From April 17 to May 15, 2017, the Ecological Urbanism exhibition was hosted at Toronto’s Urbanspace Gallery. The exhibition showcased student work exploring the intersection of culture, nature, and infrastructure. Urban planning and landscape architecture students from Ryerson University and the University of Toronto were tasked with examining how Toronto could incorporate ecological design into city infrastructure. The students suggested design and policy interventions that would help Toronto become a more sustainable city.The sold-out launch event on April 19th featured a panel discussion exploring the subject of Ecological Urbanism moderated by Nina-Marie Lister (Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor, Ryerson University). Panellists included Alissa North (Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture program, University of Toronto), Dan Berman (Director and Producer of “Accidental Parkland: The Bounty & Burden of Toronto’s Ravines”), Vincent Racine (Graduate Student, Ryerson University School of Urban and Regional Planning), Carolyn Woodland (Senior Director of Planning, Greenspace and Communications, Toronto and Region Conservation), and Jennifer Kowalski (Program Standard & Development Officer for the Parks, Forestry & Recreation division, City of Toronto).
The exhibition was a collaboration between the Ryerson City Building Institute, the Ecological Design Lab, the Ryerson School of Urban and Regional Planning, and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.