What is this project?

There is a 1.75 km stretch of possibility in our city that is hidden in plain sight. We are about to transform a once forgotten space into vibrant common ground. Project: Under Gardiner will bring communities together, connecting every neighbourhood that it touches.

This continuous passageway from Strachan Avenue to Spadina Avenue is where creativity overlaps with everyday life. Under the Gardiner will soon become an open-ended story and constantly evolving space that is home to a variety of activity — from farmer's markets, children's gardens and community gatherings to performances and exhibition halls. Along this urban trail, visitors and commuters will encounter a series of 55 outdoor civic 'rooms' formed by the Gardiner's structure of columns and beams (also known as bents).

This is a legacy project that will empower communities to grow and inspire each other. With a new east-west corridor that runs deep into the city, seven neighbourhoods will be connected to new and existing parks, open spaces as well as improving access to destinations such as BMO Field, the revitalized waterfront, the Harbourfront Centre, Ripley's Aquarium, and the CN Tower. The space's footprint crosses more than 70,000 residents across Exhibition Place, Liberty Village, Fort York, Niagara, Wellington Place, Bathurst Quay and City Place.

Project: Under Gardiner is set to open in 2017.

PRELIMINARY FRAMEWORK MAP

This dynamic civic space will knit together a vibrant intersection of Toronto's newest communities. Explore the map below to see the innovative programming spaces that celebrate Toronto's unique creative energy: music, food, theatre, art, education, civic events, dance, sports and recreation. This space is divided into themed areas with proposed programming that ranges from passive and contemplative spaces to creative hubs and marketplaces where visitors will find a mix of amenities.

Framework Map
West

Creative action hub

Fort Central

PROGRAMMED LANDSCAPE AND PASSIVE HUB

East

COMMUNITY LINK AND AMENITIES

Programming ideas and inspirations

Our programming will be diverse, multifunctional and always evolving.

West – Creative action hub

West Edge
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Mass MoCA Gallery Courtyard, North Adams, USA
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Red Bull Music Academy, Madrid, Spain
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Highline seating and overlook, New York City, USA
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Luminato installation of "Light Play" at Yonge-Dundas Square
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SESC Pompéia Community Space, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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'Folly for a Flyover' Theatre, Hackney Wick, UK
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3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, Spokane, USA
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Place Émilie-Gamelin Creative Play, Montreal, Canada

Fort Central – PROGRAMMED LANDSCAPE AND PASSIVE HUB

Fort Central
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Fort York Visitor Centre 'Liquid Landscape'
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MFO Industrial Park, Zurich, Switzerland
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Suspended Sculpture 'Cosmic Thing' by Damián Ortega
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Water Garden, Bordeaux Botanical Garden, Bordeaux, France
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Skating at Zollverein Industrial Complex, Essen, Germany
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Native Grasses, Lurie Garden, Chicago, USA
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Suspended Bridge Crossing, Alange, Spain
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Contemplative Landscape Installation at Milan Furniture Fair, Milan, Italy

East – COMMUNITY LINK AND AMENITIES

East Community Link
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Distillery District Winter Market, Toronto, Canada
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Union Station Outdoor Food Market, Toronto, Canada
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Reading Room at Bryant Park, New York City, USA
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Community Market, Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto, Canada
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Cycling Trail, Lisbon, Portugal
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Dog Run at West Thames Park, New York City, USA
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Flower Market, Koog aan de Zaan, the Netherlands
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Word on the Street Festival, Toronto, Canada

Renderings & Diagrams

Strachan Gate View

Strachan Gate View. © PUBLIC WORK

Strachan Elevation

Strachan Elevation. © PUBLIC WORK

Wintertime at Fort York Boulevard

Wintertime at Fort York Boulevard. © PUBLIC WORK

Project Under Gardiner

A corridor that unites diverse neighbourhoods.

Project Under Gardiner

Diagram of new city connections.

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DEAR TORONTO,

You are a city made up of playful and unexpected gestures. You are a place where creativity sprouts up in and around the streets. We are open to your ideas. Help us imagine the possibilities for a new type of public space.

We invite you to dream up what can only happen here—in our city—under the Gardiner. Together we can turn what was once a forgotten place into a wondrous space to gather, explore and find inspiration.

We look forward to getting to know you.

Love,
Project: Under Gardiner