Several locations across Canada
Janet Rosenberg & Studio (Landscape Architect)
KPMB Architects (Architect)
Queenswood Rendering by KPMB
Kindred Works is re-imagining housing in Canada, introducing sustainable mixed-income rental housing strategies on urban infill properties across the country. With landscape lead by Janet Rosenberg & Studio and architecture by KPMB, each project deploys innovative design solutions that respond to site context, while holding true to core project values.
The Kindred Works portfolio of projects is projected to deliver housing for 34,000 people by 2037, one-third of which will be below market rate. While the delivery of mixed-income housing is at the core of each project, JRS is working closely with Kindred Works and the design team to ensure that each project also creates functional and attractive shared community outdoor spaces that prioritize the use of sustainable materials and native planting wherever possible, support all ages and abilities, and include areas for gathering and play. With numerous projects across Canada in various stages of development, JRS is very excited to be a part of this important portfolio of affordable housing projects.
While each Kindred Works project is unique, projects generally fit into one of three typologies:
- Gentle Densification: Low-to-mid-rise projects designed to augment existing suburban neighbourhoods by filling in spaces or undeveloped areas and helping to bridge the needs of new and established residents;
- Urban Houses: Mid-rise, multi-unit projects that enable mixed-income families and individuals to become part of engaging neighbourhoods across Canada; and,
- Heritage: These projects breathe new life into historic urban church sites by converting existing church buildings into multi-purpose shared spaces and building new homes on the surrounding land.
Each project will undergo a full embodied carbon analysis and many projects will utilize mass timber, geothermal heating and cooling technologies, passive strategies, and other sustainable design solutions. Landscape designs will prioritize low maintenance, native, and drought tolerant planting strategies, while maximizing the number of trees planted on site and reducing the overall amount of carbon-intensive paving on site.
JRS is happy to support Kindred Works in their goal of transforming under-utilized properties into an ecosystem of homes across Canada that are attainable and climate-safe. Kindred Works aims to be net positive by 2030.
Individual Kindred Works projects are featured below.