Donald Schmitt, principal with Diamond Schmitt Architects, recently received the Order of Canada. Read about his outstanding achievement in this article from Commercial Daily News.
The Call for Entries is open as of Thursday February 28, 2019. Program information is available at www.toronto.ca/tuda.
Designers, developers, project owners, community groups, design students and others are invited to enter eligible projects no later than 12:00p.m., noon on April 29, 2019. Submission categories include: elements, private buildings in context, public buildings in context, small open spaces, large places or neighbourhood designs, visions and master plans, and student projects.
The 2017 SDA Holiday party at the Art Gallery of Ontario was such a success we were pleased to return to the AGO for the 2018 Holiday party. Thank you to all that attended and donated raffle prizes. We have an exciting lineup of events planned for 2019 and several new board members which we will announce in January. All of us at SDA Canada wish you a very happy holiday and look forward to seeing you in 2019!
Torkin Manes recently published this article about the recent changes to Labour Reforms. Click on the image below to read the full article.
Volunteering is not only personally rewarding but can also give you the tools & experience to advance your own abilities.
We are currently accepting Nominations & Volunteers for the 2019 Executive Committee Board Members. Feel free to submit your Nominations or Volunteer for the following positions via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Executive Board Positions:
We will also be accepting volunteers who may have limited time but have an interest in developing their skills in various areas through the following committees to help advance and meet the SDA's 2018 goals:
Feel free to let us know if you are interested in Volunteering for the positions noted above via email@example.com.
On June 28, 2018, City Council adopted the Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments permitting laneway suites in R zones under Zoning By-law 569-2013 in the Toronto and East York District. This policy, called “Changing Lanes,” sets out clear rules that allow such homes to be built.
A laneway suite is a self-contained residential unit built into pre-existing lots (on top of garages or parking pads) and generally located in the backyard opening onto a laneway. They are legally connected to the houses in front of them and use their infrastructure for water and electricity. Laneway suites provide new affordable rental housing opportunities within established neighbourhoods, providing a wider range of low-density housing options while preserving community character.
The new policy comes with a variety of restrictions on their size and configuration. Click here to access the City of Toronto Zoning By-Law regarding Laneway Housing and here to access the City Planning Presentation.
Caricari Lee Architects recently completed an ambitious laneway project and renovation of an existing home at 259 Dovercourt. Located in the Trinity Bellwoods area, this urban infill project added three residences to an existing semi-detached residential flag lot with a parcel at the rear laneway. The project consists of a front, four-bedroom, semi-detached family-residence on Dovercourt Road as well as three Skey Lane homes. Each property has its own private garage. Special attention was paid to the sensitive integration of new residences into the urban fabric of the existing area.
We had a great turnout, perfect weather and an engaging tour guide on our Heritage Walking Tour. Not easy to do on King Street during rush hour. These are some of the highlights.