The new 3.6 acre park in Toronto’s waterfront serves as a model for hybrid park-infrastructure projects. Given the ever-increasing NIMBYist roar that stifles urban adaptation and cities’ inability to finance single-use projects, this multi-purpose development dynamic is of utmost importance.
Decades of neo-liberal-driven disinvestment of public utility services has compromised the integrity of our infrastructural systems. At the same time, the list of chemicals that permeate into our water table has exponentially increased further stressing water treatment facilities. The out-of-sight and automatic nature of this services has fed a trend for infrastructural disconnectivity and muted the urgency of this crisis. Most city dwellers are unaware of the source of their water and even more clueless about the process necessary for its delivery.
The landscape architecture firm Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg inspires in its holistic approach. The Sherwood Commons remediated a once toxic site, activated public space AND serves as a location for an ultraviolet water treatment plant.