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Michael Abel / Dina Al-Dajani / Mina Arabpour Dahouei / Afshin Ashari / Timothy Boll / Vivien Cheng / Hanna Chung / Samira Daneshvar / Jordan Duke / Jasper Flores / Nicholas Gosselin / Marlon Heese / Zhengtao Hu / Gezhi Huang / Elise Misao Allain Hunchuck / Dorsa Jalalian / Nithin Kadayil / Ameneh Kadivar / Kiarash Kiai Soodkolai / Marem Kushtova / Siqi Li / Wenhao Li / Wenting Li / Yuqing Liu / Zhiyu Liu / Nadine Lowes / Karen Lui / Jordan Lypkie / Anita Manitius / Emma Dina Cheung Mantsing Mendel / John Natanek / Nicole Orofino / Tamar Michelle Pister / Anna Rosen / Dayne Roy-Caldwell / Jaclyn Ryback / Roghiyeh Samani Parsa / Chongwoo Shin / Utkarsh Singh / Vineetha Sivathasan / Binyan Wang / Nathanael Paul Wilner / Shan Yang / Safoura Zahedi / Yingyi Zhao

Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews Winter 2016

This book showcases the final thesis projects presented by Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Urban Design students at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto on April 20 & April 21, 2016.

Advisors George Baird Jonathan Enns Georges Farhat Robert Glover Hans Ibelings David Lieberman An Te Liu Liat Margolis Francesco Martire Laura Miller Alissa North Pete North Brady Peters Michael Piper Elise Shelley John Shnier Jon Soules Mark Sterling Shane Williamson Jane Wolff Robert Wright

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Michael Abel Dina Al-Dajani Mina Arabpour Dahouei Afshin Ashari Timothy Boll Vivien Cheng Hanna Chung Samira Daneshvar Jordan Duke Jasper Flores Nicholas Gosselin Marlon Heese Zhengtao Hu Gezhi Huang Elise Misao Allain Hunchuck Dorsa Jalalian Nithin Kadayil Ameneh Kadivar Kiarash Kiai Soodkolai Marem Kushtova Siqi Li Wenhao Li Wenting Li

54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78 80 82 84 86 88 90 92 94 96

Yuqing Liu Zhiyu Liu Nadine Lowes Karen Lui Jordan Lypkie Anita Manitius Emma Dina Cheung Mantsing Mendel John Natanek Nicole Orofino Tamar Michelle Pister Anna Rosen Dayne Roy-Caldwell Jaclyn Ryback Roghiyeh Samani Parsa Chongwoo Shin Utkarsh Singh Vineetha Sivathasan Binyan Wang Nathanael Paul Wilner Shan Yang Safoura Zahedi Yingyi Zhao


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Michael Abel MArch Advisor : Jonathan Enns

Assembly Hotel The relationship between architecture and human habits has changed considerably since the 20th century due to our media. It is estimated by 2020 that 40% of the American workforce will be independent contract workers. This rapidly growing number has ultimately caused many workers to ‘internalize’ to a domestic setting where all aspects of life have physically blurred together. This problem is explored through the form of a hotel, a program which has a long history of combining working, living, and leisure, making other typologies redundant.

Assembly Hotel interprets this typology as a possibility to challenge the boundaries of public and private space: to re-insert a dose of the public sphere into working and to externalize leisure as it once was. Assembly Hotel reflects the international bourgeoisie, a class of university educated professionals that are under pressure to be flexible, always traveling and always working. Assembly Hotel attempts to do this collectively [interacting with strangers], a notion which has been [re] normalized with new media like Uber, Airbnb, and WeWork. Assembly Hotel transforms rent into a monthly membership fee which grants individual access to a room, amenities, and workspace every night of the year in one of the Hotel’s many locations worldwide.

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Dina Al-Dajani MUD Advisor : Michael Piper

How Do You Put the Genie Back in the Bottle? Toronto’s King-Parliament neighbourhood has evolved with no prescribed planning approach or standardized design strategy, resulting in a lack of parks and ill-considered building forms, masses, and heights. Significant changes to the planning approach occurred in 1979 and 1996, but neither change addressed the issue of lack of parks. Both planning approaches were time-consuming and did not keep pace with constantly changing urban and physical conditions. The scale of development in the area has drastically exceeded the City’s initial expectations. Today, developers do not follow any planning approach, resulting in many medium- to large-scale development proposals without a sufficient number of parks. New proposals are reviewed on a sitespecific basis, implying that plans are easily amended through policy. My thesis proposes providing the KingParliament neighbourhood with a sufficient number of parks by creating a network of connected pocket parks. It also identifies a scale of built form appropriate for the neighbourhood. This will not only create a more livable neighbourhood but also enhance its physical character. In addition, my project raises awareness of how urban design can solve and control the planning challenges of the King-Parliament neighbourhood.

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Mina Arabpour Dahouei MUD Advisor : David Lieberman

Billy Bishop Airport An entrance point to the city The first encounter leaves an impression of the city’s identity and its character. Entrance points to the city in this perspective play the role of branding the city and have the potential to be designed to focus on certain aspects of social, economic, community, and urban life. In this project, Billy Bishop airport is selected as an entrance point to the City of Toronto and is examined and developed to enhance and enrich the quality of experience it presents to people entering or leaving the city. The airport, despite its convenience to travelers, has become an irritant to the local community, a position reinforced by its lack of engagement with neighborhood needs and disconnect with the waterfront. The airport as a point of entry to the heart of the city is developed through a series of strategies as a critical link reconnecting the gap or rupture by proposing design interventions of amenity, convenience, view, and engagement with not only the specific site but as a threshold and integration of the multiple transportation systems and as an enthusiastic welcome to Toronto.

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Afshin Ashari MLA Advisor : Robert Wright

EPHEMERAL TRANSITIONS There are many abandoned vacant sites with an enigmatic presence in Toronto. Upon further investigation, it becomes clear that these vacant sites have fallen victim to multiple instances of neglect. This thesis will study the potential of applying landscape architecture to Toronto’s fastpace evolution, and the implementation of temporary and ephemeral principles to guide the transformation of these vacant sites for future development. While other post-industrial cities are in decline and experiencing a shrinking demand for space, Toronto faces only temporary vacancies because of the rapidly growing population and the resulting need for land.

