WARD 6 Public garden EXHIBIT

 

PUBLIC | GAREN, L-Space Gallery Exhibit

The scheme describes a blue-sky vision for revitalizing an existing city-owned brownfield site into a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood. The land, formerly supporting industrial uses, has been left vacant for approximately 20 years. The soils are contaminated with lead and other heavy metal toxins.

The scheme is grounded by the idea of an interconnected system of elevated Community Garden Pods linked by bridges, elevated pathways, and raised social space that hovers above the toxic land that will be subject to bioremediation (specifically phytoremediation) strategies.. The idea is to elevate the functional elements to permit the bio-remediating elements (plants, worms, bees, and alike) to do their work below, over time.

Project Team:  Craig Crane, Marcin Kedzior, Hilary Bonnell, Joshua Sam-Cato, Josh Silver, Karley Cable, Nicole Fedorchuk, Rami Dawood, Robbie Tarakji, Saksham Sharma, Tings Chak, Victoria Cardoso

 
As part of the PUBLIC | GARDEN exhibit, we created a mobile workshop that travelled to elementary schools in the area and engaged students about the design of their neighbourhoods.

As part of the PUBLIC | GARDEN exhibit, we created a mobile workshop that travelled to elementary schools in the area and engaged students about the design of their neighbourhoods.

Urban Elements

The 2015 urban design proposal extends the ideas developed in 2004 for revitalizing an existing city-owned brownfield site into a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood. This evolved scheme hypothesizes about fostering socially innovative ideas with economic and cultural impacts; promoting community driven, evidenced based solutions; inspiring self-organizing bottom-up collectivists to lead civic development; and reducing demand on current community services. It espouses a performance based design protocol based on the spirit of the SEED Network Standard (Social Economic and Environmental Design) developed out of Harvard University.

The program proposes includes a Co-Housing Village, a Community Hub, and a scaled-up Urban Farm. The project presents a vision of a new neighbourhood within a shared food based entrepreneurial fabric. The key urban design intentions are to extend the reliable street planning grid of South Etobicoke into the plan to create a sense of place and to re-establish connections to nature and the local urban fabric. Our team collaborated with Canopy Co-Housing in the development of mixed-use, medium density, built form typologies for the Co-Housing Village.  

Project Team: Craig Crane, Marcin Kedzior, Sukaina Ebrahim, Tina Matei, Meliza Macapinlac, Elizabeth O’Neill, Josh Silver, Josh Solomon, Dennis Redwood, Alexeis Ramos, Karly Cable, Nicole Fedorchuk, Rachel Irving-Beer, Zartesh Javed, Emily Kusec-Ashcroft, Ruxandra Patrasc, Cedra Samaha