Middle City Passages — International Competition

MIDDLE CITY PASSAGES - TORONTO

The multi-billion dollar investment in the expansion and improvement of Toronto’s public transport system, including along portions of Eglinton, Finch and Sheppard Avenues, provides an opportunity to combine a series of small, high-impact interventions with major infrastructure projects.

The Sheppard East Light Rail Transit (LRT) line is part of this investment and aligned with municipal plans that call for growth that is less dependent upon the automobile. New development is directed to areas well-served by public transit, efficiently using existing infrastructure, and, wherever possible, making transit, cycling, and walking more attractive alternatives.

The Middle City Passages Toronto competition is an opportunity to investigate how the new Sheppard East LRT line’s infrastructure can interweave with existing local, small-scale pedestrian networks. It is also a chance to test how forging connections between local paths and to transit infrastructure can further support development and improve local living conditions. Can the design of new types of passages aid in producing a more urban condition in suburban Toronto?

Organized by Metrolinx and the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, in partnership with the Municipality and the French Institute of Toronto, within the IVM international programme “Passages, transitional spaces for the 21st century."

ABOUT THE MIDDLE CITY PASSAGES TORONTO COMPETITION

The challenge of the Middle City Passages Toronto is to design the interaction between the Sheppard East LRT stops and local pedestrian routes, incorporating passages to improve urban life in the suburbs. The competition will focus on developing strategic design proposals for two test sites - Palmdale Drive and Agincourt Drive - that exemplify typical conditions.

Middle City Passages Toronto is a dual phased international competition, organized by IVM - City On The Move Institute, Metrolinx, and the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, open to young professionals and emerging practices in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, urban planning, and related disciplines.

For more information on the IVM International Program "Passages, Transitional Places for the 21st Century," please visit: www.passages-ivm.com

March 6, 2015:  Launch event, registration opens
April 30, 2015:  Deadline for applications
May 2015:  Selection of 6 teams to participate in the Design Workshop in Toronto
2-9 July 2015:  Design Workshop in Toronto with selected teams and announcement of the winning team

COMPETITION BRIEF [PDF]

AGREEMENT FORM [PDF]

Background information

Passages: Transitional Spaces for the 21st-Century City, Text by Marcel Smets
Passages Brochure

 

Metrolinx presentation, Leslie Woo

 

Walking Toronto's Inner Suburbs, Paul Hess



Roundtable discussion moderated by Richard Sommer with Pierre Alain Trévelo, Marcel Smets, Paul Hess, Harold Madi and Leslie Woo