PRESERVATION THROUGH PROLIFERATION: ADDRESSING GROWTH OF A MID-CENTURY MODERN INNER-URB
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This thesis looks to develop a language for future growth in the 1950s suburban development of Don Mills, Ontario. As an excellent example of post-war, modern town planning, Don Mills exemplifies the principles of modernism in its planning techniques and most importantly its encompassing architectural fabric. As gentrification and growth occurred and the ‘McMansion’ trend of lot-hungry, faux-historic homes continues, this once architecturally focused neighbourhood is becoming increasingly blurred with the extensive demolition and renovation occurring in the last decade. As Don Mills continues to mature, a growth strategy is necessary in order to preserve the key design features which distinguish Don Mills, as well as address the failing features which, in part, have caused this trend to occur. This project seeks to prescribe growth through design principles which reflect those implemented in the original design of the community.