Strips & Spine

 

The Allen Expressway was part of a much larger infrastructural project to connect downtown Toronto to the suburb of North York. The Spadina Avenue portion of the expressway was cancelled in 1971 due to public opposition, leaving the Allen Expressway as an incomplete transportation artery within the city. Strips & Spine reconceives and restructures the surrounding land of the expressway for permanent strips of housing and office spaces in low, medium and high density areas, and the integration of parks and gardens along the spine of the current expressway. The project addresses the relationships between social spaces of home and work with the infrastructural pathways of urban life to reimagine the existing urban-scape of the Allen Expressway.

 

 
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Strips (Urban Intervention) and a Spine (Park & Recreation)

 
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Urbanscape

 

Low Density

 

Medium Density

 

High Density