DTAH Partner, Joe Lobko, is moderating a one-hour look at two selections from the OAA’s SHIFT2021 Resiliency Architecture Challenge on Nov. 30.

Intern architect Holly Sutton explores how an industrial site can become a sustainable, inhabited landscape that brings renewed life to struggling communities. Through design, her project attempts to integrate large-scale community planning with environmental remediation strategies.

Then, an interdisciplinary team led by architect Gordon Stratford offers a strategy for improved accommodations for essential agriculture workers who provide our communities with food. Their submission focuses on design as a mechanism for achieving a healthy, nurturing, adaptable, and vibrant home-away-from-home for foreign worker communities.

Each of these projects reveals the direct positive impacts that thoughtful and sensitive design can have on communities.

The SHIFT Architecture Challenge is a biennial program created by the OAA that invites Ontario architects, interns, architecture students and their collaborative teams to respond to an identified area of concern using their skills and insights.

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Learn more about the SHIFT Challenge

DTAH was privileged to attend the recent sunrise naming ceremony by Mi’kmaw Elders for the Eltuek Arts Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Previously the home of the Holy Angels Convent, the 133 year-old building has a long history of fine arts education in the community, and offered classes in music, visual arts, theatre and dance. When the high school closed in 2011, New Dawn Enterprises, the oldest Community Development Corporation in Canada, purchased the Holy Angels Convent with the desire to preserve the building and revitalize it into a centre that could host the Island’s growing innovation and deep-rooted tradition of arts and culture.

Previously referred to as The Convent, or Ta’n etl-mawita’mk, the centre was renamed to Eltuek Arts Centre on October 29. Eltuek (el-do-ehg) is a Mi’kmaw word that means “We are making (it) together,” chosen in the spirit of reconciliation and to honour the unceded Mi’kmaw territory on which the centre resides.

All wayfinding in the building appears in both Mi’kmaw as well as English and each floor is colour-coded using symbolic Indigenous colours: red (symbolizing earth), green (symbolizing vegetation), blue (symbolizing sky), and yellow (symbolizing sun).

The 40,000 sq.ft. centre includes a public gallery, café, and offers a new home for a number of local organizations, including Celtic Colours, Nova Stream, The Coast, and New Dawn, as well as a new program for the Nova Scotia Community College and many individual artists.

DTAH, in collaboration with Trifos Design Consultants, led the architecture and landscape architecture for the centre.

The City of Toronto recently hosted the 2021 Urban Design Awards, honouring two DTAH projects: Garrison Crossing was recognized with Award of Merit in the Large Open Spaces and/or Neighbourhood Designs category and Ryerson’s Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex in the Public Buildings in Context category.

The jury commented: Garrison Crossing is a “crucial piece of infrastructure connects key areas of the city and is well used and accessible to people of multiple mobilities. The value to the city is high, achieving the remarkable feat of traversing two challenging railway corridors. The bridges are a fantastic amenity to people from this area and for those coming to enjoy the newly interlinked linear parkway system. Considered use of material and detail are evident from above and below the bridges, which maximize overlooks to city viewscapes.”

Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex “diagrammatic approach to context and urban space that surrounds the project is clearly expressed and successfully executed throughout. Seating along the street provides comfortable places to pause, canopies bring the building down to a human scale and provide shelter. Fenestration is used strategically for a feeling of secure overlook, for example next to exterior bicycle storage. Hospitable to the street on all sides, clear viewsheds create a feeling of safety even in laneways.”

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DTAH and the City of Toronto are working together again, this time on St. Andrew’s Playground Park, a 1.45-acre park in downtown Toronto at 450 Adelaide St West.

DTAH is leading the design, which includes a revitalization and expansion of the existing park to provide updated amenities, facilitate more activities, and offer better connectivity to the surrounding area. The Park features mature trees, flower gardens, seating and portico, picnic tables, a playground, passive recreation areas with lawn, and a dog off-leash area.

The first public playground in the city, the park holds significant heritage value and is part of a larger park and open space network. The project acts as an important next step in implementing the City’s new Downtown Plan and its accompanying Parks and Public Realm Plan.

We are thrilled to announce that “Mississauga Reimagining the Mall” has won a Canadian Institute of Planning (CIP) Award for Planning Excellence in the Planning Healthy Communities category!

The project--led by the City of Mississauga in partnership with Peel Public Health and consultants Gladki Planning Associates, DTAH and urbanMetrics--was a multi-year study that examined land-use policies at mall sites and their surrounding communities in Mississauga. It ensures that any future development will improve the quality and function of the built environment, promote active lifestyles, and support local retail offerings in a mixed-use environment to result in a more affordable, inviting, inclusive, and livable environment for people in Mississauga. The project included extensive community engagement, with each phase of work supported by various engagement activities including workshops, open houses, surveys, and interviews.

“The Mississauga Reimagining the Mall guidelines expanded the approach to evaluate and introduce elements of a healthy community, anchored in comprehensive public and stakeholder engagement, outlining the way planners can assess and lead interventions that enable cities’ healthy communities and the implementation of sustainability goals.”
CIP Awards of Excellence Jury Statement

Read more about the award on the CIP website here

Read more about the project on the City of Mississauga’s website here

DTAH is co-leading the design of the Fort McMurray Waterfront Revitalization with Urban Systems. The six-kilometre master plan includes the Snye Point Outdoor Event Space and connections to the downtown core. The project will transform the waterfront into a unique community space that recognizes and honours the rich history and culture of the area through a community-driven design.

The park will encompass natural elements while strengthening park activation opportunities with new plazas, gathering spaces, pathway connections, and water and leisure activities for residents and visitors to enjoy for generations.

DTAH will be joining the team for a Virtual Open House for the project on Thursday June 24, from 6pm to 7pm MST. Register for the open house and take part in the survey (which closes on June 30th) for the project on the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s website here

Read more about the project here (Links to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s website)

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DTAH is working with the City of Vaughan to develop a comprehensive and integrated public realm and streetscape plan for Vaughan Mills Centre. This plan will direct the future design, implementation, and maintenance of a comfortable, safe, and high-quality pedestrian-oriented public realm for Vaughan Mills Centre.

Find out more about the project on Vaughan’s website here: Vaughan Mills Centre Public Realm and Streetscape Plan

DTAH Associate, See-Yin Lim will be presenting The Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure Project: Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Placemaking at the Grey to Green 2021 Conference on Wednesday June 16, 2021, at 1:15pm EDT with Shannon Baker from Waterfront Toronto. Shannon will also lead a virtual tour of the Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure Project on Tuesday June 15, 2021 at 10:15am EDT. 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 presentation explores the comprehensive vision for the Port Lands, which uses landscape as its organizing structure. With the reconstruction of three major roads: Cherry Street, Commissioners Street, and Don Roadway, a low impact development approach has been adopted to manage stormwater, provide passive irrigation of streetscapes, and to promote biodiversity. A sustainable and integrated design approach is underway in the Portlands, knitting the Public realm, the parks, and the river together to create a cohesive green space.

Register for the conference at the Grey to Green website here

Read more about the other presentations and virtual tours here (Link opens on Day 1 [Tuesday June 15] of conference – link on page to Day 2 [Wednesday June 16])

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