quadrangle architects: 'green ribbon' gardiner expressway toronto
quadrangle architects: 'green ribbon' gardiner expressway toronto quadrangle architects: 'green ribbon' gardiner expressway toronto
jul 15, 2009

quadrangle architects: 'green ribbon' gardiner expressway toronto

‘green ribbon’ project by quadrangle architects image courtesy quadrangle architects

architect les klien principal of quadrangle architects has unveiled a green solution for toronto’s gardiner expressway.

known as the ‘green ribbon’ project the concept proposes a seven-kilometre green space over an elevated section. columns would be put in place to anchor the roof structure.

the linear park would accommodate pedestrian and cycling pathways protected from vehicular traffic. access would be provided at major intersections via ramps and stairways.

it is envisaged that the green ribbon could generate its own power through wind turbines and photovoltaic panels.

since its opening in 1965 the expressway, which connects downtown toronto with its western suburbs it has been considered a necessity for some and an eyesore for others. in recent years there has been discussions of demolishing it entirely and replacing it with a network of tunnels and surface roads or rehabilitating.

‘green ribbon’ project image courtesy quadrangle architects

‘green ribbon’ project image courtesy quadrangle architects

green roof deck image courtesy quadrangle architects

the amenties and power generation image courtesy quadrangle architects

image courtesy quadrangle architects

via: daily commercial news

  • Really great idea!!!

    Melissa says:
  • I think we saw pretty clearly in the 20th century that these types of projects don’t work. This park/path is too far removed from the life of the city. It won’t have enough people in it to be safe for pedestrians, and except for a few commuters it won’t be useful to bikers. Who is going to get up on this thing just to go a few blocks?

    The priorities in this type of design are all wrong. Pedestrian/bike zones, green space, and public transit should take priority at street level, where the city’s businesses and residences are, and cars should be the ones to be separated out or potentially inconvenienced.

    chuanha1 says:
  • Instead, why don’t we make the experience at ground level this good. Add landscaping and a bike lane next to Lakeshore blvd. Keep the Gardiner expressway in the air where it is, and develop the property adjacent to it.

    I agree with chuanha1. This typology just doesn’t work.

    Poi says:
  • Everyone is going to go for the Highline Rip-off, and all of them will be rubbish

    AAB says:
  • it lacks all the things that make NYC’s Highline exciting (ie: great architecture, an interesting history).

    But to contend what chuanha1 claims… It’s clear s/he’s never seen the park that toronto is ripping off, an incredible example of removal and simultaneous immersion in the city beyond ground level.

    Kevin Allen Jr. says:
  • I’d be more inclined to agree with chuanha if it wasn’t for the sheer volume of development happening nearly on top of the expressway between the Canary District/River City all the way to Lib Village. I think the number of parking lots around the highway that have been flagged for residential and commercial development would benefit greatly from a project like this, in that a blue sky outcome would physically connect these structures to the ribbon. As a resident who lives next to the highway downtown, i can comfortably say that most locals wish there was a non-carbon dioxide/under concrete/fume trapping way to walk or cycle either west to the parks and ex or east to the parks along the lower river. I just feel a project of this scope is a great idea, but will face so much red tape it will either never see the light of day or be severely compromised by the time it was finished.

    Natty Dread says:

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