Forum Lecture Series 2019

Landscape Architect Rasmus Astrup

MCROBIE Architects + Interior Designers are proud to co-sponsor with ORSA the opening forum lecture of the season, with the upcoming Forum Lecture by Landscape Architect Rasmus Astrup, of the Copenhagen-based architecture firm SLA.

Astrup is the recent winner of Nordic Built Cities Challenge Award – Scandinavia’s largest and most prestigious architecture competition.

Rasmus Astrup will be discussing new ideas for urban spaces which use nature-based climate adaptation solutions.  Astrup will present SLA’s winning proposal the Soul of Nørrebro, an integrated urban design and climate adaptation project that proposes a robust “city nature” that averts flooding while creating a series of new, green urban spaces.

The lecture will also cover other projects SLA is engaged in, in France, the US, and Asia.

Please join us in the auditorium of the National Gallery of Canada on September 30, 2019, at 6:00pm. The lecture is free of charge and open to one and all.  The lecture is approximately 60 minutes followed by a Q&A session.

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LRT and the Transformation of Ottawa

Starting in 2008, we worked with Delcan (now Parsons Corporation) and grc architects on the Downtown Ottawa Transit Tunnel Planning and Environmental Assessment. This project was conceived by the City of Ottawa to replace the cancelled North-South LRT project.  The team discarded surface LRT routes traversing the downtown and searched for the best route through the bedrock of downtown.  We dug into the archives of downtown buildings to find the depth of foundations. We poured over preliminary geotechnical data. We envisioned lively civic spaces connected by a modern rail system befitting our nation’s capital.  Now, eleven years later, the O-train Confederation Line has opened with thirteen stations on a 12.5 km line. What a transformation of our city! Congratulations Ottawa.

Our 2008 project team members were David McRobie, Ian Willson, Jill Sparling and Marie Poirier.

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Ottawa Train Yards Brings New Retail to Industrial Avenue

1976-2002-2017 Geo Ottawa 773Now known as the Ottawa Train Yards, the land just to the south-east of Ottawa’s downtown core has seen a remarkable transformation over the last sixteen years.  Bounded by the VIA rail station on the north, Industrial Avenue on the south and Sanford Fleming Avenue on the west, this land was once ordered by rail lines and dominated by warehouses and other industrial uses. Our involvement started in 2003 with the creation of a Master Plan that led to the re-zoning of an initial 94-acre parcel of privately-owned land.

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McROBIE Architects + Interior Designers has since contributed to retail buildings in the 750,000 sf retail centre and two office buildings at the office campus.   Among our latest work, the buildings at 590-650 Industrial Avenue illustrate the maturity of the Ottawa Train Yards architectural vocabulary with premises for Figaro Coffee House, Nordstorm Rack and Urban Barn.

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Photos by Gordon King

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