Leveraging Infrastructure

Too often, public and private infrastructure locks down otherwise viable public open spaces. The anti-social aesthetic of chain link fences, noise barriers, and grassy no-go zones are a drag on neighbourhood value, street life, and the capacity and visual quality of many of our public parks. From transportation projects to wastewater tunnels, BROWN+STOREY find opportunities to leverage urban infrastructure to create viable public spaces that in turn support and celebrate the civic contribution of those public works.

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. …

Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Retrofits

City of Toronto

The City of Toronto’s Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant, Canada’s largest municipal wastewater facility, is undergoing a continuing series of upgrades, retrofits and expansions. BROWN+STOREY are involved in a number of projects at Ashbridges, including refurbishment of the plant’s truck-loading …

Leslie-Queen Streetscape Enhancements

Toronto Transit Commission (2015)

The Toronto Transit Commission is undertaking key improvements to the streetscapes of Queen Street East and Leslie Street as part of construction of its Leslie Barns streetcar storage facility, which will rely upon connecting track on those streets to bring …

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OPWA 2013 Project of the Year

Jack Darling Park / Lorne Park Water Treatment Plant Retrofit

City of Mississauga (2013)

Brown+Storey Architects worked with the project team to develop a highly innovative strategy for new additions to a ‘buried’ water treatment plant that is also part of the very popular Jack Darling Park in Mississauga.

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.

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Essroc Cement Silos and Public Space Enhancement

Essroc - Italcementi Group

BSA is working with Essroc Cement ensure that its new Commissioners Road cement silos will create a valued new landmark and public place at the east end of the city's main shipping channel, adjacent to Leslie Street.

Victoria Park - Bus Platform (1800)
Winner, 2013 Toronto Urban Design Award

Victoria Park Transit Plaza and Bus Terminal

Toronto Transit Commission (2011)

Brown+Storey Architects, working on a team led by Stevens Group Architect, produced an innovative and award-winning urban design for the public spaces and bus terminal that surround a revitalized Victoria Park subway station in Toronto.  The project, completed in 2011, …

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Barrie Surface Water Treatment Plant

(2011)

The site for the new City of Barrie Surface Water Treatment Plant and the Low Lift Pumping Station and Rain Water Intake is divided between two areas that are north of Big Bay Point Road, accessible from Royal Parkside Drive. …

Winner, YUL-MTL International Ideas Competition (2011)

YUL-MTL Competition: Undercover Montreal

Ministère des Transports du Québec (2011)

The CCA publication, ‘The Singularities of a Metropolitan Archetype’, shows a series of figures prepared in 1966 by the City of Montreal Planning Department modeling hypothetical plans for 10 million inhabitants: the star-shaped metropolis, the galactic metropolis, and the concentrated

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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 …

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Finalist

Lower Don Lands International Competition

Waterfront Toronto (2007)

The mouth of the Don River is both a spectacular and sensitive locale with many responsibilities to the general public. Its special nature will be embedded in the unique disposition of its new neighbourhoods to a public realm that will …

Carlaw-Dundas Quarter

City of Toronto Economic Development (2003)

BROWN+STOREY were commissioned with Rodger Todhunter Associates (landscape architects/planners) to produce a Capital Design Strategy for the area around the intersection of Carlaw Avenue and Dundas Street in Toronto. Wedged between more conventional residential neighbourhoods and a historic railway corridor, …

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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.

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Exhibited at the 1996 Venice Biennale

Garrison Creek Demonstration Project

Waterfront Regeneration Trust (1995)

The connection, or disconnection between urbanism and environmentalism – city and nature – is made by the human intervention of “infrastructure”. How we choose to lay this groundwork for the physical support our daily lives can create a disjointed gap …

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