TAS engaged the local community early, thoughtfully and extensively to understand their strengths and aspirations – and integrate these findings into 2 Tecumseth’s vision and design.
We believe that open, candid conversations are the best way to share ideas, reveal opportunities and build a project that will welcome, serve and add value to its local neighbourhood.
We got going in 2016, long before the City of Toronto’s mandated public consultation process began.
Our unique approach included three streams of activity:
Niagara Neighbourhood Gatherings
On October 17, 2016 and April 20, 2017, we hosted relatively informal events, including site tours, with and for the locals who stand to be most impacted by the project.
These larger-scale events were highly open and collaborative in nature. Together with our consultant team, we engaged in deep inquiry regarding local strengths and gaps, shared and invited input on site research, design and programming ideas.
Three such conversations occurred on January 28, March 4 and April 29, 2017.
Niagara Street Public School Programs
We made special efforts to involve local students and teachers in the process. On November and 28 and 29, 2016 we delivered Me On the Map – a participatory performance and workshop that explored ideas around community infrastructure – in partnership with Young People’s Theatre.
We also struck a Junior Advisory comprised of eight Grade 5 & 6 students and met with them monthly from January to June 2017 on topics such as “what makes great architecture”.
We acknowledge that we need to find more and even better ways to engage a diversity of voices in the design and delivery of this project, and are committed to partnering in this area moving forward.
TAS is determined to activate the site while we worked through our research, engagement, design and municipal approval processes. We are proud of the programs we've delivered thus far with a series of community partners:
The Bowery Project believes that vacant spaces should be used to grow food. Hundreds of pounds of herbs and leafy greens have been harvested onsite, used by local neighbours, donated to local restaurants and social service programs.
Our community garden parties have been a perennial favourite every summer since 2018.
Alveole is an urban beekeeping project hat has provided homes for over 80,000 bees.
They have delivered some memorable educational workshops and harvested ~60 kilos of honey onsite since 2018.
Just Be Woodsy celebrates Toronto’s wood by salvaging, milling and kiln drying salvaged trees, then transforming them into functional furniture and objects.
Since joining us onsite in 2016 the project has salvaged over one million KGs of CO2.