The Life and Death of Canadian Cities - An Interdisciplinary Debate

Housing is arguably the most important issue for Canadians today. Canada’s rapid urban growth, fueled by the housing affordability crisis, is polarizing public debate and pitting the moral imperative for housing against the values we hold dear in the city – open space, sunlight, a comfortable microclimate, and a high-quality public realm. In building great cities for the future, we should not have to choose between affordable housing and a livable city.

That is where the value of design comes in. Landscape architects understand housing as part of cities’ long-term evolution and the greater natural environment. This broad and long view – a landscape perspective – helps put hot topics like the housing crisis in context and reminds us of the important long-term values of sustainable urban living on the land. The creative design, analysis, and communication skills of the design professions help the public imagine alternatives and find creative solutions to binary problems. Yet, they are often not invited to the table when deciding on important issues like housing.

Join OALA for a thought-provoking Debate and Discussion titled – “The Life and Death of Canadian Cities: the Future of Affordable Housing and Quality of Life in Toronto and growing cities across Canada.”

Gain valuable insights from an interdisciplinary panel of six industry leaders in urban development, engaging in an enlightening conversation about the implications of rapid urban growth and the development of the public realm and ultimately on quality of life. This session aims to broaden and deepen your understanding of the housing crisis, helping you decide what you value most in your city.

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When Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 6:00 to 8:30 pm

Where Innis College, Town Hall
University of Toronto
2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5

Cost $15 General Admission

Host Ontario Association of Landscape Architects