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Urban Design


Project: Shops at Don Mills

Designer: Rudy Adlaf for The Cadillac Fairview Corporation in collaboration with Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects and pellow + associates architects inc.

Client: The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd.

The Shops at Don Mills (SDM) is a large-scale urban infill project replacing an outdated indoor shopping centre with a 12-acre, outdoor mixed-use commercial development. SDM is meant to be a catalyst for the renewal of the Don Mills area. Much like the original retail centre, it is the heart of Don Mills’ “garden city” neighbourhood.

It offers the community an accessible, pedestrian-friendly node infused with eclectic experiences including festivals, events and spaces for leisure, hospitality and shopping. Streets are pedestrian-scaled and offer on-street parking and generous landscaped sidewalks shaded by canopies. There are colourful all-season plantings, pedestrian-scaled lighting standards, and useful amenities such as benches, bike-racks and directional graphics. Rolled curbs, bollards, textured paving, art and street furniture promote accessibility.

Density of the design and strategic intensity of the site allow for future residential development completing the true mixed-use intent of the project.

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Urban Design


Project: Place des Festivals – Quartier des Spectacles

Designer: Daoust Lestage Inc.

Client: Ville de Montréal

Historically home to Montreal’s red light district, theatres, and museums, the project demonstrates the ability of cultural momentum to shape urban redevelopment.

La Place des Festivals captures the transient nature of the festival, drawing the playfulness of nightlife into the daily experience of the city. The project has created a permanent setting for festivals and cultural events such as, Montreal’s International Jazz Festival and the Just for Laughs Festival. The new urban plateau of 12 000 square metres, capable of hosting 25000 people, functions as a formal setting for festivals, equipped with lights, wiring and cabling, and as a stage for public life throughout the remainder of the year. The project contains the largest interactive fountain in Canada, composed of 235 jets and 470 lights.

In winter, signature lighting elements enhance the sculptural presence of the trees and create a reflective play of light on surfaces of snow and granite.


Urban Design


Project: Lakeview Legacy Project

Designer: John Danahy Centre for Landscape Research

Client: Lakeview Ratepayers Association

The project included a strategy to establish an unbroken 7km of public waterfront, recapture the original shoreline and add destination uses in Lakeview, Mississauga, backed by a walkable compact place of employment, education, and affordable sustainable housing.

Opportunities to intensify employment and population by an additional 15,000 people were tied to the plan of improving transit and retail. The rich heritage of Canada’s first airport, military firing ranges, and Small Arms Factory, are core elements of the sense of place and symbolic strategy for Lakeview.

The project vision was driven bottom up by leadership from within the community and a culture of citizen-based design thinking permeated the process.

Innovative design software developed by the urban designer allowed people to explore the feasibility of various ideas and to communicate their vision to politicians at the Municipal and Provincial level to gain support for their bold vision.

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