Back to the River: Forest City. River City. London.
Forest City. River City. London. is a finalist submission to the Back to the River design competition for the London, Ontario riverfront.
Ontario's Thames River Valley is the most prominent geomorphic feature in London with the confluence of two branches into a third at the Forks. A Canadian Heritage River, it makes outstanding contributions to cultural heritage, natural heritage and recreation. Past, present, or future, the Thames plays a central role in defining the social, cultural, civic, and economic possibilities for London's residents, workers and visitors. The City is experiencing a confluence of planning opportunities that will catalyze transformational changes in the fabric of London, Ontario.
Back to the River re-embraces the Thames as the social and environmental lifeblood of the City. It re-knits the urban fabric of the city to the river, and uses the river itself—and the revitalized open spaces along it—as catalysts for urban regeneration within Downtown, SoHo, and nearby neighbourhoods.
Image Credit: Stoss Landscape Urbanism
Jack Layton Ferry Terminal: Cloud Park
Waterfront Toronto launched a design competition to revitalize the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and the adjacent Harbour Square Park.
Cloud Park is one of five finalist entries into the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal Design Competition. The resigned park re-establishes the city's direct physical and visual linkages to Lake Ontario, the Harbour, and the Harbour Islands, while creating a compelling, ethereal, and one-of-a-kind public space for Toronto's waterfront. It also re-works and greatly enhances the visitor experience of those using the island ferries by fully integrating the terminal buildings and functions into the verdant and active park.
Image Credit: Stoss Landscape Architects, nARCHITECTS, and ZAS Architects.
Master PlanOttawa, ONCLIENTCanada Lands CompanyTEAM LEAD
Janet Rosenberg & StudioROLECollaboratorPROJECT DATE2013
"Close to Ottawa’s urban core, this 310-acre (125-hectare) site presents a rare opportunity to reintegrate this former Canadian Forces Base into the surrounding urban and natural context, creating a vibrant new community that blends seamlessly with the existing character of Ottawa.
The mission is to develop an innovative neighbourhood while setting exemplary standards for strong design and development; providing for an appropriate mix of housing types, commercial development and employment uses, while creating strong connections among significant natural features, open spaces, and urban public spaces along with a commitment to sustainability development and long term economic viability."
Not for Profit
ARC—Animal Road Crossing—is a not for profit interdisciplinary partnership working to facilitate new thinking, new methods, new materials and new solutions for wildlife crossing structures.Following the completion of the ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition, Plandform has continued to work with ARC Solutions to advocate and educate for long-term landscape connectivity and innovate leading-edge solutions to human and wildlife mobility.
Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront
Design CompetitionMuseum of Modern Art (New York, NY)ROLECollaboratorPROJECT DATE2010AWARDS
Top Ten Finalist
"An architects-in-residence program at P.S.1 (November 16, 2009–January 8, 2010) brought together five interdisciplinary teams to re-envision the coastlines of New York and New Jersey around New York Harbor and to imagine new ways to occupy the harbor itself with adaptive “soft” infrastructures that are sympathetic to the needs of a sound ecology. These creative solutions are intended to dramatically change our relationship to one of the city’s great open spaces.
This installation presented the proposals developed during the architects-in-residence program, including a wide array of models, drawings, and analytical materials."
Design CompetitionMinneapolis, MNCLIENTMinneapolis Riverfront Design CompetitionROLECollaboratorPROJECT DATE2011AWARDS
"A longer-term transformation that reclaims the river as civic space, introduces new landscapes, infrastructure and urban fabrics, and weaves the multiple new and existing systems and experiences back into the city."
Image Credit: Stoss Landscape Urbanism
ARC: International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Competition
Design CompetitionVail Pass, ColoradoROLEProfessional AdvisorPROJECT DATE2010
ARC – Animal Road Crossing - began in 2010 with The ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition. Creating the ‘next generation' of wildlife crossing infrastructure involved engaging innovative architectural, engineering, transportation and ecological professional international design teams to develop solutions for animal road-crossing structures that would be cost-efficient, ecologically responsive, safe and flexible. Adaptable for use in other locations, conditions a modality that anticipates climate change.
