Second Wave of Modernism III: Leading with Landscape

Leading with Landscape is a conference complemented by a variety of companion events that takes place from May 21-24, 2015 in various locations around Toronto. The conference will tackle numerous issues including those that deal with the city’s identity – what does it mean for a 21st-century city to be historic and modern at the same time? And stewardship – what new models for public/private financing and management are emerging? This is the third installment in The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s (TCLF) Second Wave of Modernism conference series. 

The international implications of this planning and development strategy will be to address whether a 21st-century city can be both regional and global, and whether we can we use landscape as an engine to meet market demands while cultivating a sustainable urbanism.

Participating speakers, including internationally significant private-sector practitioners working on current and proposed projects in Toronto, municipal leaders, leading critics and thinkers, and academics from Canada, the US and the Netherlands, will also examine how existing parks and open spaces are adapted to accommodate contemporary and future needs and expectations, and how innovative landscape planning and design techniques developed in Toronto apply to other cities, and vice versa – and the impact of imported ideas on local conditions. (6.5 LA CES™ professional development hours available to attendees).

The opening reception takes place from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Gardiner Museum, and will launch the conference, What’s Out There Weekend Toronto, and the What’s Out There Toronto Guide. The evening will also honour the tremendous efforts by students and faculty at Ryerson University, who have done extensive research and produced entries for the What’s Out There database, the inaugural site outside of the US.

The conference proper runs from 8:30am to 5:15pm on Friday, May 22, 2015 at the University of Toronto’s Isabel Bader Theatre, located at 93 Charles Street West – followed by the eagerly anticipated annual Toronto the Good party on Friday evening, which starts at 6:30pm and concluding at 11:00pm. In its 11th year and hosted by ERA Architects, the party will take place at the Fermenting Cellar in the historic Distillery District. The restored red brick, Victorian-era complex that once housed the Gooderham & Worts whiskey distillery is now an exciting destination with more than 70 cultural and retail operations. Join the fun for free hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and a lively crowd of people passionate about design and democracy in Toronto. Admission is free but registration is required.

On Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, a tour of and reception features creative, local cuisine paired with Ontario’s top wines and craft beers – in the BMO Atrium at Evergreen Brick Works. The former Don Valley Pressed Brick Works Company, which produced bricks that built many of Toronto’s landmark buildings, is now a global showcase for green design and urban sustainability – and it was named one of the world’s Top Ten geotourism sites by National Geographic.

Concluding the series of events is the What’s Out There® Weekend Toronto, taking place from 9:00am-5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24, 2015. The inaugural What’s Out There Weekend outside of US borders boasts free expert-led tours of more than two dozen landscapes ranging from historic sites to recent waterfront developments. Held in conjunction with Doors Open, this weekend will feature a wide diversity of parks, commemorative landscapes, campuses, and streetscapes with tours that will elucidate the complex and fascinating story of the development of this incredible city. This event is designed to help us understand and appreciate the invaluable landscapes in our midst. Registrations are now open.

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