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EXCELLENCE 2021
RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPES
ERA ARCHITECTS INC.
GORDONRIDGE COMMUNITY
MULTI-SPORT COURT | COUR
COMMUNAUTAIRE MULTISPORTS
DE GORDONRIDGE
TORONTO, ON
EN_
THE GORDONRIDGE COMMUNITY
Multi-Sport Court is a landmark
community-led project located at the
heart of a Toronto Community Housing
campus. Led by ERA Architects as
landscape architect, this dynamic project
organizes play for all ages and abilities in
an integrated landscape, at the centre of
a post-war apartment tower community
at Danforth Road and Midland Avenue in
Toronto's Scarborough area. The project
was funded by Toronto Community
Housing, MLSE Foundation and Canadian
Tire Jumpstart Charities.
The Multi-Sport Court brings together
basketball, volleyball, pickleball, table
tennis, skateboarding and parkour play
elements, framed within a new dynamic
court surfacing and running track. It also
provides barrier-free access, landscapeintegrated
spectator seating and a central
tree canopy. Through integration of the
court with the adjacent topography, it has
become a nexus of neighbourhood activity.
ERA's unique collaborative design
approach made Gordonridge residents the
core decision-makers, with the outcome
reflecting the values, interests and identity
of the community. As co-designers, the
community was involved in the process
from the early ideation stages through
construction. The impact of the court on
residents has been transformative, giving
the Gordonridge community a dynamic
place to play, gather, garden and exercise
at the heart of their neighbourhood.
54 LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES
JURY'S COMMENTS
An unusual project that activates a kind of
landscape - the space between suburban
apartment towers - that is often neglected.
The painted pattern is crisp and striking
without being too visually powerful; it
adds a playful sense to the space while
providing a tableau to be seen and enjoyed
from the apartments above. This project
is a remarkable blend of community
engagement, empathetic approach and
skillful design with modest means. The
project has been significantly informed
by the close relationship the designers
developed with the community through
dialogue, social events, collaborative
design and the testing of ideas before the
" ...it captures an
important goal of
the profession,
connecting people
with their surroundings
and community in
a sustainable and
sensible way. "
final design. As a result of the process, the
design is careful to support interpersonal
and intergenerational connections. In this
respect it captures an important goal of
the profession, connecting people with
their surroundings and community in a
sustainable and sensible way.
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JURORS | JURÉS
PROLOGUE
VIRTUAL LOOK, TRUE EXCELLENCE | DÉLIBÉRATIONS VIRTUELLES, EXCELLENCE VÉRITABLE
JURY’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE | PRIX D’EXCELLENCE DU JURY
LARGE-SCALE PUBLIC LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES PUBLICS À GRANDE ÉCHELLE
SMALL-SCALE PUBLIC LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES PUBLICS À PETITE ÉCHELLE
PLANNING + ANALYSIS | PLANIFICATION ET ANALYSE
RESEARCH | RECHERCHE
RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES RÉSIDENTIELS
COMMUNICATION
PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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