The Living City: Ecological Design for the Toronto Region

This workshop at Toronto’s Design Exchange takes place on Friday, February 23, 2007. It will explore an emerging approach to bioregional planning that emphasizes the symbiosis between dense, ecologically sensitive, convivial development; sustainable commerce and governance; and connected, healthy green spaces.

Frameworks and case studies of both “eco-density” and multi-functional landscapes will be studied, providing a wide range of ecosystem services. The institutional and financial models that might enable what the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority calls the “Living City” will be explored.

Participants will have a chance to test these ideas using pattern languages ( and “open space” dialogue, resulting in a vivid and compelling vision for the greater Toronto region as it adapts to a carbon constrained, post-fossil fuel world.

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