Doors Open Toronto

Rendering Toronto's Landscape

Toronto’s civic identity is tied to its landscape. Natural features like the waterfront, the ravines and the escarpment guided settlement patterns and contributed to the urban design of the city. These features have also served as amenity, sites of recreation and preserves of history.

Through the process of exploring and documenting constructed landscape architectural works, students from the University of Toronto's Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, Ryerson University's School of Urban and Regional Planning, Master of Planning and York University's School of Urban Studies learned to transform experiences and observances at site and city scales, into drawings.

As seen through these drawings, representation is at once a mode of documenting existing conditions, communicating these findings and projecting new ideas and possibilities.

Our neighbourhoods are shaped by smaller parks – formal landscapes designed and built for active and passive use by the public. Over time, as the built form of the city changes, new parks are added while older parks are redesigned, improved, and updated.

The original design intention and the ability of these public spaces to adapt to evolving civic needs is informative of how we use and value public space in the city.

Presented in partnership with The Cultural Landscape Foundation.