Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – this mantra stemming from the 20th century sustainability movement has long been applied to pop bottles, newspapers, and shopping bags but, until recently, has not been considered in the broader sense of how we as a culture construct buildings, redevelop aging infrastructure, or revitalize neighbourhoods.
In the context of multiple concurrent global crises (food shortages, global warming and the uninhibited exploitation of natural resources), what would it look like if we could rethink the evolution of our communities to include reduced construction material extraction and waste through the reuse of existing buildings? Or reduced carbon emissions from automobiles and adverse health effects from sedentary lifestyles through the redesign of our streets? Or increased beauty and self-sufficiency of our neighbourhoods through the introduction of urban agriculture? Buildings, Streets, Neighbourhoods presents these three themes within the context of the City of Toronto and examines this new way of thinking, providing clues as to why this shift is so desperately needed and the enormous range of benefits to the surrounding community and culture as a whole.
DTAH designs landscapes, buildings and communities. We are a multidisciplinary firm, both in what we practice and how we tackle the problems we encounter. Our work spans many sectors, but it is the connection between the physical, cultural, historical, and social aspects of public spaces that draws our greatest interest.
While our capabilities are broad, we cultivate a culture that seeks a profound understanding of our craft that pursues excellence at every level.
Whether it is with clients, large consultant teams, complex community consultation, or with our own internal teams, dialogue is an intrinsic element in the way we go about our business. Social responsibility is wrapped up in how we see the world and is the defining reason we do what we do.
Project Team: Joe Lobko, Megan Torza, Amanda McLeod, Jennifer Conron
Material for this installation is supported in part by Infrastructure Ontario and Evergreen.