The Future of Ontario Place: Waterfronts, Heritage, and Climate Resiliency
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.
2: WATERFRONTS, HERITAGE, AND CLIMATE RESILIENCY
Michael Hough’s landscape design for Ontario Place is a seminal work in the 1960’s shift in landscape architecture practice that grounded design in ecology and community use. Climate change’s accelerating effects must inform the future development of Ontario Place—its ecology, programming, and value to the public. What will the adaptive reuse of Ontario Place look like when it considers biodiversity and climate resiliency? How will these decisions impact or compliment its architectural and landscape heritage values?
MODERATED BY LIAT MARGOLIS
Liat Margolis is an associate professor of landscape architecture at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. She currently serves as the associate dean of research and the director of the master of landscape architecture program. Since 2010, she is leading the ASLA award-winning Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory (GRIT Lab) – an interdisciplinary research initiative at the U of T that brings together the fields of landscape architecture, biology, forestry, and civil engineering to evaluate and innovate green infrastructure technologies, policy, and industry practices. Liat serves on a number of government and institutional advisory boards focused on sustainability and green infrastructure. More recently, she is co-leading, with an Ojibway Elder, an indigenous youth employment and pathway to post-secondary education program, named Nikibii Dawadinna Giigwag, which weaves cultural land-based teachings with architectural design and environmental conservation field work.
Robert, founding partner of DTAH, is a landscape architect, urban planner and architect (ARCUK) with over 50 years of professional and academic experience. He has undertaken urban design projects across Canada and abroad for public, institutional and private sector clients, in many different contexts. He is best known for his long standing, continuing and award-winning urban design work in Canada’s National Capital, Fort York and the Toronto Waterfront as well as visual analysis and views protection studies and plans for university and institutional campuses across the country. He was Associate Professor in landscape architecture, University of Manitoba (1969 -78) and Professor, University of Toronto (1979 – 1998).
Robert is recipient of Canadian Society of Landscape Architects’ Lifetime Achievement Award; the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects’ Pinnacle Award; Canada Council Arts Award; a Fulbright Scholarship and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Soane Medallion.
Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, is the president, CEO, and founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Prior to TCLF, Birnbaum served as the coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative and a decade in private practice in NYC.
He was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, (1997-98) and the Rome Prize in Historic Preservation and Conservation (2004). Birnbaum was the Glimcher Distinguished Professor at Ohio State’s Knowlton School of Architecture (2008), a Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, and currently is a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s GSD. His awards include the ASLA’s LaGasse Medal (2007), the President’s Medal (2009) and the ASLA Medal, the Society’s highest award (2017). In 2020 he received the Landezine International Landscape Honour Award and the Garden Club of America’s Historic Preservation Medal. In 2019, TCLF unveiled the Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize. He has authored and edited numerous publications.
Belinda Tato is co-founder and co-director of the firm Ecosistema Urbano established in 2000 in Madrid. She has led workshops, lectured and taught at the most prestigious institutions worldwide. Since 2010 she has been faculty at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in Cambridge and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York.
Ecosistema Urbano is a Madrid-based group of architects, urban designers and professionals specialized in urban innovation projects, operating within the principles of design thinking at the intersection between different disciplines: architecture, urban design, engineering and sociology. Their approach can be defined as urban social design by which they understand the design of environments, spaces, dynamics and tools in order to improve the self-organization of citizens, social interaction within communities and their relationship with the environment. Ecosistema Urbano is specialized in urban consultancy projects (architecture and urban design), public space quality assessment and leads urban transformation processes (from initial conceptualization to final implementation) working for local, national governments, multilateral agencies and private companies.