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City building and place making: architecture for the 21st century

Spring 2010 Program


Five Thursday Evening Lectures, and a bonus presentation sponsored by the Port Hope and Cobourg branches of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.

March 25 - May 6, 2010, 7:15 - 9:15 pm

Columbus Community

Centre, 232 Spencer Street East, Cobourg



March 25, 2010 - Buidlings and Cities in the 21st Century

George BairdGeorge Baird is dean emeritus of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design of the University of Toronto, an award-winning architect, and co-author of a government study showing how five small Ontario cities can absorb increased density at their centre without losing their heritage character.


Environmental issues are affecting the form of buildings and cities. Examples from Toronto will show how buildings can be greened through orientation, expanded natural lighting, sun shading, heat storage, and double skins. The impact on cities will be examined in light of the Ontario government’s plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Places to Grow, along with proposals for expanded transit in the region.



April 8, 2010 - Transformations in Regional Architecture

John van NostrandJohn van Nostrand, founding principal of planningAlliance and regionalArchitects, Toronto, has for 30 years been involved in urban development projects throughout southern Ontario. He has also worked in a several developing countries on the planning, design, and construction of new communities, ranging in size from 150 to 150,000 persons.


Architecture has changed, and continues to change, since Ontario issued its plans for growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Recent buildings in the region will illustrate this transformation, which might be called landscape and architectural urbanism. This will be followed by the experience of comparable regions around the world, including related work in landscape, infrastructure, and public space.



April 15, 2010 - Building Science and Sustainability

Ted TesikTed Kesik, a civil engineer by training, is professor of building science in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, the author of a comprehensive cost-benefit study of the City of Toronto’s Green Development Standard, and an active member of the Solar Buildings Research Network.


As society strives to achieve more sustainable buildings, architects increasingly rely on building science – a field that examines the behaviour of materials and assemblies within a context that includes ecology and infrastructure. New materials and building technologies are transforming our ideas about buildings and how they are integrated within communities. Contemporary architecture is returning to being one with the environment and the building's occupants.



April 22, 2010 - Building in the Canadian Landscape

Brigitte Shim has won eight Governor General’s Medals and Awards for Architecture for designs with her partner Howard Sutcliffe. Shum-Sutcliffe Architects have also represented Canadian design of buildings, landscapes, and furniture in international exhibitions. She is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Toronto.


Each region of southern Ontario has its own vernacular style of buildings that respond to the particular demands of climate, physical surroundings, and cultural landscape. Examples from Shim-Sutcliffe Architects will demonstrate how the vernacular can be understood, synthesized, and transformed into modern buildings that are reflective of our times.


Leslie Woo - April 29, 2010 - How Transportation is Shaping Cities in Canada's Fastest Growing Region

Leslie Woo is vice-president for policy and planning of Metrolinx, the agency charged with building and improving rapid transit service in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. She previously directed the Ontario government’s planning for growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.


Transportation investments have always defined our cities, and now they are playing a key role in the transformation of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This session will examine how the largest public investment in transit in fifty years is spurring more compact development, contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gases and supporting prosperity in the area.


Bonus presentation


Phil Goldsmith - May 6, 2010 - Protecting What is Valuable

Phil Goldsmith is an architect specializing in the restoration and creative reuse of heritage buildings. His designs include the National Ballet School and the North Toronto Station (LCBO) in Toronto as well as museums, galleries, theatres, community, libraries, social services, banks, and dwellings. He lives in Port Hope.


Our built heritage is irreplaceable and a key factor in the pleasure we take in our community. As values shift conservationists are challenged to consider how we preserve, which of our cultural artifacts is essential to preserve, and how to repurpose buildings in a way that contributes to ongoing cultural development without stultifying new thoughts in architecture or urban design.