Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Roof Garden | Toronto Canada | Scott Torrance Landscape Architect

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The project converted a 1980s office building into a centre offering social and cultural support services for the aboriginal community in downtown Toronto. A green roof was conceived as cultural and ceremonial grounds to charge unused space with vitality; to provide urban aboriginals with access to nature, rituals and customs; and to crown the building with greenery and the sounds of drumming and song to project a healthy aboriginal presence to the city.

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Winner selected for Visionary (re)Generation design competition

THE SOUTHWOOD FAIRWAY IN WINTER, A RENDERING FROM THE WINNING PROPOSAL “ARPENT”

THE SOUTHWOOD FAIRWAY IN WINTER, A RENDERING FROM THE WINNING PROPOSAL “ARPENT”

In December of 2012, 45 teams from 17 countries set forth to re-imagine our landscape, and today(Nov. 4) the University of Manitoba announces that a team of Canadian firms has won its Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design CompetitionWhat has been selected are not the final plans for the site’s development. Rather, this winning concept will guide development as the university continues to work with its stakeholders and the winning team. 

The winners are Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc., Toronto and Cibinel Architects Ltd., Winnipeg, with Landmark Planning & Design Inc., Winnipeg, and ARUP Canada Inc., Toronto. Their proposal — “Arpent”,  a unit of measurement — will guide the development of a rare and beautiful parcel of land on the Fort Garry campus.

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Evergreen Brick Works | Toronto Canada | DTAH / Claude Cormier + Associés / Dougan & Associates

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Image Credit | Vito Riccio (Aerial photograph of Evergreen Brick Works)

Virtually the entire site is actively used as a venue for artistic, interpretive and educational opportunities. The diverse landscape palette draws the Don Valley ecology through the site while a host of small installations explore, experiment and demonstrate various themes of edibles, habitats and related urban gardening themes and curios. The core exterior spaces are raised just above regular flood level while a pattern of continuous greenway channels erode the “in between” spaces. The welcome court is populated with themed landscape mounds above the contained contaminants below. The varied floor of exterior public spaces is a quilt of donated paver remnants linked by bridges steeping over the greenway channels.
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Six Finalists shortlisted for Canadian National Holocaust Monument

The Canadian Government recently announced that six teams were chosen as finalists in a national design competition to create concepts for the future National Holocaust Monument, which will be built in the heart of Canada’s capital, at the corner of Booth and Wellington streets, near the Canadian War Museum.

A Call for Qualifications was launched in May 2013, inviting teams of professional artists, architects, landscape architects and other design professionals to submit their credentials and examples of prior work at the first stage of a two-phase national design competition. Teams had to be led by a Canadian citizen. International candidates were, however, deemed eligible as team members.

Three of the six teams include a landscape architect including Daniel Roehr, SWA Group/Terraplan, and Claude Cormier. The full list of finalists includes

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Pottery Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing | Toronto Canada | PLANT Architect

Pottery Road - Toronto Canada - Plant Architect

The Pottery Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing is the first component in a larger scheme to provide interpretation, accessibility, and environmental control for Crothers’ Wood — one of the few remaining fragments of Carolinian forest in Toronto and throughout Canada. The site has been designated an Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and is part of the City of Toronto’s Terrestrial Natural Heritage System along the East Don River Valley.

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