On October 15, Fellows joined us for cocktails and conversation with Chris Glaisek on building a new flood resilient waterfront for Toronto.

In a broader effort to redevelop over 2,000 acres of industrial land, the tri-governmental partnership Waterfront Toronto is reintegrating the West and Lower Don Lands into the urban core through neighborhood-scale design.

The West Don Lands project is a former brownfield site transformed into a mixed-use neighborhood with 6,000 units of mixed-income housing, extended transit corridors, and a new public park. The project emerged after a lengthy public engagement process, which produced detailed block plans specifying architectural character and use. To further minimize flooding and improve local ecology, a second project phase will reroute the Don River through reconstituted wetlands, opening the nearby Lower Don Lands for future redevelopment.

Following his presentation, Margaret Newman will join Chris Glaisek to reflect on his work in Toronto: How can waterfront development address critical public needs such as new housing, open space, and flood resiliency?


Guest Policy

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Attendance is exclusively available to Fellows of the Forum.


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Our Sponsors ↓

This program is made possible through the support of KPF, Rose Associates, SOHO China, Hines, Hudson Yards – Related and Oxford Properties, our Director’s Circle and Fellows.

Shape our inquiry and promote conversation between our Fellows and invited decision-makers. To learn more, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director, 646-928-0553, daniel@urbandesignforum.org.


About Private Development, Public Good ↓

This event is the sixth of our Private Development & Public Good program, a conversation series with civic leaders from New York’s peer cities. On its 40th anniversary, the Urban Design Forum launched its new Global Exchange program, to foster dialogue between New York and its peer cities as they pioneer new approaches to housing, infrastructure and open space.


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Waterfront Toronto