Week 11: Successful Adaptive Re-use

24 July 2021

Welcome to Week 11 of 21 Weeks of Resistance, keeping the Foundry Site in the public eye.

This week let us turn our thoughts to the potential that the Foundry site presents for adaptive re-use: that is, development that preserves the heritage value of the site while modifying it to suit contemporary needs.

There are many stunning examples of successful adaptive re-use in Toronto. One, Wychwood Barns, stands out as a case where community activism succeeded in persuading powers-that-be to let the neighbourhood have a say in its own future. Here is an article outlining the history of that movement.

Your task this week is to cite a successful story of adaptive re-use in Toronto, and post / tweet / email your aspiration that the Foundry site could be developed in a similar way.

See below for tags; please remember to hashtag your posts #SaveTheFoundry.

No social media? No problem. Write your aspirations to a human being in an email, someone who may have influence over these decisions. See below for suggestions.

No time? No problem. Some of you may recall that consultants Naked Creative donated their creativity to develop a series of social media badges that succinctly convey our hopes. Here's an example below:

Follow either of these links to find images you can use to reinforce your message.

Thanks as always for your activism!

Friends of the Foundry


Our hashtag: #SaveTheFoundry

Twitter tags:

  • @FoundryFriends - that's us, tag us in!
  • @fordnation - Premier Doug Ford
  • @SteveClarkPC - Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • @KingaSurmaMPP - Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure

Facebook tags:

  • @Friends of the Foundry - that's us, tag us in!
  • @steveclarkmpp - Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • @fordnationdougford - Premier Doug Ford
  • @surmakinga - Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure

Instagram:

  • @friendsofthefoundry - that's us, tag us in!
  • @fordnationdougford - Premier Doug Ford
  • @SteveClarkmpp - Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • @KingaSurmampp - Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure

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