The Future of Ontario Place: Revitalizing Iconic Modern Waterfront Sites
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
THE FUTURE OF ONTARIO PLACE COLLOQUIUM
Join the Future of Ontario Place Colloquium, a series comprised of four sessions working towards reimagining the future of the site through an understanding of its public identity, design values, and future challenges.
3: REVITALIZING ICONIC MODERN WATERFRONT SITES: TORONTO, MONTREAL, SYDNEY
Montreal’s Expo ‘67, the Sydney Opera House and Ontario Place are all seminal examples of public architecture that embraced avant-garde design in the 1960’s. Yet, each site has faced a specific trajectory and is now at a different stage of its evolutionary process. The Expo site—now a park with only the few permanent elements of the original site remaining, is being revitalized. The Sydney Opera House is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been carefully conserved under a Conservation Management Plan. Ontario Place’s identity has continuously shifted with different government proposals and is now at a crossroads. What can we learn from these conservation case-studies? Join us as we discuss experiences in conservation, adaptive reuse, change management, and the consideration of multiple stakeholders on iconic public sites.
MODERATED BY BILL GREAVES
Bill is the Founder and Past-Director of The Vann Molyvann Project, a research and advocacy initiative focused on post-colonial architectural heritage in Cambodia. He is a Board Member of the Architectural Conservancy Ontario where he leads advocacy efforts regarding Ontario Place. He received his Master of Architecture from Yale University and is a licensed architect in New York State. Bill Greaves is a co-lead of the Future of Ontario Place Project.
A registered architect and founding Principal of ERA Architects, Michael McClelland OAA, AAA, FRAIC, CAHP has specialized in heritage conservation, heritage planning, and urban design for over 25 years. Having begun his career in municipal government, most notably for the Toronto Historical Board, Michael continues to work with a wide range of public and private stakeholders to build culture through thoughtful, values-based heritage planning and design. He is the recipient of a certificate of recognition from the Ontario Association of Architects for his outstanding contributions to architecture, and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
Lemay associate Patricia Lussier has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and design leader, bringing a sensitivity to history and genius loci to each design. She led the landscape design at Parc Jean-Drapeau on the Expo ‘67 site. Commemoration and interpretation are at the heart of her concerns and her approach. Her wide-ranging experience in multidisciplinary projects and competitions of all scales enriches her overall vision at every project stage.
She has always worked to refine her expertise in expressive signature development, both in terms of design narrative and specific compositional elements such as furniture, paving patterns and the use of materials and plants with a sense of identity.
Often a pioneer in her practice, Patricia Lussier has always had an interest in integrating sustainability in a simple, efficient and creative way. She is the winner of national and international awards, for such high-profile projects as Espace 67, Place des Montréalaises, Gatsby Condos and the Dominion Bridge Master Plan in Montreal.
Alan Croker is the founder and principal of Design 5 – Architects, a Sydney firm specialising in conservation, adaptive re-use and related new work. He has recently coauthored a book entitled Traditional Joinery, Sydney Houses 1810-1915. Alan has considerable experience across a very broad range of projects, particularly in conservation work and conservation planning, and regularly teaches on these subjects. His firm has won numerous awards for their work and are known for their encouragement and use of high quality modern design in conjunction with best practice in conservation. Alan has a deep understanding of the Opera House building, site and function. He has been engaged by the Opera House since 1998 when he assisted in developing the CMP Second Edition with James Semple Kerr. Following Kerr’s retirement in 2004, Alan was appointed as the Opera House’s Heritage Architect and has since been instrumental in a number of small and major projects including the Opera House’s Renewal plans.