DTAH Associate Chris Veres will be speaking at the upcoming panel Urban Agriculture in Review: A Decade of Design, Future Prospects organized by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University, and Toronto Urban Growers. The event will take place March 28 2019 at Ryerson University, learn more

A decade after the launch of the seminal ‘Carrot City’ exhibition which explored the relationship between urban design and food production (www.carrotcity.org), we gather to review the progress made in urban agriculture in Toronto and to look forward to the future. The event will be moderated by noted author and GROUND editor Lorraine Johnson, and will be introduced by Carrot City co-curator Joe Nasr. The panel brings the perspectives of directors of civil-society organizations, property owners, heads of professional associations, educators, consultants, as well as design firms. Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order) are: Isaac Crosby, Evergreen Brick Works; Leticia Deawuo, Black Creek Community Farm; Angela ElzingaCheng, Greenest City; Leila Farah, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University; Jane Hayes, Garden Jane / Hoffmann Hayes; Karen Landman, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development, University of Guelph; Steven Peck, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities; Chris Veres, DTAH; David Walsh, Carrot Common Corp.

DTAH Partner Megan Torza will be presenting an RAIC webinar on Adaptive Re-use as a Catalyst for Sustainable Placemaking on Wednesday, March 20 2019, from 1-2PM EDT. Register online here

When considering sustainability in its most holistic terms, it is important to recognize the significant ecological, social, cultural and economic benefits associated with investing in the adaptive re-use of existing buildings. In this webinar, we will explore the benefits of adaptive re-use and revitalization when reinvesting in our cities and communities and share how past examples of adaptive re-use have influenced our architectural and urban design approach for sustainable place-making. By demonstrating the success of adaptive re-use on the individual building scale, with projects such as Evergreen Brick Works and Artscape Wychwood Barns, we prove to municipalities and communities that cultural heritage plays an irreplaceable role in the broader ambitions of placemaking and city-building.

The City of Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) have recently completed the Humber Bay Park Master Plan to guide future park revitalization. The Master Plan, prepared by landscape architects DTAH, strives to establish a strong vision for the park and a framework to balance preservation and restoration of the natural environment while identifying areas for improvement and growth that support the overall character and function of the park.

Humber Bay Park, with its system of trails, rugged shoreline and dramatic views, offers a unique and rare waterfront experience within the larger metropolitan Toronto area. The vision for Humber Bay Park is one of greater integration of the park as a whole, while reinforcing the unique character and setting of each area of the Park in the context of the overall site. The Master Plan proposes a new comprehensive design approach that will enhance the valued naturalized landscape, habitat and recreational uses in the park, while identifying new opportunities for resiliency of the Park to respond to both the existing and future needs of the community. Download the Humber Bay Park Master Plan online here

Related Projects

The Legacy Art Project is a citizen-funded public space initiative dedicated to the spirit of courage, determination, and action that Terry Fox embodied. The Legacy Art Project, working with the City of Toronto, will build a permanent public art and landscape installation on Toronto's waterfront inspired by Terry Fox’s legacy. In November 2018, five artist + landscape architecture teams were short-listed by the Legacy Art Project Jury from a list of 40 "Expression of Interest" submissions, led by seasoned Art Consultant and art expect Rebecca Carbin, Principal of Art + Public Unltd. On January 29, 2019, the five artist + landscape architecture concept proposals we're revealed at Fort York Visitors Centre.

We Are Shaped By The Obstacles We Face by Jon Sasaki + DTAH proposes an integrated experiential installation that strives to convey Terry Fox's astounding perseverance, determination, and optimism in the face of challenge. The installation is a curving course of intriguing granite sculptures that act as an optical illusion, visually appearing to obstruct a visitor's path with a wall of stone and foliage from certain perspectives, while creating an uplifting silhouette of Terry Fox from another. The installation aims to reframe obstacles as things not necessarily to be feared. Rather, it brings to light how obstacles can be something to push up against, a problem to be solved, a test, a growth opportunity that can make us stronger for ourselves and others, and something that can help define our relationship to the world. The optical illusion of obstacles throughout the installation, a concept inspired by P-Gates, act as both disruptions and sites of contemplation. The result is a transformative and interactive experience that has visitors reflect on their journey and the rewards of perseverance. Once visitors reach the end of the path and look back at the obstacles, the realization that the rocks actually work together to visually create something greater will inspire visitors to continue pushing forward and to recognize the impactful things that can be achieved from a collective perspective. Learn more about the proposal here

