ERA Architects

People per Hectare _ Installation Documentation


We often talk about density in terms of numerical ratios, or other quantitative abstractions. Our intention here is to try and map the spatial experience of specific densities to their numerical signifiers, and then relate these examples directly to similar conditions in Toronto.

Continue reading the full post below for expanded versions of the neighbourhood and density studies shown at the COMMUNITY CENTRED exhibition.


Figure-ground map of Toronto, highlighting selected neighbourhoods for study, and their colour-coded composition by building type. Please note that this map is presented 7′ tall by 15′ long at the installation.

Neighbourhood studies, arranged in order from lowest to highest population density

1.

12 ppl/ha
3298 people in 259 hectares.


Running Brook Hills _ Miami, USA

2.

41.5 ppl/ha
1222 people in 29.4 hectares.


Don Mills _ Toronto, Canada

3.

43 ppl/ha
2395 people in 56 hectares.


Downtown _ St Johns, Canada

4.

79 ppl/ha
4036 people in 51.29 hectares.


Wicker Park _ Chicago, USA

5.

84 ppl/ha
2024 people in 24 hectares.


Nieuw Sloten_ Amsterdam, The Nederlands

6.

107.4 ppl/ha
5525 people in 51 hectares.


The Annex _ Toronto, Canada

7a.

136 ppl/ha
3395 people in 25 hectares.


Bijlmermeer _ Amsterdam, The Nederlands

7b.

136 ppl/ha
3395 people in 25 hectares.


Bijlmermeer _ Amsterdam, The Nederlands

8.

142 ppl/ha
3120 people in 22 hectares.


Plateau Mont Royal _ Montreal, Canada

9.

150 ppl/ha
24000 people in 160 hectares.

Hammarby Sjostad _ Stockholm, Sweden

10.

166 ppl/ha
8116 people in 49 hectares.

Holland Park _ London, England

11.

173 ppl/ha
6226 people in 36 hectares.

St. Lawrence Neighbourhood _ Toronto, Canada

12.

177 ppl/ha
3191 people in 18 hectares.

Java Eiland _ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

13.

238 ppl/ha
4279 people in 18 hectares.

North Beach _ San Francisco, USA

14.

265 ppl/ha
5040 people in 19 hectares.

Yonge & Eglinton _Toronto, Canada

15.

345 ppl/ha
3103 people in 9 hectares.

Yaletown _ Vancouver, Canada

16.

416 ppl/ha
6657 people in 16 hectares.

L’Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample _ Barcelona, Spain

17.

444 ppl/ha
22212 people in 50 hectares.

9e Arrondissement (Rochechouart) _ Paris, France

18.

471 ppl/ha
8957 people in 19 hectares.

Soho (Little Italy) _ New York, USA

19.

638 ppl/ha
14665 people in 23 hectares.

St. Jamestown _ Toronto, Canada

20.

744 ppl/ha
26801 people in 36 hectares.

Upper East Side (Yorkville) _ New York, USA

21.

1032 ppl/ha
18580 people in 18 hectares.

Mong Kok _ Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China