Middle City Passages Toronto Symposium and Competition Launch

This event on Friday, March 6, 2015 is comprised of an international competition launch and a public information session from 12:30pm to 1:30pm, followed by a symposium from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.

The multi-billion-dollar investment in the expansion and improvement of Toronto’s public transport system, including along portions of Eglinton, Finch and Sheppard Avenues, provides an opportunity to combine a series of small high-impact interventions with major infrastructure projects.

The Sheppard East Light Rail Transit (LRT) line is part of this investment and aligned with municipal plans that call for growth that is less dependent upon the automobile. New development is directed to areas well-served by public transit, efficiently using existing infrastructure, and, wherever possible, making transit, cycling, and walking more attractive alternatives.

The Middle City Passages Toronto competition is an opportunity to investigate how the new Sheppard East LRT line’s infrastructure can interweave with existing local small-scale pedestrian networks. It is also a chance to test how forging connections between local paths and to transit infrastructure can further support development and improve local living conditions. Can the design of new types of passages aid in producing a more urban condition in suburban Toronto?

The sessions take place in Room 103, 230 College Street in Toronto, and are organized by Metrolinx and the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design in partnership with the Municipality and the French Institute of Toronto, within the IVM international program entitled Passages—Transitional Spaces for the 21st Century.

For more information, please visit https://www.daniels.utoronto.ca/events/symposium/2015-03-06/middle-city-passages-ville-en-mouvement-toronto.