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Toronto Railpath Extension, is at the heart of surrounding art galleries and studios stretching from the Junction Triangle to Parkdale, Toronto's fast-growing art scene. An area where artists face financial constraints by the rising cost of living. Artline is comprised of a flexible open-air gallery, affordable artist residencies, and multi-functional art and performance centre. That aims to provide spaces for artists to live and practice and showcase their work to the public through dynamic and accessible ways. The colour orange runs the stretch of the site, seen mainly on the painted steel panels that cover the concrete gallery zig-zagging the linear lengths of the site. As well as found on the bridges, architectures, the amphitheater and changing fall colours of the planted trees. All to unify the design and add to its identity.
Artline intends to be at the interface of art and design, blending creative disciplines into a new typology of an urban landscape. As well, a repeatable park model that can be implemented along two other monofunctional rails-to-rails in Toronto: the Beltline and Don Mils Trail. They, too, can become a framework and destination for the arts.
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
DANIELS SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE, AND DESIGN
LAN2014 | DESIGN STUDIO 4
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR BEHNAZ ASSADI