Keele Finch Plus is a City of Toronto Study about planning for the future of the area and how to best leverage investment in subway and light rail transit (LRT) for the benefit of the community and city. The goal is to develop a planning framework to encourage the right kinds of growth and investment in the area and direct investments into broader community improvements. Led by DTAH, the study will result in a preferred option that demonstrates the best way to support intensification, enhance the public realm, and plan for the future of the area.

The June 2019 Community Open House materials are now available online here. Please feel free to review the material and provide the City with feedback by Friday, July 26, 2019.

DTAH Associate Yvonne Battista, along with process design engineer Genevieve Kenny, will be presenting a lecture on Thursday, July 4 2019, 6-8PM at Cummings Theatre at the University of Waterloo. This free lecture is part of the Common Waters Exhibit which addresses our relationship with each other and our environment.

Lecture: What Happens to the Water After it Rains?

When it rains, it pours. And pours. Whether you believe the erratic storms and increased downpours are attributed to climate change or our planet’s natural evolution, the frequency and intensity of precipitation is on the rise. So what happens to all the rain after it falls?

The word ‘stormwater’, which is a term to describe precipitation once on the ground, typically invokes images of fenced stormwater ponds or catch basins that take rain from our streets and pipe it underground. Stormwater is typically not treated before it reaches our waterways through the closest and quickest route. This important topic has immense implications for our communities and environment, but is often overlooked or misunderstood by many people due to it’s technical and complex nature. This lecture aims to demystify stormwater management by exploring how landscape architecture and the design of public spaces can be effective stormwater management solutions that protect our water systems.

This talk will be led by landscape architect Yvonne Battista with process design engineer Genevieve Kenny. Yvonne is a landscape architect with 19 years of design, construction document and public consultation experience. Yvonne has worked on many of DTAH’s most complex landscape and stormwater management efforts, finding design solutions to infrastructure challenges that are both technically and aesthetically outstanding. DTAH is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary design firm known for award-winning planning, landscape, public realm, and architecture projects including as the Evergreen Brick Works. Genevieve Kenny is an engineer at RV Anderson in Toronto, with over 16 years of experience including work with industrial water processes and stormwater management engineering.

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The new Flora Footbridge, a 125m pedestrian and cyclist bridge across the Rideau Canal, is set to open ahead of schedule. Led by WSP, with DTAH as the bridge and landscape architects, Flora Footbridge will provide a new landmark over the World Heritage Site and a much-needed new connection between communities. The design features a curving pathway that rises to a lookout on the west side, crosses the Canal in a straight alignment and descends via a switchback ramp or grand stair on the east side boulevard.

The bridge features two open V-frame piers supported on elliptical-shaped concrete footings set in the canal, a 5m wide concrete deck finished with a coloured aggregate topping, stainless steel & ipe wood railings, with Ontario limestone used to ground the approaches. Landscape design features a modern re-interpretation of the historic Lily Pond, one of the first projects of the Ottawa Improvement Commission early in the 20th Century, on the west side of the canal.

The project completion was celebrated on June 26, 2019, with The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, and Mayor Jim Watson. The bridge will be open to the public on Canada Day long weekend. Construction started in September 2017 and was originally scheduled for completion in Fall 2019. Learn more here

We're honoured to have DTAH Partner Megan Torza named as a 2019 RAIC Fellow for her service to the profession. The College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) bestows Fellowship to RAIC members in recognition of outstanding achievement. Criteria include design excellence, exceptional scholarly contribution, or distinguished service to the profession or the community.

Megan Torza is an architect and urban designer whose professional development has been influenced by a strong personal interest in adaptive re-use and the integration of contemporary architecture into historic urban fabric. She joined DTAH in 2006 and became a partner in 2012. She believes architects are important servants of the public good, as demonstrated in a socially-minded, contextually-sensitive portfolio which includes numerous award-winning institutional, mixed-use and housing projects, as well as author of master plans for numerous historically rich, environmentally complex sites across Ontario.

