Central Talks: Vertical Living In The City
September 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Central is Toronto’s urban issues conference series. Central will be presenting a series of talks at The Bentway delving into past, present, and future urban issues. Topics are meant to be evocative, exploring alternate histories, potential futures, and fanciful ideas like “what If Toronto continued affordable housing trends from the 1970s?”
September 18: Vertical Living In The City
High-density areas like condos towers have changed how residents live. What if we build around their needs?
Session 1 – 6:00pm-6:30pm
What If Neighbourhoods Were Built For Health?
With Tai Huynh, Editor-In-Chief, The Local
As Toronto’s reputation as a prosperous, globally-relevant metropolis grows, the city’s lurking poverty and growing socio-economic divisions are too often ignored. The Local (www.thelocal.to) is an urban health magazine that tells smart, in-depth stories that bring out the unique characteristics of different parts of Toronto, gives voice to those who are marginalized and unheard, and ignites conversations about how Toronto can be a world-class city for all. In this talk, editor-in-chief Tai Huynh will draw from The Local’s body of writing to bring into sharp focus the forces that are ailing Torontonians in different neighbourhoods, and what people are doing about it.
Session 2 – 6:30pm-7:00pm
What If Vertical Communities Were Built For Families?
With Julie Bogdanowicz, Architect & Urban Designer at City of Toronto and Annely Zonena, Senior Planner at City Of Toronto
The City Of Toronto’s Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities study focused on improving the livability for families in vertical communities by focusing on three levels of development: the neighbourhood, building and unit. The objective of the study is that developments deliver family-friendly elements to increase liveability for larger households at each scale. This session will focus on the lived experience of people in vertical communities sharing the study’s research and conclusions and how they impact families.
Session 3 – 7:00pm-7:30pm
What If High Rise Living Is Changing Us?
With Cadence Weapon, Rapper & Producer
The buildings and communities that we live in shape our lifestyle, friendships, and perspectives. As more high density areas are constructed, these communities are shaping Toronto and its residents. What impact is high-rise living having on the people that inhabit CityPlace, Liberty Village and similar neighbourhoods? Cadence Weapon explored the the social impact of high density vertical communities in his song High Rise (produced by PIQUE) and music video, directed by Lester Millado. Based on his own experience finding a home in Toronto, Cadence Weapon describes the competitive race to secure housing and a dystopian lifestyle of missed connections and mass consumption.
Part of The Bentway’s 2018 Community Incubation Program
Central is Toronto’s Urban Issues conference series.
Speakers will bring their expert perspectives and research to describe ways to address civic issues like housing, transportation, policing and politics.
The goal of the series is to create an environment of education and enlightenment about systemic and political issues.
Central does not endorse political candidates. Instead, we focus on forward-looking, people- and data-driven initiatives that will improve Toronto’s long-term livability.
Central was created by Ben Myers, a Parkdale resident and conference organizer.