Installation view of Indirect. Harbourfront Centre. Photography: Tom Bilenkey.



June 21–September 14, 2014



A direct view of the lake has been the primary starting point in defining the traditional waterfront experience. With Toronto’s most immediate concerns about direct access to the water’s edge currently being addressed by Waterfront Toronto’s ongoing revitalization work, we can now ask “What next?”

This exhibit explores how the lake effect — for us, the potentially indirect aspects of the waterfront experience — can go beyond the immediate shoreline, and pervade deeper into the city. What other kinds of experiences can we unlock, when we open up access to the lake?

We open this investigation to the public to test our hypothesis, explore, and identify a number of Toronto’s potential experiences that remind us we are after all a water city – even in places where we cannot actually see the water.


PUBLIC WORK office for urban design & landscape architecture is a Toronto-based design studio engaged in building the contemporary city. Our work within urban contexts hinges on a necessarily comprehensive view of the spatial, social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of the city. At the core of our practice is one question: How can every urban project — public or private — contribute to the quality of life and urban experience in the city? We aim to produce transformative works that invigorate the public realm, optimize and enhance the performance of urban and natural systems, and support public life by adding new layers of experience to the city.

Project Team: Project Team: Marc Ryan (Principal) and Adam Nicklin (Principal), Remi van Durme, Chester Rennie, Stephanie Braconnier, Lauren Abrahams, Seven Chen, Ben Watt-Meyer Talal Rahmeh, Melissa Tovar and Emily Waugh

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