Urban Design

Office for Responsive Environments brings together professionals from the architectural, landscape architectural and community engagement professions to carry out exceptional urban design projects that contribute to building a different and more responsive city.

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

Belleville Downtown Revitalization Project ORE

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 ORE

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 …

Leslie-Queen Streetscape Enhancements B+SA

Toronto Transit Commission (2010-Present)

Construction continues on the ORE partner firm Brown+Storey Architects-designed streetscape enhancements and corner plazas along Toronto's Queen Street East and Leslie Street, part of the Toronto Transit Commission's Leslie Street Connecting Track and Leslie Barns project.

Victoria Park - Bus Platform (1800)
Winner, 2013 Toronto Urban Design Award

Victoria Park Transit Plaza and Bus Terminal B+SA

Toronto Transit Commission (2011)

Brown+Storey Architects, working on a team led by Stevens Group Architect, produced an innovative and award-winning urban design for the public spaces and bus terminal that surround a revitalized Victoria Park subway station in Toronto.  The project, completed in 2011, …


John Street Ideas Competition: Oracle Square ORE

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.

The Ashbridges Perimeter Landscape will add public space and improve the Martin Goodman Trail, seen here looking north on Leslie St. towards Lake Shore Blvd.
Winner, Ashbridges Bay Landscape Design Competition, 2010

Ashbridges Bay Perimeter Landscape B+SA

Toronto Transit Commission (2010-Present)

Brown+Storey Architects was the winner of a 2010 competition to design a perimeter landscape and linear park to surround the new TTC Streetcar Maintenance and Storage Facility near Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard, opening in 2015. The landscape and …

Winner, 2011 Toronto Urban Design Award

West Toronto Railpath B+SA

City of Toronto (2009)

The West Toronto Railpath has transformed two kilometres of railway spur line that served Toronto’s west end industries during the 19th and 20th centuries. This project, the product of close collaboration by Brown+Storey Architects and Scott Torrance Landscape Architects, created …

dundas square panorama 2

Yonge-Dundas Square B+SA

City of Toronto (2002)

Yonge + Dundas Square was conceived as a new civic space in the centre of downtown Toronto.  It is located at the crossroads of Yonge Street and Dundas Street, one of the most prominent intersections in the city.  The project …

Winner, 1997 Toronto Urban Design Award

St. George Street Revitalization B+SA

University of Toronto and City of Toronto (1997)

The revitalization of St. George Street, a main thoroughfare of the University of Toronto and a major traffic artery in the City of Toronto, was commissioned by the University and the City to bring improvements to what had once been …

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