York Urbanist

Archive for May, 2012


May 29th, 2012

The one year anniversary of York Urbanist is imminent. The changes: Greater attention to clients; Direct input and Initiation of Design; a more inspiring view out my office window

Mayor Rob's Park Acquisition

May 26th, 2012

Further proof that Rob Ford is not the people’s mayor, he is taking steps to acquire land from the city. Will his weight carry him to the purchase? Stay tuned.

Parks are for people. Rob Ford accepted the mantel of office knowing that reporters and readers want to know what makes a famous person. Picture from Toronto Star.

Rouge Valley Park

May 25th, 2012

There is money for parks after all! http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1185267–rouge-valley-national-park-will-get-145-million-from-federal-government?bn=1


Toronto Park People have done their work well.  Let’s watch as the nature in urbanity concept lives.

Happy Rolph's – Opening Day

May 19th, 2012

At noon, May 19, 2012, Happy Rolph’s Petting Farm reopened to the public. The braying donkeys were the trumpets heralding the refurbished facility in a soft climax to a seven week construction period.  Twenty children were waiting at the gates, despite that there was no official announcement or advertisement.  Happy Rolph’s is such an integral part of the St. Catharines experience, that the community knows that the Victoria Day long weekend is the start of the summer-long event.

Construction is substantially complete.  None of the patrons noticed the minor deficiencies remaining to be completed.

Mike Wilson of the City staff was on hand with his two children and wife.  Mike and his children confirmed the success of the project.








The dusty paths have given way to solid pavement for the patrons, while the animals experience the luxury of soft mulch supplemented soils.  The bright red housings for the animals provide shelter, but on this perfect weather day, the animals were enjoying the new openness of their paddocks.

See previous post during construction – http://yorkurbanist.com/elements-of-design/happy-rolphs-petting-farm-week-7/

LA Grads 1976

May 13th, 2012

Can you name these Ontario Landscape Architects

Titan Arum

May 5th, 2012

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1173708–world-s-tallest-flower-has-bloomed-for-the-first-time-in-canada?bn=1 The world’s tallest plant has burst into bloom at the Floral Showhouse in Niagara Falls, marking the first time that a Titan arum has flowered in Canada.


May 5, 2012- The first plant has finally bloomed! Wayne Hoeschle, caretaker of the Amorphophalus Plant, stands beside the massive flower

Happy Rolph's – Closing in on Opening

May 4th, 2012
This is week five of construction and contractor Stevensville has two weeks to complete.  God is in the details and the stone pier are a great example.

Horse shelter, fence and paddock floor

Wavy Edge Towers – today's trend

May 1st, 2012
Urban Design

Okay, the new Massey Tower –  it’s another wavy edge tower. What will be the next trend in highrise facades?


I was in Beijing in 2010. Their ring road had many tall buildings, but the creativity was phenomenal. Toronto appears to be building only glass boxes, and the only notoriety the glass boxes get are the falling glass.