Fonds F 4563 - Peter Favot fonds

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Peter Favot fonds

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    CA ON00009 F 4563

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    • 1963-2009, predominant 1975-2009 (Creation)

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    2.1 metres of textual records
    126 volumes of textual records
    4 microfiches (textual records)
    2644 architectural drawings
    181 technical drawings
    79 presentation panels (mounted)
    10996 photographs
    51 maps
    2 video cassettes
    28 artifacts : Masonite, Kydex, and wood samples

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    Peter Favot is a contemporary practising architect and urban design consultant based in the vicinity of Toronto, Ontario whose work also focuses on projects located in Northern and Eastern Ontario.

    During his early career, Peter Favot worked in architectural firms in Toronto including Marani, Rounthwaite and Dick, and James A. Murray Architects designing projects such as the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Centre at the University of Toronto. He later moved to Calgary, Alberta and was employed by the Planning Department at the City of Calgary and as the City's Head of Urban Architecture and Design (1968-1969).

    In 1969, Peter Favot moved to employment at Westinghouse Electric Corporation Headquarters located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Named the Senior Managing Architect and Urban Planner in the corporation's Corporate Design and Planning Centre, Favot undertook a variety of design research projects including prototype manufacturing plants, the design of new communities, and the design issues of nuclear power plants and other power generating facilities.

    During this period (1969-1973), Favot designed a series of folding, economical play furniture for children. He called the product “PlayAways” and marketed its advantages as easily produced, shipped and stored play furniture. The design concept for PlayAways won first prize in Progressive Architecture, U.S.A. International Conceptual Furniture Competition. PlayAways were exhibited at the NeoCon show in Chicago.

    In 1973, he returned to Canada as Director of Long Range Planning at the Sudbury Regional Planning Department. Led by Favot, the Planning Department team produced the Region's first 30 year Regional Development Plan.

    By 1975, Peter Favot had joined the Cadillac Fairview Development Corporation in Toronto, Ontario as Regional Development Manager. In this position, he developed plans for a series of communities including Agra Village Community in Toronto and an award winning project for an energy conserving community in Ottawa, Ontario.

    In 1978, Favot joined Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) national office in Ottawa, Ontario as the Director of Technical Building Research and Infrastructure. With his team at CMHC, Favot worked on a number of innovative research projects. The “Large Scale Central Solar Receiver Electrical Generating Utility Project”, developed with colleague Dr. Jack Wadsworth, was later built in Europe as a prototype. Another notable project during this period was initiated and developed with mechanical engineer Bob Tamblyn. Favot and Tamblyn conceived of a method of using Lake Ontario water to cool buildings in Toronto's downtown core. The project, named “Freecool”, was later renamed “EnWave” and it has been successfully built and is connected to many of Toronto's downtown core buildings.

    Peter Favot left CMHC in 1982 to form his own architectural and urban planning firm in Ottawa, Ontario: Peter Favot Architect Inc. Favot also formed a design and development company called Columtek International Ltd. with three partners to develop and market a low cost building system for use in developing countries. The product was marketed in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Venezuela, Algeria, and the Ivory Coast.

    Around the same time, Favot discovered a chemical / mechanical process for the densification of low grade woods. Renova Manufacturing Company Ltd. was then formed in order to develop and market the process. Low grade woods such as poplar or rubber tree woods were molecularly and permanently changed through treatment to match high grade woods in terms of density, strength and hardness. The process was patented in many countries and was marketed in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan and Sri Lanka.

    Peter Favot Architect Inc. carried out energy related research on highrise buildings, designed projects for the development industry, chaired a team considering a redevelopment plan for Richmond Hill, Ontario, and received private development projects in Sudbury, Ontario.

    Success in the Sudbury area led the closure of Favot's Ottawa office and the formation of a joint venture firm, Castellan + Favot (1990-1994) focussed primarily on Sudbury-area projects. Favot, as founding partner in the joint venture, worked independently on projects. He developed a 30 Year Master Plan for Laurentian University in Sudbury, two development plans for a new Francophone College in Sudbury, as well as other large scale community projects.

    An offer to teach part-time at the Department of Architecture at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, as well as several large commissions in the Toronto area, led Favot to open a Toronto office in 1994. A large project commissioned during this period was the design of the Kohler Corporation's Manufacturing Plant facilities. Additionally, his teaching activities expanded to other faculties at Ryerson including the School of Urban & Regional Planning and the Department of Interior Design.

    Peter Favot is currently (2008) retired from teaching and has scaled down his practice. He is a landscape painter and continues his involvement in urban design and architectural projects including the Finch Street light rapid transit project for the City of Toronto as well as the design of a retirement community on Scugog Island near Port Perry, Ontario.

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    Peter Favot Architect Ltd. is a Toronto-based architectural, urban design, urban planning, and land development consulting firm.

    Peter Favot Architect Ltd. was established in 1994 in Toronto as a successor firm to the dissolved partnership firm located in Sudbury, Ontario, Castellan + Favot Architects Ltd. (1990-1994) and the earlier Ottawa, Ontario firm known as Peter Favot Architect Inc. (1982-1990).

    Throughout the period encompassing the predecessor firms and afterwards as the firm Peter Favot Architect Ltd., Peter Favot as principal developed expertise in multiple areas including: housing; land development consulting; commercial building design; industrial design; master planning and urban design of community college and university campuses; planning and urban design of communities and urban areas; and energy conservation design.

    The firm has completed projects in the following areas: urban planning in Northern Ontario and in other areas of Ontario; institutional projects including educational facilities and community centres; institutional projects for First Nation businesses; group homes; energy-related projects including cogeneration, conservation, and others; research and design projects; residential projects; commercial projects including restoration; recreation; and church projects.

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    Fonds consists of project and other records documenting the last quarter century of Peter Favot's career. These records reflect Favot's architectural, urban planning and design experience. Also included are records that demonstrate his interest in new technologies and designs including energy alternatives and increased energy efficiency in building design.

    The nature of the projects documented in this fonds include: urban planning in various locations in Ontario; institutional projects including master plans for educational institutions, projects created for First Nations communities in Ontario, and projects for group homes; energy-related projects created for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, as well as projects created independently by Favot; research projects created by Peter Favot both independently and with partners; residential projects in the Sudbury area; commercial projects including financial centres, shopping centres, showrooms, and historic renovations; and church and recreation projects.

    Records also include Favot's architectural theses and design articles written for the Sudbury Star newspaper.

    Fonds includes architectural drawings such as sketches, technical drawings, conceptual drawings, presentation drawings, plans, sections, elevations, and details.

    The fonds also includes textual records which document the projects including: correspondence; cost estimates; meeting minutes; tender bids and contracts; project specifications; reports; schedules; and news clippings.

    Fonds also includes photographs documenting project sites, project models and construction work, maps, and artifacts such as wood samples.

    Of interest are records relating to Peter Favot's inventions and innovative design products. The design products include: energy-related projects; furniture for children; plans for innovative housing; wood densification; and others.

    For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

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    Fonds is arranged into 68 series. Each series generally pertains to a single project. A project coding system created by the donor has been maintained. The donor arranged the projects according to project type and then numbered each project sequentially. In general, series codes reflect this project code numbering scheme.

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        For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

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        At the Archives of Ontario, consult RG 19 for complementary records related to land use planning from the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

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