A Walk through a Brand New Village.
Like the various societies in cities all over the world, The Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) organizes walking tours of special buildings. This year, the highlight is the walking tour of the Pan Am Games facilities.
The Pan Am Games are like the Olympics, but the participants are only from the Americas and the Caribbean, with the first of its kind held in 1951. This year, over 7,600 athletes will congregate in Toronto for the games. This, then, naturally calls for a large number of facilities, and the city has risen majestically to the challenge! The Pan Am Village is an 80-acre site located next to the Don River, in Toronto’s waterfront district. Ten new world-class facilities, including an athletics stadium (equipped to accommodate 10,000 athletes and officials), an aquatics center and field house, soccer stadium and velodrome, are being built.
The village complies with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental design (LEED) Gold certification, and includes a large transportation mall for the convenience of the athletes and officials, in keeping with Canada’s transit-friendly image, reminiscent of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games that was held in Vancouver.
The most attractive thing about this venture is the Pan Am Games Village will become a mixed-use neighborhood, accommodating affordable low-income housing for low-income families, in addition to the luxury condominiums, a YMCA, and a dormitory for nearby college students.
The architectural walk has sparked a lot of interest as it includes the scintillating Goldring Center for high-performance sport at the University of Toronto, erected to host the games in July, the 2000-seat indoor arena of which won the Ontario Association of Architects award for excellence.
Any international games add value to a city’s architectural scenario, and this new venture being LEED certified, is designed to be seamlessly energy efficient. The different types of housing obviously include different window types that will need to be covered for varied reasons that include privacy, protection from the sun’s UV rays and insulation, not to forget decor aspects. To get the most from windows, consider the following, in tandem with high-performance windows –
For Low-Income Housing
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