Crisis of Convenience [w.a.s.t.e]' by Norwin Anne. Photo by Steven Meyers.

Whether you’re out of town, an international fan of DesignTO, or just want to stay cozy, there are lots of exciting and engaging online events happening as part of this year’s Festival. Staying in doesn’t mean you have to miss out!

BIPOC Portfolio Collaboration

Jan 27, 2023, 1-6pm

To correct the disproportionate representation of BIPOC within the architecture and design professions. Students that identify from these groups are invited to a collaborative portfolio review session with leaders throughout the design community.

Building with Light

Jan 26, 2023, 12-1pm

‘Building with Light’ is a free online panel talk that explores ways in which architects, artists and designers use lighting to create and transform space, featuring Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett, Elettra Bordonaro, and Dereck Revington Studio.


Ideas Forum: Deconstruction

Jan 24, 2023, 12-1pm

Join DesignTO and the Toronto Society of Architects for ‘Ideas Forum: Deconstruction’, featuring five fast-paced presentations (20 slides shown for 20 seconds each) exploring circular construction in the building industry, including design for disassembly, embodied carbon and sustainability, and material salvage and reuse.

Light Keeper’ by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett and Studio North. Photo courtesy of the artists.


DesignTO Symposium: Trash Talk

Jan 25-26, 2023, 6-8pm

DesignTO’s eighth annual symposium brings seven multidisciplinary experts together to design responses to the problem of waste and waste management in the context of the global climate crisis, covering inclusive zero-carbon exhibitions, radical reuse of building materials, food and textile waste, discard culture, place-based design, cultural heritage, degrowth and other thought-provoking topics.

Imaging Mount Dennis: Contact Photography Festival Preview

Jan 24, 2023, 12-12:30pm

Mount Dennis BIA hosts a virtual chat with acclaimed photographer Robert Burley in lead-up to his exhibition in CONTACT Photography festival May 2023. Learn about his documentation of Kodak Factory in Mount Dennis, Toronto (site of soon-to-open Eglinton Crosstown LRT).

Shaping Space: Culturally Responsive Public Spaces. What We’ve Heard So Far

Jan 25, 2023, 1-2pm

Join STEPS Public Art as we share findings to date from Shaping Space, an ongoing project with our partners and collaborators exploring health equity related to public space access with a special focus on equity-seeking communities.

Yukon Makes x Makejoy Photographers Pete O’hara, Jenna Dixon, Suech and Beck

Yabu Pushelberg Portfolio Review

Jan 20-29, 2023

Yabu Pushelberg invites members of Toronto’s design community to participate in a series of portfolio reviews dedicated to cultivating and supporting local talent by way of one-on-one sessions with the agency’s specialized designers.

Yukon Makes X Makejoy

Jan 27, 2023, 12-1pm

Editors and beauty writers Emily MacCulloch and Ingrie Williams (The T-Zone) chat with beauty makers from the Yukon to learn about their thoughtfully made products, local ingredients and how their brands are having a positive impact on their communities.

The 2023 DesignTO Festival runs January 20-29, 2023 at venues across Toronto. View the full Festival Schedule and start planning your Festival experience.