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2014-2015 Season Past Lecture:

Toronto Tall, A storey on Vertical Urbanism

November 6th, 2014

Presenter:  James Parakh

Toronto has witnessed a decade long condo boom. The new condos, typically in form of high-rise towers, have not only re-shaped the skyline of Canada’s largest city but also the life between them. This presentation outlined the steps the City of Toronto has taken to manage this growth and what steps will be needed in the future. A large focus was on the public realm aspects (Parks, Plazas, Pedestrian Connections and PATH system) surrounding tall buildings as well as the changes / improvements to Tall Building Applications made via the planning process.

James Parakh is a Licensed Architect and the Manager of Urban Design for Toronto and East York District, City of Toronto Planning Division. During the last decade, James has led the urban design studio that has helped guide the review of all development in Downtown Toronto and surrounding urban areas. He was recently appointed to the Advisory Group of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, an international body in the field of tall buildings and sustainable urban design. James has been a member of the City of Ottawa’s Urban Design Review Panel since 2010.

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