Notes: A miscellany of news and events
From May 28-29, 2016, the West Toronto Railpath (Dundas Street W. and Sterling Road, south entry point) will be home to ====\\ DeRAIL, a platform for site-specific contemporary art, architecture, and performance. Curated by landscape architect Victoria Taylor, OALA, and designer Gelareh Saadatpajouh, and presented in collaboration with the City of Toronto, ====\\DeRAIL offers a publicly accessible program of ephemeral performance and temporary installations that aim to animate, inspire, and bring a sense of place to neglected and curious nodes and niches in this 2.4-km active mobility corridor. The project encourages us to reflect on a broader consideration of the value of our limited green spaces and how considered urban design is vital to the successful architecture of experience and community. For more information, visit www.derailart.com.
CitiesAlive: 14th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference is being held in Washington, D.C., on November 1-4, 2016. This conference is about stormwater management—policies, technologies, design, and best management practices. Topics include how to maximize stormwater retention; case studies of green roofs and walls; design and testing methods and measurement goals; and more. Visit www.citiesalive.org for more information.
Andrey Chernykh and Kamila Grigo’s Toolkit of Cycling Infrastructure Retrofits: Strategic Solutions for GTHA Cities recently received an honourable mention in the Cities of Tomorrow competition. As a finalist in the Infrastructure category, Chernykh and Grigo’s submission proposes a toolkit of cycling retrofit designs adaptable to existing rail and transportation infrastructure (bridges, corridors, crossings) in strategic locations. Cities of Tomorrow is a competition that provides an opportunity for Ontario students to enter the policy-making process with proposals for improving Ontario’s urban centres. For more information, visit www.citiesoftomorrow.ca.
The fourth annual Grow Op exhibition returns to Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel from April 21-24, 2016. Curators Christine Leu, Graham Teeple, and Alan Webb shed new light on issues of landscape and culture with more than 30 works that examine how humans and other species live within, without, and despite natural systems of growth and abundance, scarcity and decay. This year’s exhibit includes evening events as well as both on- and off-site participatory events. For more information, visit www.gladstonehotel.com.
An exhibition at the Market Gallery of the City of Toronto Archives, Tunnel Vision: The Story of Toronto’s Subway, features photographs, maps, plans, and artifacts showcasing the great scale of the daily operations of the subway. The exhibit is on display until June 11, 2016. Visit www1.toronto.ca for more information.
Two new booklets have recently been published in the City of Toronto’s Biodiversity Series of informative guides to the natural world of the city: Mushrooms of Toronto and Bees of Toronto. Both guides are full of colour photographs, species profiles, and information regarding threats to biodiversity. The booklets are available free at Toronto libraries or via download from the City of Toronto’s website. Visit www1.toronto.ca for more information.
The Craft Ontario Gallery in Toronto is exhibiting Lisa Creskey’s work until April 30, 2016. Using clay as a sculptural medium, When Horses Walked on Water investigates how collective identity evolves with our sense of belonging to a landscape, and how we manufacture that belonging by transforming nature. For more information, visit www.craftontario.com.
The Ontario government is currently working on a Pollinator Health Action Plan. Consultation on the draft document was held from January to March, 2016, with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs planning to report back to the public with a final Action Plan in spring/summer 2016. For more information, visit www.omafra.gov.on.ca/ english/pollinator/meeting-reg.htm. The City of Toronto, with more than 300 species of bees, is also promoting pollinator awareness. At its March 31, 2016, meeting, City Council approved Toronto’s participation in the Bee City Canada program, the first Canadian affiliate of the U.S. Bee City initiative.
Ontario has joined seven other provinces in officially designating a provincial soil: the historically significant Guelph soil series, which comprises a wide range of glacial till-derived loams, sandy loams, and silt loams, and covers more than 70,000 acres of highly productive farmland. Announced to coincide with the end of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s International Year of Soil, the province’s minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs made the announcement in Guelph.
Grey to Green, a conference that explores the role of green infrastructure, is being held in Toronto, June 1-4, 2016. This year, the focus will be on the positive impacts of green infrastructure on climate change. During the conference, the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition will be holding discussions on the public policy needed to significantly increase the development and maintenance of green infrastructure. “Our urban forest is essential infrastructure—it provides millions of dollars in ecological services each year and must play a more central role in any urban climate change resiliency strategy. Yet we fail to protect and maintain it effectively,” says Janet McKay, Chair, Green Infrastructure Ontario (GIO) Coalition. For more information, visit greytogreenconference.org.
The Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) recently announced the recipients of its 2016 grants in support of research, communication, and scholarship that reflects the expanding role that landscapes and landscape architects play in providing social, cultural, ecological, and economic benefits to society. Project descriptions for each of the 2016 grants are available at www.lacf.ca/grants-portfolio.
On April 30, 2016, the rock garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington will re-open, following an extensive, three-year renovation. Respecting the heritage, look, and feel of the garden’s history while celebrating a new era of design, the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden can be accessed, between April 30 and May 18, by registering for a guided walking tour or by purchasing a ticket to one of the two grand opening celebrations. For details, visit www.rbg.ca.
The Ontario Association of Landscape Architects is proud to recognize and welcome the following new full members to the Association:
Kelly Hunter *
David Fredenburgh *
Victoria Cox *
Asterisk (*) denotes Full Members without the use of professional seal.
Defaulted and Resigned Full Members for 2015
Peter Le Blanc