Park People have launched round two of their Public Space Incubator (PSI) program and are looking for people who have bold, creative, and radical ideas for Toronto’s parks, plazas, schoolyards, laneways, streets, and other publicly-accessible open spaces. With a focus on innovation, partnerships, programming, and scalability, Public Space Incubator will provide five projects with up to $50,000 in funding per project.

DTAH Partner Joe Lobko is part of the Public Space Incubator jury which will be selecting five pilot projects that test new, innovative ways to bring under-used public spaces to life in the City of Toronto. The program is open to groups and collaborators including but not limited to: community groups, student groups, artist collectives, non-profits, public sector agencies, designers, and registered charities. Letter of Intent applications are due March 22, 2019. Learn more here

DTAH Partner Megan Torza spoke on an episode of Transforming Cities, a podcast by Authentic Form and Function that highlights people who are rethinking the way cities are built and improving the urban experience.

Megan shares how she was influenced by a strong personal interest in adaptive re-use as a means to invigorate cities, eventually leading her to be actively engaged in the design of both the Artscape Wychwood Barns and Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. In this episode you'll hear insights into DTAH's history and design process as a collaborative architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design studio, our ongoing work with ravines in Toronto and the Lower Don, and other current projects including the Niagara Falls Cultural Hub & Farmers' Market, Toronto's Danforth Garage Master Plan, and the Baker District Redevelopment in Guelph. Megan also discusses the projects and designers around the world that are inspiring her, from Allies & Morrison's Master Plan for King's Cross Central in London to innovations in wood building and open-source information sharing by Michael Green Architecture (MGA).

Listen to Transforming Cities podcast here

Related Projects

DTAH has been selected by the City of Toronto to lead a diverse design team in the investigation and implementation of improvements to the northwest corner of Dufferin Grove Park, including architectural and landscape improvements aimed at increasing the accessibility, functionality and capacity of the park’s clubhouse and surrounding landscape to support existing and future community programming.

Please join us for the first Dufferin Grove Park Improvements public meeting on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at St. Wenceslaus Church. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with an open house. During the open house, participants will be able to browse through project information boards, speak with members of the project team, and leave written comments. At 6:30 pm, following the open house, there will be a 45 minute presentation from the project team, explaining the purpose and background of the project, as well as initial design concepts for improvements to the clubhouse and north-west corner. The presentation will cover everything shared on the project information boards. At 7:15 pm, the community can participate in small group discussions to share their feedback on the various design concepts. These conversations will be facilitated and recorded by members of the project team. Learn more here

DTAH is excited to participate as a venue for DesignTO Festival 2019. From January 18-27, visit our studio at 50 Park Road in Toronto to see window art installation "Skeleton" by artist Chung-Im Kim.

“Certain forms found in natural world fascinates me a great deal as they exemplify the fundamental rules of pattern making in design and reveal the structural secrets through their architecture. This essential understanding stimulates my imagination towards building a complex undulating surface with both regular and irregular modules. The role of mathematical thinking in my work is as inevitable as that of nature itself. Ideally, I would like to portray a coherent philosophy rooted in both nature and science, yet I would contrarily also like to shake up their logic in the hope that my work might transcend my current knowledge. Or perhaps be allowed to become more spontaneous and less predictable.

At the same time, in my mind, the modules represent certain growths or changes brought about through passage of time. I imagine them symbolizing the fragments of memories that we experience through our conscious journeys. Through them I want to explore the chaotic order resulting from many small pieces containing image fragments. In this work, skeleton, I would like to see each of the parts as an independent soul presenting unique power and energy that then together become an entity as cells to a body. I hope to evoke the birthing tension when all are gathered.” - Chung-Im Kim

Learn more here