ZAS Architects reveals new mass timber headquarters for Toronto’s top natural resource conservation agency

While its sprawling and diverse lakeshore tends to get a bulk of the attention, the defining natural feature of Toronto, for many, is its urban forest. Functioning like a green circulatory system, Toronto’s park-studded, trail-laced ravine system is unruly, untamed, and mysterious as it snakes through the city. It’s also ailing and not always accessible to all. Home to a wide number of ecosystems and a vast amount of wildlife, it’s the largest ravine system of its kind in the world, encompassing roughly 27,000 acres of public and private land. Together, these gulches, gullies, and forested river valleys constitute roughly 17 percent of Toronto’s total landmass.

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