WMF, Daniels Faculty and ACO presents The Future of Ontario Place Colloquium

The World Monuments Fund, Daniels Faculty at UofT and Architectural Conservancy Ontario presents The Future of Ontario Place Colloquium, an online lecture series comprising four sessions working towards reimagining the future of the Toronto landmark. 

Each conversation will relate to larger heritage conservation practices, using Ontario Place as a starting point to engage in wider issues. The last session (on February 24) will include the winners’ announcements for Ontario Place: A Call for Counterproposals, the Canada-wide design challenge launched last year.
The sessions include: 

01 

LESSONS FROM UTOPIAN MEGASTRUCTURES 

FEB 03, 2021 // 12-1:30 PM EST 

Link to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-future-of-ontario-place-lessons-from-utopian-megastructures-tickets-138001649649 

In one of his initial sketches of Ontario Place, architect Eberhard Zeidler noted his ambition to “reclaim the shoreline for people”— democratizing access to Toronto’s waterfront. The resulting architecture maintains strong formal and conceptual relationships to utopian megastructures and largely unbuilt proposals from Archigram, Yona Freidman, Kisho Kurokawa, and Superstudio. This discussion locates Ontario Place within these speculative utopian projects of the 1960’s, elucidating Zeidler’s attempts to demonstrate pluralistic thinking and democractic principles through architectural form. How can we use lessons from Ontario Place’s relationships to wider architectural movements to inform its future? 

Moderated by: Aziza Chaouni 

Speakers: George Baird, Tomoko Tamari, Laurent Stalder

02 

WATERFRONTS, HERITAGE, AND CLIMATE RESILIENCY 

FEB 10, 2021 // 12-1:30 PM EST   

Link to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-future-of-ontario-place-waterfronts-heritage-and-climate-resiliency-tickets-138002702799 

Michael Hough’s landscape design for Ontario Place is a seminal work in the 1960’s shift in landscape architecture practice that grounded design in ecology and community use. Climate change’s accelerating effects must inform the future development of Ontario Place—its ecology, programming, and value to the public. What will the adaptive reuse of Ontario Place look like when it considers biodiversity and climate resiliency? How will these decisions impact or complement its architectural and landscape heritage values? 

Moderated by: Liat Margolis 

Speakers: Robert Allsopp, Charles Birnbaum, Belinda Tato

03

REVITALIZING ICONIC MODERN WATERFRONT SITES: TORONTO, MONTREAL, SYDNEY

FEB 17, 2021 // 12-1:30 PM EST   

Link to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-future-of-ontario-place-revitalizing-iconic-modern-waterfront-sites-tickets-138003260467 

Montreal’s Expo ’67, the Sydney Opera House and Ontario Place are all seminal examples of public architecture that embraced avant-garde design in the 1960s. Yet, each site has faced a specific trajectory and is now at a different stage of its evolutionary process. The Expo site—now a park with only the few permanent elements of the original site remaining, is being revitalized. The Sydney Opera House is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been carefully conserved under a Conservation Management Plan. Ontario Place’s identity has continuously shifted with different government proposals and is now at a crossroads. What can we learn from these conservation case-studies? Join us as we discuss experiences in conservation, adaptive reuse, change management, and the consideration of multiple stakeholders on iconic public sites. 

Moderated by: Bill Greaves 

Speakers: Patricia Lussier, Alan Croker, Michael McClelland

04

THE FUTURE OF CONSERVATION: CRITICAL APPROACHES IN THE HERITAGE FIELD 

FEB 24, 2021 // 12-1:30 PM EST   

Link to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-future-of-ontario-place-the-future-of-conservation-tickets-138003669691 

**Will include Ontario Place: A Call for Counterproposals winners’ announcements. 

Increasingly, heritage practitioners are bringing social, economic, and cultural systems into their work and advocating for pluralistic approaches which consider a multitude of perspectives. In the absence of a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for Ontario Place, how can we learn from cutting-edge approaches which consider both material and non-material systems? How can Ontario Place’s public value shape its future? 

Moderated by: Javier Ors Ausín 

Speakers: Desiree Valaderes, Philip Cote, Shikha Jain

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