HtO Urban Beach
Photo Credit: Claude Cormier
Initial Research by: Desiree Theriault
Edited by: Samantha Miller & Nicole Brekelmans
Case study compiled in 2017
Project: HtO Urban Beach
Type of Urban Strategy: Water
Type of Project: River Walk / Recreational Plaza
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date Designed/Planned: 2003
Construction Completed: 2007
Designer: 2007 Janet Rosenberg + Associates Landscape Architects, Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagiste Inc. Hariri Pontarini Architects
In the early 2000s there was a dire need to address Toronto's waterfront, not only was it coming apart from the rest of the Greater Toronto Area - but it was also taking away one of Toronto's best asset: Lake Ontario.
In order to combat this issue, the City of Toronto and Toronto's Waterfront issued a competition brief to revitalize the Toronto Harbourfront into multiple parks. The competition winners for the first phase of the competition were Janet Rosenberg and Claude Cormier architects with their design HtO. The proposal looked at creating a brand-new relationship between the city and its residents. It was the catalyst and first step into making Toronto a waterfront city.