In partnership with Workshop Architecture, the David Suzuki Foundation launched the Homegrown Design Challenge this spring, challenging architects, designers and landscape architects to submit ideas for low-cost, easy-to-implement green design solutions for yards, alleys, commercial properties and schoolyards.
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The result was an fascinating mix of design ideas, ranging from DIY backyard bee hotels and naturalized forest alleyways to innovative stormwater solutions for parking lots and laneways.
The two winning designs will be announced at an evening screening at Fort York Historic Site on July 9th, where the winning design boards will be displayed alongside eight invited submissions from some of Toronto's leading architects and landscape architects.
The panels will then be displayed at Urbanspace Gallery from July 10th to August 10th, and shown at various Homegrown National Park Project events throughout the rest of the summer.
We hope the designs provide inspiration for homeowners and property managers to green their properties, and spur residents to green alleys, streets and schoolyards in their neighbourhood. Watch for profiles of each of the winning designs at www.davidsuzuki.org/homegrown.