Calendar of Events

Mon 09.26.2016

TORONTO - NEW YORK: Design by Example

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Where: At The Center   

Sponsored by the AIANY Housing and the AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committees, this is the inaugural panel of TORONTO – NEW YORK, a new platform for a variety of activities where designers and innovators between these two great cities may explore, share, and develop ideas, with the overarching goal of promoting design excellence. Future topics are expected to include environmental concerns and public policy, housing and urban design, and the visual arts, highlighting the possible interconnections between these generally separate spheres.

This first event is entitled “Affordable Housing & Reurbanization of the Toronto’s Inner Suburbs." The theme of the presentations by leading Toronto experts in architecture, planning and urban design, and development, focuses on the demand for affordable housing in the context of improving urban and suburban neighborhoods. This panel will showcase Toronto’s legacy of design excellence, new housing strategies, and current urban regeneration works.

The supertitle, “Design by Example," suggests that the Toronto approach incorporates lessons from local and international housing and neighborhood designs; and that the models presented, in terms of policy, design and development, may also serve as examples for New York.

Discussion will be moderated by Susanne Schindler and will focus on lessons learned and how these ideas may be applied within the NYC context.

TO-NY was founded by Mary Elizabeth Rusz, AIA, who has lived in NYC since 1988 but whose “hometown” is Toronto. This new platform makes sense given the close proximity between Toronto and New York City, the largest metropolises in Canada and the U.S.A., respectively, and our shared heritage and common concerns.

Additional support has been provided by the Urban Design Forum and the Canadian Consulate in New York.

Derek Ballantyne, CEO, Encassa Financial, Inc.
Leo deSorcy, Program Manager of Urban Design, City of Toronto
Michael McClelland, Founding Principal, ERA Architects
Ya'el Santopinto, Project Manager, ERA Architects
Graeme Stewart, Prinicpal, ERA Architects

Moderator: Susanne Schindler, Co-author, Growing Urban Habitats: Seeking a New Housing Development Model

Derek Ballantyne divides his time between heading the Community Forward Fund, and Trillium Housing LP, an affordable housing impact fund.

Leo deSorcy is Program Manager of Urban Design in the North York District of the City of Toronto. He has worked for the City of Toronto since 1988.

Michael McClelland, Founding Principal of ERA Architects, is a registered architect specializing in heritage conservation, heritage planning, and urban design

Ya’el Santopinto is Project Manager for Tower Renewal at ERA Architects, where she undertakes research, advocacy and implementation of best-in-class practices in energy retrofit, affordable housing and planning policy, green financing and social inclusion.

Susanne Schindler is an architect and writer focused on the intersection of policy and design in housing. She was co-curator of the Buell Center’s project House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate from 2013 to 2016.

Graeme Stewart is a Principal of ERA Architects, Toronto; key initiator of Tower Renewal; and Director of the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal, a research body formed in 2009.

Organized by: AIANY Housing Committee, AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee

Price: Free for AIA members, $10 for non-members



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