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Adaptive Reuse for a Rikers Island Jail

A graphic presentation of a jail on Rikers Island built in 1935 applies adaptive reuse techniques as a way of re-aligning the facility to meet the changing philosophies about incarceration. During the presentation we will review the original brief, how the building use changed over time and the...


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Urban Jail Savings through Consolidation

Wayne County, Michigan initiated a new consolidated jail to replace three older facilities as an anchor for a rejuvenated criminal justice center in downtown Detroit. Sufficient savings annually through technology, staffing efficiency, and lower energy, maintenance and medical costs will more...


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Presentation on the Toronto South Detention Center

The Toronto South Detention Centre (TSDC) is a large correctional facility in the south-west part of Toronto. The project was delivered under Infrastructure Ontario’s Design Build Finance Maintain (DBFM) program. Substantially complete in September 2012, it will house 1650 inmates. In addition...


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A Healing Facility: An Inuit Response to Incarceration

The recently completed Rankin Inlet Healing Facility is a purpose built medium security prison that has been designed around the traditional Inuit notion that only those that are ill can commit a crime. The session will explore the basis of this understanding, how it has informed a unique design...