will act as a judge for the TimberFever 2020 competition today while architect Alistair Vaz was actively participating as a mentor from September 24-27. TimberFever is an annual four-day design-build competition open to architecture and civil engineering university students across Canada. Presented by Moses Structural Engineering, their mission is to create collaboration between students of architecture and engineering, while developing design, construction and communication skills that will be invaluable to their future careers. This year, for the first time, the competition will be virtual and will allow students from across Canada and the United States to participate. Learn more here

DTAH has been selected by the City of Toronto to lead a diverse design team in the development of the first Master Plan for Toronto Island. As a strategic document, the Master Plan will ensure that future park improvements move it towards, and contribute to, a vision for the entire park that is comprehensive and complete. This vision will better serve the public, improve equitable access and user experience, celebrate the charm, natural, and cultural history of this cherished park, and ensure its sustainability and viability for future generations.

Toronto Island has always played an important role in the history of Toronto and the lives of the people who have lived here – first to the Mississaugas of the Credit as a place for ceremonial gathering and healing, and then as an important refuge from the respite of the hustle and bustle of the big city on the other side of the bay. Today the park is enjoyed by nearly 1.5 million visitors annually who are drawn to its beautiful beaches, amusement park, marinas, clubs, nature trails, schools, cultural places, and events. The Master Plan will be created through a collaborative engagement process that will take place over the course of 2 years. Approaching the project in this way will ensure that the future vision for the park is inclusive and equitable and that outcomes will be more dynamic, functional, and responsive to user needs. The Master Plan will ensure that Toronto Island Park becomes:

1. A world-class waterfront park destination accessible and inclusive for all

2. A model for resilience, environmental excellence and sustainability

3. An Island of balanced and varied activity celebrating four seasons

4. An Island of areas/rooms with diverse and memorable experiences

5. An Island Park that celebrates its natural and cultural heritage and Indigenous placemaking

6. An Island oasis, care-free and protected

7. A park that will serve a unique function for all Torontonians and beyond

8. An Island community and culture, centred on balance and respect for past, present and future

Learn more from the City of Toronto here

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) has announced their 2020 Award winners. DTAH is proud to share that Joe Lobko is the recipient of the G. Randy Roberts Service Award for providing extraordinary service to the membership, for ‘behind-the-scenes’ dedication and action, as well as employing the skills and the energy to get things done. As an advocate for design excellence, Joe been a part of the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) leadership since 1998, served as Chair from 2001-2004, and continues to serve on the TSA Advisory Board. He is also a current member of the City of Toronto Design Review Panel, has volunteered for a number of initiatives and organizations in the industry over the last four decades, and has sat on a various design juries, including City of Hamilton Urban Design Awards, Canadian Architect Awards, and the City of Toronto Green Design Awards. Learn more about the OAA Awards here

DTAH is part of a collaborative team to design and implement the infrastructure, streets, and integrated public realm that will support future city-building initiatives within Toronto’s Port Lands. The project will transform major sections of Cherry and Commissioners Streets and the Don Roadway. Compared to a typical Toronto street, these new streets will dedicate more space for pedestrians, cyclists and transit and provide much more green space. Naturalized spaces will contribute more than just beauty to these streets. Prioritizing green infrastructure such as bioretention planters and green medians will help manage stormwater and improve survivability rates for urban street trees. It will also create better connections for urban wildlife, which affects the health of the entire city.

The Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure (PLFPEI): Roads and Municipal Infrastucture project will play a major role in providing crucial flood protection, creating the new Villiers Island, and unlocking over 800 acres of development land – setting the foundation for a highly sustainable mixed-use community with access to great parks and open spaces along the reconfigured, re-naturalized mouth of the Don River.

Learn more from Waterfront Toronto here

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.

Related Projects

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.