Picture yourself here: U of T wants to know which of four design proposals you think would create the most pedestrian-friendly and welcoming environment (photo by Johnny Guatto)
Which proposal best addresses the principle of improved pedestrian experience? Which best addresses the principle of enhanced green space?
You can have your say on these and other central questions raised by the Landscape of Landmark Quality Innovative Design Competition.
Four teams have submitted their ideas on how to revive and restore the historic core of the St. George campus. You can view the images online or in a poster display on the main floor of the J. Robert S. Prichard Alumni House at 21 King’s College Circle.
The exhibition opened on Sept. 29 and continues through Oct. 2. Opening hours are from 8:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Computer terminals will be available so viewers can provide immediate comment on the project.
“We want your help, your advice, in selecting the proposal that will change the physical landscape of the University,” Scott Mabury, U of T vice-president of operations and co-chair of the Landmark Committee, said after a public presentation by all four competing teams Monday night in Convocation Hall. “Please give us your feedback.”
The Landmark website includes descriptions, goals, an historic overview and documentation related to the project, including the Open Space Master Plan of 1999 and St. George Campus Master Plan of 2011.
There is also information about the four teams: KPMB Architects + Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates + Urban Strategies; DTAH + Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; Public Work; and Janet Rosenberg & Studio + architectsAlliance + ERA Architects. Each has a list of subcontractors and collaborators.
The online survey combines multiple choice questions with space for individual comment.
After public input has been collected and considered, an evaluation committee including representatives of the Landmark Committee and university operations will choose a winner. This team will consult with the university to prepare a comprehensive design. An announcement is expected in November. (Read more about the competition here.)
Before and after images submitted by the four design teams include:
BEFORE: Sir Daniel Wilson Quad at University College (DTAH)
After: Sir Daniel Wilson Quad at University College (DTAH)
BEFORE: King’s College Circle looking north (Public Works)
AFTER: King’s College Circle looking north (Public Works)
BEFORE: King’s College Circle, west side (KPMB)
AFTER; King’s College Circle west side (KPMB)
BEFORE: King’s College Circle looking northeast (JRS)
AFTER: King’s College Circle looking northeast (JRS)