Our cities are growing and evolving into dynamic regional economies that connect local talent with international markets. Cities as diverse as New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Atlanta are reclaiming brownfields, establishing new centres of innovation, expanding transit networks and preparing for climate change, all while accommodating tens of thousands of new residents each year. Yet, the infrastructure that supports this pace of growth is often pitted against neighourhood quality of life.
We sat down with three city-builders to explore how Toronto can employ design to bridge the gap between human-scale neighbourhoods and strategic regional thinking.
Watch below as Sevaun Palvetzian – CEO of CivicAction, Lorna Day – Director for Project Planning and Development, Metrolinx, and David Burney – co-founder and director of the Urban Placemaking and Management program at Pratt Institute, discuss social equity in public realm design, the limitations and benefits of public private partnerships the role of design review panels and more. I had the pleasure of being the master of ceremonies for the evening, and the panel was moderated by my colleague Andrew Frontini, Design Director in our Toronto office.