From pristine wetland to industrial transportation hub and the confluence of major urban expressways, the Lower Don Lands area has gone through many changes throughout Toronto’s history. The mouth of the Don River is about to change again.
Back in February, the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation announced a competition to redesign a 40-hectare area located at the mouth of the river and the entrance to the Port Lands (pictured right). The teams invited to compete were Stoss (Boston), Brown and Storey Architects (Toronto) with Zas Architects (Toronto); Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (New York), Behnisch Architects (Los Angeles) Greenberg Consultants (Toronto), and Great Eastern Ecology (New York); Weiss/Manfredi (New York), with du Toit Allsopp Hillier (Toronto); and Atelier Girot (Zurich), Office of Landscape Morphology (Paris), and ReK Productions (Toronto).
The teams were given 8 weeks to come up with designs that would naturalize the mouth of the Don River, create a riverfront park system, enhance the Martin Goodman Trail, prioritize public transit and promote sustainable development. At that briefing, the teams received input from a number of stakeholders including the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA); City of Toronto planning, parks and transportation staff, the Toronto Port Authority and a community advisory committee established by the TWRC.
At a media briefing this morning, the design teams revealed their visions for the Lower Donlands. From April 16 to 24, the public can view the images of sweeping boardwalks, naturalized marshlands and recreational facilities at the Allan Lambert Galleria, BCE Place, beginning with a public forum on Monday at 6:00 p.m. A jury appointed by the TWRC will announce the winning design in mid-May.
See the design renderings under the fold.
Images provided by the TWRC.