Towards Creative Mixed Use - Innovative Approaches to City-Building

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


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An infographic for an event called "Towards Creative Mixed Use - Innovative Approaches to City-Building", join us on september 13 virtually An Ontario focused innovation workshop on how to expand creative mixed-use developments to better plan our neighbourhoods.

About this event

In partnership with Infrastructure Institute, the Community Solutions Network is delivering an innovation workshop on how communities can build partnerships, navigate local land use models, and use technological tools to expand creative mixed-use developments.

Through an experiential case study, this workshop will provide an opportunity for municipalities, Indigenous communities, and municipal networks from across Ontario to connect, share, and ask questions around how to adopt creative mixed-use practices and approaches. This workshop may also be of interest to academics and subject-matter experts.

Creative mixed-use buildings have emerged as an innovative approach to develop significant affordable housing alongside other critical social infrastructures that are at the heart of thriving communities. Creative mixed-use buildings blend large scale public, private and non-profit spaces in the same building, and provide an opportunity for municipal leaders across the province to build more dynamic, inclusive and affordable cities. Examples that have been built to date include schools, recreation centres, and fire stations with affordable housing up above, and market condominiums co-located with homeless shelters. Canadian communities are embracing creative mixed-use buildings as a new approach to city building that realizes a collaborative advantage, where each partner achieves an outcome that is better than anyone could achieve on their own.


In this innovation workshop, we will explore the following questions:

• What are some successful examples of creative mixed-use?

• How can you creatively explore partnership and financing options to develop more mixed-use buildings in your community?

• What technological tools can support visualizations and finding funding sources for creative mixed-use development?


Participants will gain a deeper understanding of innovative mixed-use building forms, and how this approach to city building can weave housing, social infrastructure, and various land uses into one site. The workshop will explore relevant case studies, often of developments that brought together various uses in one building in surprising or unplanned ways. Through this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to think through sites in their own communities and explore ideas for potential collaborations that could make these projects happen. Participants will also come away with ideas about financing and funding tools to pursue the practice of mixing residential, commercial, and/or recreational uses of space in a building, often through partnerships between public, private and non-profit sectors. The objective is that people invested in working towards the sustainable growth of their communities will find solutions through collaboration and the mainstreaming of this type of co-location.



10:00-10:05 – Welcome and introduction by Infrastructure Institute (by Drew Fagan, Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

10:05-10:15 - Overview of CSN Program and Land Acknowledgement

10:15-10:35 - Introduction to Creative-Mixed Use Concept and Principles (by Matti Siemiatycki, Director of the Infrastructure Institute at the School of Cities, University of Toronto and Professor in the Department of Geography & Planning)

10:35-11:25 – Discussion on the experiential case study on Creative-Mixed Use

11:25-11:55 - Q&A


The Community Solutions Network is a program of Future Cities Canada. Led by Evergreen, the Network is designed to help communities build service area capacity and improve the lives of residents using data and connected technology approaches. This program is funded by the Government of Canada.

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