Of the thesis entitled: REZONE AND REURBANIZE : Toronto’s Vulnerable Vernacular Urban Main Streets and Maintaining the City’s Local Culture
Similar to Christopher Alexander’s findings of identifying patterns in The Timeless way of Building and A Pattern Language, I wish to identify a way to create better community, diverse streetscapes, and a more typologically differentiated densification, enabling higher quality architectural interventions. Toronto’s existing architectural vernacular types will be examined and a more diversified network of possibilities and solutions will be established than is presently offered by the development industry. The current one-size-fits-all approach of densification detracts from the streetscape and culture of the neighbourhoods they are put in and is cause for a disconnect between the existing neighbourhood fabric and the new. This thesis will emphasize the importance of learning from existing fabric and conditions in an effort to provide the growing city with a means for intensification without getting rid of the qualities of the city that makes it Toronto.
This thesis has five sections providing evidence, research and data to support the need for a new, neighbourhood-centric residential typology that will provide the means for city-wide intensification. The purpose of the developed design strategy is to illustrate a design approach that sets out be a neighbourhood-centric intensification carrier, whose design principles can be used as a guideline for further development in other neighbourhoods within the city. The main goal is to better design residential types according to a set of guidelines that will cohesively bring the culture of that area together with a means for intensification and growth. Ultimately, the thesis looks to create a manual or list of guidelines for future intensification that can be easily translated and applied all over the city.
Val Rynnimeri, University of Waterloo
Rick Andrighetti, University of Waterloo
Mark Sterling, Acronym Urban Design and Planning
The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
The Defence Examination will take place:
Wednesday December 16, 2015
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.
7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4