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An Invitation to Create:
An exhibition of student work from the
Waterloo School of Architecture

June 26th to December 1, 2012

No.9 Presents 13 pan­els by ar­chi­tec­ture students from the Uni­versity of Wa­terloo's 3rd year course, Cre­ative In­stincts and Ar­chi­tectural Imag­ination. Each pan­el depicts a student's vi­sion for the transformation of the Toronto Is­land Airport into a public leisure and out­door space.

The Toronto is­lands hold a rich cultur­al history for the city and its res­idents. As a landmass made up of sand and sed­i­ment carried by Lake Ontar­io currents, their shape was always shifting. In the early to mid 1800s there was a pathway that led from York to Gibraltar Point, connecting the is­lands to the main­land. This connection was bro­ken dur­ing some se­vere storms in 1858 and was nev­er re­paired. Life on the is­land con­tinued to thrive with cottages, Victo­rian homes to some of the wealth­i­est Torontoni­ans, ho­tels, an amuse­ment park, and a baseball sta­dium. Howev­er, as ero­sion and high lake lev­els con­tinued to cause dam­age to the prop­er­ties on the is­land, in 1956 its care was trans­ferred from the City of Toronto to the Munic­ipality of Metropoli­tan Toronto to be devel­oped as a regional park.

Today, the is­lands as we know them are maintained by rock walls that pro­tect the land from ero­sion. As Toronto's popu­lation grows the is­lands' po­tential to serve as a much-needed space for out­door leisure activ­ity also increases. The student projects displayed in this exhi­bi­tion propose that there is an opportunity to strengthen Toronto's core by pro­viding refuge for busy urban lives with eas­ily ac­cessible recre­ational, out­door, and agri­cultur­al zones. Al­though the major­ity of projects focus on the reclamation of the Toronto Is­land Airport, the project it­self suggests the po­tential of a re-imag­ined vi­sion for the entire Toronto wa­terfront. Such a vi­sion would ease the inevitable densification of the urban core, and al­low the devel­op­ment of more sustainable and more ef­ficient pat­terns of settle­ment.

Curated by Andrew Levitt and Victoria Taylor