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Together Design Lab Creates Toolkit for Laneway Activation

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With laneway housing now made possible in Toronto, it’s a great time to think more about how else we can animate our laneways and build an ever-more interesting, inclusive and inviting city.

Last night, at The Laneway Project‘s 2019 Beyond Gross Summit, Ryerson professor Shelagh McCartney released a brand-new resource through her Together Design Lab and co-author Courtney Kaupp that will help support the laneway movement: Turning Laneways into Public Places – Toolkit.

Bound to become an enduring resource used across the city–and in municipalities beyond–it presents an exhaustive list of ideas for transforming laneways into public spaces, through activations from the simple to the complex. It also presents several successful case studies of worldwide examples from cities such as Seattle, Melbourne and Los Angeles.

The Ryerson City Building Institute was pleased to provide financial support to this project, which was created in collaboration with The Laneway Project.