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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!

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/.

 

Gladstone Grow Op

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We are pleased to announce that ERA will be participating in Grow Op: Exploring Landscape and Place, a special four-day event and exhibition to be held in late at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel April 25-28, 2013.

The exhibition, curated by landscape architect Victoria Taylor OALA CSLA, will involve a wide range of interdisciplinary practices and creative positions on landscape, gardens, city, and place. Please keep an eye out for news on this exciting event as we approach the date.

As an aside, in the process of discussions with the Gladstone, we were reminded of a project from years ago: an installation by ERA’s Michael McClelland and Philip Evans called Room for a Bungalow. To see this project, please see the Gladstone archive.

Happy Holidays!

Four awards at CAHP 2012!

ERA is proud to announce that the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) has recently recognized four of our projects at their annual awards:

Many thanks to CAHP for organizing the awards each year and congratulations to all our colleagues. A special thanks also to everyone we collaborated with on these projects!

Heritage Masonry with Gerard Lynch

Oct. 23 to 31 – various one- and two-day courses.

Masons, heritage professionals, architects, historians, and all interested parties are invited to join us for a series of very special courses in brickwork. Learn from scholar and master mason Gerard Lynch about traditional limes and mortars, traditional binders, historical forms of pointing and jointing, causes of failure in brickwork, and all manner of rich detail in the mason’s art.

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Heritage masonry courses with Gerard Lynch

Oct. 23 to 31 – various one- and two-day courses.

Masons, heritage professionals, architects, historians, and all interested parties are invited to join us for a series of very special courses in brickwork. Learn from scholar and master mason Gerard Lynch about traditional limes and mortars, traditional binders, historical forms of pointing and jointing, causes of failure in brickwork, and all manner of rich detail in the mason’s art. Continue reading…

Amendments to Heritage Policies in Toronto’s Official Plan

The City of Toronto has just brought forward draft Official Plan Amendment No. 199 regarding Public Realm and Heritage policies. In May of this year, a staff report recommending the adoption of revised heritage policies was brought forward, and a public open house was scheduled. Prior to the public open house on September 10th, ERA submitted comments to the City outlining our concerns. We are pleased to report that some of our comments have been incorporated into the newly drafted OPA No. 199, but find that some areas could benefit from further revision. Continue reading…

Health and urban design: Two new reports released

The Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal (CUG+R) is pleased to announce the release of two reports examining public health, urban policy, and neighbourhood rejuvenation in Toronto:

In partnership with United Way Toronto and Toronto Public Health respectively, these reports further research, policy development, and practical strategies to help achieve the potential of Tower Neighbourhood Renewal. Continue reading…

Proposed Heritage Policies in the ‘Toronto Official Plan’ Review

As part of the current review of the Toronto Official Plan, new heritage policies have been drafted and presented to City Council for public discussion.

Over the past months, we here at ERA Architects have thoroughly reviewed the proposed municipal heritage policies. We are concerned that a great opportunity may be lost, for three key reasons:

  • The proposed policies primarily address regulatory and process issues rather than goals and objectives,
  • They don’t significantly advance us beyond the status quo, and
  • They show no sense of strategic implementation. Continue reading…

Trees in Public Space: ERA’s Brendan Stewart Speaks

International Influences: Inspiring Ideas for Trees in Public Space, August 16, 2012, 7pm, Metro Hall, Toronto

Presented in collaboration with LEAF and Park People, Brendan’s talk discussed the rich aesthetic traditions and histories of planting trees in gardens, parks, and urban open spaces.

Through images of beautiful and inspirational designed landscapes from around the world, we discussed how designing with trees can enhance our experience of place. Brendan also inquired into the relevance of these traditions today and how they might shape our ideas about green space here in Toronto. In a preview to the talk, Brendan recently made an appearance on Global’s Morning Show.

To register and for more information, please see LEAF’s event page.

*Note: This event qualifies for ISA Continuing Education Units (CEU).

Certificate of Merit for Urban Design Plans

We are pleased to announce that the Toronto Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study has been awarded a 2012 National Urban Design Certificate of Merit.

This study, conducted for the City of Toronto, was led by Brook McIlroy and included significant contributions from Quadrangle Architects, the Urban Marketing Collaborative, and ERA Architects. The document identifies policy-based opportunities to re-urbanize Toronto’s avenues in the pursuit of well-designed, vibrant neighbourhoods.

