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EXCELLENCE 2019
MEDIUM-SCALE PUBLIC L ANDSCAPES

PUBLIC WORK OFFICE FOR URBAN
DESIGN & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

THE BENTWAY
TORONTO, ON

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THE BENTWAY re-imagines the city's most divisive symbol of
20th century transportation planning as a new model of shared
public terrain able to capture the soul and spirit of Toronto.
The project stitches together seven neighbourhoods, expands
access to key areas such as Fort York National Historic Site,
and creates a new gathering place for Toronto's growing
population.
The Expressway's series of supportive concrete columns
called "bents," create 55 "civic rooms" that can function
collectively or on their own to offer spaces for a diverse range
of programming and events - from passive, contemplative
spaces to creative hubs and flexible community spaces. The
underside of the expressway, varying in height from intimate
to a majestic 15-metres, is re-cast as a metropolitan-scaled
piece of public equipment, with the bents offering structural
support for clamps, cables, power and lighting. A signature
component of the first phase of the project is a 220m winter
skating trail which follows this shoreline and becomes a path
with a kids' splash park in the summer, expanding the meaning
and experience of this forgotten trace of the city.

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"It is a social reclamation as
well as space reclamation."

« C'est une récupération
sociale aussi bien qu'une
récupération d'espace. »
Jury

Strachan Gate includes an open-air theatre and balcony
complete with washrooms and a green room, plus bleachers
seating, with a sloped lawn amphitheatre for large
performances. A 72m long cedar "wharf" in front of the Fort
York Visitor Centre offers another event space, adjacent to a
"liquid landscape" of native grasses and rain gardens to treat
stormwater run-off. The project's materiality demonstrates
resourcefulness and an overall desire to apply the lightest
touch to achieve the greatest impact. Each material is
reflective of the spirit of place and conveys the rich layers of
Toronto's history.
"The Bentway embraces the harsh environment of the
underside of the Expressway and the grittiness of city
living, instead of trying to hide it," the jury said. "It is a social
reclamation as well as space reclamation."
ADAM NICKLIN + MARC RYAN
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To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Jurors + Writers
Prologue
Excellence 2019
Jury's Award of Excellence
Large-Scale Public Landscapes
Medium-Scale Public Landscapes
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Residential Landscapes
Planning + Analysis
Research
Communication
Landscape Management
Critique
New Directions
Parting Shot
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