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Farrow Begins Work on Projects in Scotland

September 7, 2017. Farrow has been engaged to develop their treehouse designs for Buccleuch Estates, the United Kingdoms largest private landholder. The treehouses, fabricated out of larch and oak wood combined with Grip Metal, will be hung from trees and feature a sitting area, sleeping accommodation and a bathroom. Design fabrication drawings will be complete by December 2017 with erection beginning in the spring of 2018. The treehouses will be located at the Drumlanrig Castle Estate and Bowhill House Estate, both in Scotland.

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Farrow Presenting at World Design Summit 2017, Montreal

September 7, 2017. Tye Farrow has been invited to present at the World Design Summit 2017, in Montreal. A historic gathering of 50 international organizations, all with a common objective: developing an international action plan for harnessing the power of design to address pressing global challenges. The title of Farrows presentation is “Living Bridges: Urban Infrastructure as a Multi-use Economic Asset.”

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Living Bridge Featured in Canadian Architect

September 6, 2017. Farrows Living Bridge design has been showcased in the Canadian Architect Magazine, in an article titled ‘Living Bridges’ Concept Reimagines Urban Infrastructure. The article states, “As governments globally invest in the repair and upgrade of infrastructure, new possibilities are emerging. Infrastructure has traditionally been viewed as an ongoing maintenance expense which is chronically underfunded. As a result, for example, bridges are in a perpetual state of disrepair. marrying revenue generation with infrastructure, Toronto-based architects Farrow Partners are proposing a ‘living bridges’ strategy that combines the physical infrastructure of bridges and roadways with commercial and residential uses.”

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Farrow’s “Neighbourhood Out Of Thin Air” Featured in The Globe and Mail

August 20, 2017. Dave LeBlanc featured Farrow’s Living Bridges in his article “A neighbourhood, out of thin air: Architect Tye Farrow's Living Bridges concept would build a condo community atop the Bloor Viaduct.” LeBlanc states: “I wasn't there, but when I hear architects speak of Toronto in the 1960s – and I try to listen as often as I can – it's hard not to smile: There was unbridled optimism, a sense of adventure, a feeling that the city was ripe for remoulding and that the spirit of Expo 67 wasn't confined to Montreal. It's as if everyone was drinking the same Kool-Aid.

That generation, full of Kool-Aid and vinegar, went on to create Aeroquay One, Ontario Place, the Science Centre and the CN Tower. But, at some point in the 1980s, conservatism, design-by-committee, increased regulation, purse string tightening, and recurring recessions all put the kibosh on dreaming. This, one could argue, has lasted well into the 21st century.

But, says architect Tye Farrow, a fan of Ontario Place since it opened in 1971, the time to dream big has come again. And Mr. Farrow has set his sights on another Toronto icon: the Bloor Viaduct.”

Farrow’s design imagines our city’s most costly infrastructure as high performing social and cultural urban revenue generators; that spending on pipes, pavement, single-use bridges and transit could be directed toward the challenges of affordable housing and community-building.

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Farrow interviewed on Vancouver Radio Station

Farrow was on Vancouver Roundhouse Radio’s Sense of Place morning show, discussing his Living Bridge design with Minelle Mahtani. Minelle asked Farrow: “Is it passible to build cities on a bridge; what would it look like.”

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Farrow’s Living Bridge Design for the Bloor Street Viaduct In the Media

Aug 16, 2017. Farrow’s Living Bridge design, which transforms passive infrastructure into economic and health drivers, has been feature in numerous Canadian and Europe media outlets. “Farrow’s design imagines the city’s most costly infrastructure as high-performing social and cultural urban revenue generators. It envisages a culture where spending on pipes, pavement, single-use bridges and transit could instead be directed toward the challenges of affordable housing and community-building”, writes Andrew Sansom for Salus.

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Farrow selected to Expand Two Campuses

Farrow has been engaged by Toronto Montessori School(TMS) to expand their Bayview Avenue and Elgin Mills Campuses in Richmond Hill. The Bayview campus projects includes the creation of a new curved main entrance, administrative offices, a new gym and performing arts centre. The Elgin Mills Campus expansion includes a new students common, dining hall, server and kitchen. Detailed Design has commenced with a construction start of June 2018.

TMS, a leading independent school, seeks to “deliver a seamless, internationally acclaimed educational experience that inspires and challenges students to discover the best of who they are and to achieve their full potential.”

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Farrow to Present Living Bridge Design at UK Healthy Cities International Congress

Farrow’s “Living Bridges: Healthy urban Infrastructure as a Multi-use Economic Asset” has been chosen from over 100 papers to be presentation at the inaugural Healthy City Design 2017 International Congress, from 16-17 October at the Royal College of Physicians, London, UK.

Farrow’s design imagines our city’s most costly infrastructure as high performing social and cultural urban revenue generators; that spending on pipes, pavement, single-use bridges and transit could be directed toward the challenges of affordable housing and community-building.

Worldwide, urban areas with a high quality of life face urgent demands to offset the alarming side-effects that threaten their continued success. These cities are rapidly become unaffordable to people who are essential to the future of thriving, resilient communities. The need to increase density, inclusiveness, affordability and access requires a bold new approach to land use, healthy design and breakthrough construction methods.

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Farrow Building a Winner at Vienna Congress

The Shaare Zedek Cancer Centre designed by Farrow Partners and RO Architects was a winner in the category, Future Healthy Built Environment Project, awarded by the Stockholm based International Academy of Design at the Vienna City Hall ceremony on July 15. The prestigious award recognises projects, chosen from building around the world in the design phases, for its exceptional overall concept, design approach, functionality, implementation and sustainability. Israel’s newest cancer centre, located on a prominent site in the heart of Jerusalem, is the first building to be built of Farrow’s master plan for Shaare Zedek Medical Centre campus. The 70,000 square foot centre will offer radiation treatment as an complement to SZMC present chemotherapy services. The shape of the building has been called a ‘butterfly’, offering hope and life for the staff, patients and family who use the centre. Construction has commenced with the excavation of the site in June 2017.

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