Toronto exhibition focuses on meaningful density to combat urban sprawl

+(Plus) 2.0 Exhibition (Photo Source: The Infrastructure Institute)

The Infrastructure Institute, at the University of Toronto’s School of Cities has announced the revival of their award-winning exhibition, +(plus)2.0, which is currently on display at the Collision Gallery, located at 30 Wellington St. W, in Toronto.

The exhibition explores Toronto’s leadership in the realm of designing and executing mixed-use structures, exemplifying how our cities can collectively revolve around principles of care and cooperative support through partnerships.

According to the Infrastructure Institute, in the midst of ongoing discussions and controversies regarding the expansion of the Greenbelt for increased housing, it becomes imperative to explore alternative avenues for construction. As a result, the exhibition challenges conventional approaches to urban development, steering away from urban sprawl, and focuses on cultivating more meaningful density within city cores, with a particular emphasis on fostering infrastructure and community bonds.

In the face of Ontario’s housing crisis, +(plus)2.0 ventures into the expansive realm of possibilities for community cultivation that arise from the fusion of unexpected functions.

It scrutinizes the existing systems upholding the architectural and urban planning ‘status quo,’ while also igniting a collective reimagination of not only the physical landscapes of neighborhoods but, more fundamentally, the intended beneficiaries of urban environments.

The ongoing exhibition is a continuation of the preceding DesignTO showcase that took place in January 2023. The latest iteration of +(plus)2.0 serves as a platform to spotlight the evolution of the Infrastructure Institute, concurrently functioning as a hub for installations and events featuring local visionaries who are creatively repurposing underutilized strip malls, parking lots, and commercial or residential structures to generate more avenues for community development and public spaces.

The exhibition is open Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will run until September 27, 2023.

While the event is free to attend, registering in advance here is advised. There will also be a series of guided tours, public events, and an exhibition reception which will be held on September 14, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.