A CONFERENCE EXAMINING 
THE FUTURE DESIGN OF OUR CITIES

CONFERENCE
DATES

  JUN 17-19
  2015


DEADLINE FOR
PROPOSALS

FEB 28
2015

PRESENTED BY

LEAD SPONSOR

Urban Ecologies 2015 will examine the strategies that will be necessary for our cities to move beyond sustainability to becoming net producers of energy and resources

More than ever before, major urban centres will be at the forefront of transformation and change in order to accelerate a sustainable human presence. The framing of the conference deals with the largest possible context of all debates – the limits of our planetary ecosystem. It is within this “Big Picture” context that the conference will challenge the current economic, political, and social frameworks that generate our urban infrastructure and built environment. The goal is to relinquish out-dated “Bottom Line” models in favour of new, innovative, and synergistic business structures and designs that achieve prosperity without sacrificing social responsibility or ignoring the health of the planetary ecosystems that ultimately sustain us.

Continuing Education
Event (CEU)

Urban Ecologies 2015 is an OAA ConEd eligible event! Registered OAA members can receive learning hours for attending. Please see the schedule for more information on specific point allocation.

2015

THEMES

The following three proposed conference themes have been developed to organize the scholarly research and presentations. However, any relevant abstract will be considered for acceptance in an open category.

ADAPTIVE CAPACITY

Whereas urban centres are well suited to creating employment and financial resources, they also consume a great deal of energy and non-renewable earth resources and produce a significant amount of harmful waste by-products in accomplishing this benefit. It is time for urban centres to find ways to generate more usable energy and resources than they consume and to only produce waste that can easily be 

absorbed and contribute to the overall health and sustainability of the larger ecosystem to which they belong. It is hoped that new insights, creativity, and inspiration drawn from the complex dynamics that support balanced, healthy ecosystems will stimulate unconventional, holistic and innovative approaches towards achieving a truly viable future.

RESILIENCE

Cities will need long-term visions in order to develop socio-economic, spatial and technical solutions–governance, policy and planning, developing and managing infrastructure, business tactics and incentive, research and development incentives, information and education that will enable them to remain resilient and ready for our current and future challenges.

LIVABILITY

The desirability of urban living depends upon cities to deliver the highest possible quality of life through community, security, meaningful employment, mobility, recreation, health, and well-being. This can only be achieved when social and environmental standards are understood not as a hierarchy of importance that privileges planetary needs over the needs of humans. They need to be understood as inextricably interconnected and interdependent, in order to provide meaningful and mutually supportive relationships within the larger ecosystem.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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NEWSHA
GHAELI

Research Fellow, Project Lead at
MIT Sensible City Laboratory

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Newsha Ghaeli is a Research Fellow at MIT where she is Project Lead at the Senseable City Laboratory. Her research involves the creative application of sensor-based technologies in urban systems to generate new data streams, promoting resilient cities. An architect by training, Newsha has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Energy and the United Nations Climate Change Summit. Newsha holds degrees from the University of Waterloo and McGill University.
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DR. RACHEL
ARMSTRONG

Professor Of Experimental Architecture
University Of New Castle, Uk

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Rachel Armstrong innovates and designs sustainable solutions for the built and natural environment using advanced new technologies such as, Synthetic Biology –the rational engineering of living systems–and smart chemistry. Her research prompts a re-evaluation of how we think about our homes and cities and raises questions about sustainable development of the built environment.
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DANNY
WILLS

Project Architect, Urban-Think Tank
Researcher, Lecturer, ETH Zürich

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Danny is a researcher and design studio critic at the Urban-Think Tank Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zürich, an interdisciplinary design practice focused on creating bridges between first world industry and third world, informal urban areas. His work with U-TT investigates sustainable development of informal areas through ecological systems thinking in food, sanitation, and water. Danny is a graduate of The Cooper Union, where he also lectured on the topics of landscape and sustainability.
CALL FOR
PROPOSALS

Urban Ecologies 2015 invites proposals for consideration in two categories: abstracts for oral or poster presentations that describe practice-based research activities, and proposals for interactive workshops that create topical collaborative learning opportunities for conference participants.

PRESENTATION ABSTRACT PROPOSALS
MUST CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING

1

• A 400-word (maximum) description of the practice-based research (MS Word or PDF format) activities to be presented.

• A single figure (drawing, diagram or image) that represents these activities visually (JPG, max. 5MB).

The online submission procedure will provide specific text and image formats, the opportunity to select the most applicable conference theme and the opportunity to select the types of presentation for which you would like to be considered.

Evaluation will be based on the clarity of the abstract, the quality of the practice based research described, relevance to the conference themes and adherence to the guidelines

2

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

A key component of Urban Ecologies 2015 will be interactive workshops that create collaborative learning and knowledge production opportunities for conference participants. Of particular interest are workshops that provide tools for engagement that lie at the intersection between conference themes. Workshops should be designed to be approximately 1.5 hours in length.

