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London: “We need to have pilot projects up and running. We want to be leaders, not followers.”

The city is moving ahead as quickly as possible to get a solar panel pilot project started on public buildings.

The city’s investment and economic prosperity committee will on Monday ask an outside company, Ameresco Canada, to put together a plan that will give green energy companies a framework to bid on solar panel projects.

In July, London-based solar energy company German Solar Corp. told the committee they were ready to mount panels on 10 city rooftops as part of a pilot project.

The project would create 337 jobs in eight years, 219 skilled-labour jobs and 108 operations and maintenance positions in 20 years, the company president predicted.

Another 1,200 jobs would be created indirectly, the company said.

“We’ve had two or three companies that are interested in putting panels on public property,” said Joe Swan, chair of the investment and economic prosperity committee.

“We need to come up with a licensing fee to lease the space, figure out the cost of installation and the return on investment.

“The marketplace is ready to implement these and the city hasn’t developed a framework.”

Ameresco Canada will develop the framework so the project gets off the ground, Swan said.

“This got support from council to move as quickly as possible,” Swan said.

“We need to have pilot projects up and running. We want to be leaders, not followers, in this.”

Source: The London Free Press

September 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

Help Shape the Future of London’s Transportation Plan

  The City of London officially launched Smart Moves, its London 2030 Transportation Master Plan study, Monday (Sept. 28), and is looking for Londoners input into the study.

The City of London officially launched Smart Moves, its London 2030 Transportation Master Plan study, Monday (Sept. 28), and is looking for Londoners' input into the study.

The next grand plan for transportation in London seems likely to be a greener one, with cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders relegated to the back of the bus.

  • A four-line streetcar route shaped like a cross, with downtown London in the centre and the arms reaching north, south, east and west.
  • Two rectangles of bus routes intersecting those streetcar lines. GO trains heading east and west, and light rapid transit rail heading to smaller centres.
  • All along the routes, people-friendly streets with commercial, retail and residential development built at key connections.
  • Instead of buses and streetcars being an afterthought to development, the transit system would actually determine where and how the city grows.

An ambitious plan that turns the idea of London’s transit system on its head.

London Transit unveiled the centerpiece in a push to get feedback on transportation, a city bus covered with the pictures and words of what city officials have dubbed “Smart Moves: What Moves You?” The City of London Smart Moves Transportation Master Plan study, which takes place over the next year, is intended to address future transportation needs of London.

A public meeting has been set and the following information has been provided:

When:

  • Tuesday, November 10

Where:

  • Western Fair Grounds – Carousel Room

Time:

  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Open House
  • 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Workshop

Sources: What Moves You?, LFPress.com & LondonTopic.ca

October 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

High Speed Rail Symposium

Earlier this evening I had attended the London High Speed Rail(HSR) Symposium, which was an interesting mini conference with 3 industry experts,each representing their respective rail manufacturing company (Alstom, Siemens and Bombardier) along with a former federal transportation minister, David Collenette. Basically all the experts along with the former minister agree that HSR is a viable alternative to transportation within the Windsor – Quebec Corridor, however the only way we can make it happen is if we get a high power champion to move the cause along and bring it to the forefront. Personally I believe that if there was a HSR system in the Windsor-Quebec corridor and London was a stop it would create great opportunities for our city to grow as well be a major boost to our downtowns’ redevelopment. We could essentially become a Toronto bedroom community- but before we do that we need to raise the standards of design and quality of life by enhancing our public realm. With the transportation technology available to us, these days, people are able to live in cities just because they enjoy the character and life style it offers and commute to work in a city 200km’s away in just under an hour. London really needs to step up to the plate and play ball if we want to continue to grow and flourish, I do believe we are on the right track especially with what is going on in our Downtown.

Here is an article from the London Free Press about the Symposium;

Next economy: High-speed rail plugged in London

By PATRICK MALONEY , SUN MEDIA

A high-speed rail line would change London into a flourishing Toronto bedroom community, an industry expert says.

Chuck Wochele, a vice-president with international rail manufacturer Alstom, told a London symposium tonight such rail lines — which carry passenger trains as fast as 170miles an hour — are successful across Europe and could spur enormous growth in London.

“It changes the dynamics of cities,” said Wochele, who called London a “perfect” stopping point on a high-speed line. “You would get people moving away from Toronto to live here and commute to work every day.

“It would be a breeze commute.”

Wochele was one of several industry veterans who were to discuss the merits of high-speed rail, which proponents say should run from Windsor to Quebec.

The issue has been discussed for decades, but prohibitive construction costs have stood in the way.

The event was run by Paul Langan of High Speed Rail Canada — a group he says gets no funding from industry heavyweights such as Bombardier. He’s speaking in cities nationwide, promoting what he says was “neglected in Canada for 50 years.”

Coun. Judy Bryant and city planner John Fleming pushed for Langan to bring his presentation here.

“We need to work very fast if we’re going to be relevant in the 21st century,” Bryant said.

