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OALA's First Town Hall - The Life and Death of Canadian Cities – An Interdisciplinary Debate on the Future of Affordable Housing and Quality of Life in Canada

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  • Event Date: Apr 03, 2024 06:00pm - 08:30pm
  • Registration Opens: Feb 13, 2024 01:00pm
  • Registration Closes: Apr 03, 2024 02:00pm

Join OALA's First Town Hall in Celebration of World Landscape Architecture Month

In the current context of rapid urban growth across Canada, the prevailing public debate fuelled by the housing affordability crisis, pits values like open space, sunlight, comfortable microclimate, and design excellence in the public realm against the moral imperative for housing. The recent Globe & Mail article on Toronto ‘City of Shadows’ highlights this polarized debate that is inadvertently shaping the landscape and skyline our city today, with major impacts to its long-term future sustainability and quality of life.

Landscape Architects have a holistic understanding of cities and urban development as part of their natural environment and evolution over time. They also have valuable spatial analysis tools and visual communication skills that can help lead and collaborate with other planning and design professions to guide the public debate toward more informed decisions about what we value in urban living, without having to choose between housing and a livable city.

Join us for an interdisciplinary debate on the future of affordable housing and quality of life in Toronto and cities across Canada, featuring diverse perspectives from leading professionals involved in urban development in Toronto. You might be surprised to leave the session with a broader understanding of the housing crisis and what you value most in your city.

Register HERE

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Registration/coffee and tea start at 6 pm
6:30 to 8:00 pm - Welcome/Introductions/panel debate
8:00 pm Q&A - refreshments and mingle

Innis College - UofT (Town Hall Room)
2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5