With the arrival of the Toronto subway line extension into neighbouring Vaughan, CityLab takes a look at the new stations and the emerging urban centre at the terminus, Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, master planned by Diamond Schmitt Architects, which also designed the first buildings to rise at SmartCentres Place.
At its core, the new city will have mixed-use infrastructure with community facilities and a large park. “[The development is] really pushing density, pushing people away from cars and into transit and onto bicycles and on foot,” says Mike Szabo, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects. Creating a sense of place and civic identity is the goal.
With this plan, Szabo says, “we can, in some ways, unlock the problem that’s really plaguing Southern Ontario right now, which is an over-dependence on cars and highways and a real absence of viable civic public space.“
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