Port Lands Flood Protections and Enabling Infrastructure (PLFPEI)
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Initial Research by: Zoe Goldman
Edited by: Samantha Miller & Nicole Brekelmans
Case study compiled in 2018
Project: Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure
Type of Urban Strategy: Water, Sustainable Design
Type of Project: Flood Protection / Sustainable Community
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date Designed/Planned: 2007
Construction Completed: 2023
Designer: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Waterfront Toronto
The Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure Project (PLFPEI) utilizes innovative green infrastructure that eliminates the flood risk to the area, while simultaneously strengthening the Don River’s habitats and biodiversity. Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Waterfront Toronto, the project provides the Port Lands with the necessary municipal infrastructure to support future residential and commercial development.
The project enables Toronto to create sustainable, mixed-use communities on previously unavailable land, and reconnect the city to its waterfront. Through the use of resilient city infrastructure, Toronto has the opportunity to create a new global model for sustainable city building and connecting urban communities to the natural environment.