When: Thursday, June 7th, 6:30–11pm; Where: Fort York, Toronto; How much: Free Entry, Cash Bar
Each year we get together with Toronto Society of Architects, Spacing Magazine, and other partners to hold our Toronto the Good event, a chance to mingle, chat, and compare notes about what has been and what will come to be. This year we return to Fort York to coincide with the unveiling of Luminato’s Encampment, which consists of 200 low-lit tents, each telling a different story from civilian accounts of the War of 1812. Also on the bill:
- drinks, snacks, music, and a special historical cocktail presented by Campbell House Museum,
- an informative display by Scadding Court Community Centre regarding the potential of “cargotecture” and pop-up marketplaces, and
- several other charming presentations on what’s new at Fort York and around our city.
In addition celebrating our city, ERA is celebrating some exciting news of its own. First, we have three new specialized staff appointments: Victoria Angel MA, Dean of School, Willowbank, and Senior Heritage Planner, ERA; Josh Thorpe MVS, Communication Manager; and Julie Tyndorf BURPl, Planner.
We also have several professional development successes to announce: Joey Giaimo is now a licensed Architect, having received his seal at the beginning of 2012; and Brendan Stewart is now a licensed Landscape Architect, having received his seal at the end of 2011. Amy Norris’s master’s thesis, “Tar Creek Supergrid” has attracted attention from the OAA awards, the International Architectural Biennale of Rotterdam, ARUP’s Phase 2 gallery in London, and both Volume and Bracket magazines.
In Tower Renewal project news, ERA is collaborating with planningAlliance, the United Way, and the City of Toronto to explore possible zoning amendments to Toronto’s “apartment neighbourhoods.” These amendments would allow new and exciting possibilities for small businesses and community projects in Toronto’s high-rise neighbourhoods throughout the City.
And finally, we are also pleased to announce an upcoming project out east: Andrew Pruss and Alana Young will be heading to Newfoundland and Labrador to lead a “culture lab” with a group of Ryerson University students. This lab is part of our Culture of Outports project, which explores how architecture can help rethink life in changing cultures and economies.
Please come to Fort York on June 7th to celebrate with us!