PLANT blog

Moving forward we will be posting day-to-day updates on our blog, which you can find here.


Liza's Garden detail

The Royal Ontario Museum recently posted an overview of some research being conducted on Liza’s Garden at the ROM.
Earlier this summer, a group of Torontonian researchers and PhD students were granted rare access to the ROM’s green roof, ‘Liza’s Garden’ to survey the biodiversity, take soil samples, and to look for changes in the vegetation profile.
View the article and a video interview with the researchers here.

Goldring forecourt

PLANT is celebrating – along with our teammates MJMA and Patkau Architects – the opening today of the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport at U of T. The new facility will host several Pan-Am games events, and will be home to a 2,000-seat, international standard field house for basketball and volleyball, as well as research and teaching labs, a strength and conditioning centre, and a sport medicine clinic. (The re-opening of Devonshire Place is a nice side benefit.)

TO Life City Home 2014 cover

PLANT Architect has been featured in the 2014 edition of Toronto Life City Home. This special issue gives Torontonians an annual look at the city’s most inventive spaces and Toronto’s best designers. To speak to one of our architects or landscape architects about your next residential design project, click here.

Toronto City Hall - credit Toronto Archives

Toronto City Hall and Civic Square has been honoured with the Prix du XXe siècle for its enduring excellence as a nationally significant work of architecture. According to the jury, recent rehabilitation work by PLANT Architect and Perkins+Will Canada (in joint venture) has generally embodied the spirit of stewardship required to maintain significant public heritage.

International New Landscape issue 49

In 2008, PLANT designed a temporary garden for Québec City's year-long 400th anniversary festival. Our installation Boustrophedon Garden wove together ideas from the region’s long-lot system and from Samuel de Champlain’s early agricultural recordings. This experimental, life-size garden graph was recently featured in International New Landscape magazine.

Pottery Road Crossing

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Canadian Institute of Planners, and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects have announced the winners of the 2014 National Urban Design Awards. PLANT Architect’s Pottery Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing earned a Certificate of Merit in the Urban Fragments category. Part of a larger project to provide interpretation, accessibility, and environmental control for the Lower Don Recreational Trail, the project improves the safety of pedestrians and cyclists and choreographs a new experience of the Lower Don landscape.

Kew Gardens Panorama

PLANT Architect has been chosen to redesign the Queen Street streetscape at Kew Gardens in Toronto’s vibrant Beach neighbourhood. We look forward to working with the Beach BIA and local community to develop the design over the coming months.

Runner at Pottery Road

PLANT’s Pottery Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing project in Toronto has been awarded a national CSLA award as a preeminent example of Canadian landscape architecture. The project has significantly improved the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in Toronto, and has become a landmark entry to the Lower Don Recreational Trail.

Peace Garden view

PLANT Architect has been awarded the Dundas-Roncesvalles Peace Garden project in downtown Toronto by the City of Toronto Economic Development & Culture Division and Roncesvalles Village BIA. We have proposed a simple and naturalistic garden that will provide space for enjoyment, contemplation, and community gathering, and for celebrating 200 years of friendship and peace.

View of Suydam Park

The design of a new gateway entrance is underway at Suydam Park after PLANT was awarded the Forest Hill Village North Gateway project by the City of Toronto and Forest Hill Village BIA. The new bench/planter design is being considered by the local BIA for repetition and extension throughout the larger streetscape.

Eric Klaver

PLANT Architect is pleased to announce the arrival of Senior Landscape Architect Eric Klaver. A former Associate of Moriyama & Teshima Planners in Toronto, Eric brings with him nearly twenty years of landscape design experience. We are thrilled to have him lead our firm’s award-winning team of landscape architects, and we look forward to working with him on new projects as we launch into what is sure to be an exciting 2014 year.


Toronto Life 2013.10

PLANT has been featured in the 2013 special issue of Toronto Life City Home, which showcases Toronto’s most stylish spaces and the city’s best designers.

Green City Spaces Cover

Chris van Uffelen's new book Green City Spaces explores “green” spaces at the intersection of landscape architecture and urban planning. Included in this international edition is our Nathan Phillips Square Podium Roof Garden project, designed in joint venture with Perkins+Will Canada.

Pottery Road Crossing

PLANT won a Toronto Urban Design Award for the Pottery Road Pedestrian and Bicycle Crossing. The awards ceremony and reception took place on 11 September 2013 at the Palais Royale in Toronto. The event was hosted by Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat.


Founding partner Mary Tremain and Associate Landscape Architect Vanessa Eickhoff are hosting an intermediate conference seminar at IIDEX on 26 September 2013 from 2:30–3:30pm. Reading the Site will present alternative design approaches for the renewal of specific sites, and will explore how other designers have drawn from the cultural, economic, and physical aspects of a site. To register, please click here.

View of the CFM site

On September 24, Lisa Rapoport will be speaking at the Toronto Botanical Garden as part of the TBG's 2013 Lecture Series. To learn more about Lisa's lecture Public Spaces + Private Places, and to find out how you can get tickets to the event, pleaseclick here. Doors open at 6:30pm.


