A derelict area beneath a series of overpasses in the West Don Lands is going to be transformed into the most extensive park to ever be built under an overpass in Canada, and the first in Toronto.
Located within the West Don Lands – home to the 2015 Pan American Games Athletes’ Village – Underpass Park will cover a total of 1.05 hectares (2.5 acres) under and around the Eastern Avenue and Richmond/Adelaide overpasses, between Cherry Street and Bayview Avenue.
Designed by renowned landscape architects Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg in association with The Planning Partnership, Underpass Park embodies design excellence and is the epitome of innovative urban park design. The design creates a socially-engaging park for community members of all ages and abilities by incorporating public art, recreational space, playful climbing structures and play areas, flexible community space, community gardens, and public gathering places.
The City of Ottawa released the names of the 5 firms that have been short listed from the 21 submissions received to compete for the design of Lansdowne Park’s open space.
The short listed firms are
- Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates – Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg – Vancouver, British Columbia
- The SWA Group – Sausalito, California
Partnered with: Corush Sunderland Wright Ltd. (Ottawa), The ARCOP Group, J.L. Richards & Associates (Ottawa), WESA (Ottawa), BuildGreen Solutions, CMS Collaboratie Inc., Professional Environmental Recreation Consultants Ltd. (PERC), PHA Lighting Design, Ned Kahn
- West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture – Toronto, Ontario
Partnered with: Robertson Martin Architects Inc., The Municipal Infrastructure Group (TMIG), Halsall Associates (Ottawa office)
- Williams, Asselin, Ackaoui & Associates Inc. (WAA) – Montreal, Quebec
Partnered with: Éclairage Public Inc., Michel Dallaire Design Industriel Inc., Les Architectes FABG, Vinci Consultants, Linda Covit
With this selection, the work of the design firms will begin promptly with the gathering of information and ideas for the new open space. On Wednesday, February 24 and Thursday, February 25, the selected design firms will be meeting with the City, the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the Parks Canada Agency in a design symposium. Community groups and citizens will be able to learn about the design teams’ background and past projects, and provide comments about what they think should be built in the open space.
For more information go to the Lansdowne Park’s open space website.
[SOURCE: City of Ottawa]
RELATED STORY: Ottawa Citizen – Five firms compete for Lansdowne redesign
Joanne Chianello of the Ottawa Citizen wrote a follow up piece about the Lansdowne Park Competition reporting on the initial meeting between the City, NCC and the design teams.
Competitors where given some advice and on the designs for the site including
……. more than one presenter that proposals needed to be environmentally sustainable, “preserve the historic integrity” of the site (including the Aberdeen pavilion), with an emphasis on “soft over hard landscape.”
Later in the day the design teams presented their previous work to the City and NCC.
Read the full article at the [SOURCE: Ottawa Citizen – Designers told to ensure Lansdowne’s uniqueness]
A panel of Canadian urban studies specialists was brought together by the thestar.com(Toronto) to ponder the state of the Greater Toronto Area and the in-between areas that are ever growing.
thestar.com feature starts…..
According to a panel of leading Canadian city thinkers assembled recently by the Star, trying to distinguish the centre from the periphery, downtown from hinterland, is more complex than ever in these increasingly splintered times.
Read the article at the SOURCE: thestar.com – The in-between city slouches ahead
Below is a list of people cited in the article (there was no panel list)
Douglas Young, York University
Murtaza Haider, Ryerson University
David Ley, University of British Columbia
David Hulchanski, University of Toronto
Ute Lehrer, York University
Frank Cunningham, University of Toronto
Alan Walks, University of Toronto
Mariana Valverde, University of Toronto (thestar cited as Mariana Laverde )
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.
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.
The Globe and Mail reports
A private developer holds the key to a proposed rescue of the iconic grain silos at the western edge of Toronto’s central waterfront.
On Monday, at Mayor David Miller’s executive committee, city officials are expected to lay out a plan to restore the former Canadian Malting silos that, a mere two months ago, were at risk of being razed.
What’s changed? A fresh plan by the cash-strapped city to invest public and private dollars to preserve heritage structures of a bygone industrial era that could define the future of Toronto’s waterfront.
read more at the SOURCE: The Globe and Mail – City looks to preserve waterfront silos
Toronto City Council has overwhelmingly approved Waterfront Toronto’s recommendation to transform Queens Quay into a grand lakefront boulevard by replacing two lanes of traffic on the south side of the street with a beautiful linear park.
Transforming Queens Quay by creating open public space along the south side of the street with a generous new pedestrian promenade and expanded Martin Goodman Trail is part of the winning design for revitalizing the central waterfront by West 8 + DTAH.
SOURCE: WEST 8