Welcome to Sudbury in 2050: Decolonial, Ecologically Resilient, Net Zero, Caring and Vibrant. This project is locally-based and grounded in grassroots community priorities, starting with a seed vision from 1000 citizens.
Through a comprehensive community design process, a new Master Plan, which honours the 5 themes described above, creates a thriving downtown core.
The main moves of this project can be summed up as :
Removing all downtown train traffic allows the vast railyards to rewild themselves through a process of letting the land fallow into perpetuity.
Large sections of both Nolin and Junction creek are daylighted. This is not only part of a decolonizing and ecological process, but also creates new spaces for the community to enjoy.
NORTH-SOUTH NEXUS /
Through the daylighting and creation of Nolin and Junction Greens a North-South Nexus is established, which joins the previously dislocated Borgia sector to the Junction triangle.
Adjacent to the new rewilded railyards, a massive revitalization of the Elgin cultural belt has taken place.
TRANSPORTATION REDESIGN /
A dramatic transportation redesign has created a quieter, less polluted, and more accessible downtown core. Most of downtown is car-free, with exceptions for accessibility purposes, emergency services, and larger deliveries. Main roads going through downtown are narrowed and slowed. Complete streets connect the downtown to the rest of Greater Sudbury. Connections to surrounding neighbourhoods, trails and parks are improved.
All new proposed buildings are designed to be built with the latest mass timber construction techniques, with integrated passive design systems, equipped with green roofs and/or rooftop gardens, made with local, sustainable materials and are carbon positive.
Vacant buildings, rooftops, parking areas and laneways have been revitalized and repurposed in numerous ways, including affordable housing; youth, family and adult shelters; green energy generation; community gardens and urban agriculture; community and public art; pop-up uses; community-led spaces; performance spaces; and small businesses.
As the land heals, we heal...