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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.

See more news on Farrow’s Living Bridge Design for the Bloor Street Viaduct:

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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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