CITIES & SIGHTS
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?