, 2013

Toronto, Canada

Presented by

OCAD University Website

Lead sponsor

TD Bank Website

About

OCAD University’s Faculty of Design presents Urban Ecologies 2013, a conference that will examine the impact of five intersecting themes that are shaping the future of design in our cities.

Urban environments are the location or destination of an increasing proportion of humanity. The urgent need for cities to achieve a sustainable balance between human impact and environmental resilience is motivating the consideration of ecology as a source of new theoretical, methodological, and metaphorical directions. Ecological approaches to the design of urban environments appropriate the complex, multivariate, and interdependent—yet innately balanced—characteristics of natural systems. In considering cities as urban ecologies, designers must reconcile multiple interlocking imperatives, such as social needs and desires, cultural norms and aspirations, economic restrictions, the allocation of natural resources, and aesthetics.

Urban ecologies operate dynamically across time and space, qualities that challenge the static two-dimensional logic of conventional design methods and instruments. Urban ecology ideas are also dynamic, informed by other theoretical frameworks including systems thinking, sustainability, biomimicry, inclusive design, active living, community engagement, and big data. A close examination of the relationships between ecology and urbanity has the potential to result in strategies and solutions that equip us to design sustainable, inclusive, healthy, engaged, and resilient cities.

The conference aims to propel the creation of knowledge and foster collaborative connections between urban ecology thinkers and practitioners. It will attract local, national, and international participants, drawn from academic, professional, public service, business, and grassroots communities.

OCAD University

OCAD University has more depth and breadth in art and design education and research than any other institution in Canada. OCAD U is located in the heart of Toronto, Canada’s largest centre for design, culture, and business.
Urban Ecologies emerges as an extension of the Faculty of Design’s mission: to create objects, communications, environments, and experiences that nurture community, humanize technology, satisfy human needs, and empower the individual; and to achieve the maximum quality of experience for people for each ecological unit consumed in its creation, production, and use.
www.ocadu.ca

Themes

Urban Ecologies 2013 is organized around five intersecting themes, representing a spectrum of practice-based research activities that contribute to the urban ecologies perspective. OCAD University is a global leader in design education and research, and each theme is rooted in design as a critical practice.
  • Thinking Systems

    Applying knowledge of the urban environment’s complex and dynamic patterns of exchange to design stronger communities.

    Cities are systems, comprised of interconnected and interdependent dynamic components. Understanding this interplay is essential if we are to operate across physical, jurisdictional and disciplinary boundaries. Thinking Systems seeks methods that productively examine the city through a systems thinking lens.

    Theme leaders:

    Jeremy Bowes, Professor, Strategic Foresight & Innovation, OCAD University
    Ian Gray, Senior Landscape Architect, MMM Group
    Craig Applegath, Principal, DIALOG

  • Visualizing Information

    Using advanced visual strategies to improve our understanding of data-intensive human and non-human urban activity.

    Cities are host to multiple interlocking environments, infrastructures, connective networks and patterns of information. The relationships between these elements are challenging to observe and describe. Visualizing Information seeks data-driven design strategies that create the potential to exploit these complex relationships.

    Theme leaders:

    Jesse Jackson, Head, Sustainability Office, OCAD University
    Patricio Davila, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, OCAD University
    Peter Hall, Design Convenor, Design and Digital Media, Griffith University

  • Regenerating Cities

    Developing regenerative urban design strategies to create restorative relationships between cities and their surrounding environments.

    In the face of decaying infrastructure and resource depletion, city builders have begun to take inspiration from the self-replicating, symbiotic, and evolutionary characteristics of nature. Regenerating Cities seeks regenerative design concepts that contribute to, rather than extract from, local ecological systems.

    Theme leaders:

    Bruce Hinds, Chair, Environmental Design, OCAD University
    Jamie Miller, PhD Candidate, Environmental Engineering, University of Guelph
    Nina-Marie Lister, Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University

  • Building Health

    Bringing integrated concepts of human health, quality of life and inclusion to the design of the urban environment.

