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2015-2016 Season Past Lecture:

Paradox in Practice: The City as a Work of Art and the Open Source Metropolis

April 2016

Speaker:  Mark Sterling, OAA, MCIP, RPP

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In this talk architect, urban designer and planner Mark Sterling contrasted two approaches to urban planning: the “City as a Work of Art”, a top-down Master Planning approach formulated in the late 19th century which continues to inform practice today; and the “Open Source Metropolis”, an emerging bottom-up urban planning approach which provides for varied participants to influence the planning process and create planning policy.

Using his own work and professional experience as examples, Mark argued that both of these two planning modes should operate in the contemporary city. Mark asserts the importance of acknowledging which mode is appropriate to a particular situation and using that planning approach accordingly.

About Mark

Mark Sterling is the Principal of Acronym Urban Design and Planning in Toronto. He is the former Director of Architecture and Urban Design for the City of Toronto and has been a member of the City of Mississauga’s Urban Design Advisory Panel since 2007 and the City of Ottawa’s Design Review Panel since 2013.


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