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HtO Urban Beach

Toronto, Ontario

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 StrategyWater 

Type of ProjectRiver Walk / Recreational Plaza 

LocationToronto, Ontario 

Date Designed/Planned: 2003

Construction Completed 2007

Designer2007 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. 


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