    The intricate relationships between urban form and physical and mental health frequently go unconsidered in conventional design processes. Most health care programs and services are located in cities, whose environments often fail to encourage healthy living. Building Health seeks practices that address this ecological paradox.

    Theme leaders:

    Gayle Nicoll, Dean, Faculty of Design, OCAD University
    Julian Goss, Assistant Professor, Industrial Design, OCAD University
    Karen Lee, Director, Built Environment, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

  • Creating Community

    Fostering design partnerships between grassroots and professional communities to co-create sustainable urban places.

    Directly engaging stakeholders in the design of cities dissolves institutional and disciplinary boundaries, and provides an alternative to conventional processes. Creating Community seeks design experiences that are rooted in community participation rather than in established professional relationships.

    Theme leaders:

    Roderick Grant, Chair, Graphic Design, OCAD University
    Zahra Ebrahim, Founding Principal, archiTEXT
    Gillian Mason, Director, Centre for City Ecology

Schedule

June 19: Hotel Ocho (195 Spadina Ave.)

Time Rm. Sessions

June 20: Art Gallery of Ontario, Baillie Court (317 Dundas St. West)

Time Rm. Sessions
8:30am Opening Address: Hon. Glen Murray & Dr. Sara Diamond

Opening Address: Hon. Glen Murray & Dr. Sara Diamond

Location:

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

    Presenters:

  • Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation, Government of Ontario
    Sara Diamond, President & Vice Chancellor, OCAD University
    Opening Address
9:00am Right side Healthy Communities by Design

Healthy Communities by Design

How can health and wellness be used as a catalyst for reimagining our urban environments? This session showcases health-focused design initiatives and their broader strategic and policy implications.

Location:

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Moderator:

David Sisam, Montgomery Sisam Architects

    Presenters:

  • Graeme Stewart, E.R.A. Architects
    Toward Healthy and Well Served Communities: Retrofitting Toronto's Suburban Apartment Neighbourhoods through Health Planning and Zoning Reform
  • George Kapelos, Ryerson University
    How design can prevent skin cancer: Applying interdisciplinary research for multi-stakeholder action
  • Nancy Wilson, ARK
    Guela Solow-Ruda, ARK
    Creating Healthy Communities: Re-thinking the community centre as a wellness centre
  • Karen Lee, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Active design guidelines: promoting physical activity and health in design
9:00am Left side Urban Botanics as Community Catalyst

Urban Botanics as Community Catalyst

How do plants, gardens and green initiatives contribute to urban living? This session examines urban regeneration schemes that use gardens and green space as a way to foster more durable communities.

Location:

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Moderator:

Leila Farah, Ryerson University

    Presenters:

  • Frances Whitehead, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    (Post Normal) Cultural Heritage
  • Alyssa Schwann, University of Manitoba
    Jan Haenraets, Pai Chai University
    Botanic Acre: Towards new approaches to the integration of community and productive landscape
  • Richard Alomar, Rutgers University
    Resourceful Communities: The immediacy of sustainable strategies
  • Sheleena Forfar, Evergreen
    Seeding healthy communities
10:30am Break

Break

10:45am Right side Participatory City-Building

Participatory City-Building

How can residents be meaningfully engaged in designing the communities they live in? This session presents case studies of resident engagement and participatory design processes that are helping to grow resilient urban ecologies.

Location:

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Moderator:

Cathy Zupancic, TD

    Presenters:

  • Zahra Ebrahim, Architext Inc.
    Community Design Initiatives: Changing the architectural landscape of the inner suburbs
  • Dana McDonald, Evergreen
    Using Citizen Science strategies to chart a course for sustainable community development
  • Kendra Besanger, Concordia University
    Beets on our streets: A conversation about the capacity of public produce to transform Canadian cityscapes into healthy, edible landscapes
  • Annabel Vaughan, Centre for Urban Ecologies
    Participatory Placemaking: Shaping Our Cities
10:45am Left side Ecologies of Data-Driven Design

Ecologies of Data-Driven Design

What kinds of data gathering and processing methods are needed for tomorrow’s cities? This session brings together several perspectives on the integration of complex data sets into ecologically responsive and systematic design processes.

