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This past Labour Day weekend associate, Mark Driedger, attended the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii to present ATA’s presentation titled “Linking Past, Present and Future.” The World Conservation Congress is the largest democratic conservation event in the world. The intention of the Congress is to encourage its members to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time. The IUCN draws its members from all over the world and from various fields (politics, business, science, art and academia). This year the Congress had between 6,000 to 10,000 participants. ATA’s contribution was a digital presentation that focused on the Harding the Waterfront Estate (formerly the Holcim Waterfront Estate) in Mississauga.
The presentation focused on the efforts made by all parties to conserve the building and landscape of the estate while highlighting its cultural and historical value. Moreover, the study demonstrated how these successful efforts resulted in a financial boon for the City of Mississauga. The presentation focused on the following key points:
1. The value of rehabilitating and reinventing a heritage site for the present day use and on into the future.
2. The value of preserving heritage landscaping and open space instead of new development.
3. Creating and extending an ecosystem with links to parkland, lakefront and the natural environment – in this case, the creation of an extensive waterfront trail system that traverses communities along the lakefront.
4. Conversion of private heritage site for use by the entire public for local events and gatherings.
5. Ongoing contribution to the arts and to the sciences.
6. Innovative ways to presenting the importance of heritage to the community (QR Codes).
7. A pragmatic approach to rehabilitation in order to control budget and obtain heritage goals.
8. Incorporation of new uses, barrier free access and building code upgrades without impacting the heritage value.
9. Developing an effective public use that can generate sustainable financing.
10. An example of a holistic approach that impacts all aspects of a heritage site.
The preparation of this presentation has benefitted greatly from the support of the City of Mississauga and the assistance of landscape architects Baker Turner Inc. ATA would like to thank all who have contributed in the preparation of this presentation.
An article was published in the October issue of Sustainable Building & Design co written by Mark Driedger, Associate of ATA Architects. The research sited in the article was undertaken by students of the Department of Architectural Science in conjunction with Mark. The study looks at the impact of exterior insulated shutter systems to conserve energy and operating cost. Read the article here.
A frequent contributor to industry publications, Alex Temporale wrote two recent articles for OAA Perspectives, the official quarterly journal of the Ontario Association of Architects. The first, titled Back & Forth in Time is a reflection and assessment on 15 trends that Alex predicted would dictate the future direction of the architectural field back in 2000. The second called The Christie Antique Show (A Pop-Up Village) is about Alex’s bi-annual pilgrimage to this “special place that has been part of the culture of thousands of Ontarians for over 25 years.”
Read the Back & Forth in Time article here.
Read the The Christie Antique Show article here.
On Thursday February, 6 (from 6:00 – 9:00 pm), Mark Driedger of ATA Architects will be speaking at the Ontario Revit Users Group. The talk, called “Proving your Designs are Sustainable,” will focus on verifying radical sustainable design strategies using Revit, CFD and other tools. For more information, visit the ORUG website.
ATA recently attended the open house for a new building we designed in conjunction with Ryerson University, the National Research Council of Canada and Autodesk. Located in Smithville, Ontario, the dwelling was designed to be as much a machine as an architectural stucture. And, from the swept delta form to the innovative battery in the basement, it was also designed to save energy. The process used to develop the Aza house provided a glimpse into the future. Using simulations and fluid modelling systems in conjunction with Building Information Modelling, ATA was able to get a better idea of how the building would perform in real world conditions. The end result – a sustainable, forward-thinking and aesthetically pleasing architectural structure – was enthusiastically received by all in attendance.