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.
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.
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.
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.
Spacing.ca a great magazine and blogs from Toronto and Montreal.
Recently on the latest episode of their radio show (Spacing Radio) went underground into Montreal’s sewer system and look at how Vancouver’s is allowing residents to garden green strips and traffic circles (Ed: sort of a controlled guerilla gardening) to think about public spaces differently.
Its an interesting listen and worth checking every two weeks to see what the latest conversation Spacing Radio is having about Canada and its spaces. Also you can subscribe to the podcasts on the iTunes store.
Go to Spacing Radio to listen to the latest episode.
Henry Gass of McGill Daily reports
The fight for Montreal’s environmental future has recently reached new heights, as various environmental groups in the city promote the installation of energy-efficient green and white roofs.
Green rooftops, or rooftop gardens, are becoming more and more popular in Montreal, while white rooftops, flat surfaces with a white polymeric membrane stretched across, are just starting to be introduced.
Read the full article at the [SOURCE: McGill Daily – Green, white roofs come to campus]
Ontario brownfield reclamation projects — followed by B.C. and Quebec projects— came away with the most Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) Brownie Awards at the 9th annual Canadian Brownfields Conference in Vancouver.
Waterfront developments took three of the major awards and were also winners in other Brownie categories.
For the full details go to the [SOURCE: Journal of Commerce – Western Canada]