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.

Construction of new parkettes designed by DTAH for the Bloor Annex BIA is currently underway. This revitalization project will see the transformation of four underused paved rights of way adjacent to Bloor – at Brunswick Avenue, Robert Street, Major Street and Howland Avenue – into a series of new dynamic green spaces. The parkettes will feature trees, pollinator-friendly gardens, sustainably sourced wood decking, artistic bike parking and custom site furnishings, including salvaged materials from the nearby Honest Ed’s demolition site and public art seating. Learn more about the project here

The City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division will be hosting the first public meeting for St. Andrew's Playground Park Improvements project on September 18, 2019, from 6:30-8PM at Metro Hall (55 John Street), Room 310. A project update along with draft concept plans will be presented. Learn more 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.

The City of Toronto - Parks Forestry and Recreation division will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the progress of the Lower Don Trail – Master Plan Refresh on Tuesday, September 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Regent Park Community Centre, Banquet Hall, 402 Shuter Street. Learn more here

The Lower Don Trail Master Plan Refresh provides an update on the Lower Don Trail Master Plan (2013). The Plan is funded by the City of Toronto, and being carried out in partnership with Evergreen and project consultants DTAH. The purpose of the refresh is to build on its predecessor by;

- Expanding existing principles into a larger study area, encompassing all natural/ravine land between Corktown Commons to the junction of the Don River in ET Seton Park

- Coordinating with relevant City plans, City strategies and new development proposals that are next to or may have an influence on the study area

- Recognizing and celebrating recently completed work, including but not limited to Phase 1 improvement works

- Charting upcoming and approved projects, including ‘Phase 2’ improvement works

- Building a list of actions, categorized into Short, Mid and Long-Term project considerations

- Developing new strategies for users to better engage with the trail network and ravine system

Update: Public Meeting materials, including the presentation and panels, are now available online here

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DTAH is honoured to have received an Award of Merit - Visions and Master Plans for the Humber Bay Park Master Plan at the 2019 Toronto Urban Design Award (TUDA). DTAH is also delighted to be part of the design team, led by Perkins+Will, for Albion Library which received an Award of Excellence - Public Buildings in Context. The 2019 TUDA program acknowledges and celebrates those who are helping to improve communities by shaping the physical environment and recognizes the significant contribution that architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists, design students and city builders make to the look and livability of our city. Read the Jury Report here

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DTAH Partner Brian Brownlie will be participating in TimberFever 2019 as a mentor on September 13, 2019 at Ryerson University. TimberFever is an annual four-day design-build competition open to architecture and civil engineering university students across Canada. Presented by Moses Structural Engineering, their mission is to create collaboration between students of architecture and engineering, while developing design, construction and communication skills that will be invaluable to their future careers.Learn more here