It’s called River City. The ‘river’ in question is a channelized concrete ditch full of dead water called the Don. And in a crook of roadway, where the six-lane divided Don Valley Parkway leaps skyward to join the elevated Gardiner Expressway, on acres which sat for decades as an industrial wasteland, will rise River City. I will let you imagine.
One feature of this oasis of five buildings and 6,000 suites to be built over the next three years, is a four-acre park. But not just any park – this is the world’s first park built under highway ramps. Yes, under the Richmond-Adelaide ramps, which are choked with rush hour traffic and form one of the main arteries into The Big Smoke, will be bucolic bocci courts, children’s playgrounds and all the pigeons you’ll ever want to meet.
Lower Don Lands Wins International Best Futuristic Design AwardLower Don Lands plans have received the 'Best Futuristic Design Award’ in one of the world’s leading sustainability focused development industry design competitions. The Keating Channel Precinct, the Lower Don Lands’ first planned community, was recognized at the Building Exchange (BEX) Conference. The fifth annual BEX International Awards, held in partnership with the World Green Building Council, promote global standards for environmentally sound buildings, large-scale developments and infrastructure. Judged by a panel of leading experts, the awards celebrate sustainability, innovation, efficiency and collaboration in the built environment and demonstrate consideration of the issues surrounding climate change, sustainable communities and future legacies.
The Lower Don Lands is also the subject of another recent video created by Waterfront Toronto. The video, which is available for viewing on YouTube, features a flip animation that outlines the plans for the Lower Don Lands. View the video.