Bridging Scales and Disciplines:
Ecological Approaches to City Building
Addressing the climate crisis will require major changes in how we design, build, and live in our cities. Understanding the linkages between cities and their regional landscapes, and the social ecologies that manage them, lies at the root of knowing how to adapt them toward more sustainable futures, resilient to unpredictable change. Collaboration among all sectors of society and a wide range of professional and academic disciplines will be critical to effecting significant change toward nature-based solutions. The built environment disciplines have an important role to play in envisioning how we restore ecological vitality to our cities and reintegrate them into their regional landscapes.
Through moderated discussions among diverse participants working at the intersection of ecology, design, policy, and advocacy, the summit will create a dialogue on the future of city-building, drawing lessons from successful case studies in the Greater Toronto Area and perspectives from abroad. The summit will serve as a forum for participants to share innovative projects and initiatives that have transformed urban regions, to influence decision makers to adopt new approaches to policy and collaboration, and to inspire participants to advocate for nature-based solutions to urban resilience challenges.
The Toronto Summit is confirmed as an in-person event on the revised dates of June 3-4, 2022 at the University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.
This event is partly funded by the SofC through the Small Grants Program.