EPHEMERAL TRANSITIONS investigates the approach of transforming these temporarily vacant sites by implementing the principles of topographic manipulation as a way of formulating a solid and economical strategy for the period leading to the eventual transition of a site. Therefore, in spite of the conventional perception of landscape architecture as a sustainable phenomenon, landscape architecture, in this case, will introduce itself as an interim occurrence during the period from abandonment to the implementation of a redesignation project. The former Kodak property in Toronto’s west-end will be examined as a showcase of temporary vacancy.

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Timothy Boll MArch Advisor : Brady Peters

Mixed Modes This thesis aims to articulate the ontological possibilities of a topological, syntactic framework for typological investigation. Progress and improvement in media technologies, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robotics have shifted our paradigm from one concerned with economies of scale and mass-production toward economies of scope and the (re)naturalization of heterogeneous manufacture. The thesis broadly questions how our buildings might come to reflect this paradigm shift. To address this question, the project lays groundwork for an operative theory of topology and typology, questioning how serial syntactic production and cognition might engender the emergence of unseen type and form. The project first undertakes the deep structure of a type and speculates a series of topological reinterpretations. This positions the project to uncouple type from a singular ideal, leaving it bound to diagram only through abstraction. Secondly, in employing semi-autonomous computational agents and artificial neural networks, the project proposes alternative modes of agency for designer (technician) and computer (technology), carving out a position of autonomy for emergence and detection of type. The project-at-large amounts to an effort to naturalize methods of experimentation vis-Ă -vis computational design, to leverage the computer in its capacity as a semiautonomous entity in itself.

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Vivien Cheng MArch Advisor : John Shnier

Cache-Cache This thesis explores the qualities of architecture that can be read culturally and historically in different configurations, while providing the opportunity to bring people together. In Jacques Tati’s film Playtime, the set is a fabricated, modern vision of Paris that disorients tourists and inhabitants through the theme of doubleness and false recognition. Elements are often used in unexpected ways, taken out of context, or mirrored imperfectly. These fragments of the city provide different instances to interpret the film’s architecture. Speaking to the same layered approach of Tati, the thesis draws on elements of French culture, including building typologies, social structures, idioms, phrases and the arts. The resulting forms construct new meaning as architectural portmanteaus through a distinct language, while simultaneously facilitating readings of the culture through varying degrees. Situated in a residential neighbourhood in Paris, the site is atypically located inside a courtyard, allowing for numerous interpretations of architecture through its form and layout. Currently, the site is part of an initiative for the revitalization of 23 sites in Paris. This is an opportunity to balance between a courtyard, a community, and a constructed vocabulary of fictions, while enabling a layered experience of meaning through form.

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Hanna Chung MLA Advisor : Jane Wolff

Immersion in the Wild Redefining wildlife education through habitat exploration Toronto has a thriving wildlife population that many view as menacing and dangerous (e.g. Raccoons, Skunks, Foxes, and Coyotes). Wildlife sanctuaries are attempting to modify these negative attitudes with a combination of three educational strategies: ● Exposure (exposing animals to onlookers) ● Modelling (showcasing an educator interacting with animals) ● Direct Contact (allowing onlookers direct contact with animals) The latter is proven to be ineffective in altering social stigmas, and is controversial. It sends a mixed message of “wild” but “domestic”. There is also little emphasis on the animals’ habitat. This project proposes the use of Immersion (allowing onlookers to experience habitats as the resident wildlife would), as a more viable means of public school education. The site is the Toronto Wildlife Centre’s new location in Rouge National Park at 6461 Steeles Avenue East. The strategy is to create a narrative landscape that: is a viable habitat for sanctuary animals (woods, grasslands, and wetlands), and shifts human focus to the scale of the resident wildlife through a series of habitat specific trails and markers. The goal is for visitors to experience the habitat through the eyes of the animal. The hope is that they will gain a more positive view of their wild neighbours. Winter 2016



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Samira Daneshvar MArch Advisor : An Te Liu

Manual of (Re)production While the masses are statistically averaged — that is, individual singularities are collectively accumulated — apparatuses of production and reproduction remain in the hands of individuals. When fragmented into singularities and examined, these individuals reveal a hitherto unimagined city, one that remains unnoticed within the shells of individual dwellings. This project explores the social implications of production and reproduction: the way population control mediates demographical projections at the scale of urban planning, and how these projections are subverted at the individual level within the boundaries of singular dwellings. These issues are posed by situating tools of (re)production in an icon of twentieth-century modernism: the Maison de Verre. This was a house where modernist conceit of production was staged: a prototype that was designed on site with no construction drawings made in advance. This can be seen as an architect’s attempt to escape standardization all the while using mass-produced materials and industrial techniques of assemblage. The house was also a site for engaging issues of reproduction through its occupant: a gynecologist whose private acts of intervention subverted the public governance of human reproduction. The product is an apparatus that illustrates a projected history of the unseen.

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Jordan Duke MLA Advisor : Liat Margolis

The Digital & The Wild Mitigating Wildfire Risk Through Landscape Adaptations In February 2009 — as temperatures soared over 45 °C for several days — the Black Saturday wildfires of Southern Australia claimed over 170 lives . Fire plays a critical role in the ecological processes of the Australian landscape. But when wildfires become uncontrollable, human lives and infrastructure are put at risk. Rising temperatures and fewer rainfall days resulting from climate change is extending the wildfire season. Fires have become more frequent, intense, and difficult to contain. Using Cleland Conservation Park in South Australia as a testing ground, this thesis hypothesizes that negotiating between civic and ecological needs through digital environmental monitoring and landscape modifications will mitigate wildfire risk. An ongoing feedback loop of data from sensors compresses the reaction timescale to wildfire outbreaks. But on a longer timescale, data processing can modify landscapes by tweaking ecological processes on site to generate firebreaks, windbreaks, and reduce fuel loads. These didactic devices employed across the site register environmental phenomena previously invisible to the eye, triggering human behaviour changes while generating new approaches to forest and fire management. By establishing frameworks of negotiation with ecology — not controls — the project contemplates our evolving relationship and understanding of nature and the digital world. Winter 2016



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Jasper Flores MLA Advisor : Georges Farhat

Beyond the Concrete Weir: The Bonnet Carré Spillway as a Dynamic Confluence On January 10th of this year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway — a flood-control structure designed to redirect Mississippi River floodwaters threatening to inundate New Orleans and its surrounding urban areas. For the residents, this colossal concrete weir — conjuring its mythic status of protecting lives and livelihoods — is indeed a sacred infrastructure. Beyond this utility of alleviating periodic danger, however, is a 7,000-acre tract of land that has intimate implications for the ecological systems, economic production, and cultural constructs that activate New Orleans and the surrounding delta urbanization. This landscape is subjected to cycles of sediment negotiation, wildlife protection, and preservation of cultural resources. This thesis intends to confront the site’s complexity and multidimensionality, currently not addressed by the Corps of Engineers due to its highly utilitarian land management practices. It aims to engage a mutual choreography of water and land movement, economic generation, ecological sensitivity, and cultural commemoration to mobilize a landscape model that integrates these disparate practices onto a holistic spatial perception and territorial design.

