DTAH Associate Yvonne Battista will be presenting Double Duty: Urban Stormwater Management as part of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) webinar series on June 11, 2020, 11AM-12:30PM. Learn more here

As cities grow and experience an increase in both urban density and environmental issues related to climate change, it is essential that public spaces are designed to be socially, environmentally, technically, and economically balanced. Several local and urban case studies will explore innovative stormwater (SWM) management at different scales with a balance of green and grey solutions as well as highlight landscape-architect-led design processes for unique, site-specific solutions.

Projects will include Edgeley Pond + Park in Vaughan, which is currently a forgotten SWM pond that supports an urbanized Black Creek with 767 hectares of upstream drainage and 54 hectares of untreated urban SWM. The new park will protect and enable development for over 5,000 new residents while providing a signature amenity park space.

Over the last 100 years, downtown Hamilton has grown around the 28-hectare Gage Park. Challenged with aging infrastructure, repeated surcharging, and property damage, the City approved an innovative solution to bring urban stormwater from adjacent streets into the historic park.

With land value at a premium, Toronto’s 23-hectare East Bayfront neighbourhood needed a precinct-wide urban stormwater solution. Learn how the design team created a unique solution that was built in a 21-metre right-of-way.