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

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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.

Learn more about the Grey to Green Conference here

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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.

On October 1, 2019, Mayor Tory was joined by Councillor Cressy and Councillor Layton for a ribbon cutting to open the Garrison Crossing bridge. Formerly the Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge, Garrison Crossing creates a vital connection linking the park system between Trinity Bellwoods Park in the north and the Fort York grounds in the south, and fosters stronger community networks in and around the City, Fort York and the waterfront. The first of its kind in Canada, the stainless steel bridge project was led by CreateTO on behalf of the City of Toronto. DTAH was responsible for the architectural and landscape components of the work, as an integral part of the design-build team led by Dufferin Construction with Pedelta as prime consultant and structural engineer.

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On September 27, 2019, DTAH joined thousands in Toronto as part of the Global Climate Strike. We have also signed ca.architectsdeclare.ca, joining design firms across Canada to declare climate and biodiversity emergency and commit to urgent and sustained action:

Our interconnected crises of climate breakdown, ecological degradation, and societal inequity are the most serious issues of our time. The design, construction, and operation of our built environment accounts for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and pervasively impacts our societies and the health of the living systems that sustain us.

Building to support the intergenerational health of our communities and living systems will require rapid paradigm shifts in thought and action for everyone working in the design, construction, and procurement of our built environments. Together with our clients, collaborators, and communities, we need to develop buildings, cities, and infrastructures as indivisible components of larger nested living systems – interconnected, resilient, and regenerative, now and for future generations.

Accordingly, we commit to:

1. Raise awareness of these interconnected crises, and the impact the built environment has on them, with our clients and colleagues;

2. Take immediate action through our projects, and in our capacities as advisors, advocates, educators, and enablers within our communities, cities, and supply chains.

Towards this, we further commit to:

1. Design for holistic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and advocate for investments in a rapid transition to resilient climate-positive alternatives;

2. Eliminate waste and harm, and support a rapid transition to circular economies;

3. Design for holistic health, resilience, and regeneration; respecting the rights and wisdom of Indigenous Peoples as outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; 4. Adopt regenerative design principles and practices to build the necessary capability to design and develop projects and environments that go beyond the standard of net zero in use; 5. Advocate for the rapid systemic changes required to address the climate and ecological health crises, as well as the policies, funding priorities, and implementation frameworks that support them. Join us in making this commitment by adding your organization to the signature form.