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Nicholas Gosselin MLA Advisor : Alissa North

Niagara False Revealing the true power behind the spectacle Niagara Falls is currently packaged as a sublime tourist symbol, yet it is a highly controlled object idealized for consumption. Adjacently located, but completely detached from the tourist experience, is a complex hydroelectric network that receives strictly controlled percentages of Niagara Rivers’ water, as based on a 1950 treaty. With the realities of climate change and lower water levels, the loss in clean hydroelectric energy production will be valued at approximately three billion dollars by 2050, which is partially due to water diversion limitations in favour of the tourist experience at the Falls. This thesis proposes a revision to the treaty by prioritizing energy requirements over the aesthetic flow of water over the Falls. It questions how a regional infrastructural system can formulate a new tourist network and an expanded Canadian national identity, while simultaneously benefiting regional ecology, rather than promoting the exotic species found currently throughout the Niagara tourism sector. Consequently, the traditionally segregated energy, tourism, and ecological systems are now united in a robust network that exposes the characteristics of the infrastructure, uses the tourist as an agent of change, and establishes an urgent conversation regarding resource management.

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Marlon Heese MArch Advisor : Jonathan Enns

Temporary Town/ Permanent Camp Within the Canadian resource industry, “flyin and fly-out” work camps have completely replaced the “company town” model of the 50’s and 60’s. This shift from “new town” [permanent community] to “no town” [temporary camp] represents a disinterest in northern community development and has contributed to the economic and social disparities between urban and remote regions. If we consider the boreal region of Canada livable, and more than a vast landscape of resources to be exploited, an alternative to the increasingly prevalent fly-in fly-out camp is needed. In this context, the typical 12’ by 60’ trailer modules that compose the existing camps are a limiting factor and shortsighted approach to worker accommodation. By rethinking the existing work camp form as an opportunity for northern community development, this project proposes the idea of the work camp as the beginning of a “new town”, where by design it has the potential to evolve into a permanent community or collapse and relocate depending on future industry scenarios. This thesis explores the design potential of the modular unit to reduce energy and material waste, improve worker experience, foster community, and inject flexibility and diversity into an otherwise fixed and dreary form.

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Zhengtao Hu MUD Advisor : George Baird

The design of transit village in Port Whitby Railway stations evolved from a series of disconnected architectural incidents, intimately surrounded by other pre-existing programs in early 19th century, to specific single-program civic buildings with grand civic monumentality in the 1850s. They evolved again into multiprogrammed architecture, becoming a major force shaping regional society and its economy in the post war era. From a series of disconnected architectural incidents to a multiprogrammed architecture, railway stations have become more than transit facilities — they have become relatively independent systems that serve but are also served by the city. Based on the above research, the design exploration of this thesis has focused on updating the existing railway station of Port Whitby to promote the parking, driving, and intransit experiences, as well as the masterplan for a transit village in the adjacent area. Inspired by Grand Central Station in New York City, the main strategy would include proposing an urban platform with a mega mixed-used transit structure on top. In addition, this mega transit facility would introduce more development to Port Whitby with enhanced livability as well as improved railcrossing connectivity that better integrates the north and south areas. In broader environmental terms, the facility can also help improve air quality by prioritizing walking and cycling.

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Gezhi Huang MLA Advisor : Francesco Martire

Tridimensional Border The border between Mexico and the United States illustrates a deeper reality of both alienation and connection between the two nations. The socio-economic relationship is complex, with multiple exchanges of labour, capital, raw material, production, wildlife, and culture. The existing border, however, which solely functions as a two-dimensional barrier within a continuous landscape, denies possible interactions and contributes to an inanimate and inefficient borderland, particularly in dense urbanized areas such as San Diego and Tijuana. With the completion of trade agreements such as NAFTA, hundreds of assembly plants from the United States rushed into Mexico’s border city of Tijuana, exploiting its cheap labor and shipping products back to the United States. This, along with the agricultural exports from the United States, have caused poor living and working conditions, encroached on farmland in urban areas, and led to diminishing vegetation. This thesis uses the San Diego-Tijuana borderland as a testing ground, and proposes a tridimensional border landscape of production, recreation, and ecology, based on geological and socio-economic contexts. The project reconceives the border as a threshold that simultaneously acts as a line of security and a space of exchange.

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Elise Misao Allain Hunchuck MLA Advisor : Jane Wolff

Your future history Whenever you draw up a project plan with the intention of it being realised, you have to accept it will eventually be annihilated. — Arata Isozaki Located in the earth’s most geologically active archipelago, the island of Honshu is a place of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis. Along its northeastern coast, human settlement has taken hold in ria valleys that began to form 500 million years ago. Seismic activity has shaped this place.
In response to the tsunami of 869, people erected tsunami stones. These tablets performed a dual function; as warnings they marked inundation; as monuments, they were part of rituals memorializing those lost. Later, people erected another stone — seawalls — to keep the sea away from the land. And people moved down the slopes, believing they had engineered away the risk of coastal living. In 2011, almost every seawall failed under the forces of the earth and the sea. This thesis refuses the logic of certainty and its hard edge, proposing a coastal town without a seawall, where the coast is recognized as a responsive relationship between the land and the sea, where infrastructures of the everyday are designed based upon the simple premise that both the land and the sea might inhabit the same place. Winter 2016



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Dorsa Jalalian MUD Advisor : Hans Ibelings

The Social of the Social Housing This thesis aims to foster social interaction and integration in St. James Town in Toronto. It explores the positive impact that densification is having on a neighbourhood, a neighbourhood, which despite common belief, is not a complete failure in design. My proposal for the area is based on zero demolition and zero relocation of the current residents. It keeps St James Town as it exists today, but adds mid-rise buildings and intensifies public and semi-public spaces as well as programs that enable more social exchange and cohesion. This project addresses the current conditions of St. James Town, which is a transitory place where many of the residents live only for a short period of time. It uses swift temporary tactics and long-term strategic interventions to redefine St. James Town’s often-indeterminate public spaces and to reactivate its underused amenities. The design offers a framework for incorporating more places where residents, present and future, can meet, and transform from passersby into participants.

