Design

Devonian Gardens

Calgary, Alberta
Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc.

DESIGN – Regional Citation Award
The completely redesigned Devonian Gardens is now home to a botanical collection of tropicals which includes: 215 specimen trees, 284 broad leaf palms, and over 11 ,000 ground covers. A green “living” wall adjacent to the events terrace lends stunning visual effect as well as mechanically reduces ambient temperatures by 10 degrees.

The environment is micro-controlled by a combined fogging /HVAC system that cools the solar gains of the glazed enclosure as well as improves humidity levels, and new state of the art lighting and vapour pressure deficit irrigation systems.

The project introduced programmatic elements that broadened the user demographic such as a community meeting/conference rooms, exhibit and gallery space, and a full service restaurant facility.

 

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Mary & AI Schneider Healing Garden, Seidman Cancer Center, University Hospitals

Cleveland, OH
Visionscapes Landscape Architects, Inc.

DESIGN – Regional Citation Award
Evidence suggests that spending time in, or simply gazing at, a garden can reduce levels of pain and stress, boost immune systems and accelerate healing and rejuvenation.

To venture into the 13,000 SF walled Mary and AI Schneider Healing Garden, located on a busy corner of downtown Cleveland at the entrance to University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, is to enter a world of soothing tranquility and whimsy, where beauty, warmth and compassion embrace all those who face cancer treatment.

Both organized and self-initiated programs occur throughout the garden, encouraging patients, cancer survivors, staff and family to walk the carved granite labyrinth, meditate in the embracing shadow of a 12,000 lb. granite boulder, delight in the pop jets and leaping fountains of the water feature, share a laugh or at one of the many moveable table and chairs, or overlook the garden from the many hospital rooms above.

Private conversation areas, smooth and accessible paths, lightweight furniture, inspiring quotations, and a landscape palette of seasonal and textural diversity provide users with a physical and emotional boost, rendering it part of the daily experience at Seidman Cancer Center.

Of laudable note is that the landscape architect was able to create a LEED-certified patient-centred garden while successfully balancing the diverse scheduling and extremely complex administrative needs of a world-renowned hospital.

 

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Market Square

Guelph, Ontario
Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc.

DESIGN – Regional Honour Award
The project was developed to rejuvenate the downtown core, encouraging residents to rediscover their city and return to shop, play, and enjoy.

The design stretches across the street, from the building face of City Hall to the face of the adjacent shops and businesses, allowing both entities to benefit from a barrier free dynamic public space and promote economic growth.

The design centers on a large (8,500 square feet) shallow (2″ depth) oval water feature that mirrors the historic wall of the City Hall and is animated by seven sculptural water jets and a dynamic LED lighting strategy.

The surface can be drained easily to accommodate a large event while a subsurface reservoir holds and recycles the water for the next day.

During colder months, the water feature becomes an ice rink for skating and a focal point for winter festivities and is animated by a programmable lighting and sound system that enlivens the space.

 

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West Toronto Railpath

Toronto, Ontario
Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc.

DESIGN – Regional Honour Award
A once impassable corridor t~;a:· physically divided neighbourhoods has become a space that connects through the creation of the multi-use trail and linear park.

A significant part to the city’s gmwing bicycle network of trails, the West Toronto Railpath occupies 26,400 square meters of open space with nine unique plazas and trail access points. The project combines the restoration of t-;istolical rail bridges with the installation of new public art, and is situated within a palette of it.cig3r:cus planting.

This public trail and series of p.azas has successfully addressed the two natures of the city- the wildness of the rail lines tha-c l1ave been largely undiscovered by the general population and the normalcy of the Toronto neighcourhood -and brought them together in a mutually symbiotic composition of landscape, mO\’ament and the city.

Utilizing plants and seeds collactea from the abandoned rail corridor prior to construction created an authentic and resilient new urban ecology, and allowed a larger portion of the $3.8 million overall project budget to be dedicatea w creating high impact public spaces and building neighbourhood connections.

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Riverwalk Commons

Newmarket, Ontario
Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc.

DESIGN – Regional Merit Award
The project transformed an 8-acre downtown parking lot and brownfield site adjacent to Holland River Park, Fairy Lake, and a commercial main street into a multi-use, adaptable, and seasonally functional area for town-wide and regional events including a weekly farmers market, movie nights, concerts and exhibits.

The design sought to make local and regional connections by strategically integrating the historic downtown with key links to the Tom Taylor Trail and Holland River park system as well as Fairy Lake.

An open and inclusive public facilitation process, through the use of Public Information Centers, enabled the team to negotiate a controversial proposal to a very positive end result. The design accommodates flexible programming throughout the year, for all ages and abilities, within a naturalized watershed.

The park has become a source of civic pride; a space for skating in the winter, cooling off in the splash pad in the summer, stopping to enjoy a rest by the river while enjoying the trails, and a place where neighbours reunite at the farmers market.

 

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Joel Weeks Park

Toronto, Ontario
Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc.

DESIGN – Regional Merit Award
The design of Joel Weeks Park plays homage to the history and geography of the area and the Don River, and provides critical open and flexible green space for the growing and vibrant Rivertowne community.

Diverse programmatic elements include: a central gathering & community space; community garden plots; a multi-function sport court; a bosque of birch trees; large grassy berms; a large children’s play area including play structure, swings, and natural play features; and an urban ‘river’ element and bridge which wraps around a water play area with jets.

The new Joel Weeks Park, which expands on the former Joel Weeks Parkette, resulted from a unique planning framework that included a land exchange between the City of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing as well as the permanent closure of a street right of way through the neighbourhood.

This park development demonstrates the power and benefits of collaboration between divisions of Municipal Government, Developers and Landscape Architects.

In addition, this park demonstrates the importance of the community engagement process in creating ameaningful community park and gathering space that improves the quality of life of neighbourhood residents and brings a sense of pride, ownership and spirit of place to the community.

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East Hamilton Recreational Trail Hub and Waterfront Link

Hamilton, Ontario
City of Hamilton

DESIGN – Regional Merit Award
There are three key aspects to this project. The bridge and trail act as both a gateway feature to Hamilton and a pedestrian connection between two major trail systems, the Ontario Waterfront Trail and the Red Hill Valley Trails. The meadow restoration creates a healthy ecosystem on a landfill – a formerly toxic landscape. The marsh restoration rehabilitates a Provincially Significant Wetland. Any of these on their own are significant, but together, create an exceptional recreational area.

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