People and place come together in green-minded design for Downsview development in north Toronto

2021-10-07 4:20:00 AM

People and place come together in green-minded design for Downsview development in north Toronto

People and place come together in green-minded design for Downsview development in north Toronto

Developers Northcrest and Canada Lands Company will release a ‘framework plan’ for the Downsview development this week

Now Toronto has the chance to answer that big question with a big project: The redevelopment ofAfter a year of Zoom-meeting consultations, the vision that emerged is hugely ambitious, highly innovative and just as exciting. The question is how much of this dream will actually come true.

The designers, which also include leading Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects and Danish landscape architects SLA, are pitching the project around a concept they dub 'city-nature.'“For everybody in Toronto who needs to leave for the weekend and go to a cabin in the countryside, we ask: Can you get that feeling in the heart of the city?” SLA project director Rasmus Astrup says.

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The vision that emerged of the Downsview Lands redevelopment is hugely ambitious, highly innovative and just as exciting.Beth MacLean, the woman at the centre of a human rights case dealing with persons with disabilities and their attempts to move out of institutions, testifies at the inquiry in Halifax on March 6, 2018.In a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology on Tuesday, researchers from the University of Paris in France focused on how the immune system plays a role in the development of the skin condition called “chilblain-like lesions” or “COVID toes.The quake early Thursday occurred 8 miles north-northeast of Harnai in Baluchistan province.

Northcresr/Canada Lands Can we build a new neighbourhood from scratch and make it good? This is an open question in urban planning right now – not just in Toronto or in Canada, but across the Western world. There are few examples of new districts that have become beloved places. In a landmark decision issued Wednesday, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal sided with an advocacy group called the Disability Rights Coalition, agreeing that the province’s failure to offer people with disabilities “meaningful” access to housing and care in the community amounts to a violation of their basic rights. Now Toronto has the chance to answer that big question with a big project: The redevelopment of 520 acres on a former airstrip, Bombardier factory and military lands in Downsview , in a northern area of the city. Newsletter sign-up: Get The COVID-19 Brief sent to your inbox The skin condition attracted attention during the pandemic after mostly children and teenagers with COVID-19 developed the lesions. This week, the developers Northcrest and Canada Lands Company will release a “framework plan” for the project. Story continues below advertisement Wednesday’s court ruling came as the result of an appeal of a human rights decision that found three people with intellectual disabilities had been discriminated against by being kept in a Halifax psychiatric hospital despite medical opinions stating they could live in the community. It promises a walkable urbanism full of parks and “green corridors” and a runway turned into a mile-long pedestrian street. This is a developing story.

It would be light on cars, great on managing stormwater, and full of Scandi-style mass timber buildings. In a unanimous ruling, the three-judge court panel disagreed with Thompson’s argument that a finding of systemic discrimination required there be evidence of each individual person being mistreated. More specifically, the study’s authors said there are two components of the immune system that are associated with the development of chilblain-like lesions in COVID-19 patients and in those who already had the condition. After a year of Zoom-meeting consultations, the vision that emerged is hugely ambitious, highly innovative and just as exciting. The question is how much of this dream will actually come true.” During the appeal hearing last November, Claire McNeil, the lawyer for the coalition, argued the mistreatment of people with disabilities included unnecessary institutionalization, lengthy wait times, and forced removal to remote areas of the province far from family and friends. Story continues below advertisement “This is a plan that puts nature first, and then people, and then the built form,” says Kevin Bridgman, a partner at local firm KPMB Architects, one of the groups leading the design. Endothelial dysfunction is a condition in which the endothelial layer (the inner lining) of the small arteries fails to perform all of its functions normally “This study illustrates that both the immune system and endothelial cells play a critical role in the genesis of CLL (chilblain-like lesions),” the authors said. “It’s a very different result than you get if you start with buildings and density. “There is ample evidence in the record and the findings of the (human rights) board to support the conclusion that the manner in which the province provides social assistance to persons with disabilities creates a disadvantage that is unique to them and not applicable to assistance given to non-disabled persons,” said the decision signed by Chief Justice Michael Wood and justices David Farrar and Cindy Bourgeois.

