Join us for Doors Open Toronto

Join us for Doors Open Toronto

Once again, we will be participating in the Doors Open Toronto Open Studio program. See you on Saturday, May 25, 2024!

Pass by our Toronto studio in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood housed in one of four original LCBO warehouses constructed at the end of Prohibition. Meet our passionate team of planners, architects, urban designers, landscape architects, and interior designers who are shaping the future of our built environment. We have some exciting talks and programming throughout the day, and you'll get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into our projects from sustainable housing solutions to vibrant urban spaces, with a focus this year on Inclusive Communities.

Housing the Unhoused

11am — Principal and Director of Regenerative Practice Aaron Budd will showcase Cabin Communities: our regenerative solution to our city’s ongoing homeless crisis. This ambitious pilot program that brings SvN together with nonprofit Two Steps Home and home builders CABN to supply transitional and temporary housing solution designed to be low-cost, rapidly built, and deployed on vacant lots. Optimized for efficiency and durability, they are the first step towards safe, stable, long-term housing options, including modular, supportive or rent-geared-to-income (RGI) options.
You will also have the opportunity to see a fully realized cabin on site during Doors Open. (more information below)

Living Streets: Creating Places to Help Our City Thrive

3pm — Senior Associate Dennis Rijkhoff will lead a talk on Living Streets and the future of urban design. When we think about urban public space, we typically imagine parks, plazas or greenways. But by size, a city's most significant category of public space is actually its streets, meaning that they contain the potential to truly define a city’s identity and to forge relationships between our many citizens, businesses, and cultures. We will showcase the potential to use these as a platform for action, as an incredible asset that can be used to improve our City. The design of place-based streets can allow us to address deeper social engagement within and across communities, build climate resilience and improving our public health.

Feature Exhibitions
Housing the Unhoused: Cabin Communities

First seen as an award-winning prototype at the Interior Design Show this past year, you'll be able to visit a fully realized cabin from our regenerative solution to our city’s ongoing homeless crisis in the lot next to our studio.

Regenerative Landscapes

Explore our Landscape-First Approach and how we work with nature to design for resilient communities.

Planning for Midrise

Housing is one of the most pressing issues facing Toronto. Learn how policy and design intersect, and what this building typology can do.

Transit Oriented Communities

Mixed-use and multi-modal, see how we are bringing this concept to fruition in Toronto and beyond.

Rapid Prototyping

3D printing has become an integral part of our design process. Come see our 3D printer at work, and the various models we've built with it. We will also be holding a raffle for a 3D printed object.

Saturday, May 25, 2024 – 10am to 5pm EDT
SvN Architects + Planners
110 Adelaide Street East, 4th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
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