City Visions Presents: Condoland

City Visions is a monthly book series curated by School of Cities highlighting books exploring urban issues and visionary transformations

Join us for the release and of the new book Condoland: The Planning, Design, and Development of Toronto’s CityPlace , with a discission by author James White, University of Toronto Professor of Geography and Planning Matti Siemiatycki, and MScPl candidate Kathia Johnson! This talk made possible through a partnership with Spacing magazine.


About the book

Condoland: The Planning, Design, and Development of Toronto’s CityPlace

Condoland casts CityPlace—a massive residential development of more than thirty condominium towers just outside Toronto’s downtown core—as a microcosm of twenty-first-century urban intensification that has transformed the city skyline beyond all recognition.

Built almost entirely by a single private developer, this immense neighborhood took decades to plan, design, and develop, but the result lacks a sense of place and is not widely accessible to those who need homes: only a small number of its 13,000 units constitute affordable housing, and public amenities are limited. James T. White and John Punter journey through the forty-year development of Toronto’s largest residential megaproject, focusing on its urban design and architectural evolution. They also delve into the background, summarizing the tools used to shape Toronto’s built environment, and critically explore the underlying political economy of planning and real estate development in the city.

Using detailed field studies, interviews, archival research, and nearly two hundred illustrations, they reveal an alarmingly flexible approach to planning and design that is acquiescent to the demands of a rapacious development industry. Condoland raises key questions about the sustainability and long-term resilience of city planning.

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When Thu, Jun 15, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Where Spacing Store 401 Richmond Street West Suite B-02 Toronto, ON M5V 3A8