An online questionnaire is now available for the new park at MacPherson Avenue and Davenport Road. This project will be one of the first new parks in the Green Line. The questionnaire provides the opportunity to give feedback on the preferred concept plan presented at the virtual community meeting in November 2020. The questionnaire is available until 11:59pm EST on December 6, 2020.

Following the successful completion of the Green Line Implementation Plan, DTAH has been selected by the City of Toronto to lead the design and construction of the first two Green Line parks. The new park at Macpherson Avenue and Davenport Road will mark the eastern gateway to the Green Line, and together with the Geary Avenue Park Expansion the two new parks will transform the Dupont hydro corridor. Learn more here

This is the last week to complete the online questionnaire for the Geary Avenue Park Expansion. This project will be one of the first new parks in the Green Line. The questionnaire provides the opportunity to provide feedback on the preferred concept plan presented at the virtual community meeting in November 2020. The questionnaire is available until November 22, 2020. 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 and Macpherson Avenue Parks. The 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 Bartlett Parkette at Salem Avenue.

After successfully completing the preliminary feasibility study and obtaining the endorsement of City Council, DTAH has now been selected by CreateTO to be the lead Architect to develop a detailed design concept for the Parkdale Community Hub.

This section of Parkdale has deep roots and has long served as a civic and cultural hub for the neighbourhood, historically providing a centre for community life. The vision for the new Community Hub will focus on providing much needed space for the Masaryk Cowan Community Centre and associated community uses, as well as a new and revitalized Toronto Public Library. As part of the overall redevelopment, the City will also be providing two development blocks dedicated to affordable housing under the City’s new, fast-tracked, “Housing Now” Initiative.

The Community Hub will be a reflection of Parkdale’s unique character, supporting a diverse community that represents all cultures, languages and perspectives. The new Hub will preserve and celebrate this diversity and will be a place where everyone is welcome. Read more about the project so far here

A virtual public meeting for the new park at Macpherson Avenue and Davenport Road will be held on November 17, 2020, from 6:30 to 8PM. Preliminary concept plans for one of the first new parks in the Green Line will be presented for feedback to help inform a preferred concept plan. Feedback will be collected during the virtual public meeting and an online questionnaire. 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 design and construction of the first two Green Line parks. The new park at Macpherson Avenue and Davenport Road will mark the eastern gateway to the Green Line, and together with the Geary Avenue Park Expansion the two new parks will transform the Dupont hydro corridor.

Beginning in 2017, the Reimagining the Mall Project is a multi-year study that examines land-use policies at six mall sites and their surrounding communities. The six sites were identified in the Mississauga Official Plan and the City has now endorsed the recommendations presented in the final Directions Report.

The project included extensive community engagement and each phase of work was supported by various engagement activities, including work shops and open houses, surveys and interviews. Mayor Bonnie Crombie said of the project, “As our city grows, evolves and intensifies, we need to have the right policies in place to guide us as we work to build complete communities. That’s why it was so important that we listened and consulted with the community to ensure we got this right.”

The sites, which include: Meadowvale Town Centre, Erin Mills Town Centre, South Common Centre, Sheridan Centre, Rockwood Mall and Westwood Square, were chosen as either “Major” or “Community” nodes in the Mississauga Official Plan.

The recommendations in the Report include:

  • Consider the redevelopment or reconfiguration of City-owned lands as part of a larger transformation of the nodes.
  • Knit public and private elements of the nodes together in ways that allow them to animate each other and create a network of places and amenities that collectively function as a unified community space.
  • Work with land-owners and developers to consider how to bring community facilities into the heart of redevelopment as an animating force and anchor use.
  • Expand community infrastructure to serve a growing population.
  • Adopt a land first policy to parkland dedication within the nodes in order to add new kinds of public open spaces that currently do not exist in the nodes and surrounding areas, such as civic gathering spaces like urban squares, plazas, amphitheatres, etc.

The project was led by the City of Mississauga in partnership with the Region of Peel, with consultant support from Gladki Planning Associates, DTAH and urbanMetrics. Read more about the project on the City of Mississauga’s website here

Scarborough Junction is an exciting future mixed-use development in south Scarborough led by development partners Republic Developments and Harlo Capital. DTAH are landscape architects as part of a planning and design team led by Giannone Petricone Associates with Bousfields Inc., BA Group, and Hatch. The team offers experience with award-winning mixed-use projects across Toronto and the GTA.

Scarborough Junction is a 26-acre site at the intersection of Danforth Road and St Clair Avenue East. The proposed development includes new residential, retail and public amenities at a key site adjacent to the Scarborough GO station. An application for rezoning the area has been submitted to the City of Toronto, detailing proposals shaped by extensive community engagement.

The new development will tie together several established neighbourhoods to create a master-planned, transit-oriented community. The plan uses the site’s unique location to offer new public parks and urban spaces, access to existing amenities, new employment opportunities, and diverse, accessible housing for the Scarborough community. Read more here

The Baker District development by the City of Guelph and Windmill Developments is one of only two projects in Canada, and the third in North America, to receive the international endorsement under the One Planet Living sustainability framework.

Bioregional, the creator of the One Planet Living framework, is a UK-based non-profit organization that promotes a better and more sustainable way to live. One Planet Living is a planning and sustainability framework predicated on building communities where people can live happy and healthy lives within the resources of our One Planet. One Planet Living is one of the most holistic sustainability frameworks in the world, and its principles include sustainable food and water, zero carbon energy, zero waste, equity and economy.

Windmill's design team is led by DTAH (urban design, landscape architecture and architecture of mixed-use components) and Diamond Schmitt Architects (Guelph Public Library). The landmark Baker District project will transform the existing Baker Street municipal parking lot and adjacent properties into a compact district nestled in Guelph’s historic core, creating a renewed area of activity, commerce and civic space for the local community and city.

“Baker District strongly aligns with the City’s aspirations, with an acute focus on zero carbon, sustainable food production, and sustainable transportation,” says Alex Speigel, Partner, Windmill Developments. “Following in Guelph’s green tradition, the transformative redevelopment of the Baker District will be a model of urban intensification, showcasing sustainability and civic participation in an effort to reshape Guelph’s downtown.” Read more here

On October 29, 2020 ACEC-Canada and Canadian Consulting Engineer (CCE) magazine hosted the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards (OCEA) online. At the event, Garrison Crossing was awarded an Award of Excellence. The project, led by Dufferin Construction and Pedelta, with DTAH providing architecture and landscape design services, represents a key step towards improving connectivity and accessibility in and around Toronto’s fast-growing downtown communities. It provides an important new multi-use trail that connects Wellington Street in the north with Fort York’s Garrison Common in the south, establishing a stronger link between Toronto’s neighbourhoods and the waterfront. Inspired by the meandering alignment of the original Garrison Creek, the crossing is highlighted by two landmark tilted-arch bridges over the existing railway lines. The project is not just simply a new addition to Toronto’s physical infrastructure, it is an urban social device that promotes connectivity and human interaction, as well as enhancing the cultural heritage of the City. Learn more here

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