Location:

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Moderator:

Kristina Verner, Waterfront Toronto

    Presenters:

  • Liat Margolis, University of Toronto
    Examining Toronto's GRIT Lab
  • Carl Hastrich, OCAD University
    Ian Clarke, OCAD University
    Bruce Hinds, OCAD University
    How the flow of information and materials (nutrients) in natural systems can inform design strategies for the built environment
  • Steve Szigeti, OCAD University
    Patricio Davila, OCAD University
    Conversations with buildings: Ambient visualization of energy use data for building
  • Sara Diamond, OCAD University
    Visualization Tools and the Urban Future
12:15pm Lunch

Lunch

1:00pm Keynote: Kathryn Firth | City: extended

Keynote: Kathryn Firth | City: extended

Chief of Design, London Legacy Development Corporation

Location:

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Description

Within most urban centres there is adequate scope for rational expansion and intensification – there is no excuse for urban sprawl. A healthy city is cohesive rather than comprised of discrete statements. Several large-scale international projects will be used to identify those key urban systems which must be extended into a new piece of city in order to promote the seamless integration over time between the new and existing urban fabric. These key urban systems must operate at the local, metropolitan and regional scales and while they may begin with spatial connections it is imperative that they are reinforced by the appropriate socio-economic infrastructure. It is inevitable, perhaps, that contemporary urban expansion will highlight difference, but with careful observation of the context, delicate and precise urban surgery, and the creation of a common ground – the public realm – these differences can foster cohesion rather than alienation.

2:00pm Break

Break

2:15pm Left side Lessons from the Global South

Lessons from the Global South

What insights can be gleaned from the world’s most rapidly urbanizing cities? This session explores the theoretical and practical implications of urban forms and patterns emerging in the global south.

Location:

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Moderator:

Patricio Davila, OCAD University

    Presenters:

  • Shelagh McCartney, Carleton University
    Built Form: Urban Expansion of Fast Growing Cities
  • Adrian Blackwell, University of Waterloo
    The ecological paradox of Shenzhen:a garden city built of disposable urbanization
  • Nicolas Barrette, University of Toronto
    Land Reclamation in China
  • Behzad Sarmadi, University of Toronto
    The Sovereign and the Superlative: The Anatomy of Dubai's Real Estate Boom
2:15pm Right side Regenerating Resilience in Toronto's Don Valley Watershed

Regenerating Resilience in Toronto's Don Valley Watershed

Toronto has the largest urban ravine system in the world with 3 major rivers and more than 27,000 acres of protected green space. At its heart, the Don Valley Watershed is being transformed from derelict dumping ground to innovative green infrastructure. A productive, sustainable future for the watershed relies on regenerating its social and ecological resilience. This session explores strategies to regenerate resilience from cultivating leadership, investing in design and engaging community in the Lower Don.

Location:

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Moderator:

Jeremy Guth, Woodcock Foundation

    Presenters:

  • Nina-Marie Lister, Ryerson University / plandform studio
    Green Heart, Blue Infrastructure: Towards an Ecological Urbanism for Toronto
  • David Stonehouse, Evergreen
    History, Context and Community on the Lower Don River
  • Kim Statham, City of Toronto
    Future Forward: A Masterplan for the Lower Don Trail
  • Arlen Leeming, Toronto & Region Conservation Authority
    Urban Ecology of the Don River Watershed
3:45pm Break

Break

4:00pm Left side Leveraging Urban Infrastructure

Leveraging Urban Infrastructure

How can we maximize the utility of existing urban networks? This session investigates how infrastructure systems such as energy, transportation, and communications can be leveraged to enhance our cities.