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Nithin Kadayil MArch Advisor : Shane Williamson

Legacies Traditional craftsmanship and manufacturing have become a remnant of a bygone era due to the proliferation of mechanized, globalized methods of mass production. The economic benefits of mechanization drove production into larger units, squeezing the workshop typology into obsolescence. This resulted in the need to preserve the knowledge associated with traditional artisanry, which can be passed on to future generations. The mode of production has since dramatically shifted to one where design and fabrication processes occupy the same space. Fordist production lines that utilized templates for mass-production are now giving way to the “designer-maker”and the “handmade.” New manifestations of small-scale production has lead to an updated notion of traditional craft practices and their ability to co-exist with machine fabrication and be the focal point of the current maker culture revival. This thesis aims to develop an institution that celebrates craft and making, with facilities for collaborative design and small-scale production and distribution. Functioning as a repository as well as an industry, this artifact is placed in the city of Detroit. It serves as a catalyst to the local economy while taking advantage of Detroit’s prominent history in making and the strong affinity to the adage “Made in Detroit.”

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Ameneh Kadivar MLA Advisor : Elise Shelley

Park Here Power nodes, defined as several big-box stores of different brands gathered in one location, are the largest and fastest growing retail developments in Toronto, where shoppers encounter a vast retail landscape but have little engagement with landscape spaces. Power nodes have shown a growth rate of 93% from 2000-2011. This trajectory creates a great problem of large tracts of land in the city that are fully dedicated to either parking or the physical structures of these large big box stores. These big parcels of land are usually located in residential areas, yet provide no ecological, social, or aesthetic contribution to the community. This thesis redefines power nodes to include public and environmental value while simultaneously accommodating the original retail functions, which attract people to these places. The design seeks to transform the landscape identity and performance of the sites by creating destinations and programs beyond merchandise. The power node studied along Eglinton Avenue illustrates the potential transformation that could change the future of retail destinations in the city and beyond.

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Kiarash Kiai Soodkolai MUD Primary Advisor : Robert Glover Secondary Advisor: Roberto Damiani

Cutshort, a New Shortcut A Bazaar is Coming to Town Over the last two decades, downtown Toronto’s demographics have gradually changed while the population rose dramatically. Local amenities evolved in response, and new ones emerged, including bike-share services, cat cafes, cereal shops, offices, workshops, and more informal market areas that small shops, found in fine grain street-facing buildings, could respond to. Furthermore, mono-functional downtown building types have transformed into mixed-use buildings that include both dwellings and workplaces. The aim of this proposal is to create a “Bazaar”— a pedestrian oriented street market — in downtown Toronto from College Street to King Street, passing through Kensington Market (via Augusta Street), Alexandra Park, and Queen Street, and the former St. Andrews Market Hall. A traditional eastern bazaar is a successful system that integrates diverse programs and places, which could be considered as an area undergoes revitalization or when a new development project is proposed. The pedestrian-oriented built environment is a layered web of open, covered, and enclosed passages that intertwine with adjacent residential neighborhoods. A bazaar is not just a place for selling goods, it also is a place for production. Additionally, it provides continuity and connectivity within the urban fabric, which has been disrupted by mid-century modern urban developments. Winter 2016



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Marem Kushtova MArch Advisor : Mark Sterling

Belyaevo “Социальный Kапаситор” [Social Capacitor] Microrayón [transl. microdistrict] is an essential building block of the Soviet City in the form of standardized housing neighborhoods that shaped the physical and socio-cultural fabric of contemporary Moscow. Following Soviet collapse and the transition to capitalism, there has been criticism of microrayons’ uniformity along with a subversion of their flowing green public spaces that lay at the heart of their planning and underground cultures. Due to the unanticipated growth patterns produced by privatization, the continuous public green realm was disrupted with fencing, land ownership, commercialization, and became storage for the primary transportation — the car. 2014 marked a curious change — a program established for retrofitting housing plants will transform the face of microrayons. These changes give rise to a critical question: what should be done with the microrayons in order to preserve the integrity of public open space among privatized entities? Can we attempt to achieve a new balance that respects the origins of these urban environments while facilitating the shift toward private development? Using Belyaevo district as a case study, I take part in the 3rd wave of transformations of this area, with a heightened awareness of the potential of these neighborhoods to design in ways that support the original collective conditions that gave meaning and intangible value to the place.

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Siqi Li MLA Advisor : Pete North

Bio-Mosaico Dallas-Fort worth Metroplex, the largest landlocked metropolitan area in the United States, has seen unprecedented urban development in the past 25 years. Enormous population growth and massive agricultural intensification are major contributing factors to the rapid and unrelenting development. Poorly planned urbanization has resulted in a massive increase in urban storm water runoff and use of agricultural fertilizers, all of which are severely threatening the delicate aquatic ecosystem in this region. Situated within the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, Joe Pool Lake is a typical example of a waterbody suffering from eutrophication. The logical approach to solving the problem of eutrophication is to prevent the introduction of nutrients that are made by human activities. However, since this has proven very difficult to regulate to date, floating treatment wetland may provide a viable solution in these circumstance to help improve and maintain the water quality. This thesis proposes to employ floating treatment wetlands as an integral water infrastructure system testing their ability to remediate the aquatic ecosystem and associated ecologies. The thesis also proposes to develop and test phytoremediation techniques targeting contaminants found in surface water, providing a holistic vision to resolve the conflict between human activities and healthy aquatic ecologies.

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Wenhao Li MUD Advisor : David Lieberman

Future of the past Possible scenario for former church site in Toronto The place of the church in the city is one of both iconic and cultural significance in addition to its primary role in its original inception as a place of worship. The figural presence of the structure, often including towers, domes, and steeples, reinforced the heavenly aspirations of its architects and the congregation. With the development of the contemporary city, the immediacy of visibility has been diminished by both the impact of density and the towering heights of new buildings. In selecting St Michael’s Cathedral, the historic and central home of Toronto’s Catholic community, this thesis seeks to identify the character and meaning of religious practice, the integration of the church community, and the historic building in their potential to continue to contribute to the vitality of an inner city urban fabric or grain. The site includes the heritage Cathedral, a choir school, a major hospital, and a residential tower. In re-examining and re-contextualizing the site, additional complimentary mixed use development is proposed and exterior spaces are developed as links and courtyards, within the subject site and on the adjacent blocks. The work is proposed as an inclusive strategy for the preservation of historic buildings and for their cultural value as active participants in the changing social patterns of the City.

