31 Mar '16, 2pm

With wood on the rise, it's time to bring back the Euroloaf

Back in the 1970s a remarkable housing project was built in Toronto; The St. Lawrence neighbourhood has been described by journalist Dave LeBlanc as the “best example of a mixed-income, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly, sensitively scaled, densely populated community ever built in the province”. Designed around principles espoused by Jane Jacobs (some even claim she had a hand in designing it; she didn't ), it was a mix of low street facing townhouses and long mid-rise apartment blocks of a relatively consistent height. They looked a lot like buildings from Paris or Scandinavia and were nicknamed “Euroloaf” because they are kind of shaped like loaves of bread. Ataratiri model/ Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0 I was reminded of this after seeing a tweet from an urban planner that discussed another unbuilt project in Toronto. @shawnmicallef peak “euroloaf" built form (eg. Market Square) ...

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