Spadina ReShift


Name: Hussain Alharbi

Nationality: Saudi Arabian 

Institution / Company: N/A


Name: Brent Haynes

Nationality: Canadian

Institution / Company: N/A


Name: Lucas Rebelo

Nationality: Brazilian 

Institution / Company: N/A


Name: Andrew Lee

Nationality: Canadian

Institution / Company: N/A


-HONOURABLE MENTION of Street of Tomorrow Competition


Investing in motorized vehicle transit within dense urban locations has consequently resulted in the depreciation of pedestrian friendly forms of transportation, while limiting safe and active public realms. This proposal looks at the idea of transforming existing large vehicle corridors within cities by treating them as a canvas to create publicly active environments that enhances the character, commerce, and function of its urban setting. This approach of urban design and street transformation utilizes site specific characteristics to inform spatial and architectural typologies.

The project looks at implementing this approach to Spadina Avenue, a vehicle artery downtown Toronto cutting through Chinatown on both sides. Characteristics of Chinatown now spill into a street that has been designed as a permanent ‘Street Market’ or Bazaar, putting a focus on leisure, shopping, and eating. Pagodas, and mobile canteens house a variety of venues; spaces in between include street art, parks/parkettes, and cutting down the middle is the existing streetcar line visually depicted as a dragon in celebration of the local culture.

By shifting the priority of how streets function, there is an opportunity to create enhanced and vibrant urban arteries that consequently provide better spaces for the city and its inhabitants.


#Slowmobility #Travelheritage #UrbanRegeneration #PublicSpace #SharedMobility

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