EVENTS: Urban forestry, Toronto’s competitiveness, the Post-Oil City, and Regent Park

WHAT: Understanding Your Urban Forest
WHEN: May 1, 2013, 5-7pm
WHERE: University of Toronto, 33 Willcocks Street Earth Sciences Building Room 4001
COST: Free

The Understanding Your Urban Forest event to learn about urban forests and what helps them thrive in the city. Peter Simon, Urban Forestry, City of Toronto will be speaking about the importance of trees and sidewalks in an urban setting, and Wade MacCallum, BIA Chair will be discussing how the urban forest fits in the Annex BIA.

WHAT: The Post-Oil City
WHEN: May 2 – July 31, 2013; Opening May 2, 6pm
WHERE: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
COST: Free

Presented by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (IfA), the Goethe-Institut, and Evergreen: At a time when more than half of the world’s population is living in cities, the effects of climate change on urban life can no longer be ignored. The exhibition “Post-Oil City: The History of the City’s Future,” as well as the accompanying catalogue edited by ARCH+, present innovative projects in Asia, Africa, and America that address urgent questions: How will the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy affect the process of urban planning and the city? How will the use of renewable energies affect urban metabolism and the politics of sustainability and mobility? By contrasting a dozen current projects in the field of sustainable urban planning with 9 from the past, the exhibition aims to show that many of today’s developments have their roots in the urban utopias of mid-20th-century modernism. Today, urban planners are returning to these concepts and adapting them to the challenges posed by climate change, a limited supply of fossil fuels, economic recession, and global systemic crisis.

WHAT: Ryerson University Presents: Toronto Forum
WHEN: May 7, 2013, 12:30 pm to 5:35 pm
WHERE:Canadian Urban Institute 555 Richmond Street W Suite 402
COST: Free

On Tuesday May 7, 2013 the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University will host an exceptional group of Canadian leaders on the topic of Toronto’s international competitiveness.
Visit their web site for more information.

WHAT: The Canadian Urban Forum / Le Forum urbain du Canada
WHEN: June 18 at 7:30 am and June 19 at 5:30pm, 2013
WHERE: Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa, 75 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, ON
$316 – $475

The Canadian Urban Forum explores innovative ways publicly funded institutions are using to get infrastructure built. Join politicians, policy makers and practitioners from municipalities, the “MUSH” sector as well as the private sector and major utilities – all of whom have a vested interest in contributing to an expanded and stronger infrastructure system to spur a more competitive urban environment. Early Bird Deadline: May 17th, 2013

WHAT: Rebuilding Regent Park: Lessons From the First 10 Years
WHEN: Friday May 24th, 2013  7:30am-11:30am
WHERE: Ted Rogers School of Management 55 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON
COST: $95-$130

While progress has not been problem‐free, the vision for Regent Park as a mixed income community is gearing up to enter its third phase, led by Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), the Daniels Corporation and many community partners. The revitalized neighbourhood boasts commercial facilities, parks, an arts and cultural centre, an aquatic centre, and the Daniels Centre of Learning which, in collaboration with George Brown, provides learning, training and employment opportunities for residents. At the end of phase two, there will be upwards of 12,000 residents living in a blend of rent‐geared‐to‐income apartments, affordable rental and home ownership units as well market housing. What are the lessons that can be learned after a decade of rebuilding and are they transferable to other parts of the city and region?

photo by Sam Javanrouh