Planning - and Unplanning - for the Future of Toronto
CCE TALKS: John Van Nostrand
Planning — and Unplanning — for the Future of Toronto
Wednesday, June 1, 6pm
URBANSPACE GALLERY, 401 RICHMOND STREET WEST
GROUND FLOOR BESIDE SWIPE/BUILT BOOKS
John van Nostrand is an urban planner, architect and designer. He will speak at the Centre for City Ecology about the patterns of development that have emerged in Toronto and across the region, and the roles — both positive and negative — planners and planning have played.
Some say city planning has been a dismal failure. Appropriate land-uses, especially around the edges of the city, are hit-and-miss. In many cases planning rules have failed to protect the vitality and diversity of older neighborhoods. Continued growth places extraordinary development challenges on both public resources and private enjoyment. Where are the planners?
John van Nostrand is the founding principal of planningAlliance (www.planningalliance.ca), as well as its affiliated practices: rePlan Inc (see www.replan.ca) and regionalArchitects (see www.regionalarchitects.com). Over the past 40 years, he has worked simultaneously on a wide range of urban development projects in Toronto, in Ontario, in Canada and internationally. His work has included regional and district planning, neighbourhood planning and urban design, and housing design and construction in over 30 different countries for metropolitan communities ranging in size from 100 to 150,000 to 11 million persons. Throughout he has explored, challenged and attempted to reconcile the blur between “developed” and “developing”; “colonial” and “post-colonial”; and “informal” and “formal” in order to address rapid urbanization.