Canada’s biggest green roof was technically challenging: LA

Journal of Commerce reports

The biggest living roof in Canada is surrounded by water on three sides, and the marine deck on which the building sits is supported by stilt-like piles. It also features slopes of up to 53 per cent.

Bruce Hemstock, of PWL Partnership, a Vancouver landscape architecture and consulting firm that worked on the project, said the roof portion of the job was one of the most technically challenging assignments his firm has taken on in its 35 years in the business.

Read the full article at the SOURCE: Journal of CommerceCreating Vancouver Convention Centre’s green roof no simple task

Construction Underway at Canada’s Sugar Beach

Waterfront Toronto, together with the Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto, officially broke ground recently on Canada’s Sugar Beach, a new park that is transforming a surface parking lot in a former industrial area into Toronto’s second urban beach at the water’s edge.

Located at the foot of Lower Jarvis Street adjacent the Redpath Sugar Factory, this 8500m2 (2 acre) park will be the first public space visitors see as they travel along Queens Quay from the central waterfront. The park’s brightly coloured pink beach umbrellas and iconic candy-striped rock outcroppings will welcome visitors to the new waterfront neighbourhood of East Bayfront.

Designed by renowned Canadian landscape architects and urban designers Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes, in association with The Planning Partnership, Canada’s Sugar Beach, builds upon the success of other parks and public spaces along the waterfront by introducing a second urban beach to the area and incorporating the tree-lined promenade in its design.

SOURCE: WATERFRONToronto

Montreal transforms a dump into a park

Montrealers are enjoying St.Michel Environmental Complex, a former quarry and garbage dump that is a park-in-progress. The site is being transformed from wasteland into a new green park, gone are the trucks, the seagulls and smelly garbage. Currently the park is being capped with building rubble and soil. The park will include large open lawns, amphitheatre, skate park, BMX centre with some facilities already operational. Currently the park has 5 kilometres of trails covering 48 hectares for us to enjoy today – and in 2020 when the park is completed will be 192 hectares.

The site design maintains the topography of the quarry and was not filled to the top this was intentional design decision taken by the designers, so that the park reflected the evolution of the site.

Via Gazette

Landscape Architecture professor travels North America studying urban agriculture

Professor Karen Landman, a landscape architecture professor from University of Guelph recently travelled across North America to study Urban Agriculture. Travelling some 18,000 kilometres(11,185 km) across western USA and Canada to see how food was grown commercially in cities.

University of Guelph has a full interview with Professor Karen Landman about her travels what she learnt.

[SOURCE: University of Guelph] via City Farmer News

An Urban Agriculture Symposium is being held at the University of Guelph at the Arboretum on Friday 20 November from 8:30am to 5:30pm at which Professor Karen Landman will give a lecture along with other presenters. However, the cut off date for registration was last Friday, 13th November.

Lecture – UBC – Moshe Safdie

Date: 21 Nov 2009, 8:15 PM
Location: UBC Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, Lecture Hall No. 2, 2194 Health Sciences Mall

Arthur Erickson Memorial Lecture in Architectural Excellence

“Megascale, order and Complexity”

Mr. Moshe Safdie is an architect and urban designer who has won numerous awards including the Companion Order of Canada and the Gold Medal of the Royal Canadian Institute of Architects.

Admission to lecture is free.

http://www.psg.com/~ted/vaninst/VbSafdie.html

SOURCE: UBC

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