CITIES & SIGHTS

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EV­ER­GREEN BRICK WORKS For al­most a cen­tury, the brick works and its clay quarry on Toronto’s Lower Don River ( RIGHT) turned out the city’s red build­ing blocks. It was aban­doned for decades be­fore Ev­er­green (an or­ga­ni­za­tion with the mis­sion of in­spir­ing green cities) took over in 2010, trees and wild­flow­ers were planted in the clay-pit ravines, na­ture trails were blazed and the site’s crum­bling fac­tory build­ings were re­ha­bil­i­tated. To­day, the site is not only a world-renowned greenspace but also a wild sanc­tu­ary in the city and an im­pres­sive homage to in­dus­trial his­tory. The Satur­day farm­ers mar­ket is a Toronto sta­ple and the city’s larg- est, and in spring 2018, the nearly 5,000-square-me­tre kiln build­ing will re­open as a car­bon-neu­tral com­plex that will show­case green ur­ban in­no­va­tion projects from around the world. ev­er­green.ca/brick­works

VANDUSEN BOTAN­I­CAL GAR­DEN This 22-hectare re­treat in the mid­dle of Van­cou­ver is home to more than 7,500 plant species, a 3,000-cedar El­iz­a­bethan hedge maze and a plethora of ur­ban wildlife, but its un­du­lat­ing vis­i­tor cen­tre ( LEFT) is still a show­stealer. De­signed in the shape of orchid petals, the net-zero en­ergy and wa­ter fa­cil­ity has won in­ter­na­tional sus­tain­abil­ity awards, in part for its plant-cov­ered “liv­ing roofs” and rooftop rain­wa­ter col­lec­tion and re­dis­tri­bu­tion. van­dusen­gar­den.org

GO­ING DRIVER­LESS IN PERTH One of the world’s first fully au­tonomous elec­tric buses com­pleted a test year on the streets of Perth, Aus­tralia, in late 2017, hav­ing car­ried 5,000 pas­sen­gers a col­lec­tive 6,000 kilo­me­tres by Novem­ber. Now the West­ern Aus­tralian cap­i­tal has joined Paris in the first tri­als of a small fleet of au­tonomous elec­tric cars, which will op­er­ate much like driver­less (though chap­er­oned) Ubers. Would you hop in?

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