Pioneering Green Communities

The past two years of work with ReWilding and many of the communities around Lake Simcoe has been a huge opportunity for growth at DoUC. We’ve had the chance to contribute to exciting projects and activities, meet so many amazing people and most importantly, see the impact our designs have had on the community. These experiences have been rewarding for us in many ways, but it’s always nice (and humbling!) to receive some outside recognition.

We were excited to learn this week that both the Pine Beach and Centennial Park public spaces are recipients of the 2016 Pioneering Green Communities Award from the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. The award is meant to recognize initiatives that foster and strengthen connections between the natural and built environments.

The central goal of both of these projects was to repurpose underused spaces in a way that brings nature, community and the built form together in a balanced and symbiotic way. Stormwater collection and management was at the foundation of the designs, with Pine Beach also taking on a new function as town square for the community, and the Centennial Park design playing an interesting role in nature/human conflict resolution for visitors and Canada goose populations.

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As we enter the 21st century, the experience of life in the contemporary has surpassed the classic development models of the 20th century. We are living in the 50/50 (some might say 70/30), a fluid presence between the virtual and physical worlds. This is shaping alternative modes for how we exist, providing us with the potential to manage and create multiple realities and stories which influence how we want to be seen and understood. But how do we in turn adapt and understand ideologies, structures and systems in this new way of living, modifying the definition of cities to encompass the experiences of the invisible cities that extend beyond physical infrastructure?

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Pioneering Green Communities

The past two years of work with ReWilding and many of the communities around Lake Simcoe has been a huge opportunity for growth at DoUC. We’ve had the chance to contribute to exciting projects and activities, meet so many amazing people and most importantly, see the impact our designs have had on the community. These experiences have been rewarding for us in many ways, but it’s always nice (and humbling!) to receive some outside recognition.

Learn More