A direct connection to the lake has traditionally been the starting point in defining Toronto’s waterfront experience. Until now, revitalization work on the waterfront has largely focused on overcoming a series of immediate visual and physical barriers to allow direct views to the water, and direct walking access along the shoreline. In the most memorable water cities, however, the effect of the waterfront stretches far deeper than the shoreline. In these cities there exist places, atmospheres and experiences that, while not directly located on the water, are charged with a strong sense of water culture.
From this perspective, the ‘Lake Effect’ calls for the indirect aspects of the waterfront experience to extend further into the fabric of the city, defining the urban experience. The wall of stories facing a topographic model of the city invites speculation about the many layers of indirect access to water in Toronto – beginning a conversation about an expanded experience of the waterfront in the city.
How can Toronto bring more subtle and indirect aspects of the water experience deeper inland, enhancing our claim as a true water city?