Outside of the demands of practice, Megan is actively involved in education and architectural advocacy. She is a regular lecturer and jury member for award competitions. She has taught the History of Contemporary Architecture at the University of Toronto, serves on the Curriculum Committee of the Daniels Faculty, and is a frequent guest critic at U. of T, Ryerson and Waterloo University. Megan was the curator of the RavinePortal exhibition contemplating the future of Toronto’s ravine system, and co-creator of DTAH’s installations at the Gladstone Hotel’s Come Up To My Room exhibition and the Azure Awards Gala. She is the Vice-Chair of the City of Vaughan Urban Design Review Panel and Vice Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects. Megan is an advocate for women in architecture and has participated as a speaker in the mentorship sessions organized by BEAT as well as the University of Toronto, and currently serves as the professional mentor for four women seeking licensure with the OAA.

Megan joins DTAH Partners Mark Langridge and Joe Lobko as RAIC Fellows. The 2019 Fellows will be inducted at the College of Fellows Convocation ceremony on October 29 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto during the annual RAIC Festival of Architecture which takes place October 26 to 30. Learn more here

DTAH is currently leading the design of CreateTO's Parkdale Hub Project, located at the intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue in the heart of Parkdale. This section of Parkdale has long served as a civic and cultural hub for the neighbourhood, historically providing an important focus for community life.

The Study is examining building massing, site program and adaptive re-use scenarios to enhance programming and service delivery spaces for the Parkdale Community.

On June 10, 2019, a public meeting was held for the Parkdale Hub Project. Learn more and see the presentation and panels here

DTAH has been selected as the design lead for improvements to St. Andrew’s Playground Park, a 1.45 acre park with heritage significance located at 450 Adelaide St West in downtown Toronto. The project includes a revitalization of the existing park that will provide updated amenities, improved programming, and better connectivity to the surrounding area, as well as an expansion of the park through the transformation of the parking lot on the western edge into City parkland. St. Andrew’s Playground is part of a larger park and open space network, and this project will act as an important next step in implementing the City's new Downtown Plan and its accompanying Parks and Public Realm Plan. The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department is providing overall leadership for this project.

Located within the King-Spadina District, St. Andrew’s Playground Park is an important public amenity for a dynamic and evolving community. The park features mature trees, flower gardens, seating and portico, picnic tables, a playground, passive areas with lawn, and a dog off-leash area. The park is also historically significant in that it was the site of the City’s first public playground for children, located next to the site of the former St. Andrew’s Market, a public market hall which was built in 1850 but was demolished in 1932.

On June 5, 2019, Mississauga City Council endorsed the Lakeshore Connecting Communities Transportation Master Plan. DTAH were part of a team led by HDR for this master plan which sets out a long-term vision for transit and corridor improvements along Lakeshore Road from 2020 to 2041 that will support waterfront development. The 13-kilometer corridor includes Clarkson Village, Port Credit, and Lakeview areas, and is expected to grow by 56,000 people and 16,500 jobs by 2041, based on proposed developments along Lakeshore Road. Learn more here

The Duchesnay Creek replacement bridge features an innovative modern timber design inspired by the heritage attributes of the original below-deck wood truss structure. The detailed design was led by LEA Consulting with DTAH as bridge architect.

The $12-million crossing will be erected over Highway 17B on the Nipissing First Nation–North Bay boundary, to be built by a limited partnership company comprised of majority owner Nipissing First Nation (NFN) and Miller Paving Limited, with construction starting this summer.

Scheduled for completion in 2020, the 93-metre-long, 12-metre-wide bridge will consist of three spans utilizing 12 glue-laminated timber girders supported on reinforced concrete piers. Other enhancements include modern open metal railings inspired by the historic wood railings and hybrid wood/concrete approach walls with incised “DUCHESNAY CREEK” identification text in English, French and Ojibway. Learn more here