School of Cities: Parks in Action Exhibition Launch

Parks in Action: Co-Designing Inclusive Open Spaces

This exhibition highlights the role of parks and open spaces in fostering climate action in Toronto’s inner suburbs. Urban green spaces range from expansive ravine networks to pocket gardens, and from street right-of-ways to school yards and green roofs. Regardless of their scale, they are valuable tools for urban climate change mitigation and adaptation, and are gathering places that promote social interaction, health, and well-being. This exhibition aims to demonstrate how climate action in the public realm is generative of participatory design and social engagement — from the scale of small local installations “hubs” to “tower communities” along urban watersheds – ensuring that all communities, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds, have equal access to green spaces and their benefits.

Parks in Action is designed to include a range of active to passive participation opportunities that are both educational and procreative. The projects showcase the collaborative efforts of community members and researchers from across U of T and TMU. The work was guided by interdisciplinary research initiated by a 2020-21 School of Cities Urban Challenge Grant titled “Towers in the Park: A Prospective for Equitable Resilience,” and housed at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design’s Centre for Landscape Research led by Assistant Professor Fadi Masoud. The Climate Action Hubs were a collaboration with the City of Toronto’s TransformTO climate action and TMU’s School of Urban and Regional Planning led by Assistant Professor Victor Perez-Amado. Parks in Action: Co-Designing Inclusive Open spaces was conceived and curated by Fadi Masoud and Victor Perez-Amado, along with Rashmi Sirkar and Alex Sheinbaum in collaboration with faculty colleagues, students and staff and exhibited in partnership with the University of Toronto’s School of Cities.



Exhibition Opening Night

June 22, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.

*Food and beverages will be served.



6:30 – 7:30 PM – Exhibition viewing, Networking and Mingling

7:30 – 7:50 PM – Welcome Remarks

  • Reza Pourvaviary – Co-chair at the Urban Economy Forum
  • Karen Chapple – Director of School of Cities
  • Fadi Masoud/Victor Perez-Amado – Curators
  • Alex Sheinbaum – Lead Designer

8:00+ PM – Mingling and Closure

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When Thu, Jun 22, 2023 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Where World Urban Pavilion 660 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5A 2C1 Toronto, ON M5A 2C1