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

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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

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DTAH's Yvonne Battista and James Roche will be speaking at IDEAS Forum: Watershed to Waterfront as part of the DesignTO Festival in partnership with the TSA. The IDEAS Forum features fast-paced and fun presentations (20 slides shown for 20 seconds each) by artists and designers exploring the theme of water from material, aesthetic, cultural, political, poetic, and ecological perspectives. The free event will take place January 24, 2019, at 55 St. Clair Avenue West in Toronto. Learn more here

Join us Thursday, November 29, for the first public meeting for the Baker District redevelopment in Guelph. The open houses will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Co-operators Hall at River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street. The content for both sessions is the same, and a short presentation will be made at the start of each open house.

Windmill Development Group is leading the Baker District project, which will be developed as a One Planet Living community. The development team, led by Windmill, includes Diamond Schmidt Architects, DTAH, and Urban Equation Corporation. The companies, who have successfully worked together before, are working closely with the City and Guelph Public Library to arrive at a final plan for the development which includes two distinct mixed-use residential buildings, a new public library, and prominent public plaza. The Downtown Secondary Plan envisions the Baker District redevelopment becoming a model of urban intensification that drives visitors to the downtown and encourages business to thrive within its boundaries by combining residential and commercial/institutional spaces. Learn more here

DTAH is thrilled to be short-listed with Toronto based artist Jon Sasaki for the Legacy Art Project competition. 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. This public space initiative is dedicated to the spirit of courage, determination, and action that Terry Fox embodied. The five short-listed artist-led teams are:

• Kenneth Lum with Space2Place

• Jon Sasaki with DTAH

• Luis Jacob and Adrian Blackwell with Jane Hutton Landscape Architect

• Maxwell Stephens with North Design Office

• Myfanwy MacLeod with Hapa Collaborative

The short-listed teams were selected by the Legacy Art Project Jury from a long list of 40 “Expressions of Interest” submissions, led by seasoned Art Consultant and art expert Rebecca Carbin, Principal of Art + Public Unltd. The teams final creations will be revealed to the public in January 2019. The Jury will then determine the winning artist-led design that will find its home on the picturesque waterfront site located between the Music Garden and the Spadina wetlands.

Learn more about the Legacy Art Project Toronto here

On October 14th DTAH presented to the church congregation the final design for the Cummer Avenue United Church renewal. Pending municipal approval, construction is anticipated to commence in Spring 2019.

The revitalization of the Cummer Avenue United Church aims to create a more welcoming, adaptable and sustainable worship centre and community hub for the surrounding growing community. The renovation scope includes the provision of a new main entrance connecting to reconfigured worship spaces and administrative offices, as well as new multi-purpose meeting and gathering spaces within the ground and lower levels of the building. A full upgrade of mechanical and electrical systems is focused on reducing energy consumption and increasing user comfort. The landscape surrounding the church is also to be reimagined as more open and accommodating of a range of outdoor activities while improving views toward and into the building.

DTAH has been selected 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. As part of the DTAH team, Lura Consulting will continue to work with the local stakeholders and community to ensure that community engagement is a key component of the project. The City’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department is providing overall leadership for the project.

The City of Toronto has identified an opportunity to improve the north-west corner of the park where the clubhouse, ice rink, Zamboni garage, community garden and bake oven are located. The current clubhouse has washrooms, change rooms, and a kitchen, in addition to a Zamboni garage and chilling equipment for the ice rink pads. The use of the clubhouse has expanded, and is now being used for the preparation and serving of food to support community programs and operation of a snack bar at the weekly Farmers Market. The project will look at opportunities to improve the facilities and amenities in the north-west corner of the park. Learn more here