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Ottawa, Apr 29 (Canadian-Media): A Carleton University student, Justin Yan, the only Canadian among the ten winners, had received a prestigious award from the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment for his environmentally-friendly transformation of an Ottawa building from the early 1900s, media reports said.
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The award recognizes projects that took steps toward carbon neutrality and featured solutions to environmental issues.
"I couldn't believe it," Yan told CBC Radio's All in a Day last week.
"I had to read [the email from the institute] like three, four times."
Yan's project consisted of redesigning a 110-year-old space on Somerset Street West, near Ottawa's City Centre building.
Being close to the city's lumber yards, the space was initially used as a factory to produce stairs.
When it closed down, the space was used as storage "for a long time," Yan told 'All in a Day'.
It was damaged by fire in the 1940s, but due to the Yan's transformative project, it now reportedly houses an antique store.
As part of his submission, Yan, then a first-year master's student, transformed the space into a workshop for manufacturing architectural glass.
Yan had proposed the addition of a new basement level to the building to store the high-powered glass melting furnaces.
The heat from those furnaces, said Yan would help serve to keep the entire building warm.
"A big part of the movement toward sustainable design is looking into creative ways of recovering heat and reusing water within a building [through the use of] new innovative systems," he said.
One of the 30 North American architecture firms who sponsored the competition had reportedly promised a paid summer internship grant to Yan and the other winners $2,000 US and a trip to New York to showcase their designs.
All of those firms focus on sustainable design and added,
"They're very interested in working with us, the new generation, to get us thinking about all this stuff," Yan said.
April 27, 2018
Toronto City Council approves master plan for public art in Scarborough Centre – first of its kind for Toronto
Toronto City Council has approved the Scarborough Centre Public Art Master Plan. The master plan will serve as an important and proactive guide in prioritizing public art sites (both publicly and privately owned) that offer the most potential and the greatest impact for public art opportunities in Scarborough Centre.
"This master plan recognizes the regional importance of Scarborough Centre and incorporates the aspirations of the local community," said Mayor John Tory. "With the anticipated growth coming to this area of the city as we expand transit, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a vision for the highest quality urban community and public art is a huge part of that vision."
The Scarborough Centre Public Art Master Plan is a tool to be used by city planners to assist in the identification of opportunities that engage with the private sector. The implementation of these opportunities will be secured through the planning process, following the Percent for Public Art Guidelines.
Toronto's City Planning division has secured several public art master plans in the past – produced by the private sector – as part of the development approval process.
"The Scarborough Centre Public Art Master Plan is the first City-led public art master plan for the City of Toronto," said Gregg Lintern, Toronto's Chief Planner. "It is my goal that we use this Scarborough model as an example and that we develop more of these master plans to address public art strategically in other areas of the city."
In 2012, City Council endorsed the Scarborough Centre Public Space and Streetscape Master Plan, a vision for the area known as Scarborough Centre (the area bounded by the 401, Markham Road, Ellesmere Road and Midland Avenue). That plan identified the need for a Scarborough Centre Public Art Plan that would inform the selection method, quality and location of new public art.
In 2016, the City Planning division engaged consultants and began the work to produce this public art master plan. City Planning worked with the Economic Development and Culture division and the local community to oversee its completion.
"The master plan identifies several priority sites, and ensures that public art will be an integral component of public spaces, facilities, transit areas, and open spaces, contributing to the future success of this area," said Mike Williams, General Manager, Economic Development and Culture.
With its approval today, City Council approves the Scarborough Centre Public Art Master Plan for circulation to all City divisions, Boards, Agencies and Commissions to be used to enhance public space with high quality art.
The master plan outlines various budget ranges, commissioning strategies and an implementation, maintenance and conservation strategy. As noted in the document, this public art master plan should be reviewed every five years for updates that reflect policy changes and take advantage of all new opportunities.