About the Workshop
On June 18 and 19, 2018, Ryerson Urban Water hosted the "Implementing Green Infrastructure: Building a Community of Practice" workshop at Ryerson University. Practitioners from Ontario and indeed across Canada gathered to advance and resolve obstacles to green infrastructure implementation. Participants included engineers, architects, planners, landscape architects, manufacturers and developers.
At the beginning of the workshop, speakers unveiled the changing regulatory landscape in Ontario.
Speakers presented from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the City of Toronto, the City of Kitchener, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, SCS Consulting Group, Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Mattamy Homes and Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority.
Practitioners were then assigned to teams with other disciplines to design green infrastructure in both Greenfield and Retrofit sites. PDF fileSee scenarios here.
Each site posed various challenges. Participants toiled for one full day then delivered site plan solutions to the audience. The authors and support committees responsible for site development then offered feedback to the teams about their innovative solutions.
Participants overwhelmingly reported light-bulb moments using their interdisciplinary integrated approach, and reported that the designs were enhanced by having the experts all together at the table, rather than passing the designs along in the typical segmented workflow.
Teams were able to discuss and integrate feedback throughout design development, rather than receive feedback once their task was done, and redress. Teams felt this engagement made the design development more efficient and productive. Designs were ultimately found to be of better quality, given the limited time.
"The Ryerson Green Infrastructure Workshop introduces stormwater management parameters to stakeholders in development and intensification. As a licensed architect, success of residential projects can depend on early knowledge of general features and critical details. Group work on real sites clarified issues. I brought an open mind and experienced valuable, enjoyable learning."
Stephen Pollock, OAA
Green Bee Atelier Inc.
"The guest speakers at the workshop gave a great overview of the importance of green infrastructure, and changing stormwater standards. Working with a team of design and engineering professionals to develop innovative solutions for real projects was also an enriching experience. It would be amazing if we could make this a requirement for education programs to better prepare the next generation of land-based professionals!"
Sheila Boudreau, OALA, CSLA, RPP/OPPI, MCIP
Senior Landscape Architect, Special Projects and Design Services
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority