Finding Space

At BROWN+STOREY, we have a long history of recovering untapped space in urban streetscapes, parks and infrastructure corridors, and enhancing its availability to pedestrian and recreational use or beneficial ecologies. Even on the most intractable streets or infrastructural edges there is underused space that can support a more intense public program, and we know how to unlock that space through urban design.

The Ashbridges Perimeter Landscape will add public space and improve the Martin Goodman Trail, seen here looking north on Leslie St. towards Lake Shore Blvd.
Winner, Ashbridges Bay Landscape Design Competition, 2010

Ashbridges Bay Perimeter Landscape

Toronto Transit Commission (2016)

Brown + Storey Architects Inc. was the winner of a 2010 competition to design a perimeter landscape and linear park to surround the new TTC Streetcar Maintenance and Storage Facility near Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard, opening in 2015. …

Rendering of B+SA's alternative proposal for the boundaries of Metrolinx's Georgetown South Corridor Expansion, promoting the use of new trees, living walls, and new trails and linear parks to soften the corridor's impact on neighbourhoods.

Georgetown South Corridor Expansion – Noise Barrier Alternatives Community Study

Junction Triangle Rail Committee and Wabash Building Society (2013)

Metrolinx is expanding its commuter rail corridor through West Toronto in order to provide capacity for the Union-Pearson Express air-rail link and expanded GO Transit service to Georgetown, Guelph and Kitchener. The corridor passes through mature neighbourhoods and present-day brownfield …

Our proposal envisions sequences of semi-enclosed rooms created by structured hedges. Safe views to the adjacent rail corridor are maintained in the gaps between sections of green wall.

Toronto Green Line: Rhumba ‘Round My Garden

International Competition organized and sponsored by Workshop Architecture / Spacing Magazine / OAA / TSA (2013)

Our Green Line Competition A entry proposed a sequence of structured open spaces along the linear corridor created by Toronto's crosstown freight lines.

R.A. Morrow Memorial Park Master Plan

City of Peterborough (2011)

Morrow Park is Peterborough’s large agricultural fairground, hosting an annual summer horticultural fair. This large 27 acre park is located on the main approach to the city and forms a prominent entrance to the downtown core. It is home to …

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Winner, 2011 Toronto Urban Design Award

West Toronto Railpath

City of Toronto (2009)

The West Toronto Railpath has transformed two kilometres of railway spur line that served Toronto’s west end industries during the 19th and 20th centuries, with a new linear open space supporting a cycling and pedestrian multi-trail. The path is punctuated …

Conceptual Streetscape Design for Richmond Street (2008)

Richmond Street West Conceptual Design

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In 2008, our office was commissioned to produce a conceptual design for the improvement of the streetscape on Richmond Street West, just east of Spadina Avenue. This section of one-way street had evolved from an industrial access road -turned- commuter …

Rendered Master Plan for a revitalized King's Navy Yard Park.

King’s Navy Yard Park Master Plan

Town of Amherstburg (2007)

The town of Amherstburg and its historic fort Malden are located on the Detroit River at the extreme western edge of Ontario in the county of Essex. They long history of Amherstburg, with its involvement in the war of 1812, …

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OAA Award, 2004

Massey Harris Park

City of Toronto (2006)

Occupying a small site between condominiums in a rapidly changing downtown neighbourhood, Massey Harris Park was built to be a local gathering spot for young and old as well as a way to get from one point to another.

Jean Sibelius Square Park

Annex residents (2006)

Jean Sibelius Park is a modest and compact park located in an older neighbourhood of Toronto. Over time, the recreational uses of the park and its current spatial allocations became a source of conflict among a greater diversity of users. …

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Bloor Street Transformation

Bloor Yorkville BIA

BROWN+STOREY were key contributors to the now-completed Bloor Street Transformation that has revitalized and improved the pedestrian realm of one of Toronto's signature retail avenues.

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Yonge-Dundas Square

City of Toronto (2002)

Yonge + Dundas Square was conceived as a new civic space in the centre of downtown Toronto.  It is located at the crossroads of Yonge Street and Dundas Street, one of the most prominent intersections in the city.  The project …

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2001 Toronto Urban Design Awards - Honourable Mention

College Street Narrowing

Harbord Village Residents Association (2001)

Titled “A Creative Landscape for Making a Living,” Brown+Storey Architects’ Master Plan for upgrading the pedestrian realm along a key stretch of Toronto’s College Street transformed a city plan for status quo replacement into a successful enhancement program. The plan, …

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Finalist

Downsview Park Competition

Parc Downsview Park (1999)

Brown and Storey Architects were one of five finalist teams chosen from 180 international submissions to design a new metropolitan park for the 320 acre site that was formerly the Canadian Forces Base Downsview.

St. Hilda’s Walk

City of Toronto Parks (2000)

Trinity-Bellwoods Park is one of Toronto’s most beloved and heavily used open spaces, accommodating thousands of daily visitors in all seasons. With St. Hilda’s Walk, BROWN+STOREY with City of Toronto Parks and community stakeholders to convert the former ‘Trinity Drive’

Winner, 1997 Toronto Urban Design Award

St. George Street Revitalization

University of Toronto and City of Toronto (1997)

The revitalization of St. George Street, a main thoroughfare of the University of Toronto and a major traffic artery in the City of Toronto, was commissioned by the University and the City to bring improvements to what had once been …

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The Open Spaces of Toronto: A Classification

City of Toronto (1991)

Brown and Storey were commissioned by the City of Toronto in 1991 to produce a typological classification of public open spaces in the downtown core. ‘The Open Spaces of Toronto – A Classification’ encompasses:

  1. developing definitions and criteria for each

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