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September 21, 2006
City of Toronto hosts symposium on tall buildings
In collaboration with the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) and Toronto Society of Architects (TSA), the City of Toronto will host a “Higher Learning” Symposium at the Westin Harbour Castle on Thursday, October 19. The Symposium will be a day-long exploration of how other major cities are dealing with tall buildings and urban growth.

Participants will examine opposing views through the eyes of tall building designers, developers, City staff and residents from other North American and European cities. Invited speakers will present and discuss the visions for their high density downtowns and neighbourhoods, and explain how they incorporated tall buildings, as well as the types of tools and design guidelines they employed to achieve the desired results.

The day will begin with a CUI and City of Toronto co-hosted Urban Leadership session, moderated by CUI President and CEO, former Toronto mayor David Crombie. William Thorsell (President and CEO, Royal Ontario Museum), will open with a keynote address. This will be followed by a series of presentations by tall building policy experts from New York, London and Chicago. The morning session will conclude with a general discussion.

In the afternoon there will be three concurrent workshops focusing on tall building design guidelines and regulations, creating livable tall building communities, and using technology to engage the public in tall building design review.

In the evening, a free, public TSA/City of Toronto lecture and panel discussion led by renowned facilitator Rick Wolfe, will feature Mark Kingwell (University of Toronto) and Paul Katz (Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects) as keynote speakers. The panel - to include local and international architects, designers, planners and residents - will kick off a public discussion of the issues.

For further information and to register for the free afternoon workshops, please visit To register for the Urban Leadership session from 8 a.m. to 11.30 a.m., visit and click on Events & Awards.

Media contact:

Robert Freedman
Director of Urban Design
City Planning Division



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