Is There a Toronto Aesthetic?

Is There a Toronto Aesthetic? Is part of the City of Torontos Festival of Architecture and Design and is a bicentennial celebration of the Office of the Dutch Chief Government Architect.

The event takes place on May 30, 2007, in two parts, both of which are free.

Part 1 is entitled Stimulating Design Through Innovation and takes place from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in Council Chambers of Toronto City Hall at 100 Queen Street West. This session involves a public lecture by Mels Crouwel, Dutch Chief Architect, with an introduction by Councillor Kyle Rae, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, Jeffrey D. Steiner, CEO, City of Toronto Economic Development Corporation, and Ted Tyndorf, City of Toronto Chief Planner. Closing thoughts are by Joe Berridge, Planner, Urban Designer and Partner of Urban Strategies Inc.

Part 2 is a reception and panel discussion devoted to the question of Is There a Toronto Aesthetic? and takes place at 7:30pm at the Gladstone Hotel, located at 1214 Queen Street West. Invited panelists include: Joe Berridge, Planner, Urban Designer and Partner of Urban Strategies, Inc.; Sara Diamond, President of the Ontario College of Art & Design; Lisa Rochon, Author and Architecture Critic for The Globe and Mail; Alex Speigel, Real Estate Developer, Orenda Development Associates; Mark Sterling, Architect, Urban Designer and Partner of &Co Architects; and Mels Crouwel, Chief National Architect of the Netherlands. The event will be moderated by Mason White of the University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.

This two-part event is generously hosted by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Toronto and the Toronto Economic Development Corporation.