Location:

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Moderator:

Richard Sommer, University of Toronto

    Presenters:

  • Ali Fard, Harvard University
    Ghazal Jafari, Harvard University
    Designing the Operational Landscape
  • James Khamsi, Cornell University
    Stimulus: Ecologies of infrastructure, ecologies of perception
  • James Brown, Brown & Storey Architects
    Kim Storey, Brown & Storey Architects
    Undercover Regeneration: New landforms for new infrastructure
  • Lola Sheppard, University of Waterloo
    Productive Landscapes/Wired Environments
4:00pm Right side Visions for Toronto's New Blue Edge

Visions for Toronto's New Blue Edge

Along Toronto’s waterfront, what was once industrial wasteland is being transformed into a series thriving mixed-use communities that achieve a delicate balance between natural and urban systems. This session, organized in partnership with Waterfront Toronto, highlights the process of reimagining Toronto’s Lake Ontario waterfront through three case studies and asks questions about how we negotiate these new urban ecologies.

Location:

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Moderator:

Christopher Glaisek, Waterfront Toronto

    Presenters:

  • Jelle Therry, West 8
    Queen's Quay, The Wavedecks, and Aquatic Habitat
  • Claude Cormier, Claude Cormier + Associés
    Sugar Beach
  • Liz Silver, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
    The Naturalization of the Don River Mouth
5:30pm Tour: AGO Gallery

Tour: AGO Gallery

Tour led by AGO Curator (TBA) Take a private tour of the Art Gallery of Ontario, one of the premier art museums in North America. The tour will highlight features of the Frank Gehry-redesigned space, and include viewings of current collections < http://www.ago.net/whatson> located on the 4th and 5th floors.

Location:

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

5:30pm Tour: Psycho-geography of Dundas and McCaul Streets

Tour: Psycho-geography of Dundas and McCaul Streets

Tour led by Shawn Micallef.

Intro:

Jesse Jackson, OCAD University

Description

Walk the neighborhood surrounding OCAD University and the Art Gallery of Ontario. The tour will explore the aesthetic subtleties, lived histories, and human dimensions of the streetscape. Shawn Micallef is a Senior Editor and co-owner of the award-winning Spacing magazine, weekly columnist for The Toronto Star, instructor at OCAD University, and author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto. Max. 25 participants.

June 21: OCAD University (100 McCaul Street)

Time Rm. Sessions
8:45am 656 Building the Biocity

Building the Biocity

What insights does biology offer urban planning and design? This session explores how interventions derived from or inspired by biological systems transform how we understand and organize urbanity.

Location:

OCAD University

Moderator:

Ian Clarke, OCAD University

    Presenters:

  • Craig Applegath, DIALOG
    Architecture as Biology: Designing eco-effective
  • Michael Ormston-Holloway, The Planning Partnership
    Urban Ecologies as Landscape Infrastructure
  • Piper Bernbaum, University of Waterloo
    Fraser Plaxton, University of Waterloo
    Arctic Spine: A co-operative utilidor project
  • Maya Desai, Moriyama & Teshima Architects
    Synthetic Landscapes
8:45am 652 Rethinking the City

Rethinking the City

How can the complex natural and synthetic systems that characterize our cities be better harnessed? This session presents revisions to theory and practice that broaden the possibilities for thinking through cities.

Location:

OCAD University

Moderator:

Randy Sa'd, Harbourfront Centre

    Presenters:

  • David Constable, KPMB Architects
    Geoffrey Turnbull, KPMB Architects
    Inclusive Design: Applications to problems in urban ecologies
  • Jeremy Bowes, OCAD University
    Alternative Housing Ecosystems
  • Katerina Gloushenkova, Studio R/D
    Kevin Murray, University of Toronto
    "and trees and rhizomes and...": Strategies for Urban Assemblage
  • Ian Gray, MMM Group
    Urban Systems/Local Harvests
8:45am 605 Innovation for Urban Transresilience

Innovation for Urban Transresilience

(Workshop)

Location:

OCAD University

Intro:

Jesse Jackson, OCAD University

Facilitator:

Peter Jones, OCAD University

Greg Van Alstyne, OCAD University

Description

How can we reconcile the requirements of massive infrastructure at the scale of the city with community-level interventions? Drawing on Mcluhan’s media theory lens, Urban Transresilience engages participants in a co-learning experience that will generate new thinking about urban ecosystems as media ecologies.

