Conference Schedule

Tuesday: May 12

May 12

Smart Buildings and Cities

With the rise of the “internet of things” (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and other smart technologies, Toronto has embraced the potential for technology-enabled solutions in our city—using data to build real estate assets, drive value…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 08:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tours
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May 12

Urban Tech

Toronto is home to one of the fastest-growing technology sectors in North America and is quickly becoming a global leader in urban tech. Real estate companies like Uber, Amazon, and Sidewalk Labs are taking advantage…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 08:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tours
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May 12

City Building Disruption

Toronto finds itself on a global frontier of change as the rise of technology disrupts the way we approach commercial real estate. From affordability to sustainability, new technologies and innovations run up against old zoning…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 08:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tours
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May 12

Development on the GO: Building Density on Transit Station Sites

The province of Ontario recently announced a $28 billion regional transit plan and introduced a suite of land use policy changes designed to encourage significant density around transit. Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency, has recently…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 08:15 AM – 4:15 PM Tours
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May 12

Unlocking the Eastern Waterfront

Toronto’s eastern waterfront is experiencing a powerful confluence of city building, placemaking, and flood-proofing opportunities that will provide transformative new transit connections, overcome numerous barriers to connectivity, provide a comprehensive network of beautiful public parks…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 08:15 AM – 4:15 PM Tours
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May 12

Private Business and Public Interest

While Toronto city building has a long history of being progressive, more is being asked of developers and the larger city-building industry in light of growing public revenue shortages and social demands. New initiatives are…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 08:15 AM – 4:15 PM Tours
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May 12

Reinventing the High-Rise

Toronto has long led North America in high-rise construction. With more cranes in the sky today than New York, Chicago, and San Francisco combined, we continue to live in an era of massive population growth…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 08:15 AM – 4:15 PM Tours
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May 12

DiverseCity

Immigrants make up nearly half the population of Greater Toronto, and they are redefining expectations for city building by presenting new challenges and opportunities. How are the private development industry and public agencies responding to…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 08:30 AM – 4:30 PM Tours
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May 12

Urban Suburbs

Two major facts distinguish Toronto from many of its municipal cousins south of the border: (1) the urban core was never hollowed out, and (2) its suburbs began embracing high-density apartment towers as early as…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 08:30 AM – 4:30 PM Tours
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May 12

The Kings

Almost 25 years ago, globally renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs helped convince the city of Toronto to breathe new life into 400 acres of moribund industrial lands straddling Toronto’s financial core by opening up zoning permissions…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 08:30 AM – 4:30 PM Tours
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May 12

Tall Buildings: Toronto’s Skyline Changes Every Day.

In Toronto, more cranes are on the horizon than in any other city across Canada and the United States. A building of 80 stories is no longer uncommon. As each skyscraper rises, the city is…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 08:45 AM – 4:45 PM Tours
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May 12

Mixed-Income Affordable Housing

Toronto has a deep history of developing affordable urban communities attractive to mixed-income residents. The approach has shifted over the years from public agency–led brick-and-mortar strategies to models that use real estate value to enable…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 08:45 AM – 4:45 PM Tours
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May 12

Greenbelt/Growth Plan/Regional Transit Plan

With few natural barriers to urban expansion, Toronto and the metro region have experienced remarkably compact growth for a North American city. This is no accident. As a Canadian city, significant planning authority rests with…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 08:45 AM – 4:45 PM Tours
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May 12

Innovations in Creative Space and Placemaking

Making space for creativity takes ingenuity and dogged determination in the best of times. Today, it is harder than ever. Many cities are in the midst of unprecedented affordability crises driven by overheated real estate…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 09:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tours
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May 12

City Squares

Public spaces are a reflection of our time. Every generation has had a different approach to building the public realm. This is especially true in Toronto—from the gardens built by loyalists to the civic squares…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 09:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tours
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May 12

Indigenous Placemaking

This is a story waiting to be told. It is a powerful voice that has been quieted down for much too long. As Canada commits to a process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, Toronto seeks…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 09:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tours
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May 12

The Making of a CBD

Toronto’s commercial business district (CBD) has been a few centuries in the making—at one point, it hosted the tallest building in the British Dominion. Fast-forward many decades and it became a canvas where Mies van…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 09:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tours
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May 12

Contemporary Heritage: Oxymoron or the Only Way Forward?

Every world-class city struggles to choose between heritage conservation and contemporary development. In Toronto, we think we can have both—sometimes successfully, sometimes not. The tour will navigate through a number of districts, landscapes, and buildings…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 09:15 AM – 5:15 PM Tours
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May 12

Social-Purpose Real Estate

Like all thriving global cities, Toronto faces the conundrum of deepening social challenges. The city’s buoyant real estate market (booming for over two decades) has put pressure on social organizations that provide essential civic services…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 09:15 AM – 5:15 PM Tours
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May 12

Confronting Low-Density Neighborhoods

Nearly two-thirds of Toronto’s land mass is zoned as low density, allowing for little more than granny suites and single-family homes. Paradoxically in a rapidly growing city, this highly protected “yellow belt” has experienced population…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 09:15 AM – 5:15 PM Tours
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May 12

Well-Being: Realigning Our Cities

One hundred years ago, cities were planned to fend off infectious diseases—the “garden city” movement had begun and with it the flight to the suburbs. Today, we are striving to design cities and buildings that…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 09:30 AM – 5:30 PM Tours
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May 12

Transit City

Transit is one of Toronto’s favorite topics. Newspapers every day of the week will debate if we are building too much, not enough, and if it’s in the right or wrong place. Politicians run on…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 09:30 AM – 5:30 PM Tours
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Wednesday: May 13

May 13

Urban Campuses

Post-secondary educational institutions are a critical foundation of Toronto’s future. These institutions attract and integrate talent and build an entrepreneurial and resilient workforce, and their innovations fuel our economy. With such an important role to…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tours
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May 13

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre: A Suburban (Urban) City Rises

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) is rising on the outskirts of Toronto where a subway extension recently crossed the city line for the first time. This large project is transforming a suburban big-box zone into a…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tours
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May 13

Sports, Culture, and Entertainment

Downtown Toronto experienced a boom of new cultural and athletic facilities from the late 1980s through the early 2010s, with the development of the Canadian Broadcasting Centre (1988), MLB stadium the Rogers Centre (1989), Metro…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tours
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May 13

Meanwhile Places

Our cities are constantly evolving as buildings and their spaces are developed and redeveloped through cycles of population, business and industry growth, and transformation. Toronto is in the midst of a growth spurt of its…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tours
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May 13

The Changing Landscape: High-Impact Developments Led by Women

Toronto’s rapidly evolving cityscape is being created by new developments that foster economic opportunity, creative expression, better housing choice, improved mobility, and social connectivity. While not always visible from the street, the leadership of women is…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tours
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May 13

Waterfront Western

Big things are happening along Toronto’s waterfront. The shoreline has shifted since the early days of indigenous commerce, loyalist battlefields, and industrious port lands. Today, it is emerging as a vibrant people-place, a catalyst for…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tours
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May 13

Contested Geographies, Neighborhood Change, and Cultural Histories

Does the city truly live up to its moniker, Toronto the Good? Or not so much? Different waves of populations, settlements, policies, and urban developments have transformed the relationships between people and place—these have not…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tours
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May 13

BREWERY TOURS: Historic Leslieville Brewery Tour

Toronto has a rich brewing history that has largely been forgotten as a result of prohibition and midcentury consolidation. Unbeknownst to many of its citizens, a significant number of the city’s landmarks were financed by…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 06:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tours
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