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BOOK LAUNCH: Tower Renewal Guidelines

Thu, Oct 29/09 – 9:00pm

 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 29, 5:30 – 8 PM

LARRY WAYNE RICHARDS GALLERY

230 COLLEGE STREET

 

TOWER RENEWAL GUIDELINES

FOR THE COMPREHENSIVE RETROFIT OF MULTI-UNIT RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IN COLD CLIMATES

 

INVITATION [PDF]

 

The Tower Renewal Guidelines project represents applied research conducted at the University of Toronto directed at assisting owners, designers, restoration contractors and regulatory officials to ensure that the full benefits of tower renewal are achieved. In terms of durability, the majority of tower apartment building stock in cold climates has performed admirably for the past half-century, but within the context of necessary maintenance, high energy costs and global warming, a major renewal is required. The proposed guidelines should provide at least another 50 years of reliable service and sustainable performance. These guidelines seek to establish a framework for responsibly meeting our collective obligations to the future generations who will inherit and depend on this valuable resource.

 

The University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design invites you to help celebrate the launch of Tower Renewal Guidelines. The release of this publication signifies a monumental step forward in the preservation and performance improvement of this vital vintage high-rise housing stock.

 

A reception, exhibit and slideshow will be part of the book launch festivities. Complimentary CDs of the publication will be available. Hard copies will be available for viewing and book orders may be made at that time.

 

 

By now, the influence of this important work has become widespread, and we can see it gradually beginning to influence policies of the City of Toronto and Province of Ontario. Indeed the Tower Renewal Guidelines must in my view be seen as one major culmination to this pioneering research investigation. Its ramifications for the future of our urban region are almost limitless, involving social and economic issues, industrial development strategies, climate change, urban planning and transportation policy, etc.

 

I extend my deepest congratulations to my academic colleagues here at the Daniels Faculty, Professors Kesik, Saleff and Wright, as well as to the alumni and students who have worked with them on the production of this publication.

 

From the introduction to Tower Renewal Guidelines

 

- George Baird, Dean, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, June 2009

 

Project Team

Ted Kesik and Ivan Saleff, Principal Researchers

Robert Wright and Graeme Stewart, Co-Researchers

Jan Kroman, Nick Swerdfeger and Scott Waugh, Research Associates

Anne Miller, InDesign Editor


The authors of this guideline wish to acknowledge the financial support of the City of Toronto, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.