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Wenting Li MLA Advisor : Georges Farhat

Redevelopment of University Avenue University Avenue used to be the most well designed boulevard in Toronto, however, it’s been more than fifty years since this central parkway was built. Its current deteriorating condition reflects its inefficient use and the quality of its built form. Plantings are in urgent need of restoration; the twelve islands that line the center of the Avenue are falling apart and lack pedestrian infrastructure between them. They also block opportunities to traverse the street from sidewalk to another. Due to rapid urbanization, the Avenue no longer meets the area’s contemporary social and environmental needs. This project seeks to address above issues and come up with rational solutions. An integrated design will improve the general ecological and spatial strategies of the streetscape. In addition to developing an elaborated design for three sample median islands, this project includes a proposal for a master plan of the entire length of University Avenue. Research included a study of its original 1960s design and comparison with present conditions, as well as an examination of global precedents for parkway and boulevards. This new proposal improves University Avenue by interlacing new interventional design elements with existing patterns, while respecting the valuable historical remnants of the site.

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Yuqing Liu MUD Advisor : Michael Piper

PARALLAX At one time, all mapping was a product of walking at a very slow measured pace. Today, people use aerial photos to create maps. In the fields of architecture or urban design, designers use 2D images instead of 3D images, which more closely resemble how people experience a city. What if architects or urban designers used perspective views instead of traditional architecture plans or elevations when designing buildings?

Parallax is defined as: apparent displacement or difference in the apparent position of an object, caused by an actual change (or difference) of position in the point of observation. The image on the left shows how parallax has been applied to astronomy. It could be also applied to architecture. Space is defined by angles of perception. In considering a site’s conditions, several important viewpoints could be selected. Then based on those views, building forms could be created. It is also important to recognize that the relationship between buildings change as people move around them. As one changes their location, some buildings will be revealed, while others will be blocked from view.

Image: Steven Holl, Parallax, Princeton Architectural Press, 2000

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Zhiyu Liu MLA Advisor : Francesco Martire

Refugee Camp of Tomorrow The Refugee Camp Urbanism Renovation 17 years is the average stay today in a refugee camp — a generation. Today, it seems that the vast majority of people who attempt to cross government borders to flee from war and oppression are actually held as prisoners for years at a time, and in many cases for the rest of their lives. My thesis proposes that we view refugee camps as special development zones, which can then actually trigger improvements to an otherwise impoverished neglected area. How can we establish a more sustainable method to treat this new short-term population, set up opportunities to develop trade and work opportunities between refugees and native Jordanian citizens, and create win-win situations. My site, the Zaatari Refugee Camp, was established in 2012 in order to receive Syrian refugees in Jordan. Located in the Mafraq Province in Jordan, the Zaatari Refugee Camp was set in a stereotypical desert environment where a seasonal creek and existing orchards are the only noticeable landscape typologies. This thesis proposes a theoretical approach to analyzing the relationship between camp and city and asks: how does the reimagining of the refugee camp as an urban space contribute to a new and better understanding of the refugee camp environment?

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Nadine Lowes MLA Advisor : Elise Shelley

The Cultural Infrastructure of Urban Agriculture Science fiction has long influenced architects and engineers alike. It has the inherent ability to show us what is possible, without addressing current technical impossibilities. In response to a rapidly increasing global population, recognizing the need for locally accessible food production is essential for the future success of cities. Alongside this infrastructural transformation must be a cultural shift in the way we perceive and interact with agriculture. At the Port Lands site within the Toronto context, it becomes possible to integrate large-scale agriculture within the daily lives of people living far from traditional farm landscapes. Transformation of the Port Lands is achieved through the sculpting of earth, and integration of a central marketplace and event space. To delineate the significance of this space and to further transform the everyday presence of urban agriculture, vertical farming strategies are employed, forming living architecture. This structure is a monument of agricultural efficiency and innovation, influenced by the realm of science fiction as a way of understanding how technology, once only imagined, is now an everyday occurrence. This cultural landmark, a spectacle of productivity and invention, dramatically alters our interaction with farming and enables the community to reimagine the future of this industry. Winter 2016



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Karen Lui MLA Advisor : Robert Wright

Drafting Cultivation Reclaiming Roadside Biodiversity and Ecology Highways are immense concrete slabs that have been imposed onto the landscape, laying waste to natural features with detrimental effects on neighbouring ecosystems. These ecosystems are subjected to soil compaction and pollutants from vehicular activity, making it difficult for species that once occupied the land to thrive in this new altered environment. Roadway activity has amplified the spread of non-native and invasive species, adversely affecting biodiversity. These invader species have the ability to out-compete native species, destabilizing ecosystems. This thesis explores the ability to reclaim roadside ecology, through landscape and infrastructure design of highways. It will promote the dispersal and survival of noninvasive plant species by harnessing the drafting winds created by high-speed vehicular movement. Design interventions will be focused on highway embankments, off-ramps, and interchanges for seed storage, dispersal, transportation, settlement, and species establishment. The research site is located in Markham, Ontario, a rapidly growing suburban community north of Toronto, with focus on the interchange leading to Markham’s proposed Downtown at Kennedy Road and ETR 407. This interchange is a local and regional junction and community gateway that will experience a significant influx of activity in the years to come, furthering jeopardizing roadside ecology. Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Jordan Lypkie MLA Advisor : Alissa North

Encounters in Hybrid Ecologies Making the Social Natural The coastal territories of British Columbia are at the centre of conflicts between industrial resource development and environmental conservation. Tensions arise because of strongly enmeshed networks of humans and nonhumans, unfolding in time and space. This thesis designs encounters beyond the human to reveal the underlying hybrid ecologies between us, contesting the Modern separation of Society and Nature. Three sites in close proximity to Vancouver are selected for their varied engagements with the coastline. Extractive economies work in a dynamic recreative ‘wilderness’ where salmon runs draw eagles; global flows of capital run alongside whales and their watchers; the bounty of the open ocean is gathered as its detritus washes up before foraging wolves. This project looks through different lenses to blur the boundaries of landscape composition. Drawing from and with acknowledgment of First Nations’ worldviews and utilizing speculative design approaches, dualisms of urban and wild are conflated in order to reach greater consensus among cohabitants. Looking past the human to how others occupy different worlds illustrates alternative perspectives to destructive and divisive Western relationships to environment. Designing interspecies experiences allows us together to enter flourishing entanglements between economy and ecology. Winter 2016



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Anita Manitius MLA Advisor : Robert Wright

How to Grow a Mountain rethinking re-creation Click in. Choose your line. Push off. Feel the wind against your skin. Hear the snow crunch beneath you. Breathe. Listen to the trees as you choose your adventure. Repeat.

