How to start your own design company

Sure, you can find a great job. But, why not make your own? Fourth-year OCAD U advertising student Elliott Muscat and his friend and business partner, Chris Godfrey, have started their own design firm, 83 Annette.

Here are the three top lessons Elliott learned along the way:

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Take a chance!

We didn’t think too hard about the logistics at the beginning. We were two friends who were both passionate about design, and we decided to put ourselves out there. Many people tend to exaggerate the difficulty of doing your own thing. There are a lot of challenges when starting your own business, but taking the first step shouldn’t be one of them. Just go for it!

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Be confident, be social.

First of all, the core of the business has to be strong. You’ve got to provide a great product or service. Once you have something you feel confident about, it’s all about putting it out there to as many people as you can. All our early clients came from friends, family, family friends, etc. Go to as many social events as you can, hound your clients for references and talk to everybody!

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Values are valuable.

Something you will inevitably learn along your path as an entrepreneur is that the values you want your business to portray need to be defined. As you take on different clients and projects, you’ll be tugged and pulled in every direction. Make sure you know what your business stands for, and keep your brand consistent. People will want to work with you for a reason, so make sure you know what that reason is.

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Elliott Muscatt and Chris Godfrey

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21st Trienniale Di Milano: A Presentation by Andrea Cancellato, Director-General

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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 10:30pm

21st Century. Design After Design

Andrea Cancellato, Director-General of Triennale di Milano will be in Toronto to announce the opening of Triennale’s “XXI International Exhibition 21st Century. Design After Design”, on display from April 2nd 2016 through September 12th, 2016.

The Triennale di Milano is an international cultural institution for architecture, art, design, fashion and audio-visual productions, which organizes exhibitions and conferences and, once every three years, according to its Statute, its great International Exhibition.

In fact, since 1933, La Triennale di Milano is the only institution taking part - not as a Country - to the BIE, Bureau International des Expositions, an intergovernmental organization in charge of overseeing the calendar, the bidding, the selection, and the organization of World and International Expos all over the world.

20 years since the last Triennale, for five months, the Triennale di Milano will become the epicenter of the multidisciplinary events of the XXI International Exhibition in 2016, that will involve spaces both public and private from Milan to Monza.

Each Venue of the International Exhibition (La Triennale di Milano, Fabbrica del Vapore, HangarBicocca, Museo delle Culture, ex Stecca delle Acciaierie Ansaldo, Politecnico di Milano, Università IULM, Università degli Studi di Milano, Museo della Permanente Villa Reale di Monza) will have its own curator for a thematic exhibition. The International Exhibition will become a territorial laboratory for discussion and the creation of narratives, that will make it possible to portray new forms of expression, allowing all participants to interact with visitors.

The subject of the Exhibition focuses on a very topical issue: “21st Century. Design after design”. Pioneer in the promotion of the arts and of projectual research, La Triennale has chosen a theme that involves the meaning and the role of design itself in a world that keeps on changing at an increasingly rapid pace. So, the purposes of the XXI International Exhibition are to investigate the spread of planning and design skills worldwide (from Europe to America, Asia and Africa) and the development of a global market, but also the multidisciplinarity of design, the evanescence of the boundaries between design, architecture, communication, visual arts and the new links and connections between different fields and domains.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Toronto - 2nd floor, Room 230 
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Design with Dialogue: The Art and Practice of Regenerative Leadership

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 10:00pm to Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 1:00am

What new ways of thinking and seeing are needed within the many participatory organizing structures that are emerging? How can we integrate living systems principles as we explore the leadership that is needed now in our organizations and communities? What are our new practice grounds – spaces and times of shared learning, renewal and relationship that deepen our connection with both people and place?

Join us for September's DwD, with guest hosts Michael Jones and Michelle Holiday, as we delve further into an exploration of leadership based on an understanding of living systems.

Through stories, dialogue and music over the course of the evening, we will move together through four timeless patterns that shape all living, creative, expressive systems. As we engage with these patterns in our leadership work, important new insights and possibilities emerge, opening a path to leadership that is generative and even regenerative, healing what has been wounded in our communities and ourselves by the structures we have inherited.

