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Marshland conceived for part of Toronto's waterfront

Posted by Derek Flack / August 11, 2014

urban marsh torontoImagine sprawling marshland at the foot at the foot of Spadina Avenue. This urban design proposal, along with seven others, has made the short list for the inaugural NXT City Prize. The competition, which challenges people under 30 years old to reimagine Toronto's public spaces, received over 120 submissions, many of which think outside of the box when it comes to the possibilities for urban space.

Slipscape converts the area around Maple Leaf Quay into a marshy area complete with a meandering dock, floating pavilions, and breakwaters. It would be a significant departure from current areas along the central waterfront, which do little to gesture to the harbour's natural roots.

NXT City TorontoOther highlights include a massive lookout deck for Riverdale Park (which sounds great), an under-interchange park at Allen Rd. and the 401, and public seating the retracts into the ground in public plazas. None of the ideas are particularly vast in scope, but rather they focus on novel ways to improve existing public spaces through visionary design. It's something Toronto could use more of, quite frankly.

And while it'll be a major challenge to get any of the proposals will be actualized, the competition is worth $5,000 to the winner and provides access to an additional $10,000 to implement the project along with a working group of professionals to aid in the process. The final selection will be announced on August 14 at an event hosted by Dstil, the studio who has helped to run the competition. In addition to the winner, a People's Choice award will be awarded to the proposal that receives the most likes on Facebook.



E / August 11, 2014 at 04:11 pm
NY has the highline, give us one too!
tommy / August 11, 2014 at 04:59 pm
I'm on-board, except for the mini-guitar dude. He can stay at home please.
Marsha Marshes / August 11, 2014 at 11:01 pm
Fck the highline. Its a deserted elevated expressway with grass, weeds and boxes of trees for crying out loud. So incredibly overrated, and a half assed solution.

What about mosquitoes in the marshes, though?
Friar Canuck / August 12, 2014 at 12:28 pm
As much as those popup benches are cool and innovative, they scream hobo-vampire coffin.
Lillith / August 12, 2014 at 01:36 pm
The waterfront needs more green space! Our current waterfront is disappointing. We REALLY, REALLY need to see some more trees, grass, NATURE and NOT more condos and concrete!! Please!
sigh / August 12, 2014 at 01:59 pm
You likely don't even use the miles of green space that are already on our waterfront, Lilith. Most people don't even know where it all is and can't be bothered to use what is there. Then the complain that there is none.
kn / August 13, 2014 at 11:08 am
The whole idea of a marshland would be much better suited for the area connecting Coronation park and the east side of Ontario place. Re: the Highline in NY, I think the concept is brilliant. Imagine connecting the Coronation park with that little island of land to it's north, the southern part of exhibition place and Ontario place with an elevated park that extended over parts of Lakeshore ave? People would be able to walk or ride their bike around the whole area without having to deal with Lakeshore ave.
Sarah / August 13, 2014 at 04:06 pm
Do we know what the other 7 short-listed projects are? Is that information public?
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