New Owners of a Toronto Special Choose Design over Demolition by Michael Mazurkiewicz

There were two possible places for the “column of space,” says architect Paul Dowsett, nestling into a dining-room chair below the enormous “sputnik” chandelier.

The popular choice was the front. Runner-up was smack-dab in the middle of the generous 1700-square-foot floor plan. Formerly a tenanted, three-apartment Toronto Special – one of thousands of plain, boxy, infill buildings built by infill builders from the 1950s to the 1980s – this buff brick, 1959 building was a natural for an airy, double-height column of space now that it was going to be owner-occupied. The only question was: Where?

Tower Neighbourhood Renewal by Michael Mazurkiewicz

The East Scarborough Storefront has been working to build social infrastructure in the Kingston Galloway/Orton Park community for the past 10 years. The Storefront’s major strength is its ability to align partners to achieve collective impact on a variety of local issues.

Presenter - Greening Affordable Housing Workshop by Michael Mazurkiewicz

Hosted by Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation

Affordable Passive House Design in Toronto and New Orleans
Paul Dowsett, Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building

Presented to:
Canadian Wood Council
City of Ottawa - Housing Services Branch
City of Ottawa - Neighbourhood Sustainability Branch
City of Ottawa - Urban Design, Planning & Growth Management
Environment Canada
Housing Services Corporation for Eastern Ontario
Nepean Housing
Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Corporation
Ottawa Community Housing
Ottawa Region Chapter - Canada Green Building Council
Rideau Non-Profit Housing

Danforth Dowsing by Michael Mazurkiewicz

With 22 seconds left on the crosswalk timer at the intersection of Danforth and Jones, Paul Dowsett knelt down last Saturday afternoon, listening intently to rushing water below a manhole. “You might have to get your ear pretty close to it,” he said.