Upcoming Events

Oct 24 2018 Lecture /

ACO Toronto and TSA present: Death & The City

Doors Open at 6:00 PM, Speakers start at 6:30 PM sharp

Heliconian Hall
35 Hazelton Ave



Death is one of the few certainties in life. Everyone who has lived, is living, or will live will eventually die. Despite its universality, talking about death is still a taboo. In cities, death is a ubiquitous, hidden presence that has shaped them for millennia. Our urban landscapes are dotted with the presence of death – from final resting places for the deceased to memorials and monuments reminding us of those who have moved on, not to mention buildings such as hospitals meant to prevent it.

Death in the city is inescapable.

Examining our cities through the lens of death opens up some rarely asked questions. How has death shaped our urban fabric and how has the death of past Torontonians informed the city we see today? As our cities become denser and space more valuable, can the living and the dead coexist? How can we deal with the spatial and cultural requirements for death in the future?

Join us on this special ACO Toronto and TSA joint event as we seek to open up the conversation about death and the city.


  • Gee Chung, ACO Toronto
  • Nicole Hanson, Environmental Planner
  • Adam Bunch, Author of The Toronto Book of the Dead

This lecture is a joint event between the Toronto Society of Architects and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Toronto Branch.


OAA MEMBERS: When registering, please include your full name as registered with the OAA to ensure your certificate of participation is credited properly. Please also include an email address you check frequently to ensure you receive our certificate in a timely manner.

LIMITED CAPACITY: This venue has limited capacity. Only those with registered tickets can be guaranteed entrance. Entry at the door without a ticket will be SPACE PERMITTING only.