The construction of the CP Rail in the 1880s has led to the historic discovery of Nickel in Sudbury. The mining industry has become a large part of Sudbury's identity, which eventually led to the re-greening and refocus on preserving Sudbury's beautiful landscapes. The current identity of Sudbury is rooted in the juxtaposition of the mining and ecology that will be bridged together through The City Bonds Project for Sudbury 2050. Our future city design follows the model of a molecule. Nickel is an element that is found at the core of the Earth and is central to Sudbury's identity. A molecule consists of two main components, the atoms, and the bonds. The Nickel atoms are the designated key gathering and communal spaces. The social spaces are a mix of urban design and infrastructure that are flexible and play on the notion of inside and outside. Bonds are created when electrons are exchanged and shared. The social exchange that occurs between people in transition creates the bonds of Sudbury. To highlight the transitions, City Bonds focuses on the liveability and modes of transportation specific to Sudbury's environment and people. City Bonds is a revitalization project specific to Sudbury. The project of City Bonds came from first analyzing and taking the existing city plan and the future master plan of Sudbury into consideration. The design of City Bonds is flexible and adaptable to different conditions based on the season, site, and situation. Sudbury has had difficulty with the lack of population and accessible transportation within the city, consequently affecting the economy. By creating a more walkable downtown, people all over Sudbury can access downtown in a safer, more efficient, and communal manner. The City Bonds Project is primarily designed for pedestrians and bringing in people from outside the city to downtown. Our project will focus on the development of liveability through the community, economy, ecology, and transportation. Similarly in a molecule, all the elements have their own function that works together to create a whole. The atoms of the city work to attract people to downtown while the bonds make it possible for people to get to the atoms. The programmatic environment of Downtown Sudbury is devoted to bringing people and nature back to the city at all scales. The atoms and attractions, such as the housing, parking, and market spaces, are created for economic and environmental growth, while the bonding provides walkability and transportation. The bonding experience includes a new access tunnel & reorganized streets to encourage walkability with the potential for continuous shelter with Sudbury's changing climate. The tunnel will become a community transition space under the rail yards where people can come together to enjoy canoeing, kayaking, or paddleboarding in the warmer months or skating in the winter months. Junction Creek is a vital part of Sudbury's ecosystem, it is a habitat for many different animal species, many of which are endangered. As a community, the Junction Tunnel can become a flourishing environment for people and animals. The addition of trails and routes for other types of vehicular travel specific to the North, such as cross-country skiing, ATVs, Skidoos, that will make transportation more accessible and recreational for people from the outer part of Sudbury to the city. Molecular bonds work best in low-stress situations and these environments are created by reducing the overall energy use. Making the city of Sudbury more sustainable is not only an environmental benefit but a necessity to improve the bonds and the interactions of the community. Therefore, a grid shell typology was developed using sustainable technology and as a method to bring plant species and animal habitats. The grid shell was inspired by the use of a grid mesh as a secondary structure within the mines. Together, the grid shell will combine the design influence of the mines while bonding with the local ecology that will inhabit the grid. The use of solar panels, rainwater collection, natural ventilation, and more throughout the project's design will make and give back significant energy to help communities to be more self-sufficient. A combination of mass timber with stainless steel, containing Nickel, creates a language in architecture that is specific to Sudbury. City Bonds consist of intentional design based on the spaces that attract and create a connection like an electron and a proton. For example, the interweaving of residential and commercial through mixed-use spaces for economic growth and community development. The future of Sudbury will generate social cohesion through the inclusion and attraction of various cultural and Indigenous gatherings and event spaces. Sustainability is and will continue to be vital in 2050; when made attractive through design it will encourage and educate others on living life cohesively with our surroundings. Subsequently, the renewal and development of Memorial Park and Tom Davies Square as city hall will create a central atom for the molecule. The Core, previously known as Tom Davies Square, will reveal an existing bond between the two elements of Sudbury, the re-greening efforts for restoration of the landscape and the mining activity below ground. The Core develops and uses accentuated skylights to bridge the two contrasting elements by the sustainability principles. The skylights connect additional programs above and below ground, like the playful activities bonded with the underground Mining Museum and the Junction Creek Tunnel. The Molecular Park, previously known as Memorial Park, would act as the main green space for the city. The vibrant Molecular Park is situated at the centre of the city and is accessible and within walking distance of many more atoms. The design intervention intends to create an ecological hub with an animal or plant conservatory and water bodies to maintain a sustainable core. Along with the conversion of alleyways into green bonds that support the art culture and proposed fire pits and pavilions, that consider the Northern Indigenous community. In conclusion, The City Bonds Project emphasizes Sudbury's identity by focusing on the molecular connections of Nickel as a key element, bringing the re-greening movement to the city, and creating social connections between the people. The molecular approach is standing at the center of our project to foster resiliency via an ecological and human perspective. Mining has been the driving aspect of the development in Sudbury and it has bridged different nations together. Leading to the diversified civilization of the Northern city and continues to do so as the city grows. Nickel is a symbol of connection and origin standing at the heart of our design, with diversity being the result. It is said that the electrons often spend their time in the space between the centre of the atom and their outer ring. The City Bonds Project focuses and highlights these in-between spaces where interactions occur. The positive and negative spaces can attract each other to build a stronger community connection. Sudbury City Bond pairs spaces that will attract and draw people from all over to create a hub within the community. The project develops and uses Sudbury's identity to create the atoms and bonds that connect and bring growth to Downtown Sudbury. The bond of Sudbury 2050 is a force that unites people and holds the community.