For some, skiing calls forth feelings of freedom and adventure. The exhilaration of floating atop soft, fresh powder can be unmatchable. As a sport, skiing has the power to define people, create communities and shape landscapes. But the mountains where we ski are also the mountains from which we extract resources; and although the causes are different, the outcomes of these human interventions often leave similar marks upon these landscapes. As we are left with a growing land mass of abandoned sites of extraction, this thesis proposes a low-impact model for ski area development and design. The project is situated and tested in the abandoned postmining town of Bradian, British Columbia — a contaminated community with a high potential for recreation. The thesis explores the possibilities of recreational landscapes that change over time, leveraging both techniques of extraction and remediation. The proposed new low impact model for ski area development will consider responsible forestry practices, remediation strategies, and renewable energy to create a new and unique experience. In otherwise forgotten towns there are new adventures, waiting to be had.

Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Emma Dina Cheung Mantsing Mendel MLA Advisor : Alissa North

Fluent Reciprocity Stored in its thousands of lakes and rivers, Canada has the second largest global supply of fresh water. As the second largest sovereign territory in the world, Canada also boasts one of the most advanced economies and has benefited from an abundance of exploitable resources. Despite these facts, for 169 First Nations communities, limited or no access to safe drinking water is a persistent reality of their daily lives. For many of these communities, lack of road access and deficient education systems add to the ongoing social injustice. Yet, there is hope for the future. At Shoal Lake 40 First Nations, this year the Canadian Government has initiated the building of an all season road, a new junior school, and a water treatment centre. In a political environment of reconciliation between the First Nations and Canada, this thesis questions the continued deployment of universal infrastructure solutions that have shaped Canada’s landscapes and posits new possibilities by pairing infrastructure standards with traditional knowledge. By understanding the relationships that Anishinaabe communities have with their land, definitions begin to blur as the project reinterprets land through water. The design seeks to open a space between western science and traditional knowledge, infrastructure and ecology, land and water, vector and raster, and life and death. Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

John Natanek MArch Advisor : Brady Peters

3DPrinting Thermodynamics The human body uses radiant transfer to exchange most of its thermal energy. What would change if we heated and cooled buildings with water rather than air? Water is 832x denser and can consequently capture and channel far more energy per unit volume than air, and is the basic principle upon which thermally active surfaces are built. Meanwhile, advancements in 3D printing suggest the question is no longer if 3D printing and construction will become a reality, but rather how soon? Taking what we already know about thermodynamics and thermally active surfaces, what are the potential applications to the 3D printed milieu. Several academics have shown that we have been approaching energy within our buildings and conditioning our architecture incorrectly. Can heat-driven geometry change the way we design and condition our spaces? After generating a variety of 3D printed surfaces, heat flow was generated and recorded through the prints using FLIR thermal imaging cameras, reflected upon and retested in a series of scientific-like experiments. How can we take an architecturally specific thermodynamics approach to design, and how can 3D printing help facilitate this shift in thinking?

Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Nicole Orofino MArch Advisor : Laura Miller

Table Topography Architects design furniture and products. From Wright’s Oak Park Dining Table Set (1902) and Aalto’s L-Leg Stacking Stools (1932), to Saarinen’s Tulip Table (1956), Rossi’s Tea and Coffee Service (1984), and Gehry’s Molded Plywood Chair Series (1992), the 20th century provides striking examples of architects creating items that enrich the experience of dining. Prominent contemporary architects such as Hadid and Libeskind continue to successfully create dining products ranging from tables, chairs, and tableware, drawing from their larger formal processes and principles. The way we dine creates a distinct architecture across the most cultural site in the domestic realm — the table. Our movements across the table top, rooted in discourse on culinary arts, table setting, and cultural etiquette, are defined by scales of prominence and retreat. They are inherently natural and performative, yet often overlooked due to their ephemerality and immateriality. Challenging the ephemeral character of the immaterial through the formal analysis of the material, these movements can be mapped and deconstructed to extract significant patterns and geometries, which are able to formally drive product design. The Table Topography series (2016), provides ephemerality with a sense of permanence and creates a consciousness about our movements, ultimately enriching the dining experience.

Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Tamar Michelle Pister MLA Advisor : Jane Wolff

Places of Fill From Underground Infrastructure to Above Ground Public Space In her book Vibrant Matter, political theorist Jane Bennett states, “How, for example, would patterns of consumption change if we faced not litter, rubbish, trash, or ‘the recycling,’ but an accumulating pile of lively and potentially dangerous matter?”(2010, viii). This thesis investigates the spoils of citybuilding and urban renewal projects by questioning the unnoticed mounds of excavated earth arising, and disappearing, as by-products of underground infrastructure. Toronto historically disguised its mountainous fill by extending into the shoreline through major land filling operations. Such was the case in 1971, when Ontario Place first opened its gates as a showcase of architectural innovation and public recreation. However, decades later, the site sits closed, leaving behind an abandoned amusement park, suspended pavilions, and collective nostalgia. As Toronto continues to hyper-develop, needs for new and cheap fill sites translates to an untraceable movement of excavated materials to periphery lands, generating a multitude of environmental and societal harms. Posing an alternative, the defunct landscape of Ontario Place is reimagined as a showcase of spatial complexity based on the variability of fill materials. From site of subtraction to site of addition, can the public benefit from a better use of material? Winter 2016 73


Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Anna Rosen MLA Advisor : Liat Margolis

