Toronto Brownfield Redux: Artscape Wychwood Barns and Evergreen Brick Works

Lobko, Joe (2012) Toronto Brownfield Redux: Artscape Wychwood Barns and Evergreen Brick Works. In: ICOMOS 17th General Assembly, 2011-11-27 / 2011-12-02, Paris, France. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Cities around the world contain abandoned industrial brown-field sites that once played a critical role in the development of their urban areas, but which now lie dormant and inactive. ‘Toronto Brown-field Redux’ is the story about the adaptive reuse of two such sites within the largest city in Canada; one an abandoned streetcar storage and repair facility located in the midst of a downtown neighbourhood, and the other an abandoned brick-making plant located in one of the many river valleys that help define the physical character of the city. In both cases, a unique heritage building formation, long abandoned, has been revitalized and transformed into a vibrant, mixed-use community hub, with sustainability as a major design theme. In both cases, the re-development of these unique, publically owned sites was led by not-for-profit agencies, rather than government, and depended upon extensive community engagement and partnerships for capital funding, programming and ongoing stewardship. Both projects exemplify the overall symposium theme, “Heritage – Driver of Development.”

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Lobko, Joe
Languages: English
Keywords: Urban areas; Sustainable development; Sites; Towns; Heritage; Buildings; Redevelopment; Driver of development; Symposia; Projects; New public spaces; Revitalization; History; Concepts; Toronto; Canada
Subjects: D.URBANISM > 01. Generalities
D.URBANISM > 03. Town and country planning
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
Name of monument, town, site, museum: City of Toronto, Canada
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2011, 17th
Depositing User: Mrs Lucile Smirnov
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2012 10:48
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2012 10:48
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