The Bentway’s urban designer, Ken Greenberg, discusses successes and lessons from his forty-year career, the innovations of cities around the world that inspire him, and the challenges of addressing the full complexity of today’s urban issues.
Thanks to a generous private donation, the City of Toronto is reimagining the corridor beneath the Gardiner Expressway as a thriving cultural hub, linking seven neighborhoods as well as several landmarks.
Defined by the series of concrete post-and-beam structural elements (“bents”) that support the Gardiner, this new urban corridor will activate the community with a continuous multi-use trail, and provide access to year-round activities and events, including gardens, a skating rink, recreational amenities, markets, public art, exhibitions, festivals, theatre and musical performances, and more. Over time, a connective cultural precinct will emerge that will inspire creativity in a way that only Toronto can.
|Status||Open / Ongoing|
|Size||10 acres, 1.2 miles|
|Design Team||PUBLIC WORK, Greenberg Consultants, Inc.|
Managed by the Bentway Conservancy in partnership with the City of Toronto
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Ian Garrick Mason’s short film highlights the importance of making space for parks in unlikely places, from under the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto to an elevated railway on Manhattan’s west side.
The first section of the project—the Skate Trail—officially opened to the public on January 5. The track is just one small part of the 1.75 km stretch under the Gardiner that is being transformed into public space.