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Design Wo/ManiFesT.O.


Thu, Jan 24, 2019

6:30 pm — 8:30 pm





Location Accessible

Open Space Gallery at OCAD University

49 McCaul Street


Design is both an evolving and evocative creative process permeating all aspects of social, economic, and political life, and it is shifting the way our city operates, and functions. With human-centred values and diverse perspectives, advocacy, and calls to action, we are collectively and individually changing the social and physical fabric of Toronto, often with design as the catalyst. As we approach 2020, ‘Design Wo/ManiFesT.O.’ asks that we reflect on how design has supported (or not), the process of city-making over the last decades, and where it can lead in the next wave of social, demographic, and technological change. This panel discussion and open-microphone invites Toronto to share vision(s) for the city, ideas for a reimagined Toronto—from big concepts to neighbourhood-centred dreams.

Panelists include:
David Meslin is the Creative Director of Unlock Democracy Canada, the founder of the Toronto Public Space Committee and the co-founder of Spacing Magazine.

Ajeev Bhatia is currently the Manager of Policy/Community Connections with the Centre for Connected Communities, an organization which connects community builders, translates knowledge across sectors, and celebrates community building to support communities to solutions to complex social issues.

Sabina Ali is the Chair and one of the founding members of Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee—created by residents to advance a transformative vision for Thorncliffe Park and the surrounding community.

Sara Ratzlaff is a recent philosophy graduate from the University of Toronto and the Public Art Columnist for Spacing Magazine. She is interested in philosophical theories that focus on the nature of public art and public space, and hopes to debunk some of the presuppositions we have about these concepts.

Moderated by:
Kristin Wong-Tam is a third-term Toronto City Councillor and is currently serving the communities of Toronto-Centre (Ward 13) in the new 25-ward system.

Sponsored by:
Environmental Design Program, OCAD University


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Sabina Ali, Ajeev Bhatia, David Meslin, Sara Ratzlaff, Kristin Wong-Tam