SHIFT Work

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Civic Space: SoHo

London, ON
2016 - Ongoing

  • Civic Space: SoHo
  • Civic Space: SoHo
  • Civic Space: SoHo
  • Civic Space: SoHo
  • Civic Space: SoHo
  • Civic Space: SoHo
  • Civic Space: SoHo
  • Civic Space: SoHo
  • Civic Space: SoHo
  • Civic Space: SoHo
  • Civic Space: SoHo
  • Civic Space: SoHo
  • Civic Space: SoHo
  • Civic Space: SoHo
  • Civic Space: SoHo
  • Civic Space: SoHo

On this project with the City of London, Shift is leading design during concept development and public engagement with the goal of providing a dynamic social space for the City and its SoHo neighbourhood.

Civic Space: SoHo is an urban square that will provide the SoHo neighbourhood with a space for both organized events and passive community gathering while being a catalyst for the area's redevelopment. The concept responds to the adjacent former War Memorial Children's Hospital by creating views and access to the building while large interpretive panels relay the historical memory of the site and neighbourhood. The urban square's plants balance the paved elements providing additional unique experiences and opportunities for spontaneous or informal gathering.

Twin Creeks Linear Park

Kansas City, MO
2016

  • Twin Creeks Linear Park
  • Twin Creeks Linear Park
  • Twin Creeks Linear Park
  • Twin Creeks Linear Park
  • Twin Creeks Linear Park
  • Twin Creeks Linear Park
  • Twin Creeks Linear Park
  • Twin Creeks Linear Park
  • Twin Creeks Linear Park
  • Twin Creeks Linear Park

Twin Creek Symbiosis will serve as the backbone of future development for the Twin Creeks area of Kansas City. In opposition to the standard method of urban growth and development, the linear park will first create a green base upon which buildings and infrastructure are grafted as need requires. The park is not just a public amenity but instead is the organizing element and heart of the community.

 

Tri-An Memorial

Louisville, KY
2016

  • Tri-An Memorial
  • Tri-An Memorial
  • Tri-An Memorial
  • Tri-An Memorial
  • Tri-An Memorial
  • Tri-An Memorial
  • Tri-An Memorial

The Tri-An Memorial provides a narrative landscape, which allows visitors to learn about the relationship between the U.S., the South Vietnamese and the Vietnam War in general. The memorial will educate and inspire, but will also provide a public space, which can be used by the community as a contemplative, peaceful environment, which will encourage return visits.

Waterloo Recreation Center

Philadelphia, PA
2015 - 2016

  • Waterloo Recreation Center
  • Waterloo Recreation Center
  • Waterloo Recreation Center
  • Waterloo Recreation Center
  • Waterloo Recreation Center
  • Waterloo Recreation Center
  • Waterloo Recreation Center
  • Waterloo Recreation Center
  • Waterloo Recreation Center
  • Waterloo Recreation Center
  • Waterloo Recreation Center
  • Waterloo Recreation Center
  • Waterloo Recreation Center
  • Waterloo Recreation Center

This project provides a design strategy for the redevelopment of the Waterloo Recreation Center. Selected as a finalist in the international Philly Play Space competition, Michael Barker presented the concept to a packed house of 300 people at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University in March.

The design is not simply about the development of a playground but rather provides a strategy for the implementation of resilient social infrastructure in the Norris Square neighborhood. The project considers the entire community regardless of age and provides infrastructure to support recreational opportunities for all. Bioswales, rain gardens and the 'discovery Forest' provide much needed green infrastructure and a connection to natural elements. By opening the site to the street edge, greater vibrancy is created and will assist in reducing illicit activities that take place here currently.

Flemingdon Park

Toronto, Ontario
2015 - Ongoing

  • Flemingdon Park
  • Flemingdon Park
  • Flemingdon Park
  • Flemingdon Park
  • Flemingdon Park
  • Flemingdon Park
  • Flemingdon Park
  • Flemingdon Park
  • Flemingdon Park
  • Flemingdon Park
  • Flemingdon Park

Shift is working with FoodShare and FHC to develop concepts for market gardens and public space at Flemingdon Park. Shift and FoodShare lead an afternoon of public engagement assisting the community to design the site and develop ideas for what they imagine the project can become. Shift is currently developing concepts for the park. The project has the opportunity to reimagine the public park as landscape for production, recreation and social engagement.

Services include public engagement, concept development and construction drawings.

Lee Manor

Owen Sound 2015

  • Lee Manor
  • Lee Manor
  • Lee Manor
  • Lee Manor
  • Lee Manor

Shift worked with Grey County to design a new courtyard space at their long-term care facility, Lee Manor. Shift met and worked with staff and residents in order to understand needs, desires and possibilities. Although a limited budget existed for the desired program, a phased approach was developed which will allow for a complete project in time. As part of the design process Shift presented multiple concepts for discussion and critique. From these meetings a synthesized plan was created. Following the development of this finalized concept we produced tender and construction drawings.

Phase 1 was completed in the Fall of 2015 with subsequent phases planned for future years.

Sitting on the Docks of Broadway!

with Duncan Bates and Aaron Duke
Winnipeg, MB
Summer 2015

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  • Sitting on the Docks of Broadway!
  • Sitting on the Docks of Broadway!
  • Sitting on the Docks of Broadway!
  • Sitting on the Docks of Broadway!
  • Sitting on the Docks of Broadway!
  • Sitting on the Docks of Broadway!
  • Sitting on the Docks of Broadway!
  • Sitting on the Docks of Broadway!
  • Sitting on the Docks of Broadway!
  • Sitting on the Docks of Broadway!
  • Sitting on the Docks of Broadway

Sitting on the Docks of Broadway!, brings the cottage to Winnipeg for the summer of 2015! The docks provide a place for the citizens of Winnipeg to relax, socialize, perform, eat vendor dogs and enjoy the all too short summer months.