As if to prove the benefits of high-speed rail, the main speaker, a former federal transportation minister, David Collenette, was late — stuck in traffic on the Hwy. 401.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Paul Langan urged everyone in attendance to sign up to the High Speed Rail Canada advocate group on his website: Highspeedrail.ca
He also told everyone it is important to write letters to our MP’s and MPP’s and show them our interest in the subject. It is important that we get a political champion in order for HSR to happen!

*JrUD

May 28, 2009 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

Dundas-King Pedestrian Mid-block Connection: A Downtown Public Space Concept

Last semester we were asked by our professor to create an independent project that would be one of the key pieces in our portfolios. As I am interested in Urban Design, urban renewal and I am active in the revival of downtown London, naturally I chose to do a concept project for the downtown.

I realized that the downtown lacks in quality urban spaces to entertain those who live in the core and those who are there to shop and visit.

DowntownMapFull

I looked at the available spaces to create an interesting public space and narrowed it down to two, the parking lots between Dundas Street and King Street, and King Street and York Street [Site 1]. This would create an direct pedestrian mid-block connection between Dundas Street and the VIA train station on York Street; and the other site was the parking lots at Richmond Street and Carling Street [Site 2].

DowntownMapcloseup

Listing the pro’s and con’s of each site I chose to do the midblock connection, however because of time constraints I could only do the portion between Dundas and King.

Realizing that this is an existing parking lot, that is usually full on weekdays, it would be important to re allocate the parking somehow. My solution to this is that there would be a public private partnership to build a mix use parkade between the midblock connection and Clarence and King and the existing buildings along clearance. My Concept poster shows the new building having retail at grade with a false second floor or it could be office space or apartments.

Existing Amenities

(Click for larger images)

Proposal

Check out the 3D walkthrough of the space..

let me know what you think? Would you use this space? Is this something that would attract people to the downtown?

*JrUD

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May 14, 2009 at 5:27 am 6 comments

North London Community Recreation Centre & Library

After many years of being underserviced in the recreation department, the YMCA, London Public Library and The City of London, have partnered to bring North London a Community center. The building was designed by Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners in Association with Cornerstone Architecture. It will be a two story contemporary style building on a site just East of the Adelaide and Sunningdale intersection.

Plans call for;

  • 8,000 Sqf Library
  • 12,000 Sqf Fitness Center
  • Aquatics Center with six-lane 25metre pool + a leisure pool with adjustable floor and splash features.
  • Double Gymnasium
  • Five  multi-purpose rooms
  • Child mind room
  • Future trail system for pedestrians and cyclists

Not only will this facility be a first in North end of the city, it is also planned to be the first Sustainable (with possible LEED certification)Community Center in London. Some of the sustainable design features are

  • Protection of Open Space
  • Energy Efficient Design
  • Passive Solar Design
  • Green Roof
  • Water Conservation
  • Natural Light
  • Use of Local Materials

A few interesting details to note;

The library will occupy the southern most  portion of the building adjacent to Sunningdale Rd E. , it will feature large spans of glass to allow for passive light. The green roof will be over the library.

The Aquatics Center will occupy the space just north of the library on the east side of the building. This space is also planned to have as much natural light as possible, accomplished by large spans of glass on the East wall (facing the proposed SWM pond)

The Grand Lobby and welcome center seems to be a pretty interesting space that connects the library, the YMCA and the Aquatics Center. It is a two storey space with lots of natural light and windows looking into the Aquatics Center, the YMCA work out gym(on the second floor) and the library. The plans also show table seating as well as comfy lounge type seating in this space. 

The YMCA portion of the building will be separated onto two floors the first floor having double gym and multi-purpose rooms. The second floor is to have one of the most unique features of any gym in London, the “serrated” windows on the second floor of the west side seen in the plan are position so that those working out have a nice view of the Downtown (thanks to the location being in North London, which on this site in particular, is fairly higher in elevation than the downtown). There will also be a track which circles the double gym on the lower floor (see plans for details)

My Point of view – From and Urban Design Perspective

Personally I really like contemporary architecture so this building in my eyes is great, and the added fact that I might be a candidate for LEEDscertification make it all the better!I have to give props to the City for finally jumping on the Sustainable building band wagon-FINALLY!   However I do have to point out a few things that should have been addressed.. In times where city hall is pushing developers to create better a public realm with built form oriented to the street, this building has done a poor job! One thing the parking lot will still be a very dominant feature on the streetscape- on the plan it shows that it will actually be larger in width than the building itself! – 2nd the main entrance is focused on the parking lot! what’s up with that!? I don’t think people would decide not to go to the center if the door would have been 40 more steps from their cars- What about those who walk? bike or take the bus? Sure the design demonstrates what they call and “Active Forecourt” but how active will this space really be? seeing as there’s no focal point and it doesn’t lead anywhere- It would have been really nice to see the front doors right on Sunningdale. Then again creating this “Active Forecourt” or urban plaza is also a first for a city Community Center it could have been worse- there could have been no sidewalk connection with a just grass, a berm or even worse the PARKING LOT!

Now on to the MANY Images! 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

 

*JrUD

February 14, 2009 at 12:08 am 4 comments


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