Workshop proposals must consist of a document of no more than two pages (MS Word or PDF format) that summarizes the proposed activities under the following headings:

Workshop Objectives
Activity Breakdown
Learning Outcomes
Interactive Opportunities
Contact Information

Evaluation will be based on the quality of the interactive learning opportunities provided and their relevance to the conference themes.

SUBMISSION
PROCEDURE

All proposals will undergo a blind evaluation process by a diverse selection of internal and external reviewers chosen for their thematic expertise.

All proposals must be submitted online.

Acceptance will begin in early January 2015 and will continue until


Authors will be notified of submission status on or before

17:00 EST
FEBRUARY 28


March 15
2015

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Craig Applegath,
Dialog

Thomas Auer, Transsolar/Technische Universität München

Andrew Furman,
Ryerson University

Anna Hill,
Park People

Thomas Kong,
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Nina-Marie Lister,
Ryerson University

Giancarlo Mangone, Carleton, TU Delft

Jeff Risom, 
Gehl Architects

Peter Russell, 
RWTH Aachen

Oliver Schultze, 
Schulze Grassov

Joshua Vanwyck,
Transsolar

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE



Wednesday June 17th 2015
OCHO Hotel, 195 Spadina Avenue

6:00pm

Urban Ecologies Opening Reception

Join us at OCHO to kick off the 2015 Urban Ecologies Conference and enjoy refreshments with attending presenters, keynote speakers and organizers.

Thursday June 18th 2015
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St. West

8:30am

Registration and Breakfast

Registration for the conference begins, attendees will receive their name badges, conference package. After registration attendees will be welcomed to join us for breakfast.

9:00am

Opening Remarks

Welcome by President Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University

Introduction to Urban Ecologies with Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

9:30am

+ Keynote Presentation
Dr. Rachel Armstrong

Keynote presentation by Dr. Rachel Armstrong, Professor of Experimental Architecture, Newcastle University, UK

Rachel Armstrong innovates and designs sustainable solutions for the built and natural environment using advanced new technologies such as, Synthetic Biology –the rational engineering of living systems–and smart chemistry. Her research prompts a re-evaluation of how we think about our homes and cities and raises questions about sustainable development of the built environment.

1 ConEd Learning Hours

10:30am

Coffee Break

We invite attendees to join us for a short break with complementary coffee and tea.

10:45am

+ Plenary Session 1
Livability and Community Engagement

Bringing Nature Home: The Homegrown National Park Project
Jode Roberts

Dual Adaptive Capacity: External And Internal
Sara Johnson

Insitu: Comuna Innova
Nicholas Waissbluth, James Brazil, Fabio Lopez And Rafael Machado



1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

10:45am

+ Plenary Session 2
Adaptive Ecologies

Buoyant Ecologies
Razvan Ghilic-Micu And Jia Xin Chum

Constructing hybrid infrastructure: Exploring the ecological, social, + economic benefits of integrating municipal infrastructure into constructed environments
Giancarlo Mangone

The Adaptive Cycle Of Engineering Design
Jamie Miller And Bruce Hinds


1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

12:15pm

Lunch and TD Bank Group Panel: Moving Beyond Conservation

As we break for lunch, there will be an optional hour long panel from TD Bank Group with Brian DePratto, Environmental Economist, TD Bank Group.

2:00pm

+ Workshop 1

Exploring Collaborative Consumption at the Community Level
Ksenia Benifand

1 ConEd Learning Hours

2:00pm

+ Workshop 2

Age-friendly Cities, Design Thinking Workshop
Jacqueline To, Robert Walter Joseph and Kelly Kornet

1 ConEd Learning Hours.

3:00pm

Coffee Break

We invite attendees to join us for a short break with complementary coffee and tea.

3:15pm

+ Plenary Session 1
Cities of Production

Spaces Of Production
Ute Margarete Meyer

Creative Social Responsibility: Applying PVC Waste in New Contexts of Sustainable Design
Elvert Durán and Alvaro Bravo

Key Urban Projects, Activating Urban Ecologies As Complex Productive Systems
Nils Björling

Urban Passive Solar Heated Greenhouse For Winter Agriculture In Toronto And Similar Urban Environments
Ian Clarke, Tom Doughty, Maiesha Abdelmoula And Laura Headley

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

3:15pm

+ Plenary Session 2
Agents of Change

Ontheline: Engaging Transit Infrastructure And Its Ridership In Shaping A Regional Identity
Maya Przybylski And Mona El Khafif

River Xing
Nina-Marie Lister, Polina Bam, Elisa Bernier, Leah Cooke, Sophia Kanavas, Alicia Kingdon, Evan Manning And Julia Smith

Community Engagement As A Lever For Transforming Neighbourhoods
Alexandra Coelho And Vé ronique Fournier

Experiential Mapping & Collaborative Urban Design In The Arrival City: A Case Study In The Inner Suburbs Of Toronto
Car Martin And Mikey Bennington


1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

5:30pm

Reception and Poster Exhibit

We welcome attendees to join us for a short reception with cocktails and a poster exhibition in the main hall.

