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2007 05 10
A New Don River Delta

Most Torontonians know how the lower Don river takes a uniquely unnatural right turn just before reaching the lake. That part of the city remains viscerally repulsive in spite of recent attempts to green the Don. This twisted (in more ways than one), man-made affront to the Don will soon be gone if Lower Don Lands design competition winner Michael Van Valkenburg has his way. A notable team of designers including Ken Greenberg, Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, Behnisch Architects, Limno-Tech, Inc., Applied Ecological Services, Great Eastern Ecolo gy, Transsolar, RFR Engineering, Arup, and Totten Sims Hubickiand Associates, have re-imagined the waterfront and it looks like a river delta should look - natural and they claim it will be sustainable too. The awkward Keating channel remains but in this plan the Don will rush past it following a gentle curve to the Toronto harbour.

Competition organizer the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation writes:
Under the winning MVVA scheme, the Lower Don Lands will be transformed into a sustainable “green” city, a new destination where city, lake, and river interact in a dynamic and balanced relationship – an urban estuary.   The mouth of the Don River is the centerpiece of the MVVA design.   By moving the river’s mouth from the Keating Channel to Lake Ontario, the scheme reasserts the rivers presence in the city and makes the river an iconic identity for the Lower Don Lands. 

For more about the competition go to the TWRC website.
[email this story] Posted by R Ouellette on 05/10 at 12:02 PM

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