The City of Toronto is planning public realm improvements in the Carlaw + Dundas community celebrating this east end neighbourhood’s unique industrial past. The renewed vision for the future of this area will be achieved through the design and renovation of various public open spaces within the precinct and development of streetscape design guidelines.
As part of the public realm improvements Schollen & Company Inc. prepared an Industrial Heritage Investigation Report that informed a suite of design recommendations for the various landscape improvements throughout the Carlaw + Dundas District. The project also included a juried competition to select a winning signature marker for a gathering space at the centre of the district. Schollen & Company Inc. prepared the terms of reference and ran the competitive process to select the winner. The final design for the marker will be married into the park design in which the art piece will be integrated with.
The project includes an extensive Communications and Consultation Plan that was tailor-made for the project including a close working relationship with the Ward 30 Councillor and development and management of a twenty-five person hand selected stakeholder working group comprised of local artists, architects, musicians and artisans who provide feedback and recommendations into the design process.
When fully realized, the implementation of the various park improvements, marker and design principles throughout the neighbourhood will serve to create a unique and vibrant district preserving and celebrating the important industrial heritage of the area’s manufacturing past served by one of North America’s most significant trunk railway system.