POSTWAR APARTMENT TOWERS ARE THE BACKBONE OF CANADA'S PURPOSE-BUILT RENTAL STOCK, AND PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO MILLIONS OF CANADIANS. NOW IS THE TIME TO EXPLORE INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES FOR TRANSITIONING THESE AGING APARTMENT TOWER NEIGHBOURHOODS TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF OUR 21ST CENTURY CITIES.
TOWER RENEWAL IS A STRATEGY FOR ACTION.
TRP Launches ‘Retrofits with Residents in Place’ Solutions Lab
The Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal has received CMHC support to explore the challenges of conducting deep energy retrofits in occupied apartment housing and develop tools to…
Tower Renewal Partnership in AD Magazine
Calling All Architects: New Approaches to Old Housing For the past decade, Tower Renewal has been defined by research, policy design and action. Through multi-sectoral partnerships, best-practice and…
Tower Renewal on CBC Radio
As aging apartment buildings begin to contribute to the housing crisis, (exposed this week in the infrastructure failure at 260 Wellesley, Toronto) the clear response is system-scale reinvestment…
Tower Infill and Neighbourhood Transformation
Designed with 1960s ambitions of smart growth, the inherited legacy of tower neighbourhoods provides a unique suburban form of higher density neighbourhoods. This built form of clusters…
Housing Quality Standards
Between the 1950s and the 1970s, Canada supported the construction of high-rise rental housing across the country – creating affordable homes for millions. As this crucial housing supply…
Unit Retrofit Challenge
This prototype demonstration unit will build a strong evidence base prior to scaling up innovative retrofit solutions, while testing new technologies and catalyzing the retrofit industry.
Retrofit Finance Towards a Resilient Canadian Housing Stock
Postwar towers – apartment buildings built before 1985 – make up most of the purpose-built rental stock across the country with almost 800,000 households calling these apartments home.…
Growth and Resiliency in Tower in the Park Sites Across the GGH
Growth and Resiliency in Tower in the Park Sites Across the GGH describes the challenges of Tower Renewal and energy retrofitting from a policy and built form perspective and…
Understanding The Tower Landscape
Different sites are identified to indicate the actors and interventions required to broadly facilitate Tower Renewal, with more public support required for the revitalization of housing assets in isolated areas.
German Retrofit Financing
The Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) is a federal German bank created to facilitate post-war reconstruction. Today it provides key financial support for both new build and retrofit prospects to meet climate change goals.