Mixed Use

Lower Don Lands Competition

Toronto, Canada

The Lower Don Lands are one of the last remaining pieces to be planned in the reconfiguration of the Toronto waterfront – and the city’s doorstep. As a finalist for this competition, our team was among several international design teams who were asked to develop their initial ideas into full concept plans for the project. Our design, entitled River+City+Life, is founded on putting the river first, and is developed through four supporting principles. The proposal begins by giving the Don River the space and latitude it needs to be a river again—to perform hydrologically and environmentally. This is a bold premise because it is the opposite of what you see today, where the city-building has determined the flow of the river. The proposal also recognizes the importance of this new precinct within Toronto’s expanded lake front system, and it serves to connect the reconfigured central waterfront and the new Lake Ontario Park physically, conceptually, ecologically and culturally. On these foundations, the design proposal creates a contemporary metropolitan district that serves as a new model of green living. (in joint venture with Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Brown+Storey Architects)


Waterfront Toronto


12,000,000 s.f.


Waterfront & Rivermouth
Mixed Use Neighbourhoods
Great Lakes Aquatic Centre
Industrial Silos Renewal
Iconic Bridges
Transportation Networks


  • Planning Award, Edra/Places/Metropolis


  • “Winning Design returns Don River to its rightful place in the city” Lisa Rochon, Globe and Mail, June 2007
  • “Redesigning the Lower Don” torontoist, Apr 2007
  • “The Lower Don’s rise” Christopher Hume, Toronto Star, Apr 2007
  • “Donlands” Jeanne Gagnon, National Post, Apr 2007
  • “A winning vision for the Lower Don” Christopher Hume, Toronto Star, May 2007
  • “We’re attracting the best” Christopher Hume, Toronto Star, Feb 2007