Allison Smith +
Our approach to the West Toronto Rail Path extension looks at how landscape design can promote public health by facilitating physical activity for all ages and abilities through built form and green space in an urban setting. Fostering connectivity between the diverse communities in the adjacencies, our site is defined by a linear route dubbed "the spine" composed of hollow steel tubing, which allows for the continuous engagement along the site as it twists into elements of play and fitness.
To balance the linear design elements weaving through the site we chose a more naturalistic planting scheme cuited to the existing site conditions. Our project seeks to foster not only human communities but ecological ones as well.
Overall, we believe moveTO will promote community engagement ina currently under-utilized area, and can become an exemplar for how landscape can promote public health and human well-being in urban areas.
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
DANIELS SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE, AND DESIGN
LAN2014 | DESIGN STUDIO 4
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR BEHNAZ ASSADI