Lenticular Curtain is on exhibit for a second time! The Centre for American Architecture and Design at the University of Texas has invited us to participate in CURTAINS, a multi-site installation, exhibition, and publication event designed to explore the use of fabrics in contemporary art and architecture. PLANT’s piece was shown previously at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

Constructing Green Cover

Lauren Barhydt has co-authored a chapter entitled “Empowering the Inhabitant: Communication Technologies, Responsive Interfaces, and Living in Sustainable Buildings” in Constructing Green: The Social Structures of Sustainability, edited by Rebecca L. Henn and Andrew J. Hoffman. The book looks beyond the technological and material aspects of green construction to examine the cultural, social, and organizational shifts that sustainable building requires. Get your copy here.


Earlier this year, Lisa Rapoport participated in the Chief Planner Roundtable The Resilient City – a public forum for Torontonians to discuss key city-building challenges. To learn about this initiative, participate in upcoming sessions, and find out more about the City of Toronto's Fall 2013 Series, please click here.


The Globe and Mail’s Carolyn Ireland has published a story on one of our recently completed residential projects. Her article Moving up rather than moving out explores how our subtle addition expands a Toronto family’s pokey attic into the perfect treetop playroom and bedroom.

View of the Baby Point front garden

PLANT’s Baby Point Garden in West Toronto was featured in the National Post on Saturday. The article, entitled Outdoors to Adore by Martha Uniacke Breen is available to read online here.

edra logo

PLANT’s Ohio-based project Dublin Grounds of Remembrance is the recipient of the 2013 EDRA Great Places Award. The award was presented at the EDRA Awards Banquet on 1 June 2013 in Providence, Rhode Island. More information on the awards here.
The Dublin Grounds were also included in the 2013 Healthy + Healing Places Exhibition curated by Anne Tate of the Rhode Island School of Design, held concurrently with the EDRA conference in Providence.


The Canadian Firefighters Memorial is the cover story of this month’s Construction Canada magazine. Authored by Associate Vanessa Eickhoff and founding partner Mary Tremain, with Chris Vopni of John G. Cooke & Associates, the article explores the team’s integration of landscape, structure, stone, and art within the context of memorial design.


Vanessa Eickhoff’s article Hidden Stratum was published in On Site magazine’s 29th issue entitled Geology. Focused on PLANT’s installation Channelled Buried Moved Lost, Vanessa investigates how, like treasure hunters, she and her team members uncovered hints, were led on false leads, and were privy to hearsay until finally piecing together the true history of Cambridge’s buried Mill Creek.


Lisa Rapoport discusses the studio’s thinking behind Lenticular Curtain in the spring issue of Landscapes | Paysages magazine. The installation was on view at Harbourfront Centre as part of the gallery’s 2012 exhibition Breathtaking: Constructed Landscapes.


PLANT is pleased to announce that Lisa Dietrich has been named an Associate of the firm. Since joining PLANT in 2007, Lisa has been instrumental in execution and design of such projects as the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization, the Westminster Residence, and numerous projects for the Town of Oakville, as well as bringing her expertise to many other projects – small and large – in the studio.

Lisa Rapoport

Lisa Rapoport has been named a 2013 RAIC Fellow by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. The Fellows Convocation will take place in Halifax during the Festival of Architecture in June.

Walmer Residence

PLANT Architect Inc. has been invited to participate in the Modern Home Tours in Toronto on 8 June. To visit our featured projects, please click here.>

NPS Podium tree planter

On select Saturdays between May and October, Lisa Dietrich will lead one of the TSA’s Toronto Architecture Tours. Focused on modern buildings, Lisa will introduce visitors to high-rises throughout the Financial District including First Canadian Place, Toronto Dominion Centre, and BCE Place – as well as the iconic Toronto City Hall. Please click here for more information..

NPS Theatre

On 8 May, joint-venture design partners Chris Pommer (PLANT Architect Inc.) and Andrew Frontini (Perkins+Will Canada) led the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Tour at Toronto City Hall. In addition to exploring the site, the duo also examined the vision, goals and evolution of the competition scheme, as well as discussing the challenges of renovating a much-scrutinized, modern heritage site.


Included in this month’s issue of Korean magazine Environment & Landscape Architecture is the recently completed Canadian Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa.

tight space loose space

Lisa Rapoport spoke yesterday at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture’s Symposium Future Public Environments. The conference explored the possibilities of next-generation city making, and consisted of illustrated presentations from leading practitioners, visionaries, and theorists. Speakers discussed the form of future city fabrics, social relationships and environmental performance, and the technical craft of large buildings. Other speakers included Bruce Kuwabara (KPMB Architects), Drew Sinclair, Andre Sorensen (Urban Geography, University of Toronto), Thomas Pucher, (Atelier Thomas Pucher), and Chris Hardwicke, (&co).

