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.”




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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Farrow Begins Design of Two Education Campuses

Farrow engaged to begin the architectural design of its two approved master plan designs for the expansion of Toronto Montessori’s Bayview and Elgin Mills Campuses. The design includes a new main entrance and lobby, gymnasium, performance centre and related administrative spaces at the Bayview Campus and a new dining hall, server, kitchen and administrative areas at the Elgin Mills Campus. Construction will commence in June 2018 and the new buildings will open in September 2019.

Internationally recognized since 1961 as Toronto Montessori Schools, TMS School (TMS) had selected Farrow in August 2016 to create a Facilities Development Plan for their two campus locations in Richmond Hill.

These two projects further reinforce Farrow’s reputation as a leader in creating healthy learning places, having worked on over a dozen independent school projects.

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Farrow to Present Ideas at 2017 Ontario Hospital Association Annual Conference

Tye Farrow has invited to present his thoughts on Causing Health through the built environment at the signature conference and exhibition of the Ontario Hospital Association this November. Health Achieve has long been one of the largest and most respected health care events in North America, the preeminent gathering place for health care and business leaders.

The theme of 2017 Health Achieve is "Inspiring Ideas and Innovation" extending across all aspects of health care and touches research, integration, technology, building and partnerships. It also serves to provide delegates with a venue that is continuously forward-looking, and in which imagination and ideas are encouraged and cultivated.


Farrow Presents Cause Health Ideas in Bangkok, Thailand

Tye Farrow presented his ideas on the relationship between what we build and our ability to thrive, to an audience Thailand’s leading health care providers on July 5, 2017 in Bangkok. He asked the audience “What if our health was the basis for judging every building; What if we were dedicated to designing places that cause health”? This is based on Farrow’s belief that what we create is either an enriched environment that causes health, or erodes our ability to thrive culturally, economically, mentally and physically.

Farrow has initiated a global “Cause Health” movement aimed at raising expectations for design as the basis for total health, which extends beyond technical sustainability and physical health to encompass our state of mind.

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