Circular Living Lab wins DesignTO Founder’s Award

Earlier this year, TAS launched the Circular Living Lab, Toronto’s first classroom and exhibition space dedicated to material reuse in the built environment. It builds on our work at The Yards, the upcoming masterplanned community where we’re salvaging 21,000 tonnes of demolition waste from the existing abattoir for reuse in the landscape.  

The Circular Living Lab’s inaugural exhibition was launched at this year’s DesignTO festival, with partners Ouroboros Deconstruction, Ha/f Climate Design, Haley Anderson Consulting and Giaimo Architects. We’re thrilled to announce that the exhibition won the DesignTO Founder’s Award, which recognizes the jury’s selection for the project that best aligns with DesignTO’s purpose to bring people together to design a better future. 

The exhibition had over 500 visitors and brought together practitioners, researchers, designers and city builders from across the city who are interested material reuse and circularity.   

As part of the exhibition, Ouroboros Deconstruction, Ha/f Climate Design, & Haley Anderson Consulting told the story of a house they deconstructed in Erin ON, sorting salvaged materials for selling and tracking of waste streams to prevent waste and test feasibility of a large-scale deconstruction project. Douglas fir beams from the house were provided to local artisans to become custom furniture pieces, with one piece by Maxwell Perry winning a Juror’s Choice Award. A sculptural installation by Giaimo Architects provided further commentary on the architectural opportunities of reuse, featuring salvaged brick, terra cotta, and other materials from Arcana Materials Co. 

TAS plans to host more exhibitions, panel talks, workshops, and networking events at the Circular Living Lab to incubate and promote circular economy research, with our partners at the Toronto Circularity Network.

TAS Recognized as a Top Impact Company

TAS is proud to have been recognized by Real Leaders on their list of Top Impact Companies!

The Real Leaders Impact Awards acknowledge companies and leaders who are driving meaningful change in the world by prioritizing purpose and sustainability. The awards ranked privately-owned companies on 6 categories of I.M.P.A.C.T: Intention, Model, People, Accountability, Collaboration and Transformation.

The 2024 Top Impact Companies List features a mix of respected impact brands of all sizes and from a variety of industries with companies including Real Estate, Technology, Financial Services, Impact Investing, Construction, Home & Lifestyle. The list spotlights a diverse group of impact companies around the globe that prove that businesses can thrive while building a better world.

“At TAS, we’ve been developing our targets, tools and management practices to embed genuine impact across our business, it is a delight to be recognized as a leader amongst a wide range of companies doing the work to secure a better future.” – Kate Murray, Director, Impact Strategy & Measurement, TAS

View the full list of Award Winners here: