The historically accretionary nature of the Toronto waterfront continues to define the way the city engages with Lake Ontario’s edge. The current use of the ‘quay and slip’ morphology for leisure and tourism allows for different programmatic uses to exist in relative proximity (market housing, cultural programs, park space, hotels, retail, etc.). However, as the formal nature of the waterfront allows for this multiplicity of uses, it simultaneously disjoints the potential that continuity and connection could generate. This proposal combines the two otherwise disparate conditions of the Toronto waterfront, program versus circulation, into a system of floating connections. Spatial movement becomes hybridized into an architecture of relational use.
thinkT.O. competition submission with Vivian Chin