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Future Cities Centre

The revived kiln building is a venue to showcase and celebrate urban innovation from Canada and around the world.

An interior shot of the CRH Gallery in the Future Cities Centre.

The redeveloped kiln building is the site of the Future Cities Centre, a new dynamic year-round space at Evergreen Brick Works where urban thought leaders and city builders can gather, co-create, test and prototype solutions for building inclusive low-carbon cities of the future. The revived space is a venue to showcase and celebrate the innovative ideas and solutions from across Canada and the world.

The Centre is a national hub for Future Cities Canada, a new city-building initiative that brings together people, ideas, platforms and innovations from across sectors to find new ways to address the challenges facing cities.

Fully-enclosed for the first time, the heritage building, a leading example of adaptive reuse, will also be home to programs and exhibit spaces, such as the City Builders Gallery, located in the former drying kilns, which will host exhibitions exploring the past, present and future of cities beginning in fall 2018.

The space continues to be one of the country’s top venues for conferences, speaking series and other events and will welcome leading national and international city builders at the inaugural Future Cities Canada Summit in November 7-9, 2018.

The Redevelopment

Since the initial stages of the transformation in March 2017, the retrofit of the historic 53,000-square-foot building has become a test site to advance and accelerate the shift to more sustainable construction design and practices. Evergreen and its partners have worked together to offer new possibilities for developing sustainable cities while ensuring that the historic features are preserved. Upon completion, the project will be one of the first carbon neutral sites in Canada.

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The existing kiln building at Evergreen Brick Works.

The Design Approach

This new project offers a unique opportunity to drive more action towards advancing sustainable cities by incorporating renewable energy technologies and low-carbon construction practices.

Evergreen’s redevelopment of the kiln building is one of the first in Canada to set and strive for a carbon neutral target.

Some of the green design features include:

  • Solar thermal integrated with the ground source system to collect and store heat for use during the winter months
  • A high efficiency, renewable and geo-exchange system to heat and cool other buildings on site, creating a near zero carbon campus
  • Unique raised cavity floor system in combination with low impact landscape design strategies for flood and stormwater management

Read our blog on some of the highlights from the first phase of construction on the kiln building for more.

The kiln building is one of 16 historically significant buildings that reside at Evergreen Brick Works. Redevelopment of the building, currently subject to flooding and freeze-thaw cycles, will ensure the historic brick kilns are protected for years to come while highlighting the heritage features of the space.

Evergreen developed the adaptive reuse of the kiln building through a consultation process with the City of Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Services, Ontario Heritage Trust and the Toronto and Region Conversation Authority. The team worked together to ensure the preservation of the building’s heritage features.

Kiln building at Evergreen Brick Works.

Visitor Experience

The construction process began in March 2017 and the space will remain closed to the public until spring 2019. While some public events will be scheduled during this construction period, the public is invited to discover Canada’s leading example of adaptive reuse and low carbon innovation through Evergreen’s tour program.

During this time, the rest of Evergreen Brick Works is operating under regular hours and access, enjoy!

Please note, your visit may be during construction times that include some periods of loud noise.

During this period there will be limited parking in the East lot. The West and Central lots will remain open.

Please consider alternative methods of transportation during this time.

The redevelopment of the kiln building is in partnership with construction lead EllisDon, manufacturing partner CRH Canada, and the design team led by LGA Architectural Partners in consultation with heritage design specialists ERA Architects.

Future Cities Centre Solutions Providers

  • Armstrong Fluid Technology
  • Velux