8:45am 669 Envisioning the Future

Envisioning the Future

(Workshop)

Location:

OCAD University

Intro:

Roderick Grant, OCAD University

Facilitator:

Lesley Herstein, Waterlution

Dona Geagea, University of Toronto

Description

How can different urban stakeholder groups reconcile their social, ecological, political, technological and economic incompatibilities? Participants in Envisioning the Future will create a variety of ideal action scenarios for urban ecologies, compare the similarities and differences between these scenarios, and learn how this knowledge can be used to better direct collaborative action for the future.

8:45am 668 Bridging Cultures in Community Design

Bridging Cultures in Community Design

(Workshop)

Location:

OCAD University

Intro:

Bruce Hinds, OCAD University

Facilitator:

Zahra Ebrahim, Architext Inc.

Description

How can professional cultures share their language, practices, and problem-solving approaches in a way that all parties feel safe and open to collaboration? Bridging Cultures in Community Design will use empathy tools to explore the shifting and dynamic roles of the community, planners, designers, funders and bureaucrats involved in participatory community design.

10:15am Break

Break

10:30am 656 Urban Parkscapes

Urban Parkscapes

How might we reconsider distinctions between ‘the city’ and ‘the park’? This session explores how parks and pedestrian space can be reimagined and incorporated into the existing urban landscape.

Location:

OCAD University

Moderator:

Nina-Marie Lister, Ryerson University / plandform studio

    Presenters:

  • Julie Bogdanowicz, University of Toronto
    Downsview vs. Tempelhof: The Geography of Fun
  • Jode Roberts, David Suzuki Foundation
    Linda Montgomery, OCAD University
    Ecological Capital Project: The value of ecosystem services in Canada's first urban national park
  • Cheryl Atkinson, Ryerson University
    Surfacing: Pedestrian ecology
  • Daniel Briker, Levitt Goodman Architects
    West Edmonton Mall Phase 5
10:30am 605 Symbiotic Cities

Symbiotic Cities

(Workshop)

Location:

OCAD University

Intro:

Zahra Ebrahim, Architext Inc.

Facilitator:

Craig Applegath, DIALOG

Jeremy Bowes, OCAD University

Jeffrey Ranson, J Ranson Insight & Innovation

Description

How will tomorrow’s cities respond to the combined stresses of economic shock, climate change, population growth, and mass migration? Symbiotic Cities addresses these imperatives through an ecological lens, developing concepts of resilience and regeneration towards new ideas that support truly symbiotic cities.

10:30am 669 Skin Deep

Skin Deep

(Workshop)

Location:

OCAD University

Intro:

Keith Rushton, OCAD University

Facilitator:

Carl Hastrich, OCAD University Faculty of Design

Jamie Miller, University of Guelph

Bruce Hinds, OCAD University

Description

What if the skin of the city were as complex, sensitive, responsive, and adaptive as skins found in nature? Skin Deep uses provocative concepts from biology and evolutionary theory to disrupt existing notions about the surface of the city and foster new creative potential.

10:30am 668 Co-Creating Community

Co-Creating Community

(Workshop)

Location:

OCAD University

Intro:

Jesse Jackson, OCAD University

Facilitator:

Susan Melsop, Ohio State University

Kelly DeVore, Columbus College of Art & Design

Description

How can designers tackle the barriers to authentic community engagement? Through direct experience and hands-on application, Co-Creating Community will demonstrate how principles of social theory can help cultivate trust, establish equity, develop empathy, and build collaborative teams.

