ACO announces return of annual Symposium in Toronto on September 23

The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) has announced the return of its in-person gathering at their annual Symposium this September.

The focal point for 2023 centers around the themes of Heritage and Housing. This year’s event is set to take place on September 23, 2023, and will be hosted at the esteemed Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Ont.

The symposium has been designed to delve into three distinct sessions: Addressing Affordability, Responding To The Climate Crisis, and The Future Of Our Growing City. These sessions will feature an array of speakers, encompassing both emerging and established professionals, and including architects, developers, planners, artists, and academics.

Each of these sessions will span a duration of 1.5 hours, during which three or four speakers representing diverse viewpoints will take the stage. Each speaker will present their ideas or case studies, which will be followed by a moderated Q&A panel discussion involving all the speakers.

The third session, called The Future of Our Growing City, will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and be moderated by Elsa Lam, editor of Canadian Architect.

The session moderated by Lam aims to envision the forthcoming landscape of housing and heritage within Toronto. It will also explore the emergence of innovative projects, concepts, and methodologies that harness and incorporate the existing built environment and cultural legacy, while addressing the crucial need for housing. Its speakers include Joey Giaimo (Giaimo), Robert Sims (KPMB), and Chiyi Tam (Kensington Market & Chinatown Land Trust).

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