Reminder: ULI presents Place-Making: Developing Town Centres, Transit Villages and Main Streets

Taking place from September 10-11, 2007 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, ULIs ninth annual place-making conference will focus on approaches that are being used across North America to support mixed-use place making projects. The conference will draw on Torontos success and will address the challenges inherent in both infill and greenfield place-making. These challenges include: neighbourhood opposition, financing, public/private partnership, changing markets and unfriendly regulatory environments.

Keynote speaker Jonathan Littman, co-author of The Art of Innovation, is lauded as one of the best books on creativity and innovative thinking, will share his thoughts on how the best ideas for creating or improving products or processes come from observations of how people work and play on a daily basis. An additional keynote speaker is Helle Soholt, founding partner of GEHL Architects in Copenhagen, will discuss urban design and architecture.

In addition to the two-day conference, there are optional tours of the Toronto waterfront, downtown Toronto, Mississauga and Port Credit Village.

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, September 10
8:15 am 8:30 am
Opening remarks by conference chair, Marilee Utter, president, Citiventure Associates, Denver, Colorado.

8:30 am 10:00 am
Opening Plenary Session: Infill Place Making: Creating Mixed-Use Environments on Underutilized Land. A panel of experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities of developing mixed-use projects in existing communities.

10:30 am 12:00 noon
Two concurrent sessions will be held: The Value of Great Public Places in Town Centers and Urban Villages, and Mixed-use and Sustainable Development.

12:15 pm 1:30 pm
Luncheon and Keynote Address by Jonathan Littman on The Art of Innovation

1:45 pm 3:15 pm
Two concurrent sessions will be held: The Changing Housing Mix in Town Centers and Urban Villages, and Zoning for Place Making: Public and Private Perspectives.

3:45 pm 5:15 pm
Two concurrent sessions will be held: Getting to Yes: Strategies for Mixed-Use Project Approval, and Main Street Retail: Old and New.

Tuesday, September 11
8:30 am 10:15 am
Opening Remarks by The Honourable David Miller, Mayor of Toronto

9:30 am 11:00 am
Two concurrent sessions will be held: Financing Mixed-Use: Which Way is the Wind Blowing? And Transit-Oriented Development: Urban Centres in Suburban Contexts.

11:15 am 12:30 pm
Closing Plenary Session: Place Making in Toronto

The Urban Land Institute ( is a non-profit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 37,000 members representing all aspects of land use.