10:30am 652 The Art of Urban Ecologies

The Art of Urban Ecologies

How does urbanity inspire creative works and vice-versa? This session explores how different modes of artistic production respond to the urban condition and provide insights into its complex nature.

Location:

OCAD University

Moderator:

Roderick Grant, OCAD University

    Presenters:

  • Tori Foster, OCAD University
    Pattern Finding: Quotidian transitions from order to chaos
  • Kate Schneider, OCAD University
    Rustbelt/Greenbelt: A photo-ethnography on urban farming in post-industrial North America
  • Christie Pearson, Levitt Goodman Architects
    Global Bathing Cultures
  • Andrew Davies, No.9: Contemporary Art & the Environment
    Oh yeah, Public Art
1:00pm 190 Keynote: Peter Hall | Visualizing Resistant Practices

Keynote: Peter Hall | Visualizing Resistant Practices

Head of Design, Griffith University Queensland College of Art.

Location:

OCAD University

Description

Space in the contemporary city is constantly being produced, re-negotiated, redesigned and redefined; yet the methods for visualizing space seem oddly flat, static and anachronistic. This talk explores the tensions of securitization and resistance in mapping, planning and visualizing the spaces of cities, and makes a case for visceral abundance and cross-disciplinary critique in the practices of visualization.

2:00pm 652 Urban Visualization and Representation

Urban Visualization and Representation

How do visual representations shape how the city is understood and inhabited? This session explores strategies for conveying the nature of urbanity through innovative infographic, cartographic, and photographic methods.

Location:

OCAD University

Moderator:

Keith Rushton, OCAD University

    Presenters:

  • Patricio Davila, OCAD University
    Dave Colangelo, OCAD University
    Interactive Public Displays and Data Visualization: Visualizing the line
  • Maya Przybylski, University of Waterloo Architecture
    Soft Data/Hard Design: Thinking systems, visualizing information
  • Lindsay Bell, University of Toronto
    Jesse Jackson, OCAD University
    Visualizing Canada's Urban North
  • Matthew Blackett, Spacing Magazine
    Cartographically Speaking
2:00pm 656 Tapping Into Urban Water

Tapping Into Urban Water

What are the productive and creative possibilities for water systems in cities? This session explores how natural and infrastructural water systems create potential within our cities.

Location:

OCAD University

Moderator:

Ian Gray, MMM Group

    Presenters:

  • Liana Bresler, Levitt Goodman Architects
    Embedded Boundaries: A wastewater treatment landscape in the heart of Jerusalem
  • John Danahy, University of Toronto
    Bottom Up: Visioning Lakeview as an eco community
  • Tang G. Lee, University of Calgary
    Canals for a Healthy Community
  • Anthony Fontenot, Woodbury Architeture
    Linda Taalman, Woodbury Architecture
    Soft Infrastructure/Wet City: Reconstructing Los Angeles with water
2:00pm 605 Active Design

Active Design

(Workshop)

Location:

OCAD University

Intro:

Jesse Jackson, OCAD University

Facilitator:

Karen Lee, New York City Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene

Gayle Nicoll, OCAD University

Description

How can integrated concepts of human health, quality of life, and inclusion be brought to the design of the urban environments? Participants in Active Design will collaboratively develop alternative design configurations for recently built projects that promote and enhance opportunities for physical activity.

2:00pm 669 Theatrical Perspectives

Theatrical Perspectives

(Workshop)

Location:

OCAD University

Intro:

Jamie Miller, University of Guelph

Facilitator:

Mark Cassidy, Threshold Theatre

Suzanne Hersh, Threshold Theatre

Description

How can city-builders become more attuned to urban environments as a place where stories unfold? Theatrical Perspectives will use theatrical exercises to encourage sensory awareness of urban surroundings, and help us understand the city in terms of character, impulse, movement and narrative.

