Sustainable Urban Design on Toronto’s Waterfront – YouTube
August 30, 2012 Leave a comment
The Lower Don Lands is a highly innovative design taking place on former industrial land on Toronto’s waterfront. I think this is a very interesting development. It has the sort of large-scale ecological earthworks that Landscape Urbanists are into, while the traditional urbanist voice of Ken Greenberg kept it from going too far into oblivion, and it has distinct, walkable urban spaces. I think the idea of making a video to explain the project makes it much more accessible than writing a report. I’ve read the report, and it’s great, don’t get me wrong, but I’m an urban design nerd, and I’ll do stuff like that. A lot of people wont. At a time when Toronto’s growth is threatening it’s heritage buildings, it’s great to take advantage of so much underutilized land for more appropriate development, and to fix some of the ecological mistakes of the past at the same time.