Downsview Park 

Toronto, Ontario

Photo Credit: PMA Landscape Architects 

CASE STUDY

Initial Research by: Zoe Goldman

Edited by: Samantha Miller & Nicole Brekelmans

Case study compiled in 2017

 

 

Project: Downsview Park (Tree City Plan)

Type of Urban StrategyGreen Cities 

Type of ProjectUrban National Park 

LocationToronto, Ontario 

Date Designed/Planned: 2000 - 2004

Construction Completed:  -

Designer: OMA (Rem Koolhaas), Bruce Mau Design Inc. PMA Landscape Architects, Oleson Worland Architects, SNC Lavalin Engineers 

 

The Downsview Park (Tree City Plan) designed by Bruce Mau Design Inc., PMA Landscape Architects, Oleson Worland Architects, and SNC Lavalin Engineers, is a revision of the competition winning Tree City Masterplan in 2000 by Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau. Previously a military base, Downsview Park strives to create a sustainable and community-based space by using green infrastructure. The park includes a pathway strategy to provide an infinite amount of experiences for each user. The network of paths employs the concept of hierarchy, providing more space for the paths that have more traffic than others. The park also includes 3 zones, action, promenade, and cultivation campus. Each zone provides a unique experience in the space while still remaining cohesive.