Toronto Mayoral Election 2014

In August 2014, the TSA issued an open letter to all Toronto mayoral candidates to provide their vision and strategy for architecture and design in the city by providing responses to a standard set of questions. Each of the ‘top 5’ candidates were contacted directly, as were all other candidates from whom contact information was available. The open letter was also promoted widely on our social media outlets and our membership newsletter. We received five responses that were posted publicly on the TSA website and likewise promoted through our distribution channels. The text of the original letter is below. Candidates responses can be accessed through the following links:

Open Letter to Mayoral Candidates August 2014

August 6, 2014

Dear Mayoral Candidate,

Established in 1887, the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization comprised of architects, interns, students, urbanists, academics and members of the general public.

The TSA plays an advocacy role in the City, ensuring that architecture and design are key considerations in public discussions and in processes that have an impact on our built environment. We strive to promote and advance the role of architecture and design in Toronto’s dynamic community.

To this end, we are asking all mayoral candidates the questions that follow to give you the opportunity to share your vision and strategy to address key issues for Toronto’s future.

We kindly request that you submit your responses to our questions to tsa@torontosocietyofarchitects.ca by September 17, 2014. Answers should be brief and to the point, for a total of not more than 1000 words. The submissions to our questions will be made available to members of the TSA and the broader public through our website, membership updates, and social media accounts.

We look forward to reading your submissions and we thank you in advance. You will find our questions below.

Yours sincerely,

Jason Dobbin, AIA, OAA Maria Denegri, OAA, MRAIC
Chair Vice-Chair

Toronto Society of Architects

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Questions

1) Toronto is experiencing intensification – most significantly in the downtown core – as a result of provincial and municipal legislation. How should the City respond to this opportunity, in regards to:

a) Providing corresponding improvements to urban infrastructure, including parks, cultural and community facilities, and neighbourhood schools?

b) Increasing mobility options, specifically access to transit and cycling infrastructure?

c) Addressing the increasing challenge of affordability and opportunity within our growing city?

2) What is your vision and specific strategy for implementing that vision regarding the City’s role in the promotion of public health with respect to the following:

a) The health of the natural environment, including air and water quality?

b) The health of citizens, including active transportation (walking and cycling) and access to healthy food options?

c) Integrating public health objectives into infrastructure investments and development approvals?