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Toronto Tall, A storey on Vertical Urbanism

 Thursday, November 6th, 2014 | 7pm

Champlain Room, Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Ave. West)

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 will outline the steps the City of Toronto has taken to manage this growth and what steps will be needed in the future. A large focus will be 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.

Come a little early to Urban Forum and enjoy:

Reception for 2013 Additions Exhibit

Thursday, November 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa City Hall, , 110 Laurier Ave. West

Join Mayor Watson for the opening remarks at 6:00 p.m.

*Joint opening with the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex’s exhibition, Visual Assembly.

 2013 Additions presents a selection of the 82 artworks by 66 artists/artist teams that entered the City of Ottawa Art Collection in 2013 through commission, donation and purchase. Featuring a range of artistic production, 2013 Additions celebrates the creativity of artists in the Ottawa area. After the exhibition closes, artworks will be installed in municipal buildings throughout Ottawa’s neighbourhoods.  The exhibit runs from October 31 to December 7, 2014.

 *Free admission. Wheelchair accessible.

Future Lecture:

Alex MacLean | Oil: the Sands to Suburbs Connection

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Champlain Room, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. West

Presenter:  Alex MacLean

Alex MacLean is an award winning photographer, pilot, Harvard-trained architect, and author and co-author of 11 books. Through his stunning  aerial photography, Mr. MacLean will reveal rarely seen views of what an oil junkie society looks like from above.  He examines the supply and demand of the growing tar sands, its consequences for urban form, and hopes to curb it.


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