With the new RBC WaterPark Place office tower being built, waterfront redevelopment, and all the construction in Toronto’s South Core, our CEO, Cynthia Rostie, sent us on a mission to learn more about urban planning in Toronto. Housing several start-ups and taking pride in our innovative clients, Cynthia felt it would a great opportunity for us to also see a full blown innovation centre in action. Abigail Bristow and Samantha Flores would like to thank MARs Discovery District Centre for hosting a meeting on the “Dutch perspective on Toronto’s future, Urban planning Design”, which they attended on May 7, 2014.
The event provided excellent insight into what Toronto could be in about 30 years time. The evening consisted of an engaging dialog between Maarten Hajer, the head of the Dutch National Institute for Strategic Policy Analysis, Jennifer Keesmaat, the chief planner of Toronto and Daan Roosegaarde, a social designer.
Key objectives that came from the meeting:
– Digital Urbanism – Pilot projects vs Long term infrastructure (build to last? OR build to send a message?)
– A city’s transition plan to succeed; make sure we consider what makes the city work with high numbers (ie: more parks and community housing)
– Technology is at the forefront of Urban planning
– Use construction to advertise your city’s environments and sustainability of walking.
The event was hosted by MaRS Discovery District, feel free to visit http://www.marsdd.com to learn more about them.