Tower & Ravine Revitalization Toward Social and Ecological Symbiosis During Toronto’s post-war urbanization, over 1,000 apartment towers were constructed along the city’s ravine network. These towers were marketed to middle-income professionals as state-of-the-art communities surrounded by vast green open space. Today, 87% of these towers are in high socialneed areas with poor access to social infrastructure, amenities, employment, and education. More so, tower construction eroded adjacent ravine slopes, resulting in water contamination and loss of habitat and species diversity. This raises a concern for the future of the community and the long-term health of ravine ecology at tower intersections. The Thorncliffe Park tower community, located on the Don Valley ravine, serves as a test site for this thesis. The primary design question focuses on the development of mutually beneficial relationships between the social needs of the tower community and the ecological needs of ravines. This thesis demonstrates how integrating public space into the ravine slope, using a terracing system, can provide educational, social and ecological opportunities. Robust educational and social engagement with the ravine is intended to improve connectivity, foster curiosity and provide hands-on stewardship experience necessary to improve the environmental quality of the ravine and the social wellbeing of tower residents. Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Dayne RoyCaldwell MLA Advisor : Pete North

After Gold After Gold examines the northern Ontario town of Kirkland Lake as a testing ground for the curation of post-mining remains along a remediative network that addresses social, ecological, and economic challenges faced by post-mining communities. The origin of Canada’s Abitibi gold-belt, in which Kirkland Lake is located, can be traced back 2.6 billion years to fault lines which brought gold-rich magma to the surface of the earth. This process led to a gold rush beginning in 1901 and the subsequent settlement of the area in the form of single-industry mining communities that retrace this ancient mineral break. With the globalization of the mining industry and improvements in extraction technologies, communities that have endured boom-bust cycles are now threatened by permanent mine closure. These communities will be left with the legacy of post-mining remains from the collapsed industry upon which they were founded. After Gold will reveal that these remains — in the form of tailings impoundments and mine hazards — are not a product of natural processes, but have come to represent an important chapter in the evolution of the region’s landscape vernacular and its peoples’ histories.

Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Jaclyn Ryback MLA Advisor : Robert Wright

From Bin to Earth Large-scale Urban Composting in Toronto What happens to garbage after the truck hauls it away from the curb? The majority ends up in a landfill hundreds of kilometers away from the city. This is problematic because landfills cause pollution, release greenhouse gases, and are costly to build and operate. The city therefore implements recycling and composting programs to divert waste from reaching landfills. Upon closer inspection, however, flaws can be found with the Green Bin Program Toronto operates to handle organic waste. For example, waste is hauled long distances to sites across Southern Ontario for treatment. The emissions the vehicles emit during travel negate many benefits of composting the waste. Additionally, much of the compost created is sold privately and does not benefit the city it was created by. And a large portion of organic waste still ends up in landfills despite collection efforts. This thesis examines the potential of treating organic waste locally at public sites situated within city boundaries. Compost produced from treated green bin waste is then used to fertilize and sculpt the city’s parks and greenspaces. The objective of the design is to increase the amount of waste diverted from landfills and alter negative stigmas associated with garbage by integrating waste management into the everyday landscape.

Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Roghiyeh Samani Parsa MUD Advisor : Jon Soules

Beyond Gardiner Bridging City to the Waterfront

Geographies previously labeled “derelict” or “terrain vague” are being reconfigured into “positive zones” that add to the overall value of the city. This line of work serves to reconfigure a wide variety of spaces: derelict spaces created by the extensive geometry of vehicular infrastructure, outdated spaces that need to be reprogrammed, and new spaces that serve as an anchor for urban growth. — Joan Busquets Increased vehicle use in modern cities led to the construction of road infrastructure as an essential instrument of urban development. Fragmentation of the city is one of the many consequences of expressways which became evident over time. The Gardiner Expressway is one of the largest elements of urban infrastructure in the Toronto cityscape and it creates a visual and psychological barrier between the city and Lake Ontario. This thesis develops a physical and programmatic reinterpretation of the Gardiner Expressway and adjacent parcels of land to reconnect the city to the waterfront. The project uses creative discourse to examine architectural and urban design strategies by posing and opposing different ideas of programming space under the expressway or reinventing public spaces over it. Reconnecting both sides of the elevated roadway and making it an active element of the urban organism are the goals of this investigation. Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Chongwoo Shin MArch Advisor : Shane Williamson

Inversion Courtyard houses have been a favourite building type in many regions and throughout many eras, including the early Chinese dynasties. European and Asian courtyards differ in function and character. European courtyard houses are embedded in public monuments such as churches, town halls, and libraries; however, Asian courtyard houses are monuments themselves. The Chinese “Siheyuan” — the traditional type of courtyard house of old Beijing — consists of houses surrounded by walls and various sizes of courtyard at the center. Edged by four walls and geometrically planned within the imperial core, Beijing’s urban context evokes the structure of the courtyard house. Since the 1950s, Siheyuan has transformed from single-family residences to multifamily homes giving credence to the notion that Siheyuan need to be reconsidered respective of Beijing’s current condition as a heavily populated and dense metropolis. This thesis investigates the densification of Siheyuan blocks through the proposition of residential towers and the transition of the ground plane from a closed, private, and domestic realm to an open and porous field of parks, gardens, and commerce. This new hybrid program of public and private creates new circulation and more communication. The courtyards of the Siheyuan become spaces for a resting, gathering, and socializing while the tower affords individual privacy.

Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Utkarsh Singh MUD Advisor : David Lieberman

Brampton A case for Strategic Urbanism Brampton has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a First Nations settlement. The settlement has expanded with the growth of infrastructure and industry to the current amalgamated city formed by the communities of Chinguacousy, Toronto Gore, Bramalea, and the City of Brampton — all of which have become part of the administrative Region of Peel. Peel is considered with other municipalities and the City of Toronto to constitute the Greater Toronto Area or GTA. After the 1950s, when industries started moving out of Toronto into the surrounding municipalities, it created a substantive decline in the City. Now, once again, we stand at the crossroads. Industries are leaving the suburbs for new locations, often beyond the national borders due to the globalization of the economy. Seldom in quick succession does one face the dilemma and the opportunity of what can be done within the current state of affairs to develop a constant state of progress rather than endure the limbo of the status quo. The thesis repurposes the proposed Metrolinx Light Rail Transit or LRT in Brampton in an attempt to find solutions to unresolved continuity of fabric and aggregated form and use as a series of “patches� addressing issues of departing industries, density, and edge interactions as a framework and strategy for other GTA suburbs.

Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Vineetha Sivathasan MArch Advisor : John Shnier

Per-formation The Textile Museum of Canada is embedded into a site where it’s unable to contextualize itself in a condition that offers a link to the local art scene. Due to its subtlety and lack of architectural presence, its existence is almost never acknowledged. The site of the former McLaughlin Planetarium is situated among a cluster of museums and galleries, and straddles the communities of University of Toronto and Yorkville. Even 20 years after its closure, it still stands as an iconic form. It holds a conflicted tension between sentiments attached to what the form of the Planetarium evokes versus the opportunity implanted into the under-usage of an ideal site. By using video as a tool to explore the theme of flux, the audience will be woven through the re-identification of the Planetarium’s site as the new home of the Textile Museum of Canada. The dissolution of the dome will explore the singular unit — a dome or a figure — that wavers between its own individuality and collective identity. As such, the video will explore the oscillation between its own state of reality by contemplating and purging the identity attached to the dome, and the anticipation of the form and space created by the imagination.

Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Binyan Wang MUD Advisor : Michael Piper

Reimagining the Terrain Vague Along the Gardiner East While the Gardiner Expressway has contributed positively to the physical, social, and economic growth of the city of Toronto, it also produced negative effects on the environment, set barriers between the waterfront and the city, and divided and isolated communities in the urban space. Certainly, vast, abandoned, obsolete, and unproductive places were produced below, beside, and above the Gardiner Expressway. Often, these spaces become dark, noisy, uninviting, and underutilized. This thesis is interested in reimagining the highly impacted undefined spaces under the Gardiner from Parliament Street to the Don River and proposes the design of a series of public open spaces along the expressway. These new spaces would penetrate into nearby isolated communities and relink the connection between the city, the water’s edge, and the Portlands. Strategies involve greening, art, light, urban interventions, and amenities that will allow each space to embrace their potential, and respond to their historical form and the functions of the neighborhood that surrounds them. Meanwhile, the building massing, orientation, streetscape, and urban fabric in close proximity to the Gardiner Expressway are endowed with distinctive identities.

Image: Gardiner Expressway East, photo by Dale Roddick Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Nathanael Paul Wilner MLA Advisor : Liat Margolis

Connecting The Don Prioritizing water and non-vehicular flows Toronto is a water city mostly associated with its waterfront along Lake Ontario. The Lake is but one aspect of the water that makes up Toronto’s hydrological capital. The creeks and rivers flowing through the city as well as the rain are two neglected and unappreciated expressions of water in Toronto. Toronto’s watercourses are in poor shape. Most of the smaller creeks have been buried and transformed into storm sewers. Exacerbated by urbanization, these watercourses are prone to flooding and have serious water quality issues. Placing creeks in sewers has also removed the physical presence of water, which has lead to an overall disassociation between Torontonians and the water that flows through their city. Many of Toronto’s watercourses have also been altered to prioritize transportation infrastructure. Roads, highways, and railways dominate the ravines. Exploring how to provide ecosystem services (economic, social, and environmental) through large-scale manipulation of interstitial and dross space associated with transportation infrastructure illustrates the potential for “End of Pipe” solutions. Prioritizing water and human scale movement over vehicular traffic not only addresses water management issues and enhances overall ecological health; it can also provide for the impetus of public space creation.

Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Shan Yang MLA Advisor : Pete North

PHYTO-Industry Reinvigorating the North Vancouver Waterfront through a phased remediation process

PHYTO-Industry seeks to develop a phased remediation strategy that combines existing industrial land-use with future urban development, revealing the social and ecological potential of the site. Shoreline dynamics and ecology, industrial operation and evolution, historical context and economic development, and in-situ site remediation will drive the creation of a multi-functional green belt that supports resilient shoreline ecologies, urban redevelopment and a variety of social spaces. The site of exploration is a 12-kilometre long industrial belt currently in operation along the North Shore of Burrard Inlet in Metro Vancouver, BC. Intense housing pressure and limited space to grow in the adjacent City of Vancouver is instigating alternative approaches for urban development in the region. The waning industrial area along North Shore is prime territory for future urban development with its large tracks of waterfront land in close proximity to the down town core of Vancouver. However, the legacy of contamination must first be overcome. Applying a site remediation and ecological design framework earlier in the operational phase of an industrial waterfront experiencing decline has the potential to shorten the required remediation timeline, while integrating contemporary urban and ecological design theories and progressive phytotechnology applications.

Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Safoura Zahedi MArch Advisor : Brady Peters

Beyond the Surface Expanding Islamic Geometry into the Third-Dimension Beyond the Surface explores how twodimensional Islamic geometry can inform three-dimensional architecture. Historically, Islamic geometry served a spiritual, tectonic, and spatial purpose that went beyond the surface — physically and metaphysically. It is the language of Islamic architecture and integral to the design process. Symbolically, Islamic geometry represents the notion of universal unity, derived from multiplicity. In contemporary architecture, the role of Islamic geometry is reduced to a surficial application of pattern on buildings. Its role is primarily as a brand for “Islamic Architecture,” without consideration of the physical and metaphysical depth. Inherently, Islamic geometry presents infinite spatial possibilities, which have remained unexplored. How can we use Islamic geometry, once again, as an integral part of the design process of contemporary architecture? How can today’s contemporary design, material and fabrication technology allow us to pursue and expand on spatial, architectural, translations of Islamic geometry? This thesis moves beyond nostalgia towards an architecture with depth — an architecture that reflects the language of the universe — an architecture of geometry.

Winter 2016



Daniels Faculty Thesis Reviews

Yingyi Zhao MLA Advisor : Jane Wolff

Contested Public Space Public space has different meanings to different users. It is the complexities of these diverse constituencies that make a public space fascinating. However, these complexities bring conflicts to the space, because different uses are not always compatible. Sometimes, the need to accommodate one user group means that others don’t get what they want or need. Toronto is getting denser and denser, which means there will be more and more conflicts, especially for already heavilyused public spaces. It is time for landscape architects to find solutions that allow more users to share the same space. The new neighbourhood of City Place, which will be the largest residential development in downtown Toronto, is composed of over 10,000 residents of all ages. They want different things: playgrounds for children, a relaxing lawn for young professionals, a sports field for sport-lovers, off-leash dog run for dog walkers, etc. Canoe Landing Park and Block 31, which are located in the center of the neighbourhood, are supposed to meet these needs and aspirations. This thesis examines the design of the existing park, Canoe Landing, and proposes an alternative design to accommodate more user groups in the same limited space.

Winter 2016


Winter 2016 Thesis Reviews Booklet  

This book showcases the final thesis projects presented by Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Urban Des...

Winter 2016 Thesis Reviews Booklet  

This book showcases the final thesis projects presented by Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Urban Des...