The Spacing School of Urbanism provides unique continuing education and professional development to Greater Toronto-area architects, planners, urban designers, developers, real estate agents, and city-builders seeking to broaden their knowledge of emerging trends in urbanism. Interactive workshops have been co-developed by Spacing and Swerhun Facilitation with advice from academics, practitioners, and other local thought leaders. Our workshops are led by city-builders that will engage participants in a thought-provoking, full-day training session. All sessions take place at 197 Spadina Avenue, Lake Ontario Room, 5th floor.
- FRIDAY NOV. 29th, 2019: Housing Continuum
- SPRING 2020: Tactical Urbanism
- for full descriptions of each workshop please scroll down
All workshops are eligible for professional development credits with OAA, OALA, OPPI, CIP, RAIC
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November 29, 2019: Housing continuum
Toronto faces big challenges in housing. The workshop will explore the range of options available on the housing continuum – who the players are, the housing available, the demographics served, trends over time, and where the big opportunities and barriers lie. Perspectives from the private, public, non-profit, and community sectors will be shared, including how these perspectives often influence how housing issues are framed and discussed.
- John van Nostrand, Founding Partner, SvN Architects + Planners
- Heather Tremaine, CEO, Options for Homes
- Jaegap Chung, Principal, JCI Studio
- Hadley Nelles, Director, New Commons Development
- Jacob Larsen, City of Toronto, Housing Secretariat
- Jeff Evenson, Vice President, Canadian Urban Institute
- Greg Suttor, Senior Researcher, Wellesley Institute
- Jan van Deursen, Consultant, Housing Policy and Research, SHS Consulting
Participants in this workshop will:
- Learn about the housing continuum, including how it lines up with Toronto’s income continuum;
- Hear from the City about their Housing Now initiative;
- Hear from an architect who has a unique solution to increasing housing supply;
- Learn about how the non-profit sector is taking a leadership role in housing development; and
- Participate in facilitated, interactive discussions that ask and answer questions, explore ideas, and make the material relevant to the various jobs and interests represented in the workshop.
Spring 2020: Tactical Urbanism
Tactical urbanism refers to physical interventions in built environments — often using low-cost, easily changeable materials — aimed at improving urban life. It has been taken up both by municipalities looking to experiment in and/or re-design urban environments and by individuals or organizations looking to improve or affect change in their communities.
For municipalities or other decision makers, tactical urbanism adopts an action-based, iterative methodology to exploring change in cities, offering an alternative to traditional methods of desktop study and analysis. For community-based organizations or individuals, it can be a tool for exploration, advocacy, or even protest. Examples range from the very small (using dried leaves or cheap paint to “narrow” a residential street and improve safety) to the very large (installing jersey barriers on a major road to re-direct car traffic and improve transit service).