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Mar 22 2018 Lecture /

BEST Lecture: Measuring Landscape Performance on the Toronto Waterfront

6:00 PM

Faculty Club at the University of Toronto
41 Willcocks Street


Measuring Landscape Performance on the Toronto Waterfront

Despite current enthusiasm for resilient design, not nearly enough information is available about the consequences of decisions made in the design and implementation of landscape architectural projects. Inside and beyond the design disciplines, there is an urgent need for clear, comparable data to demonstrate how well-intentioned proposals are actually affecting urban environments for better (or worse). This talk will present research on the environmental, economic and social performance of three Toronto waterfront parks — HTO, Sherbourne Common and Corktown Common—and discuss their power as an ensemble in the redevelopment of the city’s waterfront.

Jane Wolff is an associate professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Her design research investigates the hybrid ecological systems of intensely inhabited landscapes; its goal is to make such places legible to the wide range of audiences with a stake in the future.

Elise Shelley is an assistant professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, and the principal of Elise Shelley Landscape Architect in Toronto. Her teaching, practice and research focus on material innovation, spatial legibility and the interdisciplinary nature of public space.

Elise Hunchuck is a Berlin based researcher, designer, and editor with degrees in landscape architecture and philosophy whose work focuses on bringing together fieldwork and design through collaborative practices of observation, care, and coordination. Facilitating multidisciplinary exchanges between teaching and representational methods as a way to further develop landscape-oriented research methodologies at multiple scales, her research develops cartographic, photographic, and text-based practices to explore and communicate the agency of disasters through
infrastructures of risk, including memorials, monuments, and coastal defence structures.

The Building, Ecology, Science, and Technology Series Lectures are each worth continuing education credits with the OAA.