DIALOG Carleton Studio – The Halfway Mark!

DIALOG Carleton Studio – The Halfway Mark!


We can’t believe it’s already been more than four weeks since the Carleton students arrived at DIALOG’s Toronto studio!

Since the initial kickoff meeting at Toronto City Hall, the students have made incredible progress to master plan and design the ultimate Rail Deck Park strategy. Learning from industry leaders, as well as DIALOG’s own experts, the students worked tirelessly to develop and successfully deliver their compelling master plans to Toronto’s City Planners.

It goes without saying that there is a lot of public interest in the Rail Deck Park project, and the students are handling the spotlight like seasoned vets. David Anderson and Marisa Renaud even took time out of their intense Carleton Studio schedule to sit with CBC’s Matt Galloway to discuss the feasibility of the Rail Deck Park project on ‘Metro Morning’. Read full article here. Capitalizing on his bilingualism, David also appeared on Radio Canada’s ‘Y a deux matins pareils’, hosted by Marjorie April.


Carleton Studio students David Anderson and Marisa Renaud talk to CBC’s Matt Galloway and Marjorie April about Rail Deck Park. Photos: Antonio Gomez-Palacio, Samantha Ventresca

Having been fully immersed in the ‘DIALOG WAY’ of working, the students have benefitted from DIALOG’s various discipline experts. Presentations from Jeff DiBattista, Daria Khachi, Jim Anderson, Craig Applegath, Antonio Gomez-Palacio and Rob Fiorino have helped inform the students on everything from how to approach complex structural engineering challenges, to impactful storytelling and presentation best practices.

The Carleton Studio at DIALOG also included presentations from third party industry experts. Hugh Clark (Allied) and Gabriel Leung (Concord Adex) came in to give the students a crash course on the business of development, and how developers work in partnership with the city. Goncalo Pedro from RWDI also visited the Carleton Studio to provide the students with insight on how to consider thermal and wind comfort when designing for the Rail Deck Park site.

Carelton 20  March (7 of 7)Toronto City planners Scott Pennington and Heather Oliver, and Urban Planner Judy Matthews listen to Carleton students present their Master Plans for the Rail Deck Park at DIALOG’s Toronto studio. Photo: Jamie O’Leary

After several weeks of desk crits, pin ups, presentations and lots of hard work, the students were finally ready to present their Master Plans to the city. On Monday, March 20th Toronto city planners Scott Pennington and Heather Oliver visited DIALOG’s Toronto studio to review the Master Plans developed by the students. As if presenting their work on this pivotal project to the city wasn’t nerve-wracking enough, DIALOG also invited celebrated Toronto Urban Planner Judy Matthews to join the panel. Matthews has been involved with many public sector planning projects, including the revitalization of St. George St., U of T’s open space master plan, the Kings College Road project, the Music Garden at Harbourfront, the Harbourfront pedestrian piazza and waterfront promenade, the Parks and Trees Foundation, and a Board member of Park People. The students, un-phased by the impressive panel, rose to the occasion and delivered their presentations without a hitch. The quote of the day belonged to City Planner Scott Pennington, who said that he was “..blown away by the progress you have made in only three weeks!”.

Next up for the Carleton students will be detailed explorations of program, use, connectivity, access, building development, and architectural design as they prepare to present their work to the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University on April 17th.


Play the full audio recording of David Anderson and Marisa Renaud’s interview on Metro Morning here.

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