AFFORDABLE MIXED-USE HOUSING
BRINGING PEOPLE CLOSER TO THE CITY FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE
The intervention creates a more sustainable way of living closer to Downtown Sudbury, a prime location allowing residents to be close to school, shopping centre, park, and the creek. Prefabricated housing is an affordable option for the community. Timber materiality with concept of vertical farming helps to reconnect people living in cities with agriculture and sustainability. The spaces can be personalized and have flexible layout options to fit a larger demographic.
AN ADAPTIVE REUSE OF THE RAINBOW CENTRE
ATTRACTING PEOPLE TO THIS COMMERCIAL ATOM
MIXED-USE PROGRAMMATIC DIAGRAM
The grid shell typology draws resemblance from the steel mesh as the secondary structure within the mines, the system is introduced in the design as animal habitats and green screen device providing privacy to the residential spaces. The revitalization and adaptive reuse of the Nickel Centre will draw citizens and tourism to Downtown Sudbury. The Nickel Centre consists of bridging different types of spaces as a commercial hub within the city. The existing hotel and added housing have a double-skin grid shell façade to reference the re-greening of the Nickel city that started the revitalization within the city, the ecology, and the people.
GRID SHELL STRUCTURAL SYSTEM MIXED-USE PROGRAMMATIC DIAGRAM
The grid shell typology draws resemblance from the steel mesh as the secondary structure within the mines, the system is introduced in the design as animal habitats and green screen device providing privacy to the residential spaces.
ACCESSIBLE WATERWAY TRANSPORTATION
CREATING BONDS ACROSS PHYSICAL BARRIERS
Our vision for Downtown Sudbury is to revitalize Junction Creek by designing it as an outdoor journey by canoe, kayak, paddle board or skating through Sudbury's underground community. There will be hands-on educational and awareness programs on the restoration activities. Junction Creek is a vital part of Sudbury's ecosystem, it is a habitat for many different animal species, many of which are endangered. As a community, the Junction Tunnel can become a flourishing environment for people and animals.
VERTICAL PARKING & FARMING
EFFICIENT & ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORTATION
The one-stop station for all transportation and farming needs. The Bonding Station is split between vertical parking for all vehicles all-year round and locker and rental space to attract all to participate in the efficient downtown transportation bonding. On the other half of the Bonding Station is the community garden and vertical hydroponic farming in a greenhouse structure. The two contrasting spaces attract each other to draw people to stay at the greenhouse as they arrive or are leaving the city from the transportation side.
FLEXIBLE MARKET SPACE
A CENTRAL COMMUNITY SPACE TO ENCOURAGE SUSTAINABLE & SELF-SUFFICIENT LIVING
The new Farmer's Market reimagines the future of urban agriculture with a vertical farming complex and creates a healthy public realm. It celebrates agriculture as a key component of urban growth and creates a mixed-use, dynamic, active environment for the community (post pandemic considerations). It embodies a broad devotion to sustainability, education, and local economic participation.
REVITALIZED MEMORIAL PARK
A CENTRAL GREEN SPACE
The design intervention intends to create an Ecological Hub (a Conservatory) with water bodies and green/animal habitats maintaining a sustainable core. Conversion of Alleyways into 'Green Threads' stitches the park to rest of the Downtown. The addition of tennis courts and play structures further attracts various crowds, supporting the art culture and proposing urban furniture (fire pits + pavilions) would also consider the Indegineous community of the North.
REVITALIZED CITY HALL TOM DAVIES
THE CENTRAL ATOM OF THE MOLECULE
Revealing an existing bond between the two dimensions of Sudbury, the re-greening efforts for restoration of landscapes and the mining activity under ground. The Core develops a design language to commute these two worlds by the use of accentuated skylights inhabiting sustainability principles. The skylights bridge added programs, 'Mining Museum underground and activating 'Junction Creek' with playful activities introduced above ground, 'Splash pad/ Ice Skating Rink, Seating' while providing natural light and visual connections throughout.
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