How does a building improve the life of a whole neighborhood? This was the challenge for the architects of Daniels Spectrum, a 58,000-square-foot cultural center at the heart of the Regent Park district in Toronto. The area, a previously blighted late 1940s public housing complex, is in the middle of a revitalization: Toronto Community Housing and Daniels Corporation, a private developer, are replacing the old apartment buildings for the tenants, and adding market-rate housing and community facilities. Diamond Schmitt Architects designed the Spectrum, which is run by Artscape, a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization, to house seven local performing and visual arts
Making a Splash: Designed by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, a public aquatic center, surrounded by a park in a mixed-income city housing development, proves public recreational facilities needn't skimp on high-concept design.
Rapid population growth and a stable economy are fueling a construction boom in this Canadian metropolis. An aerial view of East Bayfront, one of several districts being redeveloped in Toronto. Click on the slide show tab to view images of a scheme by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates for the Lower Don Lands. Related Links: Toronto Waterfront Vision Focuses on Tourist Dollars The Royal Conservatory by KPMB Sherbourne Common Pavilion by Teeple Architects Toronto Public Housing Gets Green Makeover In most North American cities, active construction cranes are a rare sight these days. But in downtown Toronto, they’re ubiquitous, lifting up
This great recession is a tough time for a startup, but a group of architects and boosters in the Canadian city of Sudbury think it’s just the right moment for a new school of architecture. They’re gathering support for the planned Northern Ontario School of Architecture (NOSOA), which would be Canada’s first new architecture school in four decades. Photo courtesy NOSOA Residents of Sudbury are gathering support for the planned Northern Ontario School of Architecture, which would be Canada’s first new architecture school in four decades. Blaine Nicholls, a retired architect who chairs the school’s steering committee, argues that NOSOA—which
Project Specs Evangel Hall Toronto, Canada architectsAlliance << Return to article the People Architect architectsAlliance 317 Adelaide Street West, Suite 205 Toronto, ON M5V 1P9 +416.593.6500 x 246 +416.593.4911 Personnel: Partner in Charge: John van Nostrand, FRAIC, OAA Collaborating Partner: Rudy Wallman, OAA Project Architects: Paul Kulig, Jon van Oostveen Interior designer: architectsAlliance Engineers: Structural: Blackwell Engineering www.blackwellbowick.com Mechanical/Electrical: G&M Technical Services Inc. Kitchen: LTD Consulting www.ltdconsultinggroup.com Landscape Consultant: Diana Gerard Landscape Architect www.gh3.ca General contractor: Dineen Construction Corporation www.dineen.com Photographers Exteriors: Ben Rahn A-Frame Inc. +416.465.2426 Interiors: David Whittaker +416.429.0245 CAD system, project management, or other software
One of the world’s great architecture patrons has hired two distinguished architects—the Indian Modernist Charles Correa and Pritzker Prize winner Fumihiko Maki—to design a $200-million cultural and religious complex in Toronto.
An energy plant that’s a showcase for sustainable and excellent design—that’s the agenda for a new project by Steven Holl Architects in Toronto. The city’s waterfront redevelopment agency announced last week that it hired Holl’s firm for the new District Energy Centre, an approximately 37,700-square-foot facility that will power a new neighborhood on the city’s lakefront. Image courtesy Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Toronto planners looked to the Whitney Water Purification Facility and Park, in New Haven, Connecticut, for a model of how urban infrastructure can integrate successfully with a natural setting. Related Links: Van Valkenburgh to Remake 2,400 AcresLandscape/Architecture Firms
Cities across North America are struggling to undo the mistakes of 20th-century public housing. Some are finding that a clean slate also presents opportunities. In Canada, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) is pushing the agenda on design and sustainability with a $1 billion effort to rebuild an inner city housing project. Images courtesy Diamond and Schmitt A team of architects including architectsAlliance and Diamond and Schmitt has prepared plans to redevelop Regent Park, a 1950s-era public housing complex in Toronto. Breaking apart superblocks, it will replace 2,000 townhouse and mid-rise apartments with more than 5,000 housing units in townhouses