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Underpass Park, 2007–14

This is a Project. It was landscape architect: PFS Studio and The Planning Partnership and collaborator: Paul Raff Studio and made for (as the client) WATERFRONToronto. It is dated 2007–14.

Design interventions reclaim derelict, leftover space below elevated overpasses into an inviting, spirited public commons. Underpass Park in Toronto, Canada, offers safe, engaged pedestrian passage reconnecting 2 neighborhoods and parks. The overhead structure offers protection for year-round activities, and plantings in voids, where sunlight can reach, transform portions of the site from gray to green. Weaving disconnected neighborhoods and forgotten spaces, often the result of highways cutting through the urbanscape, back into the urban fabric can improve the health of the entire city.

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition By the People: Designing a Better America.

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