6:00pm

+ Keynote Presentation
Daniel Wills

Danny Wills,Project Architect, Urban-Think Tank, Researcher, Lecturer, ETH Zü rich.

Danny is a researcher and design studio critic at the Urban-Think Tank Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zü rich, an interdisciplinary design practice focused on creating bridges between first world industry and third world, informal urban areas. His work with U-TT investigates sustainable development of informal areas through ecological systems thinking in food, sanitation, and water. Danny is a graduate of The Cooper Union, where he also lectured on the topics of landscape and sustainability.

1 ConEd Learning Hours

7:00pm

Dinner on Your Own

We will provide a short list of local dinner spot recommendations for your convenience.

Friday June 19th 2015
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, 6th Floor

8:30am

Breakfast

We invite attendees to join us for breakfast before the days begins.

9:30am

+ Keynote Presentation
Newsha Ghaeli

Newsha Ghaeli, Research Fellow, Project Lead at Sensible City Laboratory

Newsha Ghaeli is a Research Fellow at MIT where she is Project Lead at the Senseable City Laboratory. Her research involves the creative application of sensor-based technologies in urban systems to generate new data streams, promoting resilient cities. An architect by training, Newsha has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Energy and the United Nations Climate Change Summit. Newsha holds degrees from the University of Waterloo and McGill University.

1 ConEd Learning Hours

10:30am

Coffee Break

We invite attendees to join us for a short break with complementary coffee and tea.

10:45am

+ Plenary Session 1
Adaptive Capacity

Middle Ground
Steve Socha

Cohousing, Or, A Living Community In Toronto
Marcin Kedzior



1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

10:45am

+ Plenary Session 2
Agents of Change

"Keuken Bandung: The Spice And Spaces". City's Public Spaces Utilization And Community Engagement Through Creativities, Foods, And Full On Festivity.
Prananda Luffiansyah

Growing A City For 1,000,000: Master Plan For The City Between The Forest And The Ocean, Senegal
Vanessa Miriam Carlow

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

11:45am

Lunch

We invite attendees to enjoy a catered lunch.

1:00pm

+ Plenary Session 3
Adaptive Capacity

Operative Landscapes: Building Communities Through Public Space
Alissa North

Open Everything - Towards Collaborative, Resilient And Livable Cities
Ian Grout

Building Adaptive Capacity To Change: A Century Of Mapping Underused Spaces In Dublin.
Philip Crowe, Aoife Corcoran And Karen Foley


1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

1:00pm

+ Plenary Session 4
Designing for Emergence

Crisis In And Out, Emergent And Adaptive Urban Organisms
Yiorgos Hadjichristou, Alessandra Swiny And Michalis Gerorgiou

The Giving Delta
Claire Agre And Jeff Carney

Creating Social Spaces Through Low Impact Development: A Central Texas Case Study
Thomas Rowlinson


1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

2:30pm

Break

2:45pm

+ Plenary Session 5
Embracing Biophilia

Animal-Aided Design - Making Urban Green Infrastructure Work
Thomas E. Hauck And Wolfgang W. Weisser

Synanthropic City: Designed Experiments In The Urban Biome
Sarah Gunawan

Designing Nature And Bioinclusive Environmental Ethic
Lyubava Fartushenko

Rurban Protected Areas And Their Surroundings: Redefining The Integrated Ecosystem Management Approach For Rouge National Urban Park
Aziza Chaouni


1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

2:45pm

+ Workshop

Designing Operating Systems for Flourishing Cities
Peter Jones

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

4:45pm

Wrap Up Reception

Closing remarks at OCAD University

REGISTRATION

Presenters and facilitators will have their registration fees covered by the conference organizers.

EARLY REGISTRATION
Early Registration Pricing Ends May 15th

Conference Attendees - $250

OCAD U Alumni - $75

Current Students - $75

REGULAR REGISTRATION

Conference Attendees - $350

OCAD U Alumni - $150

Current Students - $125

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CONFERENCE
LOCATION

OCAD University’s Faculty of Design presents Urban Ecologies 2015, a conference that will examine the impact of three core themes that are shaping the future of design of our cities.

100 McCaul Street,
Toronto, Ontario,
Canada, M5T 1W1

 

HOTEL
INFORMATION

Eaton Chelsea, Toronto
June 17, 2015 - June 20, 2015

CUT-OFF DATE 
Monday, May 4, 2015

Room Rates
We are pleased to confirm special rates for OCAD University’s June 17, 2015 program as outlined below:

Chelsea Rooms
Single Rate: $164.00 DoubleRate: $164.00
TripleRate: $194.00
QuadRate: $224.00

Eaton Chelsea, Toronto 33 Gerrard Street West  Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z4 Canada

Reservations
1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732)
T – (416) 595 1975
F – (416) 585 4375
E – estor.info@eatonhotels.com

Mention OCAD University/Urban Ecologies when booking.