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  • Community Centres as Pivots of Our City

    We are slowly getting tired of hearing news about new commercial and residential developments happening in Toronto, so let’s talk about community developments. How often do we hear about community centres opening? In 2015 only, merely two community centres opened throughout Toronto.

  • Who is responsible: The OMB or City?

    There is not a single week that goes by without having any news about condo developments happening and being proposed in Toronto. We’ve reached the point where questions like whether this is a matter of supply and demand have emerged and words like ‘housing bubble’ or ‘housing crisis’ are starting to hover around us. But…

  • Can architecture represent who we are?

    Living in Toronto, the cosmopolitan and diverse city, you encounter a variety of housing types: Victorian, Post-war, Brutalist, Condos, Condos, and Condos (wait, did I mention condos yet?). It’s almost so laughable because our housing these days does not reflect our environment, climate or lifestyle and values at all. What are the approaches to “physically”…

  • A Call For Action – Safer (& Prettier) Urban Streets!

    It has been almost a year since we examined Bayview Avenue– we ultimately concluded that it was an unpleasant walk for three main reasons. One, it takes no advantage of being adjacent to a scenic creek. Two, it is an impersonal overall street width (5 lanes of traffic) causing an unsafe feeling. Three, it has…

  • Studio Jonah Newsletter | March 2017

      Insight Small Space, Big Idea: Micro-Housing   Only a half century ago, Le Corbusier realised multi-family housing like Unité d’habitation. It’s a different story now, thanks to ever changing social dynamics and market forces.   Read More         Blog Can I get my Site Plan Approval?   Papers after papers after…

  • Committee of Adjustment: Friend or Foe?

    You have a brilliant idea for this new renovation project (that you almost feel genius!). The client wants to create a new lot for a fairly large detached house on a prominent residential street in this growing, hot real estate market right here in Toronto. Everything seems perfect, but does the City agree? Well, the Committee…

  • Reimagining Our Streets

    What are the words that come to your mind when you think of ‘metropolitan area’? Densely-populated, traffic congestion, crowd, noise, agglomeration… these words often involve negative connotations. Imagine then: What would a metropolitan city with a stretch of car-free road look like?

  • Can I Get My Site Plan Approval Please? With a Cherry On Top?

    So I hear you’re looking to get your site plan approval process moving… Has it been 9 months since your submission? If not, don’t count on hearing back yet. I’ve compiled some questions you should ask yourself regarding your site plan approval process so you know what to expect. First, as mentioned, if it hasn’t…

  • Tapping into Revit: First Impressions

    While still in school, I heard multiple times that Revit is a must-learn software, an advanced building information modelling (BIM) application often used in highly technical architecture firms. The urge to learn basic programs like AutoCAD for school purposes, however, has previously restrained me from learning more comprehensive software like Revit. Motivated by Crystal to…

  • The Story Behind House Renovation

      Located on a quiet residential street of Roncevalles Village area, this hundred year old, two-storey semi-detached house on Herman Avenue was renovated as a modern, spacious and abundantly lit house. Requested by client, the house was designed to improve circulation, functionality and flexibility in space, with potential future tenants in mind. Having had inconsequent…