January 15-21, 2018
55 St. Clair Avenue West
Free, talk & tour require separate RSVPs
Opening Reception & Talk: Tue, Jan 16, 6-8pm
Installations Tour: Sat, Jan 20, 11am-noon
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
The ongoing renaissance at Yonge + St. Clair continues this January as Slate Asset Management joins TO DO to present a series of lobby installations. Three installations will be on display near the midtown intersection, including work from international design firms Gensler and IBI Group, as well as local studio superkul.
At 55 St. Clair West, IBI Group presents ‘The Space Between’.
In the last two decades, Toronto has undergone unprecedented intensification, rivaling the population growth and development of North America’s largest cities. The argument to improve the quality and connectivity of existing public spaces along with a desire for additional, high quality public space has been put forward by countless Torontonians. This urgent need has been acknowledged by city planners and local governments.
In response, several high profile, large scale public space initiatives have been recently announced including Rail Deck Park, The Bentway, various ongoing components of the Toronto Waterfront revitalization, and the advancement of the Rouge National Urban Park. By their very nature, these visionary and large scale works could arguably be classified as a destination public space typology. Given the location, scale, proposed function and programming, these public spaces would serve as a destination to visit on a weekend, after work, or for a special event for the majority of citizens when considering city as a whole.
Although these new projects are raising the positive profile of the public space persuasion, significant challenges remain to be overcome before their opening. Obstacles include lengthy consultation and approvals processes, the need to secure final funding, and extended construction schedules for these complex projects. By way of this immediate need, a renewed emphasis on investigating and understanding the changing conditions and role of the general public realm must happen; these types of spaces have been repeatedly demonstrated to have the largest positive impact on Torontonians. Our parks, squares, streets, laneways and other open spaces make up the composition of Toronto’s public dimension where civic life happens. It is the essence of these spaces that is fundamental to the liveability of our city.
Within the context of Yonge + St. Clair, a storied neighbourhood that has slowed, the IBI Group installation concept will explore and discuss the positive attributes of “the space between,” and how these attributes may manifest in physical form. Our intention is to engage with the public, to empower them to contribute their points of view as to how they interact with the public environment in the area they call ‘home’. The focus will be not necessarily be on the major juncture points such as parks or intersections, but rather on the interstitial spaces that usually fall between the cracks such as alcoves and doorways off to the side of a busy sidewalk where people are observed standing quietly by themselves, or perhaps on the numerous benches or stone perches where people pause along the way to their destinations.
The IBI installation will examine “the spaces between” not as spaces experienced in isolation, but as spaces with connections to their adjacent buildings, uses and spaces. To this end our installation will examine the following:
• The buildings that enclose and define space;
• Interstitial spaces that are borne from these buildings;
• Space itself; and
• The people that live, work, and otherwise inhabit Yonge + St. Clair, and the way they use and interact with their surroundings.
IBI Group is a global team of industry leading architects, engineers, planners, designers, and technology professionals united by a common desire: to create livable, sustainable, technologically advanced urban environments. We are a technology-driven design firm.
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