ERA Architects

w/ Erik Freudenthal

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We are pleased to announce a visit by Erik Freudenthal, the Director of Information for Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm, who will present recent initiatives in leading low-carbon neighbourhood design. In addition to providing insight into the case study of Hammarby Sjöstad, the event will be an opportunity to examine locations in Toronto with the potential for new low-carbon neighbourhood design strategies, such as its many Tower Neighbourhoods. Continue reading…

Attend Ryerson Planning Expo, March 23

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On Saturday March 23, ERA’s Graeme Stewart will be presenting as part of Ryerson’s School of Urban and Regional Planning “Expo 2013.” The day-long event features presentations, panel sessions, and workshops on various planning topics such as housing, community engagement, and active transportation/walkable communities. Other speakers include Greg Spearn, Chief Development Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation; City of Toronto Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Michael Shapcott, Director of Affordable Housing and Social Innovation at the Wellesley Institute, and many others.

Ryerson is making a number of tickets available to students from other institutions as well as members of the public. To attend, please register for the event. See you there!

On Scarpa’s Castelvecchio

Having returned from a trip to Verona, ERAer Ryan Love recently presented to the office on his experience of the amazing Castelvecchio, a fine example of medieval Gothic architecture, completed in 1355. The castle was built as a fortified home for the Lord of Verona, Cangrande II della Scala, and has over the years seen many occupants and undergone many adaptations, the most recent in the 1960s by Carlo Scarpa. The result is an incredibly complex and subtle approach to heritage conservation and adaptive reuse. Continue reading…

Canada Screen Award to NFB’s “Highrise”

Last week the NFB’s Highrise: One Millionth Tower won a Canada Screen Award for “Original Program Produced for Digital Media, Non-Fiction.” ERA and the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal (CUG+R) had the pleasure of working with the NFB on this remarkable series, directed by Kat Cizek, which examines the current conditions and future potential of post-war high-rise living around the world. Continue reading…

Eglinton’s Future: Public Workshops

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ERA Architects is proud to be part of a team that includes Brook McIlroy, planningAlliance, and Public Work, among others, in the planning and designing the forthcoming Eglinton Crosstown rapid transit corridor. Join us for the first rounds of public consultation February 19th, 26th, and 28th (see www.thecrosstown.ca for workshop details).

The largest transit investment in Toronto in a generation, the Crosstown will bring rapid transit along Eglinton from Scarborough to Etobicoke, and is the first phase of new transit investment throughout the city. ERA is examining Eglinton’s historical growth, its diverse neighbourhoods, its unique urban form, and how the corridor’s heritage can inform future growth and evolution.

For more information or to get involved, please see thecrosstown.ca or toronto.ca/eglinton/.

 

Fundraiser for Kenyan school a success

Recently, ERA Architects sponsored a silent auction and evening of drinks and hors d’oeuvres to raise funds for the continued construction of  Oleleshwa Primary School in Kenya. The January 2013 fundraiser garnered over $14,000, making the total raised-to-date over $50,000, not including labour and in-kind donations, which have also been significant.

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ERA in Port Union, Nfld.

ERA has begun consultations with the William Coaker Foundation and Port Union, Newfoundland, as part of the Culture of Outports program, and will be leading an exciting on-site project there in June 2013.

Culture of Outports is a series of projects that uses research, design, and planning to engage and help support livable communities undergoing economic and cultural change after the decline of the Northern Cod Fishery. Continue reading…

ERA in Buffalo

Recently, ERAers Alana Young and Josh Thorpe took trips to investigate the fascinating city of Buffalo, New York. Less than two hours from Toronto by car, Buffalo is a city of major historical significance to the region and has some stunning work in planning and architecture. Continue reading…