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Bee hotels hang out a welcome sign for solitary bees

July 10, 2014

Toronto’s population of pollinators is in for a freebie: a complimentary stay at a “bee hotel,” thanks to Toronto firm Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building.

Built primarily from recycled materials, these bee billets target solitary pollinator bees, which, as their name suggests, do not live communally like honey bees but still play an important role in the pollination process.

The firm’s designs have nabbed a prize in the Homegrown Design Challenge.

 

Homegrown Design Challenge winners unveiled!

July 9, 2014

TORONTO, July 9, 2014 — Toronto may soon be home to a chain of DIY backyard bee hotels and a natural forest in a downtown alleyway. Those were the winning designs selected in the first Homegrown Design Challenge, launched this spring by Workshop Architecture and the David Suzuki Foundation.

The Homegrown Design Challenge jurors selected two winning submissions. "DIY backyard bee hotels" by Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building, and "Carolinian Way," a naturalized, forested alley by landscape architect Tawab Hlimi, shared the $500 in prizes. Juror Faisal Moola from the David Suzuki Foundation said, "The DIY Backyard Bee Hotels and the Carolinian Way are excellent demonstrations of how to bring nature to the city."

S.TO TURNS 5!

June 26, 2014

SUSTAINABLE.TO is proud to celebrate our 5th anniversary as a company!  Over this short time, we have grown from a one-man operation to a team of 10 architects and designers, and our success continues to multiply.  The last 5 years have proven that Toronto has a demand for practical, environmentally-sensitive design, and that our collaborative approach to business is one that resonates with our staff and clients.

We would like to thank our over 200 clients in 16 cities and 3 continents who have helped us along the way, and can't wait to see what the next 5 years holds in store!