The Parkdale Hub project, located at the intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue, is a transformational city-building initiative that will deliver wide-ranging social, cultural and economic benefits to the Parkdale community. The intersection is currently home to an important cluster of City-owned facilities and community services, all of which are in need of significant capital investment over the next 10 years.

During Phase 1 of the project in 2018 and 2019, CreateTO, in collaboration with the City of Toronto, engaged the local community to develop a preferred massing concept for the site.

Join us online or by phone on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EDT for a Community Meeting about the Parkdale Hub. At the Community Meeting, CreateTO will share and seek feedback on a preliminary design concept for the Parkdale Hub, answer questions and provide more information on the next steps in the process.

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DTAH is working with the Toronto Catholic School Board on an all-new elementary school, designed to accommodate 504 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The new school will also include a child care wing for 49 infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Informed by a 21st Century Learning approach, the design combines efficient and flexible planning with a focus on creating learning environments that promote collaboration and critical thinking.

Sustainable features incorporated into the design include: green roofs; radiant floor heating; displacement ventilation; and, LED lighting combined with the strategic use of natural lighting, which will allow the school to keep costs down while complying with Toronto Green Standards.

A subtle cladding palette of horizontal earth toned masonry with large windows and shaded colonnades, the new school fits comfortably within the established post-war neighbourhood while establishing itself as a new community hub.

Learn more about our child care and educational projects below.

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DTAH has been working with the City of Niagara Falls on the Niagara Falls Exchange, a new creative and cultural hub that includes a large market hall, café, artist studios, woodworking shop and public washrooms, surrounded by two multi-functional civic plazas that interconnect the flanking streets.

Located along an original portage route in the Main and Ferry district of the city, the property once housed a vibrant hotel and local theatre. Evidence of both have been uncovered during the construction of the Exchange which began late last year. Doug Todd of ASI Heritage will lead a virtual discussion on what treasures have been found during the site’s excavation, and what these artefacts tell us about the history of Niagara Falls. Please join us on May 6th, 2021 at 7PM EDT – details below.

Register for the discussion here

Find out more about the project and updated on construction here

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DTAH is celebrating the launch of A Portrait of Canada’s Parliament by William P. McElligott, edited by Lyette Fortin. DTAH Partner Emeritus, Robert N. Allsopp co-authored Chapter 7: The People’s Park: The Landscape and Urban Plan of Parliament Hill with Linda Dicaire.

The book features architectural photographs, historical images and articles about The Centre Block, the iconic building of Canada’s federal parliament. The building, which is currently planned to be closed for over ten years to undergo a complete renovation, and its context, landscape, structure and heritage has been captured in A Portrait of Canada’s Parliament/Un Portrait du Parlement du Canada.

The virtual launch will take place on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. EDT, hosted by the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism. Learn more about the book and register to attend the virtual launch on Zoom here

DTAH has worked for over 35 years on a series of landscape and urban design projects in Canada’s National Capital, many of which have received national and international design award recognition. Read more about our work here

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We're honoured to have DTAH Partners Brent Raymond and James Roche invested into the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) College of Fellows. Induction to the College of Fellows is one of the highest honours the CSLA bestows on its members, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession of landscape architecture.

Brent Raymond, OALA / CSLA / ASLA / MCIP RPP

Brent Raymond is a landscape architect and planner whose primary interests are related to city building. He has worked throughout North America with over 20 years of experience in urban design, waterfronts, campuses, parks, and streets. He attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for a Bachelor of Design in Environmental Planning (1996), followed by a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph (2000).

Brent has a diverse range of interests in several areas of landscape architectural practice, incorporating the perspectives of numerous disciplines and working across scales. Through his work, he is determined to improve the quality and character of the space between buildings for people, the fundamental and distilled objective of urban design. To achieve this, Brent has developed a particular expertise in large-scale strategic master planning, placemaking, built form and streets which brings together his passion for creating safe, equitable, and beautiful places.

He is a committed civic minded professional who is a frequent presenter, lecturer and guest critic at conferences, symposiums and universities in Canada and the United States. Brent is an active member of several professional associations, currently serves on the City of Brampton’s Urban Design Review Panel, and in 2015 was named a notable alumnus of his alma mater, the University of Guelph.

James Roche, OALA / CSLA / APALA

James is a landscape architect with over 24 years of experience with firms in both the United States and Canada with a focus on the design of the public realm. His experience includes all aspects of landscape architecture, including the design of urban parks, plazas, waterfronts, campus master plans, revitalization of impacted sites, stormwater management, residential and institutional, streetscape and transportation-related urban design. A commitment to design integrity can be seen in James’ attention to detail in every aspect of project delivery and management from concept design through to construction completion.

