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.

In October 2019, First Capital Realty Inc unveiled the masterplan for an exciting new urban lakefront neighbourhood at 2150 Lake Shore Blvd W, the former Christie Cookie factory site in Toronto. The overall design team is led by Allies and Morrison (London, UK) with an exceptional team including Urban Strategies, GrossMax (Edinburgh), Adamson Associates, BA Group, Hatch, Arup, Tate Economics, ERA Architects and DTAH as local landscape architects.

On May 19, 2020, a Revised Official Plan Amendment, a new Zoning-By-Law Amendment and Draft Plan of Subdivision applications were submitted to the City with revisions and upgrades to the original Master Plan. Highlights of the key changes include:

1. A larger park, which is now twice as large as the original park plan;

2. The potential for two elementary schools. TDSB and TCDSB have expressed interest in incorporating new elementary schools into the master plan;

3. More office space, bringing employment uses into the heart of the site;

4. A better pedestrian experience along Park Lawn and Lake Shore with a new pedestrian-scaled streetwall;

5. Extending Station Square to Park Lawn: improvements have been made to enhance pedestrian connectivity to the GO station and to accommodate bus activity along Park Lawn Road so your transit experience is even better than before.

Join the project team for a Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, May 28 at 5pm online, to learn more about the project. We will be highlighting the key changes above with a presentation, followed by a Question & Answer session.

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) has honoured The Bank of Canada Head Office Renewal in Ottawa with a 2020 National Award of Excellence, Small-Scale Landscapes.

The Bank of Canada has undergone a dramatic renewal of its office complex, led by Perkins + Will with DTAH as the lead landscape architects and Cornelia Hahn Oberlander as a design advisor, Plantmasters Inc. as horticulture consultants, and PCL Constructors as contractors. The transformation provided an opportunity to augment the public realm around the bank, improving and animating landscape and public amenity at a significant location in the parliamentary district. This new landscape edge improves the perimeter streetscapes and provides a new downtown public gathering space. Entrances to the Bank’s Museum and Conference Facility become more inviting, while also meeting the necessary safety and security needs. The interior garden court, a soaring, light-filled gathering space for the bank employees, remains the animated centerpiece of the building, and an indoor social focal point.

The design for the new plaza was inspired by Arthur Erickson's own fascination with the Canadian landscape through a set of abstracted elements that integrate architecture and landscape to shape a new space as the foreground for Erickson's mirrored towers. These elements appear as raked landforms, which peel up from the plaza to create three pyramids, topped with amphitheater seating and plantings overlooking the public space. After dark, these glazed surfaces radiate light onto the landscape as the bright interior glows from beneath.

For more details, see the CSLA website here.

Related Projects

Construction is currently underway at Confederation Beach, a 93 hectare outdoor public space in the City of Hamilton. The 4 kilometer long linear waterfront park is located on the shore of Lake Ontario, north of the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) in the City of Hamilton. The park is an important natural heritage green space in the City and links the natural corridors of the Red Hill Creek and Stoney Creek, as well as a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. DTAH has been selected by the City to design and implement a new outdoor sports and recreation complex, park, and pavilion at Conference Beach. The project is an opportunity to enhance and celebrate the existing landscape, while promoting public participation in athletic activities that will result in a healthier, more active, and more engaged community. The design includes exceptional and diverse athletic facilities and an innovative natural themed playground that inspires exploration and stewardship, elegantly incorporated into the landscape while capturing views to the lake. Additionally, the new park provides the public with safe and robust support systems, such as washroom facilities, high quality lighting, clear wayfinding and universally accessible spaces.

The Senate of Canada in Ottawa has been awarded a 2020 Civic Trust Award — the building is one of only two projects from North America to win the award. The award, presented to Public Services and Procurement Canada, Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects, is part of the longest-running international awards program recognizing outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment. DTAH is proud to be part of the design team as landscape architects for this project.

In accordance with the Long Term Vision and Plan, the building is designed to temporarily accommodate the Senate for the duration of the 10-year-long Centre Block renovation. The recently re-opened facility, originally built in 1912, was Ottawa’s central train station until 1966 and was then converted to a government conference centre.

The landscape scope involves the public realm surrounding the building, making the Senate’s temporary home more accessible and welcoming while also meeting the necessary safety and security needs. All landscape features (including streetscape, ramps, stairs, security fence, lighting, and street furniture) integrate a new contemporary design aesthetic that is both elegant and minimal into the historic context, so as to avoid cluttering or overshadowing the beaux-art language of the building.

The City of Mississauga has selected DTAH to lead a diverse design team to develop the Complete Streets Policy as part of the City’s broader Changing Lanes transportation planning initiative. This project will include a street characterization study, guidelines and a design manual to inform Mississauga’s transportation future. Along with DTAH the team includes Michael King/Traffic Calmer (NYC), HDR, and LURA.

This project will further build on DTAH's expertise in streetscapes and public realm design, which includes numerous built examples of complete streets and guidelines for the Cities of Toronto and Brampton.

During this challenging time, DTAH is following the precautions recommended by global and regional health authorities in all areas of our business operations, putting the health and safety of all first. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, DTAH remains fully operational with employees working from home to ensure we meet all of our project commitments. We have closed our physical offices, suspended travel, and will not attend meetings in person or off-site until further notice; but with the help of technology, we remain connected to our clients, to our projects, and to each other. DTAH staff are available by email, phone, and video conference so please don't hesitate to reach out.