NPS Podium at Night

On Tuesday 5 March 2013, Lisa Rapoport participated in the Chief Planner’s Roundtable The Resilient City at Toronto City Hall, hosted by Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmat. The event brought together a range of city building experts in order to discuss creative solutions for the challenges of present and future city crises – from traffic congestion and blackouts, to climate change and severe weather events. You can watch The Resilient City Roundtable here.

The Memorial Wall at Night

The Canadian Firefighters Memorial is one of five memorial projects shortlisted for the Architizer A+ Jury Award and the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award. Winners will be announced on 19 March 2013. link>


Canadian Architect November 2012 cover

Ground editor Lorraine Johnson writes about Channelled Buried Moved Lost: Where Did Mill Creek Go? in the November issue of Canadian Architect. link>

Westminster Residence

PLANT’s Westminster Residence is featured in today's Globe and Mail article “How to Merge Contemporary Design with an Arts and Crafts Heritage” by Alex Bozikovic. link>


PLANT partners Chris Pommer, Lisa Rapoport, and Mary Tremain have been awarded the 2012 Alumni Achievement Medal by the University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 22 November 2012 at the annual Dean of Engineering Dinner in Waterloo, Ontario.


PLANT’s work is showcased in the second issue of Modus News magazine. Modus News features work by architects around the world, looking at how they approach different types of project, and how they use Vectorworks to manage and document their work. More information can be found here.

Palazzo Bembo Catalogue

PLANT partner Chris Pommer is featured in Thursday’s Globe and Mail. Interviewed by Globe Life & Arts writer Matthew Hague, Pommer talks about one of his favourite “ordinary” objects and how this tiny token has come to embody and inspire some big ideas about architecture, landscape, and design. 2012.10.18

Palazzo Bembo Catalogue

PLANT's installation at Palazzo Bembo is included in the exhibition catalogue entitled Traces of Centuries and Future Steps: Biennale Architettura 2012. A second edition will be available in November 2012. Please click here to see photos of the exhibit.

view of the CFM opening cenremony

On 9 September 2012, the Canadian Firefighters Memorial officially opened in Ottawa. Located at the site of the capital’s devastating fire of 1900, this urban-planning memorial ensemble was collaboratively designed by PLANT and artist Douglas Coupland. The team won the national competition hosted by the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the National Capital Commission in 2010.

view of First Avenue garden

PLANT’s First Avenue Garden project is featured in The Globe and Mail. To read Carolyn Ireland’s article “Dishing Up a Green Oasis at a Former Ice-Cream Factory”, please click here >.

Channelled/Buried/Moved/Lost Collage

Developed for 3ByLAND, our site-specific installation Channelled Buried Moved Lost: Where Did Mill Creek Go? maps the historic journey of Galt's phantom Mill Creek in celebration of its profound visual and cultural heritage. Complementing this outdoor walk is our in-gallery exhibit, on now at Design at Riverside, Cambridge Galleries from 6 July to 30 September 2012.

Palazzo Bembo

PLANT has been invited to participate in a collateral exhibit at the 13th Annual International Venice Architecture Biennale entitled “Traces of Centuries and Future Steps.” Hosted at Palazzo Bembo in Venice, Italy, the exhibition will present our studio’s most noteworthy projects alongside the works of internationally renowned architects including Arata Isozaki, Steven Holl, Machado-Silvetti and Piero Lissoni. PLANT is the only Canadian firm selected to participate in this major exhibition. The exhibition will run from 29 August to 25 November 2012. For more details, click here >.

Channelled/Buried/Moved/Lost Collage

PLANT is participating in 3 by Land at Design at Riverside, Cambridge Galleries. The firm will present its award-winning projects in a unique, in-gallery collaborative exhibit, as well as in an outdoor, site-specific installation. The show opens 7 July 2012. For more details, click here >.

Good Design Award 2012

Our team has just won a 2012 Green GOOD DESIGN Award for the Nathan Phillips Square Podium Roof Garden! The project will be featured in a traveling exhibition opening this September at the University of Illinois. Learn more about the project here >.

CSLA Award 2012

The Canadian Firefighters Memorial Project has been awarded a CSLA Regional Honour Award. Learn more about the project here >.

Courage, April 2012

PLANT’s Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial is featured in the April issue of Courage, the official publication of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Learn more about the project, done in collaboration with Douglas Coupland, here >.

View inside the Kelpie's head

PLANT was recently one of five shortlisted teams in the international competition to design a Visitor’s Centre for the Kelpies monument near Edinburgh, Scotland. Learn more about the project (done in collaboration with Oliver Chapman Architects of Edinburgh) here >.

Toronto Life April 2012

Berkeley Live-Work Residence is featured as one of the "Great Spaces" in the April issue of Toronto Life magazine. Read Alex Bozikovic's article "Taking Care of Business" to find out how the Berrys are making the most of their creative Corktown landmark home.

Look Both Ways

Happy New Year, everyone!
(seen above: Pottery Road Trail Road Crossing)


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