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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DTAH Partner Emeritus, Robert N. Allsopp is featured in an eight-part documentary series, “Memoirs of Pioneering Landscape Architects of Quebec and Ontario”, created by EVOQ.

The series was produced by Isabelle Giasson, Fanie St-Michel, and Steven Turcotte and presents the personal, professional and academic memoirs of a collection of individuals who pioneered the discipline of landscape architecture in the 1950s, '60s and '70s. The series was awarded the CSLA Award of Excellence in Communications in May 2021.

Watch Robert N. Allsopp’s interview on YouTube here

Find out more about the project and watch the other interviews here

DTAH thought-leaders Brent Raymond, Chris Veres, James Roche and Yvonne Battista are presenting at the 2021 CSLA Congress on Friday May 28, and Saturday May 29, 2021. This year’s congress theme is “Nature-Based Solutions: The Green Recovery that Ensures a Great Recovery”.

Chris will present Preparing for Takeoff: A Landscape-Focused Vision for the Downsview Park Aerospace Campus with David Anselmi from the Canada Lands Company on Track 2 in Session 1 on Friday from 1:15 to 1:45 PM EDT.

Yvonne, James and Brent will all present as part of Session 1 on Saturday, from 1:15 to 1:45 PM EDT on Track 2, presenting Thru Fresh Eyes: Celebrating New Typologies of Open Space.

Brent will also present Complete Streets: 20 Years On, on Saturday in Session 2 from 2:00 to 2:30 PM EDT on Track 2.

Register for the congress here

Find out more about the other talks happening here

Friday Session 1, Track 2: Preparing for Takeoff: A Landscape-Focused Vision for the Downsview Park Aerospace Campus, David Anselmi and Chris Veres

This presentation will tell the story of the Aerospace Campus Master Plan, established with the guidance of DTAH for Canada Lands Company. Through a discussion of both current and future projects at Downsview Park, Chris and David will demonstrate how a landscape-focused vision can result in a successful process, product and enduring performance for both built and natural interventions.

Saturday Session 1, Track 2: Thru Fresh Eyes: Celebrating New Typologies of Open Space, Yvonne Battista, Brent Raymond and James Roche

The presentation will discuss how cities take advantage of the often forgotten in-between spaces by referencing three DTAH projects as case studies: Toronto’s Green Line, the Brampton Riverwalk, and Vaughan’s Edgeley Pond and Park.

Saturday Session 2, Track 2: Complete Streets: 20 Years On, Brent Raymond

The presentation will touch on a range of items: the basics of Complete Streets, what has worked and what hasn’t, the importance of context, and working with other professions and champions to make it happen, and the future of street design.

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