Set within a field of wheat-like grass, two wooden docks sit beneath the shade of the natural umbrellas which are the Elms that march along Broadway. Sitting invitingly atop the docks are whimsical interpretations of that ubiquitous piece of cottage furniture - the Adirondack chair. These bright coloured seats call out for people to come and relax in Winnipeg’s newest public space. Sitting on the Docks of Broadway!, is a place for the City of Winnipeg to use, interact with and love for the summer of 2015.

Photography Credit: Jacqueline Young

Gordon Ridge Market Gardens

FoodShare and Toronto Community Housing
Toronto, Ontario
2014 - Ongoing

  • Gordon Ridge Market Gardens
  • Gordon Ridge Market Gardens
  • Gordon Ridge Market Gardens
  • Gordon Ridge Market Gardens
  • Gordon Ridge Market Gardens
  • Gordon Ridge Market Gardens

Shift is working with FoodShare and TCH to develop concepts for market gardens and public space at the Gordon Ridge community. This project will use as its starting point a garden started by the community in 2010.

Services include feasibility studies, concept development, public consultation and construction drawings. This project is a true collaboration of skills, knowledge and cultures and we look forward to working with FoodShare, TCH and the community to conceive exciting ideas for their project.

North of 60
OALA Award of Excellence

Canada Blooms
March 14 - 23, 2014

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  • North of 60
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  • North of 60
  • North of 60
  • North of 60
  • North of 60
  • North of 60
  • North of 60
  • North of 60
  • North of 60
  • North of 60
  • North of 60

The arctic landscape is a wild environment in both reality and imagination. It is a place of lore and legend for the multiple cultures, which extend into its reaches, including Canada. Many often mistake the arctic as mundane and unimportant to the more southern reaches of the country. The reality is that Canada's arctic supports a huge number of plants and animals, is replete with a variety of textures, forms & atmospheres, and has a rich history of inhabitation and exploration. North of 60 uses abstractions of these elements to create a designed space, which will introduce visitors to a variety of forms and bold garden architecture along with shapes and textures not often encountered in southern Canadian gardens. North of 60 celebrates the arctic and calls attention to its importance as a place, while challenging the conventional notion of what a garden need be. 

World Landscape Architecture

Photography Credit: Jeff McNeill

 

Wyandotte Towne Centre BIA

Windsor, ON
2014

  • Wyandotte Towne Centre BIA
  • Wyandotte Towne Centre BIA
  • Wyandotte Towne Centre BIA
  • Wyandotte Towne Centre BIA
  • Wyandotte Towne Centre BIA

Wyandotte Towne Centre BIA encompasses a linear strip between Downtown Windsor and the historic Walkverille area. This makes the WTC BIA more then just another collection of businesses, but rather a connective tissue that joins 2 critical parts of the city. The potential this presents is great and as such provides the opportunity to reimagine what the street and public life along its length can be.

The proposed streetscape of reflects a contemporary understanding of urban renewal and the need for more ecologically sensitive urban environments. Synergies between infrastructure and nature allow for longer lasting systems, without forsaking the efficiencies required in urban environments. This new, vibrant streetscape will invite the community to spend time within the pollinator patches, the public square and along the sidewalks. The introduction of more people on the street will in turn attract visitors to use the shops and restaurants leading to resurgence in the economic vitality of the neighbourhood.

Our proposal suggests that WTC BIA rests proudly within the City of Windsor and as noted is part of a critical connective element within the city. As such we are using the drive lane of the street, the literal artery that permits the movement of people and goods, to honour this local context and once again let the “City of Roses” live up to its once famous moniker. Rose pattern paving is laid to provide a vibrant, exciting and whimsical heart for the neighbourhood. On occasions that might require more space such as a street fair or sidewalk sale, the street could be closed for the 200m length of this study and residents and visitors alike can move freely from business to business or from booths supporting local goods.

Incisions and Incubators

Homegrown National Park Design Exhibit - Invited Participant
Toronto, Ontario
2014

  • Incisions and Incubators
  • Incisions and Incubators
  • Incisions and Incubators
  • Incisions and Incubators
  • Incisions and Incubators
  • Incisions and Incubators
  • Incisions and Incubators
  • Incisions and Incubators
  • Incisions and Incubators

Shift was one of eight invited firms to participate in this design exhibit sponsored by the David Suzuki Foundation and organized by Workshop Architecture. The project also has a competition component open to all. Selected projects will be exhibited in the summer of 2014.

Incisions + Incubators focuses on the re-creation of existing schoolyards into more biologically and ecologically focused environments. It is suggested that
over time, through the aggregation of the Incisions + Incubators the surface can become almost entirely permeable and ecologically beneficial. Since this is not envisioned as an immediate reconstruction, there are great economic and educational benefits. These individual spaces can be made when budgets and
manpower allow. This bottom-up process makes the evolution more legible and coherent to the community.

We imagine a future Homegrown National Park which is marked with many Incubators residing inthe landscape like sentinels. The Incubators will remind present and future generations that the city and its citizens must have a symbiotic relationship with the urban landscape.

Incisions + Incubators does not create or espouse an urban environment in which citizens must give up current conveniences, but rather shows that mundane space can be reworked simply and economically to the benefit of all.