Underlying these patterns is a deep connection with place.  Any living system is rooted in and nourished by the place where it grows, and we and our organizations and communities are no exception.  For this reason, our gathering will draw on our own stories of relationship with place and the urban ecology we live in, inviting us to craft new narratives of what is possible.

Finally, we will explore what practice grounds may offer the most fertile soil for these new possibilities to take root. What kind of greenhouse or Solarium do we need to create to cultivate regenerative leadership in ourselves and our communities?

In convening this evening, Michael and Michelle will draw from the work they have been engaged in within their own communities as well as from an article that has been published in the current issue of The Spanda Journal entitled Living Systems Theory and the Practice of Stewarding Change.

About the hosts

Michael Jones is a leadership educator, dialogue facilitator, writer and Juno-nominated pianist/composer.  His most recent book, The Soul of Place, is the third in a series on Re-imagining Leadership.  Others in the series include Artful Leadership and the award-winning  Creating an Imaginative Life.  Michael has also been a thought leader with the MIT Dialogue Project and Dialogos and other prominent leading edge universities and centres. He has co-chaired several place-based initiatives and spoken on the leader's emerging role as  placemaker in a variety of forums including The Authentic Leadership in Action Conferences (ALIA), The Society  for Organizational  Learning (SoL) and many others. As a pianist/composer Michael has composed and recorded fifteen CD's of his original piano compositions and performed as a solo pianist across North America  as well as Korea and Japan.  He has been integrating his music in his leadership and dialogue work for over twenty years. See to learn more about Michael and his work.

Michelle Holliday is a facilitator, organizational consultant, researcher and writer. Her work centers around “thrivability” — a set of perspectives, intentions and practices based on a view of organizations as living systems. To this end, she brings people together and helps them discover ways they can feel more alive, connect more meaningfully with each other, and serve life more powerfully through their work. This generally takes the form of designing and hosting transformative events, as well as delivering talks and workshops. Michelle also writes regularly, including a forthcoming book, The Age of Thrivability. Her research is summarized in a slideshow called Humanity 4.0, as well as in a TEDx presentation. 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University&nbsp; 100 McCaul Street, Room 187&nbsp; Toronto, ON M5T 1W1 Canada&nbsp;

Design With Dialogue

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 10:00pm to Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 2:00am

Strategic Learning: Personal innovation in a fluid environment

How might we enhance our experience of learning to accord with personal or professional strategy?

Can we strategically direct our learning individually and together to adapt and lead through a changing world?

June's DwD is hosted by Donald Officer, delving into a shared inquiry and practices toward discovery our personal lifetime learning potentials. Strategic learning can be viewed as choosing what you and I specifically need to know and practice to make our way and reach our goals, in a time where learning itself is changing on the run.

More than ever learning processes are breaking boundaries and are trending toward chaos. We have MOOCs, online degree mills and tuition debt slavery in pursuit of formal education. Training, facilitating, coaching abound. Rock star professors and researchers tour morning television sets with do-it-yourself prescriptions for personality makeovers

Disturbing? Yes, yet at the same time this becomes background noise. Each of us has the opportunity to remake ourselves in a serious powerful way while connecting with others to make massive significant change. To do this we have to realize something so obvious it’s as invisible as the air we breathe.

More power to all of us. However, we only leverage it by becoming aware of it.

This Wednesday we’ll have the chance to grow that awareness while having fun together as we explore ways to take charge of need to know.

Powerful ideas we’ll tease out in small group exercises and open session:

  • Recrafting personal mission statements to build transformative learning

  • Learning for them versus learning for you – no, it isn’t self indulgent

  • Ways we learn that schools won’t acknowledge and what to do about it.

  • Just in time, just in case and just because we feel like it

  • Necessity not curriculum is the mother of invention

  • Learning to think strategically (and save yourself from the planners)

  • Powerful media (new and old) tools we all can access

  • How to curate your own learning space

Donald R. Officer has been a writer, planner, communicator, management consultant and educator for over three decades. Persistently seeking better ways to approach the fuvaluesture and how to live there, he has become a strong advocate for a major rethinking about our ideas on innovation. Don’s recent career as life coach has launched a serious innovative rethinking of his own life and the meaning of learning and professional practice, insights which he shares with DwD in this session.

