Homegrown National Park Design Exhibit - Invited Participant
TORONTO, ONTARIO 2014
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.