BLOOR-DUFFERIN PRECINCT

Toronto, ON
Client: Capital Development / Metropia
Size: 3 hectares
Completion: In Progress
The Bloor-Dufferin Precinct was the location of the historic Bloor Collegiate and Kent Street School in Toronto. We were hired to provide an innovative public realm for what will now be a thriving new neighbourhood that will evoke the history of the site and embed it within the surrounding urban fabric. 

A street pattern was developed for the project that prioritizes pedestrians. There is a new north-south High Street and a network of east-west pedestrian mews – all surfaced with a signature paving pattern. Custom furniture is configured as grammatical symbols, drop-off areas have art and topiary that recall the school mascots, mews are named after famous alumni and feature pieces from local artists, and a sculpture of children running to school acts as screening.  The High Street and a new public park are all designed to optimize opportunities for outdoor events.

 
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