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TO DO Talks: Undo Toronto


Tue, Jan 16, 2018

6:00 pm — 8:00 pm




Free, but requires RSVP


Location Accessible


55 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, ON


Reception runs 6-8pm
Talk starts at 7pm


You are bestowed the power to go back in time and undo one thing about Toronto, what would it be? Is there a lost building you would save, a mayoral tenure you would eradicate, a municipal regulation you would disappear? Once undone, what action would you take in its place?

2018 marks the 225th anniversary of the Town of York, and the 20th anniversary of Toronto’s amalgamation into a mega-city. Both occasions offer the perfect opportunity to reflect on our history. In considering what should be undone, we explore alternative visions for our city and draw a roadmap on how to move forward.

Listen as leading architecture firms Gensler, IBI Group, and superkül take their turn pressing ctrl Z on Toronto, making a case for change, one civic moment at a time. Presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion moderated by Slate VP of Development, and blogger, Brandon Donnelly.



Each speaker has a 5 minutes to present what they would undo. Presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion and debate hosted by Brandon Donnelly for 25 minutes. Last 5 minutes will be audience questions.

Networking to take place before and after the talk.



Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 45 Locations and over 5,000 professionals in the Americas, the UK, the Middle East, Australia, and Asia. The firm has
more than 3,500+ active clients in virtually every industry and delivers projects as large as a city and as small as a task light for an individual’s desk.  With more than 3,500 active clients, we work across the global economy. Our clients are remarkably diverse: large and small, private and public, for-profit and nonprofit. We help them grow, sustain and transform: whatever it takes to embrace their future.  For us, design is the means. The starting points are goals, strategies and expectations, but it transcends them to create a new and better reality. We believe that design is transformative. #thepowerofdesign

IBI Group is a global team of industry leading architects, engineers, planners, designers, and technology professionals united by a common desire: to create livable, sustainable, technologically advanced urban environments. We are a technology-driven design firm.

superkül is the Toronto-based architectural studio of principals Meg Graham and Andre D’Elia. From the moment we opened our doors in 2002, we have been guided by a singular purpose: to create architecture of true and lasting value. This is anchored in the belief that great design is a process, not a preconceived idea. We work together to create rich and inspiring spaces and places, allowing the innate constraints and contingencies of a project to inspire and inform us. The prevailing ethos in our work is one that prioritizes sustainability not as an afterthought but as a foundational principle; equal emphasis is placed on the pragmatics of constructability and the implementation of progressive building technologies. Our work is unified by a deep connection to context and a sense of quiet restraint that permits the natural character of both site and building materials to emerge. For us, great design is honest. It is just enough.

Check out what’s also happening at Yonge + St. Clair:

#ohdeer by Gensler
Second Life by superkul

Smashing Barriers, Creating Vision
The Space Between by IBI Group
TO DO Tours: Creating Communities Through Art


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Gensler, IBI Group, superkul, Brandon Donnelly