Don has written articles for newspapers, journals and magazines and edited policy papers, newsletters and on-line forums. He continues to review books and write articles on many social change topics, especially strategic thinking,for magazines and his blog, The Intention Coach.  Meanwhile he continues to toil away writing longer works on psychology and education. These are destined for wider publication

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Lambert Lounge,&nbsp;Room 187

Jammers! An Inclusive Game Jam Workshop

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 2:30pm to 9:30pm

Twine is a radical game authorship tool harnessed by the independent games community for making expressive, experimental, and socially conscious text-based games. This inclusive Game Jam deploys Twine as an innovative method for interactive storytelling in a 7-hour, hands-on workshop. Jammers design interactive stories, choose-your-own adventure games, and e-poetry in order to explore digital game authorship as a creative medium of expression.

A Game Jam Story: Designing expressive games with Twine

Each jammer develops a game using the Twine 2.0 freeware. Participants will gain basic proficiency in the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical dimensions of text-based game authorship and its markup and scripting languages: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Upon completion of games, jammers are invited to playtest each other’s games and upload and share their creations online. This workshop will accommodate the accessibility needs of jammers.

Game jam theme: Jammers are invited to interpret and creatively translate the game jam’s theme into their games: What strange world and untold coincidences.

Total workshop participants: 10

Experience level and requirements: No prior game development, programming or graphic design skills are required. We will supply laptops, unless you prefer to bring your own.

Facilitator: Sandra Danilovic, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

Learning outcomes:

  • Detailed understanding of text-based Twine game development including basic proficiency in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • Basic proficiency in conceptual, aesthetic and technical dimensions of text-based game design and development (ex: game idea, interactive story, audio-visual design, game rules, player choices and outcomes, etc.) 
  • Fundamental Introduction to creative and procedural (rule-based) experimentation with text-based games. 
  • Introduction to the iterative and collaborative process of DIY game design and development.

IN Series is a series of public presentations, which promotes discussion and engagement on a wide variety of topics about inclusion – disability, accessibility, health, education, culture and the arts. IN Series is hosted by the Inclusive Design Institute (IDI) at OCAD University. The IDI is a hub of applied research that addresses the challenge of design that is inclusive of the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age, including users with disabilities, language needs and various cultural preferences. Through research, industry collaboration, education and civic engagement, the IDI fosters the goals of an innovative, creative and inclusive society.

Organizers: Gordon Waller and David Pereyra

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 49 McCaul Street Participatory Inclusive Design Lab, Inclusive Design Institute, Room 4904,
$20.00 (lunch and refreshments are included). Subsidized by the Inclusive Design Research Center.

Design With Dialogue: Innovative Learning in Canadian Higher Education

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 10:00pm to Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 1:00am

Join OCAD U Strategic Foresight & Innovation students for a roundtable & ideation to explore new ways of learning in the future world of Canadian higher education. 

April's DwD is convened by a graduate student-led panel from the MDes Strategic Foresight & Innovation (SFI) program to engage in inquiry and a generative dialogue responding to the question:

What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need to thrive in an evolving society and labour market?

The roundtable and dialogue contributes to Imagining Canada's Future, the strategic development of next-generation social science for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) with the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS). Our question is one of their key Future Challenge Areas.
OCAD U faculty and students, as well as members of DwD community are encouraged to attend and participate in the dialogue. A limited number of seats will be available, please RSVP to reserve your spot. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Parts of the event will be captured through images and video. By registering to attend this event you are consenting to the use of the media for productions related to the event. Please contact the organizers if this is a concern.

Hosted by the SFI Dialogue Team

Inessa Chapira
Christina Doyle
Maggie Greyson
Conor Holler
Goran Matic
Corey Norman
Adrienne Pacini
Sheldon Pereira
Patrick Robinson
Peter Scott
Jacqueline To
Ryan Voison
George Wang
and faculty advisors Peter Jones and Greg van Alstyne


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St.,&nbsp;Lambert Lounge, Room 187

Stuart Reid: in transit

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 4:00am to Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 4:00am

Reception: Saturday, April 11, 1 to 5 p.m. Artist will be in attendance

The TTC subway at Union Station, Toronto’s main public transportation hub, is acquiring an extraordinary, world-class art installation, which is presently being installed and will be unveiled in time for the Pan Am Games. Created by awardwinning Canadian artist Stuart Reid, zones of immersion is a 7-foot high by 500-foot long richly worked glass wall that portrays the people who “ride the rocket” every day.

The large drawings in this exhibition are based upon small sketches drawn while riding the subway. These works (india ink on mylar) informed and developed the glass project.

Sky Goodden, the founding editor of Momus, writes of these drawings:

Reid’s evocation of our city’s “third class carriage” is rooted in a history that these images’ very line and media evoke—Honoré Daumier, Gustave Courbet, José Clemente Orozsco—and which their nod to both Social Realism and Impressionism implies. However, Reid’s subjects embody a common experience made contemporary. Scrawled with clipped texts of overheard conversation and passing allusion, Reid’s works capture the present moment through language. He circles our intimacy, investigates our autonomy, and portrays the human connections that are both performed and pressed between stations. How do we use the space we travel in order to get the time we need? With his subjects either moving out of frame, responding through posture or retreat, crushed against one another or framed alone, Reid produces a record of the river of movement that happens beneath our feet – one of isolation in crowds, community and class.

Of these drawings the artist writes:

These works specifically reflect on the human condition within urban transit – a world both intensely collective and remarkably isolated... a world where the anonymity of the no man’s zone offers us an unvarnished glimpse into the face, and hence perhaps a sliver of the psyche of one’s fellow passengers. I am interested in drawing that reveals the interrelationship of the ‘self’ and the ‘other’ with both empathy and freedom.

Stuart Reid was born in London Ontario. He studied with Paterson Ewen, Greg Curnoe, Richard DeMarco, Patrick Reyntiens and Joseph Beuys. He holds a B.A. (fine arts ) from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Architecture from UCLA. He is a professor at OCAD University. His many major public artworks include works for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Intercontinental Toronto Centre, Salzburg Congress. His artwork at St. James’ Cathedral was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth in July 1997. He is the great nephew of the early Canadian painter G.A.Reid.

Gallery Gevik welcomes visitors Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 am to 6 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Gallery Gevik – 12 Hazelton Ave. Toronto

Design With Dialogue

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 11:00pm to Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 2:00am


Involving the Whole Person Within Community Dialogue

How might action methods and dramatic expression be applied to help groups build relationships, gain understanding and develop trust?

One of the more pressing demands of civic engagement and community building is to provide ways for members to personally relate and commit to deeper conversations. Where this is possible, we can move beyond engagement and toward building systemic insights that can support behavior change, community-driven innovative and development.

This DwD workshop offers a way to learn and discover for yourself:

  • How group drama approaches can build community trust and release communication barriers.
  • Experience the co-creation of narratives that help gain understanding of different perspectives and social landscapes.
  • Experience making meaning using a simple, yet powerful, Action Sociometry process
  • How to express ideas and explore themes of interest using dramatic methods
  • Gain a brief overview of how ADCID works with these types of approaches within larger, complex, multi-disciplinary project configurations.

Through years of practice in international development and collaborating with local community-based organizations, Stephen Sillett of ADCID has been working with these aims in mind. Through long-term projects, Stephen has helped shift the relationships and dynamics that local community-based organisations have with the marginalised communities they serve, in Africa and Canada.

Stephen will present a taster of group exploration with a focus on Action Sociometry methods and dramatic approaches where individuals and groups engage in non-verbal reflective inquiry. For this session participants will explore a field of strategic action that they can connect to personally.

For more information – the innovative use of mood drawings to unpack body images(PDF)

A video of drama activity being worked on by members of the Zisize Drama Group around the theme of Love and Protection, This shows some deep, silent, engagement by the local team around an emotional image.

About the Host

Stephen Sillett is co-executive director of Aiding Dramatic Change in Development(ADCID), and helps the organization research, facilitate and direct dialogue, drama and art processes for healing and community development. Through ADCID projects and in partnership with other social actors, he is exploring approaches that engage community members in conversations, consciously orientated to maturing visions of the future. Research interests include the facilitation of non-verbal and spatial meaning-making practices within group workshop and the creation of interactive performance. He directs InFusion Labs where theatre artists, therapists, scientists and social practitioners explore spatial approaches to exploration and discovery.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD Univesity 100 McCaul St.

Design with Dialogue

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 10:00pm to Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 1:00am

Playing to Change the World: The Oasis Game

How can we play to change the world? How can we, in the process, help a collective socio-cultural, environmental and economic dream materialize?

For March's DwD, join host Dona Geagea as she shares the Oasis Game, a game and movement that is emerging from Warriors Without Weapons - a month-long intensive leadership program in Brasil.

Returning from Warriors Without Weapons - a 32-days intensive leadership training program in Brasil, Dona will be sharing the philosophy and magic behind the Oasis game.

The Oasis is a game and, today, a movement that is emerging out of Brasil, based on the Elos Philosophy that practices 7 disciplines: Gaze, Affection, Dream, Care, Miracle, Celebration, and Re-evolution.

A transformative process that begins with the self and extends to community, the Oasis is designed on the premise that our world is full of “deserts”- areas where social and environmental vitality have been destroyed- and where change can offer hope, stability, and refuge for weary travelers crossing the desert. How can this game open space for personal and collective transformation, effectively, quickly and with the engagement of all players?

Join us in this session to learn about the Oasis game and experience its underlying
philosophy first hand through storytelling and activities to practice the seven disciplines.

Learn more about Warriors Without Weapons

"On the warrior's path, it is up to you to discern which threads have been woven by divine hands and which have been woven by human hands. When you begin to discern the difference, you become a Txucarramae - a warrior without weapons... When you discover what you have been doing with your life and how it is you dance through the world, little by little you let go of your weapons, those creations made to kill creations. Suddenly, you discover that when we stop creating enemies, we extinguish the need for weapons" - Kaka Wera, Guerreiros Sem Armas


Dona Geagea is Hub Manager with Waterlution Canada and social entrepreneur behind Beyond the Jar. As a facilitator and change-maker, Dona pushes her own creativity and innovation through what she offers to the community, and her experience in the Warriors Without Weapons international leadership training program was part of this spectacular and transformative learning journey. With a Master in Globalization Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Water Without Borders from the United Nations University (Institute for Water, Environment and Health), Dona is continuously engaging the water community in multi-stakeholder dialogue, locally and internationally, and hosting inspiring spaces to encourage systems-thinking. Through developing her own capacity at promoting creative disruption, she
hopes to motivate others by the power of innovative ideas to change the water space and beyond. She is thrilled to be able to share with the Design with Dialogue community stories and processes from her transformative journey in Warriors Without Weapons/ Guerreiros Sem Armas.

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge, Room 187 100 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario &nbsp;
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Toronto Charrette: Responsive Buildings

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:00am to Monday, February 24, 2014 - 5:00am

Open to all OCAD University students

Attention OCAD University Students!!

You're invited to participate in a Design Charrette, with other students from design schools around the world, themed around responsive buildings, hosted by the Institute without Boundaries, George Brown College.

This opportunity will allow you to:
• meet students and faculty from local and international Universities and Colleges enrolled in Architecture, Art, Design and Media studies
• sharpen your agile artistic and design skills
• acquire skills on a focus, fast-pace challenge
• learn how to co-create within a team of your peers
• meet potential employers (industry partners and participating advisors)
• you will receive a certificate of participation
• food and supplies will be covered, this is a voluntary participation

If you are interested in participating:
please contact Monica Contreras at
office: 416-977-6000 x2462
or mobile: 416-554-6416

Participating schools include George Brown College’s Institute without Boundaries (IwB), Advanced Digital Design (ADD), Architectural Technology (AT), StudioLab, and Design Management with international students from Copenhagen School of Design & Technology, (KEA Copenhangen, Denmark), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT Dublin, Irish Republic), École de Communication Visuelle (ECV Paris, France ), Illinois Institute of Technology, (Chicago, USA) Parsons DESIS Lab (New York, USA), and the Politecnico di Milano (Italy).

City of Toronto, Metrolinx, Toronto Regional Conservation Authority, GTAA, Toronto Community Foundation, ARUP and CMHC.

School of Design, 230 Richmond Street, East
GBC Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Drive, for main opening lecture


Thursday February 20
9:00am: Student meet their team at the IWB, School of Design, 230 Richmond East
10:00am - 4:30pm: Team do site visits
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Lecture by Rahul K. Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation at George Brown College waterfront campus: 51 Dockside Drive, Toronto
7:00pm: Teams Check-in in lobby of the GBC Waterfont campus

Friday February 21 (230 Richmond Street East)
8:30am: Breakfast Provided
9:00am - 12:30pm: Work Session
12:30pm: Guest Lecture
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch provided
2:00pm - 4:00pm: Work Session
4:00pm - 5:00pm: Advisor session # 1
5:00pm - late (building is open all night)

Saturday February 22 (230 Richmond Street East)
8:30am: Breakfast Provided
9:00am - 1:00pm: Work Session
1:00pm: Guest Lecture
1:30pm - 2:00pm: Lunch provided
2:00pm - 4:00pm: Work Session
4:00pm - 5:00pm: Advisor session # 2
5:00pm - late: (building is open all night)

Monday February 24 (230 Richmond Street East)
9:30am - 3:15pm: Presentations, School of Design, 230 Richmond East
3:15pm - 4:00pm: Panel deliberates
4:15pm - 4:35pm: Presentation by Jennifer Keesmat
4:35pm - 5:00pm: Panel presents charrette results
5:00pm - 5:30pm: Cake and Champagne
7:00pm: Charrette closing party, location TBA

A Design Charrette is an intensive, collaborative process that brings together a community of experts and professionals to develop a broad range of ideas and innovative solutions around a central theme. A Design Charrette that involves the user/beneficiaries ensures practical, comprehensive and implementable actions.


These sites have been selected based on their locale and the ability to enhance existing neighbourhoods or establish new, emerging neighbourhoods that offer unique living, learning, playing and working environments. The sites selected include:
• Woodbine Racetrack
• Centre Ave. Parking Lot (City Hall)
• Bloor Collegiate
• Meadowvale

The above sites each have unique characteristics, but offer opportunities to transform residential neighbourhood planning to create complete and unique neighbourhoods that cater to a variety of users. The vision for these sites should set new standards for neighbourhood development and explore inclusive, mixed-use development models that are flexible and adaptable to change over time.

Transit Nodes:
These sites are key areas of transit intersection, providing mobility choices that enable the flow of people and goods both locally and regionally. The sites have been selected based on planned local and provincial transit expansion initiatives, and the need to transform our current transportation networks to adapt to intensification of urban centres. The sites selected include:
• Kennedy Mobility Hub
• Dundas West – Bloor Mobility Hub
• Finch West Mobility Hub
• Bramalea Go Station

These sites have the ability to transform how people move throughout the region and can set new standards for mobility hubs locally and globally. Each site will explore a unique challenge and cater to local contextual needs while considering its effect on regional mobility development. The sites also offer the opportunity for intensification to create places that can act as “social condensers” or places of exchange.

Preservation Districts:
As intensification of urban centres continues to gentrify neighbourhoods and consume green space, it is essential to consider the preservation of environmentally, culturally and historically significant sites. These sites directly contribute to the identity of communities. They can also play key roles in promoting well-being, educating the public, and maintaining unique community identities by providing attractive places to live, work, learn and play. The sites chosen for this charrette include:
• Black Creek Pioneer Village
• The Guild Inn
• Mirvish Village
• Downtown Brampton

Each of these sites have distinctive challenges that require unique solutions to ensure their long-term preservation, viability and existence. Teams will be encouraged to explore ideas that build off the existing attributes of these sites and contribute culturally, socially and economically to the greater communities and region in which they exist.

Industrial Districts:
As much of world’s industrial and manufacturing networks have shifted to offshore markets in the east this has resulted in vacant industrial districts that offer opportunities for redevelopment as countries shift toward more creative economies. However, these industrial uses play an important role in the economy and should be rethought through a new economic lense to expand job creation within the region. The chosen sites include former and current industrial lands:
• Christie Factory
• Malton Industrial District
• The Hearn
• Heartland Town Centre

These sites should be reimagined through the lens of economic development and social/environmental sustainability to create innovative new mixed land use that address key functions, including energy production, job creation, and identity. Teams will focus on how to transform these often single use lands into vibrant and economically driven centres that include a mix of uses and attract new employees, residents and investment.

Venue & Address: 
Institute Without Boundaries 230 Richmond St East Toronto, Ontario
416-977-6000 x2462