Tower Renewal Tower Renewal

Evergreen is assessing 2,000 aging apartment blocks, which represent 20 percent of Toronto’s housing stock. They’re energy inefficient, and they’re often in marginalized neighbourhoods lacking amenities and transit infrastructure. The challenge is to create solutions that benefit the tenants while providing economic opportunities to landowners.

Retrofitting these towers could transform the city by providing affordable housing options for hundreds of thousands of people. Evergreen is working on three pilot projects to prove tower renewal is possible. Ultimately, the goal is to enhance the quality of life for all residents.

The Reality

Nearly 1 million people in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe area live in concrete residential towers, many of which are in dire need of repair.

The Vision

The Tower Renewal vision was launched in 2007 by Graeme Stewart and Michael McClelland of ERA Architects. Further developed through the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal, and the City of Toronto, the Tower Renewal vision has three basic facets that include: An energy retrofit of existing buildings; improved livability for renters and their surrounding communities through increased social and economic opportunities within tower neighbourhoods; better use of the green space around these towers through mixed-use infill development and improved transit connections to and from these neighbourhoods.

Together these measures offer the transformation of currently isolated and often socially marginalized dormitories into dynamic, integrated and low-carbon hubs across the city.

The Vision

The Tower Renewal vision was launched in 2007 by Graeme Stewart and Michael McClelland of ERA Architects. Further developed through the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal, and the City of Toronto, the Tower Renewal vision has three basic facets that include: An energy retrofit of existing buildings; improved livability for renters and their surrounding communities through increased social and economic opportunities within tower neighbourhoods; better use of the green space around these towers through mixed-use infill development and improved transit connections to and from these neighbourhoods.

Together these measures offer the transformation of currently isolated and often socially marginalized dormitories into dynamic, integrated and low-carbon hubs across the city.

In Partnership

The Tower Renewal vision has the potential to integrate social, environmental and economic investment in these tower neighbourhoods across the city and beyond. Many pieces of the vision are underway through great work from the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, United Way Toronto and others.