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Evergreen’s Master Plan engages public about the future of Evergreen Brick Works

TORONTO, ONTARIO (September 16, 2019) – What do you love about Evergreen Brick Works? How can we strengthen the accessibility to our site? Who is here and how can we bring more people and increase the diversity to the site? With questions like these in mind, Evergreen embarks on a unique master planning process aimed to reignite the public’s imagination about the former brick factory now community hub, event space and award-winning demonstration site for urban innovation and sustainability.

LGA Architectural Partners, PLANT Architects and PROCESS have been named as Evergreen`s partners to lead this participatory planning and visioning process that will plot the roadmap for the future of the Brick Works site. The process comes after the site has been in operation for nearly 10 years. From now until the new year, the master plan includes extensive public engagement, site analysis of built structures and public spaces, as well as prototyping and piloting ideas for change. The final plan - identifying opportunities to increase site sustainability and enhance visitor experience - will be presented to the public in early 2020.

“This participatory planning process aims to engage residents as partners in placemaking,” said Orit Sarfaty, Evergreen’s Chief Program Officer. “Evergreen Brick Works has proven itself as a great place. As we look to the future of the site, it is essential that we hear from the public about how we can enhance the spaces in and between buildings, improve neighbourhood connectivity and increase the feeling of belonging to become even more integrated into the fabric of the city.”

The Brick Works is operated and managed by Evergreen, a national not-for-profit and social enterprise that is dedicated to making cities flourish. Since its opening in 2010, the 11-acre Brick Works campus has exemplified the best in adaptive reuse, green design and continues to push the boundaries of green building standards with the recent redevelopment of the historic kiln building, now the TD Future Cities Centre. With over 500,000 visitors annually, the site has become a destination where the world can experience sustainable practices. With a team of architects, urban planners, designers and artists, Evergreen explores how the public wants to use and access the space in the years to come.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to engage the public about the future of sustainable and inclusive city building that Evergreen is known for,” said Drew Adams, Associate and Project Lead, LGA Architectural Partners. “Together with Evergreen, we’ve embarked on a dynamic and highly participatory process that invites broad perspectives to co-develop ideas that, unlike most master plans, we aim to test, pilot and learn from as part of the process.”

In addition to site analysis and public live studies, a series of online and pop-up surveys, interviews, and a public visioning session are scheduled for the fall. The public is encouraged to learn more about the process and share their stories via www.evergreen.ca, @EGBrickWorks on Twitter, EvergreenBrickWorks on Facebook and @evergreen_brick_works on Instagram.

About the Team

LGA Architectural Partners

LGA Architectural Partners is a skilled team of architects, building scientists and designers who create award-winning sustainable, contextually sensitive and socially minded architecture. We aspire to make inviting public spaces that encourage interaction and tell the unique story of a place and its people, through the careful shaping of space, and the resourceful detailing of materials. LGA has been involved at the Brick Works since 2010 and most recently leading work on the TD Future Cities Centre.

PROCESS

PROCESS is a team of urban planners, designers and artists. Through collaborations and creative processes, our work transforms how we plan, design and experience places and communities. We provide stakeholder engagement, research, urban planning, cultural planning and public art services.

PLANT Architect Inc.

Founded in 1995, PLANT Architect Inc. is an award-winning practice that branches into architecture, landscape, and design across spatial scales and disciplinary borders to formulate a clear design vision that is responsive to client needs and the identity of the place. PLANT creates timeless spaces that heighten the experience of exploring a site, city, building, or natural landscape. In 2016, PLANT in joint venture with Perkins+Will Canada was awarded a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture and a National Urban Design Award Medal for the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization at Toronto City Hall.

 

For media information, please contact:

Renee Tratch, Sr. Manager PR & Audience Engagement, Evergreen

rtratch@evergreen.ca

416-596-1495 ex. 273

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About Evergreen: Evergreen is a national not-for-profit dedicated to making cities flourish. Evergreen Brick Works is a year-round award-winning public space, a global showcase for green design and urban sustainability. A place where the world can experience sustainable practices that enable flourishing cities of the future. www.evergreen.ca


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