Looking at sustainable deconstruction

The neighborhoods of Casa Loma, Rathnelly, and Summerhill have long avoided the impacts of modern development practices that began in Toronto's downtown core in the 1960s. The Canadian Pacific Railway that runs westward through the major roads of Avenue and Davenport has influenced its divide and architectural identity; such as isolating the utility stations and the Republic of Rathnelly.  However, in reference to land use zoning plans as of 2016, a reconfiguration of these neighborhoods is predicted to happen. These plans will transform residential blocks currently consisting of housing from the early 1900s into a mixed-use space, ultimately requiring the construction of mid to high-rise condos and commercial buildings. The demolition processes of Victorian homes hold the potential for sustainable construction practices. The construction industry produces more waste than any other industrial sector. Therefore, sustainable demolition practices should aim to salvage existing building components so that new developments may be constructed out of locally sourced materials.

10 . 2020 - 12 . 2020

A house for two inhabitants

This house made out of many, many old bricks is a home shared by a professor and a scientist. As a couple, they require unique spaces to experiment, teach and converse. They desire a home that can incorporate reused and recycled materials. As Toronto undergoes numerous development projects, demolition is a major source of industrial waste. This home aims to create a circular method of material production, construction, and deconstruction. This method can be achieved by re-using old bricks, steel, and glass from demolished buildings in the city. The wall, used to contain the writer's book collection is made out of repurposed bricks acting similarly to a mesh gabion system. This becomes the main structural feature of the home acting as a divider between the intimate and shared spaces and a place to store and display the 3500 books, all while influencing the circulation between rooms. Additionally, as a gesture to represent this concept of materials circulating back to the earth, the construction pond demonstrates how these construction materials at the end of life can create a new system through the cleansing of rainwater.