ARC understands that three critical factors are exacerbating transportation challenges: 1) North America has an increasing population and expanding suburban and exurban development; 2) we have an aging, deficient and outmoded infrastructure; and 3) we are in a period of changing climate.
The design solutions that resulted from the ARC competition are progressive steps in addressing these complex design challenges in the context of road infrastructure for human and wildlife safety and mobility. In broadly sharing the results of the competition with municipal, state/provincial and federal agencies, ARC is working hard to implement safe passages for wildlife and motorists alike.
Lake Ontario Masterplan(Toronto, ON)CLIENTWATERFRONTorontoTEAM LEAD
Field Operations, with Schollen & CompanyROLEEcological PlanningPROJECT DATE2009
"Commissioned by WATERFRONToronto, the Master Plan creates a new 375 Ha/925 acre public waterfront park stretching across Toronto’s waterfront. The park weaves together a variety of existing and new parklands, including the city’s much-loved Leslie Street Spit and Tommy Thomspon Park, a haven for migratory birds on the continental flyway (and the bird-watchers who flock to witness the spring and fall migrations). The park encompasses a wide range of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, significant public spaces, recreational activities and plans for 37 kms of recreational trails. The park program serves both active and passive uses, including hiking, swimming, boating, canoeing, skating, skiiing, and bird-watching amidst a series of restored marshes, conservation lands, extensive public beaches and promenades. Plandform assisted the design team with preliminary ecological assessment and site-related planning, and presented these issues at public engagement workshops in Phase One of the work."
(Phase One of the Master Plan commenced construction in 2009)
River + City + Life
Design CompetitionToronto, ONCLIENTToronto Waterfront/Lower Don Lands International Design CompetitionTEAM LEAD
In collaboration with Chris Reed/StoSS Landscape Urbanism (Boston), Brown + Storey Architects, (Toronto), and ZAS Architects (Toronto).
Competition sponsored by Toronto Waterfront Revitalisation Committee (TWRC).
Exhibited at the BCE Place Galleria, April 13-24, 2007.ROLECollaboratorPROJECT DATE2007AWARDS
Competition Finalist: Runner-Up
RIVER+CITY+LIFE is one of four invited entries in the second phase of an urban design competition for Toronto’s Lower Don Lands. Design teams were asked to produce a bold and compelling concept for the Lower Don Lands with the river as the central feature, while at the same time providing for new development and new linkages to the rest of the city.
The competition team's design goals centred around creating an ecological interface between the river and the lake and an expanded cultural interface between Toronto and its lakefront.
Image Credit: Stoss Landscape Urbanism
Glass City: A Public Artscape for Toledo,Ohio
Design CompetitionToledo, OHCLIENTToledo ArtNET Design CompetitionTEAM LEAD
In collaboration with Julia Czerniak (CLEAR) and Linda Pollack (Marpillero Pollack Architects, NYC). Competition sponsored by the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo + ArtNET Committee.ROLECollaboratorPROJECT DATE2005AWARDS
For project description see Foglio (Mar 2006, pp. 8)
SHIFT: Seeding a System of Lakeshore Parks
Design CompetitionChicago, ILCLIENTLincoln Park Design CompetitionTEAM LEAD
In collaboration with George Hargreaves (Hargreaves Associates), Anita Berrizbeita (UPENN), Julia Czerniak (CLEAR) and Linda Pollack (Marpillero Pollack Architects). Competition sponsored by the Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts.
Exhibited at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, March 26-May 15, 2004.PROJECT DATE2003AWARDS
Emergent Ecologies: A Design for Toronto’s Downsview Park
Design CompetitionToronto, ONCLIENTDownsview Park International Design CompetitionTEAM LEAD
Corner J (Field Operations), Stan Allen ArchitectROLECollaboratorPROJECT DATE2000AWARDS