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PFS STUDIO

WEST DON LANDS WITH UNDERPASS PARK

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sense for cities to turn to the empty In the process, it is creating brand-new residential
areas under transportation infrastruc- communities-such as West Don Lands, laid out
ture to eke out public space.
by the Planning Partnership, which is based in
Toronto, with PFS Studio-thoughtfully knitting
Which is not to say that Greg Smal- them together with parks, infrastructure, and publenberg, FASLA, a principal in the lic art. Transforming the entire 2,000-acre swath
Vancouver-based PFS Studio (previ- is expected to take several decades.
ously Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg),
felt particularly inspired the first time PFS Studio had already designed Sherbourne
he got a look at the Toronto site, un- Common, a stunning 3.6-acre park atop a stormder and around raised sections of Richmond Street, Adelaide water treatment facility in the East Bayfront area,
Street, and Eastern Avenue. The irregularly shaped 2.5-acre on what had been a mostly vacant former inparcel-roughly three blocks with two streets running through dustrial property. But the site that would beit-was one tiny puzzle piece in the nearly 2,000 acres under come Underpass Park was particularly unsavory.
the jurisdiction of Waterfront Toronto, a public development cor- Whereas the spaces under some overpasses can
poration jointly established by the city of Toronto, the province be lofty, even cathedral-like, this one was decidof Ontario, and the national government of Canada. In what is edly squat-as low as 13 feet at the eastern end,
being billed as one of the largest urban redevelopment projects where the site climbs up onto the flood protection
in North America, Waterfront Toronto is reclaiming barren landform. And it was dark. Needles, broken glass,
brownfields to extend the fabric of the city out toward the lake. burnt-out cars and rubble were strewn about. "It

OPPOSITE

On the western end of
the site, low concrete
ribbon walls double as
benches and edging
for planting beds.
OPPOSITE, INSET

This part of the park,
shown before the
redesign, was one of
the few spots on the
site open to the sky.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2017

TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
PROLOGUE
ESSAY | ESSAI
Après le désordre vient le beau temps
A Fine Mess
Biophilic City
“I Am the Space Where I Am”
OPINION
Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
Messiness by Intention
CRITIQUE
@landtecanada Taking It With You
THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - ESSAY | ESSAI
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Après le désordre vient le beau temps
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - A Fine Mess
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Biophilic City
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - “I Am the Space Where I Am”
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Messiness by Intention
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - CRITIQUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - @landtecanada Taking It With You
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