James lectures extensively on landscape architecture, has held a sessional teaching position at the University of Toronto since 2000, and is a frequent contributor to professional international journals. He has also been invited to lecture and provide guest critics for urban design and landscape programs at universities in Guelph, Waterloo, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Brent and James join DTAH Partner Emeritus Robert Allsopp, Partner John Hillier, and Senior Landscape Architect Peter Smith as CSLA Fellows. Brent, James, and the other 2020 and 2021 Fellows will formally join the College of Fellows Investiture Ceremony at the CSLA-OALA Congress from Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29, May 2021 online. Read more about the CSLA-OALA Congress and register to attend here

The Convent | Ta’n etl-mawita’mk in Kjikank, Unama'ki (Sydney, Cape Breton) is celebrating the opening of its first exhibition, “Are Wilds”, featuring a number of local artists, which will run until June 25, 2021 at Gallery 203, located on the second floor of the building, next to the Better Bite Café.

The Convent | Ta’n etl-mawita’mk is thriving, supporting artists, local businesses and the community despite the pandemic. The brilliant and energetic occupants and generous supporters continue to add character and life to the centre. Marking the one-year anniversary of the first occupants moving into the centre, there are plenty of exciting moments of creativity still to come, with the installation of new public art by local artists.

DTAH completed the architecture and landscape architecture design of The Convent | Ta’n etl-mawita’mk, a revitalized 133-year old building that now holds the community’s growing innovative and artistic businesses, and deep-rooted traditions of art and culture. The Convent | Ta’n etl-mawita’mk makes the arts more visible and provides a place to work that is safe, inclusive, affordable, and beautiful.

Find out more about the centre here

The Fort McMurray Waterfront Revitalization project includes a waterfront master plan for the six-kilometre site along the Clearwater and Snye Rivers in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. DTAH is co-leading the design with Urban Systems who will execute the delivery of the first several phases of the Revitalization. The community and larger municipality are looking forward to bringing life and activation to the naturally beautiful waterfront and extensive consultation and strategic guiding documents have already been completed.

The design and coordination efforts for the Waterfront Revitalization are compounded by active flood protection measures. Significant portions of the waterfront were destroyed in the 2016 wildfires that surrounded the town and forced the evacuation of 88,000 people, and the multi-phased construction of engineered flood protection follows a devastating 2020 flood event. The Revitalization along the Snye River will continue to support the historic 1920’s floatplane use from when Fort McMurray was considered the gateway to the Arctic and was one of Canada’s busiest airports.

The design will connect the downtown urban core with the water’s edge, create teaching and sharing moments, provide spaces for large events while providing much-needed local park space. The Revitalization offers increased accessibility and inclusive spaces, ensuring four-season use of the new park spaces. The resilient community, including Métis peoples and Indigenous Rights-Holders, are active participants in the design of the new waterfront. The carefully coordinated and designed park space will provide opportunities for ceremony, events, celebration and reconnection with the Snye River and the Canadian Heritage Clearwater River, and offer opportunities to celebrate and gather.

Find out more about the project here

Established in 1893, High Park Zoo is one of the oldest facilities of its kind in Canada. This highly popular destination is located with Toronto’s High Park and is free to the public, attracting over 600,000 visitors each year. The Friends of High Park Zoo (FPHZ) are a non-profit group formed in 2012, who have worked tirelessly to increase awareness, to raise emergency funds necessary for its survival, and develop a long-range strategic plan to improve and manage this special and unique resource.

Since 2015, DTAH has worked with FHPZ and the City of Toronto to develop a compelling Master Plan vision for the Zoo. The Master Plan will guide future projects and capital improvements for years to come. The Master Plan defines a series of principles related to greening, water management, animal exhibits, thresholds, and identity, and includes an illustrative demonstration of the potential recommendations. The Master Plan aims to better integrate the Zoo within the park, improve environmental performance, and create a more inviting experience for visitors and improve the conditions for the animals that reside in the Zoo.

Following completion of the Master Plan, DTAH led the design of the primary public realm elements. Phase 1 of the Master Plan included the rehabilitation and reconstruction of key structures. Today we are thrilled to share that FPHZ has secured funding for Phase 2 from their government partners: City of Toronto, Province of Ontario, and the Government of Canada. This next phase of effort will focus on enhancing accessibility, sustainability, and placemaking within the zoo.

Read the news release from Friends of High Park Zoo here