2:00pm 642 Networked Urban Mobility

Networked Urban Mobility

What functional and experiential opportunities do networked systems of transportation provide? This session, organized in partnership with smart Canada, explores how transportation infrastructures at multiple scales interact to move people and goods more efficiently and enjoyably.

Location:

OCAD University

Moderator:

Luigi Ferrara, Institute Without Boundaries

    Presenters:

  • Nicole Israng, smart Canada
    smart Canada TBD
  • Stewart Chisholm, Evergreen
    MOVE: advancing urban sustainability through collaboration and creative design
  • Briana Ingram, Metrolinx
    Developing Mobility Hubs to connect transportation networks at multiple scales
  • (to be announced), OCAD University
    Winner of the smart City Project: Motion Competition
3:30pm Break

Break

3:45pm 190 Keynote: Teddy Cruz | Where is Our Collective Imagination

Keynote: Teddy Cruz | Where is Our Collective Imagination

Professor of Public Culture and Urbanism, University of California in San Diego

Location:

OCAD University

Description

While in the last years the global city became the primary site of economic consumption and display, local neighborhoods in the margins of such centers of economic power remained sites of cultural production. These are peripheral communities where new socio-economic configurations are taken place through tactical adaptation and retrofit of existing discriminating zoning and exclusionary economic development in the contemporary city, an urban ecology emerging from the conflict between top down urban policy and bottom up social contingency. A new political language is produced from this collision, with particular spatial consequences from which to produce new interpretations of housing, infrastructure, property and citizenship.

June 22: Various

Time Rm. Sessions
10:00am Offsite Event: Hanging Gardens

Offsite Event: Hanging Gardens

(Workshop)

(Presented by grOCAD)

Location:

OCAD University

Description

How can the importance of food production and consumption within urban space be encouraged through applied practices? Hanging Gardens will generate discussion about small-scale urban agricultural practices through the creation of hanging garden systems created from urban waste materials. Max. 20 participants.

10:00am Offsite Event: Building Community through Environmental Restoration

Offsite Event: Building Community through Environmental Restoration

(presented by Evergreen)

Location:

Evergreen Brick Works

Description

Taking place at Evergreen Brick Works this workshop aims at exploring the intersection of environmental regeneration and community building through a hands-on workshop. Going beyond planting trees, the workshop will focus on setting the conditions to build an integrated system that feeds into the larger ecology of Evergreen Brick Works and Evergreen’s mission to create sustainable cities –giving a literal example of how the restoring the natural environment can support education and community development with systems thinking approach to program design. Max. 30 participants.

10:00am Offsite Event: Sauga 2030

Offsite Event: Sauga 2030

(presented by Department of Unusual Certainties)

Location:

OCAD University

Description

Department of Unusual Certainties present, Sauga 2030, an audio-driving tour speculating on the future of Mississauga. Facilitated by a free smart phone app (available through Apple's App Store), the tour guides participants to a multiplicity of spaces that are not unique to Mississauga. Offering possible futures, soundscapes, and radio-play-style vignettes start to suggest a reconfiguration of city living. Mississauga is a prototype for Canadian urbanism. Sauga 2030 identifies choices made to speculate on the not so distant future. Transportation and access to the Sauga 2030 app are provided during this session. Max. 44 participants.

10:00am Offsite Event: Toronto’s Revitalized Waterfront Walking Tour

Offsite Event: Toronto’s Revitalized Waterfront Walking Tour

(presented by Waterfront Toronto) max. 30 participants Meeting place: Spadina WaveDeck – 401 Queens Quay W. End point: Sherbourne Common – 61 Dockside Dr. Accessibility: The tour route is accessible, but includes busy sidewalks and some areas with uneven terrain.

Location:

Spadina WaveDeck

Description

Join Waterfront Toronto for an inspiring walk along Queens Quay – Toronto's main waterfront street. Explore the visionary design for the new Queens Quay and see firsthand how construction is unfolding. Continue from the Central Waterfront area to the East Bayfront precinct to explore Canada’s Sugar Beach and Sherbourne Common.