The National Urban Design Awards are administered by Architecture Canada RAIC, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Thanks to all of the above and congratulations to our colleagues.

United Way AGM: Graeme Stewart’s Keynote Address

On Thursday, June 21, ERA’s Graeme Stewart addressed United Way’s AGM as keynote speaker.

In 2010, ERA and CUG+R published Tower Neighbourhood Renewal in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, which looks at a broad range of historical trends, planning issues, sustainability concerns, social needs, and opportunity for renewal in and around Toronto’s tower block neighbourhoods. In 2011, United Way published Vertical Poverty, which focuses much-needed attention on poverty, equity, and quality-of-life issues experienced by residents of high-rise housing. Continue reading…

Brickwork course w/ Gerard Lynch: postponed

Postponed until October, we apologize for the inconvenience…

Masons, heritage professionals, architects, historians, and all interested parties are invited to join us for a series of very special courses in brickwork. Learn from scholar and master mason Gerard Lynch about traditional limes and mortars, traditional binders, historical forms of pointing and jointing, causes of failure in brickwork, and all manner of rich detail in the mason’s art. Continue reading…

Doors Open at ERA: Sat. May 26, 2012

Doors Open Toronto is an annual event that celebrates the city and its rich history of architecture and urban design, providing access to buildings that are otherwise inaccessible. This year, ERA Architects is excited to be taking part in the Architect’s Studiotour organized by the Toronto Society of Architects. We would be pleased if you’d join us on Saturday May 26 between 10 a.m and 5 p.m. to check out our office and ask us about the work we do.

For more information, please see the City’s website.

Miles Glendinning Lecture, May 3rd, 2012

ERA Architects and the Toronto Society of Architects present the 2012 Modern Heritage Visiting Lecture, Miles Glendinning: The Hundred Years War: A Century of Mass Housing ‘Campaigns’ Across the World.

Join us May 3rd at the Art and Letters Club at 6:00pm for cocktails and lecture at 6:30. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Miles Glendinning is the director of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies, University of Edinburgh, and chair of Docomomo International Committee on Urbanism. Miles is also the author of the book Tower Block, a history of mass housing in the UK, and Architecture’s Evil Empire, a critical look at contemporary practice.

ERA to Revitalize Historic Yonge Street Landmark

The former Canadian Bank of Commerce building at 197 Yonge Street, since abandoned for 25 years, is set to become the focus of a major redevelopment effort led by MOD Developments in collaboration with ERA. Redevelopment will see the restoration and integration of the existing stone edifice at the foot of a new mixed-use tower designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects.

The illustrious stone frontispiece, designed in 1905 by Darling and Pearson, stands as a wonderful example of turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts classicism in Toronto. To this day (and in spite of its long derelict status) the building manages to turn the heads of city-dwellers and tourists alike. Over the coming months ERA will oversee the gradual transformation of this widely revered local landmark into a grand lobby space for the new residential development.

Though many of the interior spaces have been altered significantly over the years, there is still much inside to be celebrated — from the raised wood paneling and carved oak cornice lines in the front lobby, to the intricately detailed plaster ceilings in the office spaces; things are definitely looking up for this long neglected piece of the city.

See the press release from MOD Developments here.

Metro Morning on Tower Renewal

Matt Galloway with Priti from the NBF’s HIGHRISE, Image Courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada

This week CBC’s Metro Morning is taking to the Kipling strip north of Finch to talk tower renewal, in an area of aging concrete towers that were typical all across Toronto during the early 1950s and ’60s.

On Wednesday, February 15th Graeme Stewart will appear for an interview on Metro Morning’s live broadcast from the Rexdale building at 2667 Kipling. This building is also the focus of the NFB’s HIGHRISE documentary, One Millionth Tower.

Follow Graeme’s interview Wednesday morning on CBC Metro Morning.

For all things tower renewal, visit ERA’s Tower Renewal blog.

ERA Excited to be in Montreal!

ERA is pleased to announce that associate Jan Kubanek has relocated back to Montreal and has established a practice in Quebec, creating the collaboration of ERA+KUBANEK Architectes.  Prior to joining the ERA team in 2006, Jan lived in Montreal where he worked in architectural and construction settings, so he’s excited to be back home and reengage with the city.

For more information on our office in Quebec, click here.

In addition to this new venture, Jan continues to work with ERA on all his Ontario-based projects.