” The designers, which also include leading Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects and Danish landscape architects SLA, are pitching the project around a concept they dub 'city-nature.' Northcresr/Canada Lands The designers, which also include leading Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects and Danish landscape architects SLA, are pitching the project around a concept they dub “city-nature. MacLean died recently, while Livingstone died before the hearing ended.  RELATED IMAGES.” One hundred acres of new open space would slice through new neighbourhoods, creating small and mid-sized parks that carry rainwater, migrating species, cyclists and kids at play. “For everybody in Toronto who needs to leave for the weekend and go to a cabin in the countryside, we ask: Can you get that feeling in the heart of the city?” SLA project director Rasmus Astrup says. The coalition said in a news release issued Wednesday that the new Progressive Conservative provincial government should not appeal the decision and must “stop the fight against people with disabilities in court and set a new direction that recognizes the inherent dignity and equality of people with disabilities. There also will be some buildings.

The plan calls for 50,000 units of housing for 80,000 people – mostly in mid-rise structures, meeting or exceeding affordable-housing requirements, and clustered to create lively places.. It also promises 41,500 jobs by 2051, including through a film production studio that will open in the next few years. Development would begin at opposite ends, clustered around the Wilson and Downsview Park subway stations – two of the four public-transit stations that serve this site. The architecture is still vague. But early drawings show mostly five- to eight-storey structures organized around lush courtyards, with hardly a car in sight.

The architectural language, as one would expect from Henning Larsen and KPMB, is a quiet Modernism, with plenty of brick and hints of timber structures. (The low heights make it possible to use mass timber, an emerging carbon-light technology, rather than concrete.) The airport runway provides a spatial and conceptual through-line for the project. The 2.1-kilometre runway would remain in place as a pedestrianized street, lined by housing, shops, daycares and a school.

“The runway changes from connecting people on a global level to connecting people on a local level,” says Michael Sorensen, head of Henning Larsen’s North American office. One hundred acres of new open space would slice through new neighbourhoods, creating small and mid-sized parks that carry rainwater, migrating species, cyclists and kids at play. Northcresr/Canada Lands In the next year, the developers plan to open up the airport for public events, allowing people to connect to the place. That will be a milestone. The airport is a century old, but most neighbours have never gotten past the fences.

“The site is unfathomably big,” Mr. Sorensen says. “As a Dane, coming from such a small country, it’s difficult to get your head around it.” Story continues below advertisement This little joke captures an important truth: The project is massive. So how do you create a sense of place? The “city-nature” concept, a trademark of SLA and a characteristic of Danish urbanism, helps.

The plan will provide a network of courtyards and “greenways,” Mr. Astrup says – “that extra layer that every community needs.” The designers also engaged with what is there. Downsview today is weird: a shaggy collection of aerospace factories and sheds, buttoned-up military buildings turned into parkour gyms, and oceanic parking lots. There’s a flea market, housed in an 18-acre military warehouse that was built to withstand a missile strike.

Now the designers plan to cut that building open and run a street through it, connecting the samosa stands and electronics dealers to the landscape beyond. The danger here is that these ideas will get diluted. The federal government conducted a design competition for Downsview in 2000 that produced an influential scheme led by Dutch provocateurs OMA . What got built is a generic park, grim townhouses and big-box stores. Today, there’s a chance to start again.

But it will require painstaking and creative work on the architecture and landscape. And the city of Toronto’s many departments will need to be flexible, abandoning much of their suburbanite formula for built form and street design. The developers Northcrest, owned by a public-sector pension fund, are adamant that they’ll take their time and stand up for quality. Let’s hope so. If they aren’t, one change of ownership could bring disaster – a Danish-style public realm could be replaced by condo junkspace.

For now, though, the dream is alive. The developers Northcrest, owned by a public-sector pension fund, are adamant that they’ll take their time and stand up for quality. Northcresr/Canada Lands Our Morning Update and Evening Update newsletters are written by Globe editors, giving you a concise summary of the day’s most important headlines. .