The Future of Tall Buildings in Toronto

Join the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 for their next Urban Affairs forum where the Future of Tall Buildings in Toronto will be discussed. Tall buildings, once the hallmark of the North American city, are now flourishing more commonly elsewhere in the world. Building on its history as a high-rise city, in the past decade Toronto has begun to re-establish itself as a high-rise city of significance – and the next decade will continue that trend. Many of the architects and engineers designing these new buildings locally are doing the same overseas.

Four years ago, the Design Criteria for Tall Buildings was issued and we are soon to see the release of the new Downtown Tall Buildings guidelines setting the standards for the Toronto of the future. How will these help shape our city and what has been learned from working in the “new” high-rise cities of the world?

The TSA invites you to attend a roundtable discussion with members of the architecture and planning community as well as public officials and representatives of the authoritative international body on tall buildings. The conversation will touch on best practices and latest thinking, trends and directions, opportunities and challenges, the role and responsibility of sustainable design and how these all fit with the aspirations of the City of Toronto.

Invited guests include: Eric Pedersen, City of Toronto Urban Design Department; Barry Charnish, Principal at Halcrow Yolles and Canadian Representative to The Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat; Carl Blanchaer, Principal, WZMH; and Martin Jewitt, Principal, Green Buildings. Richard Witt, TSA Treasurer, will moderate the discussion.

The event takes place on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at the Great Hall, Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto. Drinks will be served from the cash bar from 6:00pm to 6:30pm, followed by the discussion which runs until 8:30pm.

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