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Design for Diversity Toolkit

Our 32-page toolkit is a guide to help communities and city leaders create more inclusive public spaces for culturally diverse communities. It includes specific tactics as well as local Toronto case studies and global best practices that show Design for Diversity in action.

Click here to download the toolkit.

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Part 3: The Architecture of Change

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This is the third of a four-part blog series chronicling the proposed redevelopment of Mirvish Village.

At first glance, the proposed changes to the built environment in Mirvish Village are dizzying. Towers, trees on roofs, a mélange of midrise buildings with equally variegated facades, and a glass covered public market combine to create a built environment that is unrecognizable from the low rise massing currently inhabiting the space. It is what makes this project so complex, and so fascinating to be a part of.

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October Events


It’s officially fall, but the events aren’t slowing down. This October we are celebrating cities and design. Here are just a few events taking place this month:

Open Source
October, 2015
Philadelphia, USA

Chicago Biennial
October 3, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Chicago, USA

City Builders
October 20, 2015
Toronto, Canada

CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges
October 18 – 20, 2015
London, UK

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Part 2: Engaging the Community

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This is the second of a four-part blog series chronicling the proposed redevelopment of Mirvish Village.

Often overlooked, community consultation is a critical component of urban development. Perhaps it should not be surprising that Torontonians feel development fatigue at times – the only thing more ubiquitous than cranes are the development placards affixed to buildings, fences, and plywood walls separating pedestrians from construction sites. Moreover, until recently development placards were difficult to understand, or worse yet, contained little information other than the proposed height and use, and a time and location for the city facilitated community consultation – consultations which are held at City Hall at times not convenient for all citizens to attend. Contemporary planning literature has much to say about this model, critiquing its efficacy around democratic participation.

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Part 1: There’s no place … like this place … anyplace!


This is the first of a four-part blog series chronicling the proposed redevelopment of Mirvish Village.

Toronto is celebrated for its varied neighbourhoods, multicultural milieu, and vibrant street life. However, like all cities, its urban and social fabric is a function of shifting policies, social movements and urban development. In short, the Toronto we know has evolved through time, with some histories erased and others preserved. The one constant is change. Continue reading

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Spring Newsletter Cleaning

2538616801_c250c378a1_zWith the trees starting to bloom and the spring showers washing the grime of a long winter away, it’s a time to celebrate rebirth and renewal. OpenCity Projects is excited to announce that we are revamping and experimenting with our monthly newsletter format. We crunched the numbers and took a critical perspective in our review of our content aggregation practices and will be piloting a few different approaches in the months to come. We want to ensure that we are sharing the most interesting and engaging content while keeping our newsletters short and sweet. If you have any feedback or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you. Tweet us your thoughts @opncty or comment below with your ideas!


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