Architecture for Humanity Toronto Launches Lecture Series: “Incremental Strategies for Vertical Neighborhoods”

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According to the most recent national census in Canada, almost half of Toronto residents are immigrants, one-third of whom arrived in the past ten years. To allow the city to adapt to this surging flow of immigrants, Architecture for Humanity Toronto (AFHTO) has called upon students and professionals from various backgrounds to rethink Toronto’s urban fabric – and, in particular, its high-rise developments – by establishing a series of lectures and workshops entitled “Incremental Strategies for Vertical Neighborhoods.”

At the inaugural event a few weeks ago, Filipe Balestra of Urban Nouveau* was invited to speak about his work and contribute to a design charrette inspired by the City of Toronto’s program. For more on Balestra and the event, keep reading after the break.

Remembering Ron Thom’s Subtle Mark on the Canadian Landscape

in Peterborough, Ontario. Image © Alexi Hobbs

“You don’t need big and flashy starchitecture to make a statement; the most powerful architecture is often that which blends into the landscape and reveals itself slowly.” In this article on Monocle, written by Nelly Gocheva, the late Canadian architect is remembered for just this reason. To learn more about Thom’s architectural approach and works, including his masterplan for Trent University, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, read the article here.

Carling Residence / Tact Architecture

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Architects: Tact Architecture
Location: Georgian Bay, Ontario,
Project Manager: Michael Krus
Design Team: Michael Krus, Prish Jain, Barry Hajder
Engineers: Jain and Associates, Soscia Engineering Limited
Contractor: Pegah Construction Ltd
Area: 3600.0 ft2
Year: 2010
Photographs: Terence Tourangeau

Durham College Centre for Food / Gow Hastings Architects

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Expected to be completed in September 2013, the  Durham College Centre for Food will distinguish itself in the highly competitive field of culinary education by taking advantage of its rural setting on a large suburban campus in Whitby to narrate a story about the process of making a meal from “field to fork”. Designed by Gow Hastings Architects, students and visitors will journey through the inner workings of the school, showcasing food distribution rooms, a 150-seat lecture theatre, change rooms, faculty offices, classrooms and an array of hospitality and culinary labs that will circle a central atrium. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Evergreen Brick Works / Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Location: , Canada
Structural Engineers: Hallsall Associates
Construction Manager: Eastern Construction
Heritage Preservation: E.R.A. Architects
Site Area: 11,743 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Tom Arban

Mohawk College / Zeidler Partnership Architectschitects

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Architects: Zeidler Partnership Architects
Location: , Ontario, Canada
Area: 48,500 square feet
Construction Cost: $12 million
Completion Date: January 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban

   

CATT / Architects Tillman Ruth Robinson

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Architects: Architects Tillman Ruth Robinson
Location: 1001 Fanshawe, London, Ontario,
Principal-in-Charge: Tom Tillmann
Designer: Jason McIntosh
Collaborators: Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon; Structural Engineers, Hastings & Aziz; Civil Engineers, Development Engineering; Landscape Engineers, Ron Koudy’s Landscape Architects; General Contractor, D. Grant & Sons
Client: Fanshawe College Centre for Applied Transportation Technology
Completion: 2011
Project Size: 150,000 sq. ft.
Cost: $21,222,000
Photographs: Lisa Logan

Muskoka Boathouse / Christopher Simmonds Architect

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Architect: Christopher Simmonds Architect
Location: Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, (approx. 170 km North of Toronto, )
Project Type: Boathouse with seasonal residence – rural
Project Year: Fall 2007
Photographs: Peter Fritz Photography

Fraser Residence / Christopher Simmonds Architect

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Architects: Christopher Simmonds Architect
Location: Westboro Village, Ottawa, ,
Project Name: Fraser Residence
Project Type: Urban Infill – Single Family Home
Completion Date: January 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Christopher Simmonds Architect

Redeveloper Apartment / Kariouk Associates

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Architects: Kariouk Associates / Paul duBellet Kariouk (Principal) with Frederic Carrier
Location: Ottawa, , Canada
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Photolux Studio (Christian Lalonde)

Front to Back Infill / Colizza Bruni Architecture

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Architect: Colizza Bruni Architecture Inc. / James Colizza & Anthony Bruni
Location: Ottawa, , Canada
Project Area: 111 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Peter Fritz

House on the Bluffs / Taylor Smyth Architects

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Architects: Taylor Smyth Architects
Location: , , Canada
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,300 sqf
Photographs: Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

Flashback: Sunset Cabin / Taylor Smyth Architects

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Architects: Taylor Smyth Architects
Location: Ontario,
Partner in Charge: Michael Taylor
Project Team: Mike Lafreniere
Project Year: 2004
Project Area: 275 sqf
Photographs: Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

Thomas L. Wells Public School / Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

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Architects: Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Location: Toronto, , Canada
Project Team: Barry Sampson, Seth Atkins, Geoffrey Thün, Ian Douglas, Yves Bonnardeaux, Mauro Carreño, Gregory Reuter, McMichael Ruth, Andria Vacca, Colin Ripley, Jason Lee
Contractor: Struct-Con Construction
Project Year: 2005
Project Area: 6,108 sqm
Photographs: Tom Arban

Cassie Campbell Community Centre / Perkins+Will

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Architect: Perkins+Will
Location: ,
Project Area: 165,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Lisa Logan Architectural Photography

The Hamilton Farmers’ Market and Central Public Library / RDH Architects with David Premi Architects

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The Farmers’ Market and Public Library project is a major renovation and addition to an existing facility located in the city of . The existing building is located on the south side of york boulevard at a key entry point to downtown . York Boulevard is a major one way, east / west artery which traverses the downtown core and the city.

Architect: RDH Architects Inc. with David Premi Architects
Location: 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario,
Project Team: RDH Team: Bob Goyeche, Partner; Tyler Sharp, Associate, project designer; Scott Waugh, Bunty Sambhi, Cara McGibbon; David Premi Architects Team: David Premi, Partner; Sam Garagello, Magdalena Kieslowski
Structural Engineer: Group Eight Engineering Ltd.
Mechanical / Electrical Engineering: Group Eight Engineering Ltd.
Contractor: Kemp Construction
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of RDH Architects

Block 24E / KPMB Architects

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Block 24E combines residential building forms of different heights with street-related retail bases to activate the southern portion of Spadina Avenue, one of Toronto’s most important north-south arterials. It anchors the CityPlace development as it transitions from east to west and forms a gateway on Spadina to create a more inviting pedestrian experience. Beyond activating the precinct, its formal silhouette will make a significant statement in support of the Mayor’s and the City of Toronto’s agenda to create a City Beautiful.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: Toronto, Ontario,
Project Area: 662,734 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tom Arban

Maple Leaf Square / KPMB Architects

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Maple Leaf Square will create a bold and energetic 24 hour sports, entertainment and residential precinct in downtown Toronto. Situated between the Toronto Financial District to the north and Harbourfront to the south, and anchored by the adjacent Air Centre, the new complex will consolidate this precinct into a vital sports and entertainment district in the city.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: Toronto, , Canada
Project Area: 1,135,431 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban