Call for Submissions: The Suburban Architecture and Planning Awards
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Call for Submissions: The Suburban Architecture and Planning Awards

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Just as art brings people together, the planning and design of neighbourhoods builds a sense of community. Innovative suburban planning and architecture can also change the narrative around suburbs. At the Birkdale Arts Festival, for the first time the INS will be profiling examples of excellent suburban planning, design and construction. These new ideas will challenge the traditional discipline of urban planning, architecture and design and point to best practices for enhancing the quality of life in suburban communities.

We are inviting architects, municipal planners, consulting planers and developers to submit posters profiling their work.  The five winners will be invited to present their work through a panel discussion.  Certificates and small cash prizes will be awarded. Submission details are available on the INS website.

Submission Requirements

Each entry is to be submitted as a PDF file, consisting of up to 5 pages of text and graphics no larger than 11” x 17”.  To facilitate in the judging process, an additional single feature image of the plan/ design/ program/ project is required suitable for becoming a poster for presentation at the Birkdale Arts Festival.  The five winners are required to design and bring their own posters.  Posters will become the property of the INS and Birkdale Arts Festival. 

The project name and location should be identified and must match the project name on the submission form.  By submitting the plan/ design/ program/ project, the applicant is granting permission of the Institute for New Suburbanism, media and institutional partners to highlight the submission.

Submissions should be emailed to: info@newsuburbanism.ca

Judging Criteria:

While there isn’t a body of planning and design that can solidly be called new-suburbanist, excellent planning, design and construction is occurring in the GTHA’s suburban areas and should be highlighted.  Awards are given for excellence in any of these areas consistent with the elements of new suburbanism defined below. Jurors will consider the following 10 elements.  Individual submissions that address one or more elements are welcomed.

The Institute for New Suburbanism considers that these 10 elements constitute a body of thought that at this early stage defines New Suburbanism.  Submissions should state one or more of the elements that the submission addresses:

  1. Planning and design that changes the narrative about the suburbs.         

  2. Planning, design and programs that promote urban, suburban and rural equity. 

  3. Research monitoring global changes affecting the suburbs being applied to design and renew the suburbs in the GTHA.

  4. Subdivisions and other community plans that replicate the most desirable aspects of suburban living.

  5. Designs, plans and programs that integrate suburban and natural environment sustainably.

  6. Smart suburbs and subdivision plans and buildings that prepare for and adapt to technological disruption.

  7. New suburb design in the GTHA that has learned from the renewal of older suburbs.

  8. The adoption of the best global suburban design and architecture in the GTHA.

  9. Great landscape and architectural design in the suburban context.

  10. Consultation, engagement and communication plans and programs that give voice to suburban residents, businesses and institutions.

Important Dates:

May 1st, 2019: Launch of Competition.

May 21st, 2019: Final deadline for submissions

June 1st, 2019: Winners notified

June 22nd, 2019:  Final award and Panel presentation

July 15th, 2019: Winning Posters placed on the INS Website

Sponsors:

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Rethinking Transit Solutions: Thoughts From Uber and the Region of Peel
Apr
30
9:00 AM09:00

Rethinking Transit Solutions: Thoughts From Uber and the Region of Peel

For our upcoming speaking event, the INS is proud to welcome five great speakers to discuss the shifts that could make planners and politicians rethink transit and transportation solutions. 

Brett Chang – Senior Policy Advisor at Uber – will be the keynote speaker. Brett will discuss the Uber/Innisfil partnership and the impact that ridesharing services could have on transit and transportation masterplanning. 

The INS is also pleased to welcome two speakers from the Region of Peel, Director of Integrated Planning, Arvin Prasad and Manager of Transportation Planning, Sabbir Saiyed.

Lastly, the INS will also be welcoming two speakers from HDR, Elli Papaioannou and Jonathan Chai.

The event will be held on April, 30th from 9:00AM - 12:00PM at the Chinguacousy Ski Chalet in Brampton, Ontario.

Tickets are $35 ($40 at the door) and can be purchased at  insupdates.eventbrite.com or by using the button below.

Please note that OPPI members undertaking CPL may claim learning units according the CPL Program Guide.

We hope to see you there!

Institute for New Suburbanism | info@NewSuburbanism.ca | 416-944-8444 x.225

 

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Presentation at the Region of Peel
Dec
1
11:30 AM11:30

Presentation at the Region of Peel

On December 1st, 2017, Dave Hardy - the Executive Director of the INS - will give a presentation on New Suburbanism at the Region of Peel offices in Brampton, Ontario.

The event will be attended by planning and economic development staff from the Region of Peel, the City of Brampton, the City of Mississauga, and the Town of Caledon. Several politicians were also in attendance. 

If you work for the Region of Peel, please email Learie Miller for ticket details.

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Towards a Suburban Renaissance: A New Agenda for Our City Suburbs
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

Towards a Suburban Renaissance: A New Agenda for Our City Suburbs

The INS will be hosting an event to discuss suburban poverty. For this event, our keynote speakers will be Paul Hunter and John Stapleton.

Paul is the Head of Research at the UK’s Smith Institute. Paul’s research has shown that, in the UK, most of those living in poverty currently live in the suburbs, and changes need to be made to provide better services and amenities to these residents if this trend is to stop. An example of Paul’s research can be found here: Towards a Suburban Renaissance: An Agenda for our City Suburbs. In this paper, Paul outlines how a new agenda for the suburbs could be created by examining sustainability, access to jobs, transit links, business development, and anti-poverty measures.

John is a writer, instructor and Innovations Fellow with the Metcalf Foundation. John has extensively researched the GTHA and has shown that there are a disproportional amount of “working poor” in the communities that surround Toronto when compared to the downtown core of the City. An example of his work can be found here The Working Poor in the Toronto Region.

Tickets are $30 for general admission ($35 at the door) and $20 for students ($25 at the door).

Tickets can be purchased at insupdates.eventbrite.com

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California’s War on Suburbs: Implications for the Greater Toronto Area
Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

California’s War on Suburbs: Implications for the Greater Toronto Area

On July 12th, the Institute for New Suburbanism (INS) welcomed Wendell Cox to the GTHA for a speaking event. Wendell is an American urban policy consultant, international housing affordability expert, and served as a Professor at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris.

During his presentation, Wendell discussed cities, suburbs, and some of the outcomes of densification that are not typically considered in the planning process.

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Deepening Our Understanding Of New Suburbansim
Oct
12
6:30 PM18:30

Deepening Our Understanding Of New Suburbansim

Judith K. De Jong is an architect, urbanist, and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, whose work investigates the reciprocating relationships between architecture and the city, and the opportunities for design innovation in architectures and urbanisms of mass culture. Her book, New SubUrbanisms, was published in 2013.

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Kennedy Station: Understanding The Issues
May
8
1:30 PM13:30

Kennedy Station: Understanding The Issues

This walk will begin inside Kennedy Station, in front of the Collectors Booth. Please gather on the public / exiting sides of the turnstiles. This tour will begin by surfacing onto Eglinton Avenue in order to explore the nearby community area before touring back to the station and over to Don Montgomery Community Centre. The purpose of the walk is to facilitate conversation between attendees about the imagined and immediate future of "Kennedy Station". KENNEDY will be positioned as a "Transit Village" and different guest facilitators will contribute their personal ideas within the context of Kennedy as a new City Centre.

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Scarborough Centre: Edges Of Opportunity
May
7
1:30 PM13:30

Scarborough Centre: Edges Of Opportunity

Have you ever wondered what the outer areas of "Scarborough Centre" are like? With all the public discussions about transit in Scarborough have you been wondering: What do people mean when they say "a downtown for Scarborough"? What's going to be built around central Scarborough and where is there room for growth?

Join the Institute for New Suburbanism and friends of INS as we explore where and how a globally-renowned centre can grow. This walk is suitable for people of all ages. All INS walks are slow-paced. The majority of this tour will take place outdoors.

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