Office for Responsive Environments

Office for Responsive Environments is a multidisciplinary practice that brings together specialists to work collaboratively on today’s urban design challenges. We build exceptional public spaces using simple materials that respond to their local context, and we do so through a design engagement process that aims to educate and equip the public to take pride and ownership of their urban infrastructure.

A conceptual rendering of upcoming streetscape improvements for Belleville's historic Front Street.

Belleville Downtown Revitalization Project

City of Belleville (2014)

Office for Responsive Environments is working closely with the City of Belleville on the design and implementation of the city's $21 million Downtown Revitalization and Redevelopment Project. Over the next three years, this effort will see 1.8 km of underground infrastructure and public streetscapes upgraded or replaced, along with the improvement of a variety of adjacent public spaces.

North Vehicle Entrance, enhanced with improved surfaces, plantings, decorative screens and a newly dedicated pedestrian walkway

Belleville Riverside Parking Entranceway Improvements Project

City of Belleville (2014)

Phase 1 of Belleville’s Riverside Parking Entranceway Improvements Project begins the process of modernizing and urbanizing the entrances to a key off-street public parking lot located along the Moira River in Downtown Belleville. In June 2014, the City of Belleville …

Belleville Temporary Kiosks

City of Belleville (2014)

As part of business continuity planning for the Belleville Downtown Revitalization Project, Office for Responsive Environments was commissioned by the city to produce conceptual designs for a set of temporary installations to be deployed during the construction period. These freestanding …


John Street Ideas Competition: Oracle Square

Toronto Entertainment District (2010)

In 2010, Toronto's Entertainment District BIA held a public design competition to generate ideas for the underutilized public plaza at the southeast corner of the intersection of King and John (adjacent to Metro Hall). Office for Responsive Environments' entry was one of five finalists. The ideas presented by the competition finalists deserve a fresh assessment, and implementation.


Bridging the Design Gap: Braided Strands

Bridging the Gap Design Competition (2009)

In 2009, Urban Toronto sponsored an ideas competition / design charette to investigate alternatives to the pedestrian bridge proposed by the developer of City Place to span the Lakeshore GO rail corridor between Front Street and the City Place development …

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