10:00am Offsite Event: Projexity

Offsite Event: Projexity

(Workshop)

(presented by Projexity)

Location:

OCAD University

Description

Go to any university final review and it will be clear that design students are some of the most creative individuals in the city, overflowing with ideas and in-depth analysis of sites and systems, but there are currently limited opportunities to develop their projects beyond academic walls. Through a combination of precedent studies (from Archigram to Atelier BowWow and the Situationists), spatial exploration techniques and the use of new technological platforms for streamlining the urban improvement process, this workshop will empower students to bring their small-scale urban interventions to life and dream their way into building a better city. Max. 30 participants.

Registration

Early registration closed on May 15, 2013. For information on single-day registration and group rates, please inquire. Eligible for OALA and OAA Continuing Education Programs.
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Sponsors

TD Bank Website
Smart Website Waterfront Website
Spacing Website DOUC Website AGO Website
Evergreen Website No.9 Website AJ Website

Contact

General Information

info@urbanecologies.ca

Conference Co-Chairs

Jesse Colin Jackson
Bruce Hinds

For Day-of Inquiries

905.979.1103

General FAQ

    About the Urban Ecologies 2013 Conference

  1. What is Urban Ecologies 2013?

    Urban Ecologies 2013 is a conference that aims to propel the creation of knowledge and foster collaborative connections between urban ecologies thinkers and practitioners.

    Urban Ecologies emerges as an extension of the Faculty of Design’s mission: to create objects, communications, environments, and experiences that nurture community, humanize technology, satisfy human needs, and empower the individual; and to achieve the maximum quality of experience for people for each ecological unit consumed in its creation, production, and use.

  2. Who should attend Urban Ecologies 2013?

    Urban Ecologies 2013 invites local, national, and international participants, drawn from academic, professional, public service, business, and grassroots communities.

  3. How will my organization or I benefit from attending?

    Urban Ecologies 2013 is an opportunity for attendees to participate in collaborative workshops and engaging discussions. The conference will be an interactive experience. Through the active participation of attendees drawn from academic, professional, public service, business, and grassroots communities, we expect that Urban Ecologies 2013 will be an invaluable experience.

    Registration

  1. How do I register?

    You can register for Urban Ecologies 2013 online through the conference website: www.urbanecologies.ca.

  2. What is included in my registration fees?

    Registration includes participation in presentation and workshop sessions on both days of the conference. Registration also includes the opportunity to learn about research and other projects being undertaken by leaders in the various intersecting fields related to urban ecology through keynote addresses and poster presentations.

    Breakfast and lunch are provided on both days. Dinners are not included; however, conference organizers will provide a variety of suggestions for nearby restaurants.

  3. Is there a student rate?

    Yes, students are eligible for a discounted rate of $195 (before May 15) or $295 (May 15 onwards).

  4. I graduated last year. Can I register at the student rate?

    Yes. You qualify for student pricing if you have graduated or will graduate anytime after May 2012.

  5. I’m bringing a guest with me to the conference. What is my guest allowed to attend?

    All attendees must register to attend the conference.

    Location

  1. Where is the conference being held?

    The conference is being held in two locations: the events on June 20 will take place at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St. W.); and the events on June 21 will take place at OCAD University (100 McCaul St.).

    Food & Refreshments

  1. What meals are included in the registration fee?

    Breakfast and lunch are provided on both days. Dinners are not included; however, conference organizers will provide a variety of suggestions for nearby restaurants.

  2. I have food restrictions. Will you be able to accommodate my needs?

    Yes. Please advise us about your food restrictions by sending an email to info@urbanecologies.ca.

    Continuing Education Credits

  1. Does Urban Ecologies 2013 qualify for educational/professional development credit with any professional associations/certifications?

    Eligible for OALA and OAA Continuing Education Programs