To recycle is to take advantage of the original object’s qualities and transform it into another being. While doing so, one must consider reducing production of waste to a minimum, thus retaining as much of the characteristics of the parent as much as possible.
The development in technology has led to a decrease in the use of transmission towers (a.k.a. hydro towers) and the question of functionality arises with these abandoned structures.
Instead of recycling each tower individually, Cable Cruise treats all the towers as a connected system capable of transporting heavy loads off the vehicular grid.
Cable cars offer an escape from the heavy road traffic and noise pollution. With a ride on Cable Cruise, guests are able to relax from the stress of congested roads and enjoy a scenic view of the Toronto skyline.
Cable Cruise was chosen for the Award of Excellence because it layers a new mode of transit on the city’s infrastructure without deconstruction or use of other imbedded energies. It introduces a compelling argument for what might be possible in the eventual decommissioning of the existing hydro towers, creating the impetus for a vertical park and a future attraction for Torontonians and tourists alike. The ground plane is left to be addressed by each community as it passes through. This adaptive reuse of the existing framework through the use of addition, rather than subtraction, is original, inspiring and structurally ambitious.
With the eventual decommissioning of existing transmission towers, Cable Cruise takes advantage of this existing framework and layers a new mode of transit on the city’s infrastructure without deconstruction.