Main Streets of Markham Charrette took place on Feb 24 over 5 days and included over 110 students, 40 advisors and 10 teams.
Teams presented their final design solutions to a panel of international and local faculty and professionals. In just five days of research, designing and consulting groups were able to create strong design concepts for each of the sites that demonstrated innovative new models for main streets.
The designs that were produced during this charrette will be presented to municipal officials and staff of Markham, including members of the planning and economic development departments, and may become part of future plans for Markham as it continues to transform itself for the future.
Team leader: Asma Khanani Caporaletti
Team Members: Cindy Ly, Jessa Sy, Justin C., Mathilde Schettini, Matthew Mak, Maria Grazia Francia, Michael Ferarri, Philip Cudiamat, Robin Olsson and Victoria Dell’Anno
Project Brief: To connect the Town of Markham as a distinct, diverse community through a shared experience that represents collective identity.Through repurposing existing, under-used easements and parking spaces into culturally vibrant public spaces connected by equally vibrant streetscape design that inspires connectivity and social interaction.
Team leader: Fatemeh Samaeitehrani
Team Members: Andrew Jordan, Andrew Paul, Diane Villeneuve, Giulia Luppino, Jordan Feldberg, Linea Bering, Maud Benhammou, Reshman Hussen, Rosanna Iyadi and Tommy Stevens
Project Brief: The concept is to sustainably connect the urban Markville Mall with the existing natural habitat of the Rouge River and Centennial Park, in order to secure and promote community interaction with the surrounding nature.
Team leader: Liz Huntly
Team Members: Cian O’Hare, John Ha, Jurga Salidiene, Mandarine Gervaise, Matthew Mak, Mike Campbell, Nathan De Sousa, Nuria Gonzalez, Roberta Giovannini, Sergei Plehhanov and Steven Tiao
Project Brief: The purpose of the solution is to connect urban and natural landscapes, to connect established and emerging communities and connect historic and modern architecturual identities.
Team leader: Raymundo Pavan
Team Members: Achraf Hentatit, Allison Rogers, Chloé Pérignon, Fiorella Amadei, Karl Kriedemann, Macey Jin, Monika Bene, Nathan Proctor, Richard Zeng, Qiannan (Cathy) Zhao, and Winnie Chan
Project Brief: Revitalization of Unionville Main Street by creating and increasing the use of spaces and stores that sell necessities required for day to day living. This will be achieved by creating a more diverse community with residents of mixed income levels. Introducing lower income housing residents of these homes will support local markets and shops giving the street greater communal value.
Project Brief: The purpose of this solution is to connect to the surrounding areas, improve pedestrian infrastructure and connect to residential neigbourhoods nearby. The solution will enable new businesses and office spaces, new bike paths and 2 new ways to connect to GO Transit service.
Team leader: Matt Koop-Pearce
Team Members: Hiu Chan, Jordan McCallum, Kimberlyn Lee Lei, Kristian Pal, Micheline Ferguson, Marianne Métairie, Matteo Casaburi, Natalie Pozzan, Stuart McPherson and Troels Kobberø.
Project Brief: The project envisions a sustainable main street that reflects community diversity in the built form, creates spaces for connection and exchange, invites discovery and learning. It is a living laboratory of urban transformation that is community driven and self-sustaining and a geography of place starting not from retail, but from real human connection.
Team leader: Nikki Hsiao Chi Shih
Team Members: Adelina Restea, Allison Rogers, Christine Graystone, Dyan Buerano, Ekaterina Granovsky, Heather Mackay-Lams, Keit Kollo, Patrizio Canestrini, Pierre Olivier Planty and Shahin Rahim.
Project Objectives: Objective include, building a green connecting path that joins various parks and existing trails around the Main Street, repurposing the abandoned building into an Ecology Center, “greening” spaces, Integrating Bio-Gas, Solar panels, water collectors and Pavegen technology into the street, expanding sidewalks for pedestrians and building bicycle paths.
Team leader: Shehneela Farheen
Team Members: Evan Milward, Isabelle Mattern, Jerry Petersen, Jonabelle Torralba, Karl Kriedemann, Lydia Macintosh, Massimo Melillo, Matthew Raffa, Marcel Wilson, Maurizio Calabrese, and Soffi Ernst.
Project Brief: The objectives are to provide infrastructure that encourages development of diverse community, create a definite identity for the area, increase overall safety and accessibility through a universal design and make the street into a living active area that connects the two hubs.
Team leader: Dana Seguin
Team Members: Stephen Fiset, Amel Mahfouf, Samuel Christian, Giullia Spinell, Henrik Jeanty Andersen, Matthew Llyod, Rashida Francis, Bradley Rastrullo, Talin M Balian and Julian Semenovs
Project Brief: The objective of the solution is to bring People together, well-suited to multiple forms of transport, safety, prioritized pedestrian access, good work/play balance and embodying the identity of the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Team leader: Leslie Endes
Daniel Garnier, Keli Chiu, Adèle Hurbault, Pia Lyck Festersen, Simona Pollara, Teresa Maria Barreiros Garcia, Parastika Hendrajat, James Newsome, Mervat Gorgis, Camila Campos.
Project Objective: The building houses the genesis of a system that collects, links and transmits information generated by engaged citizens. The mall is primarily a thoroughfare for vehicular traffic yet its edges have been transformed into a linear park system that allows for diverse and surprising interactions both real and virtual.