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March 22, 2005
Toronto-Milan design charrette promotes creativity and innovation for parks
Through a joint initiative of the City of Toronto, the City of Milan, the
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and Toronto’s Design Exchange,
leading designers convened today to share information and explore new ideas for
beautiful, innovative and universally designed parks in both cities.

Today’s creative exchange is part of a series of professional development
workshops on universal design, hosted by the Design Exchange. Universal design
is a concept that looks at how to create accessible products and environments
for all demographics, including people with disabilities and the aging

"In keeping with Mayor Miller’s Clean and Beautiful City initiative, our
priority is to strengthen and enhance our green spaces while extending our
urban forest," said Frank Kershaw, Director, Policy and Development, Economic
Development, Culture and Tourism Department. "The City of Toronto is thrilled
at this opportunity to work with representatives from the City of Milan. Today’
s creative exchange produced innovative park designs and we look forward to
sharing these concepts with the public."

This design charrette is another example of the legacy project of the Milan -
Toronto city-to-city partnership formed in 2003. The partnership has led to
many exchanges in business, fashion, design and culture.

Media contacts:
Frank Kershaw, Director, Policy and Development, Economic Development, Culture
and Tourism, 416-392-8199
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism media hotline,



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