Toronto – An in-depth look at mixed-use buildings by a panel of industry experts is now available in transcript online at Metropolis Magazine. The Think Tank was held earlier this year at Diamond Schmitt Architects and moderated by the magazine’s Director of Design Innovation, Susan S. Szenasy.
Joining Donald Schmitt, Prinicipal, Diamond Schmitt Architects, are Salima Rawji, Vice President, Development, Build Toronto; Alan Vihant, Senior Vice President, High Rise, Great Gulf Homes; and Claude Cormier, Principal Landscape Architect, Claude Cormier + Associés.
Mr. Schmitt cites recent and current projects by the design firm in the Greater Toronto Area that are transforming the city and combining different program components to enrich the civic realm. Among these are residential and cultural projects in Regent Park; at Evergreen Brick Works; the Waterworks project rising on Richmond St. W., and the PwC-YMCA Building at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.
“I think local communities are actually being really demanding,” Mr. Schmitt said at the discussion. “They’re being proactive about wanting to be in the dense core of a city and having access to parks, schools, daycares, food, and markets.”
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Informed by urbanism, driven by design, Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is a leading architecture studio based in Toronto.