School of Cities Urban Leadership Fellowship and Academy Virtual Research Festival : Session 6

When and Where

Friday, October 16, 2020 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
via Zoom

Description

Session 6 of a weekly webinar series showcasing students’ engaged research, virtual simulations, social impact and creative projects.

Friday, October 16, 2020

2:30pm – 4:00pm

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Agenda

Order of Presentations

  • Welcome!
  • Land acknowledgement
  • 15 minutes presentation per panelist
  • 20 minutes moderated Q&A
Michael Cameron McCulloch
Beyond Bike Lanes: Cycling Exclusive Infrastructure for Safer, More Sustainable Cities
Martha Cabaero, Arina Dmitrenko, Rahemeen Ahmed, Aurora Bolianatz and Elisabetta Campagnola
Infrastructure and Design / Design, Technology and Urbanism 

 

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Accessing Toronto in Shutdown: a Comparison between Two Neighbourhoods

Special guest and Moderator

Professor Shauna Brail
Associate Professor
Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto

 

Ze Xi (Jessica) Ye
Sim George: Toronto From Home
Christine Balt 
Creative Cities: Cultural Growth in Complex Adaptive Cities
The Alternative Maps Project: How Artists Can Help Us Imagine Livelier and Greener Toronto After COVID-19

Presenter Bios

Michael Cameron McCulloch

Michael Cameron McCulloch

Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering

Michael is pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil & Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto (UofT) and works on campus at the Centre for Quantitative Analysis & Modelling at the Fields Institute. Over the course of his degree, he hopes to specialize in Geological Engineering and Mining Finance before beginning a new career in mining and natural resources. Prior to his current studies, Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Latin American Studies from Carleton College and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University. He also worked for many years as an environmental policy researcher and grant manager for the World Bank in Brazil. His goal, in the future, is to merge the lessons of his past experience with his technical coursework at UofT to support the global mining industry in developing better, more sustainable business practices. 
 

Academy Group: Infrastructure and Design / Design, Technology and Urbanism

Project Title: Accessing Toronto in Shutdown: a Comparison between Two Neighbourhoods

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Learn more about their project through their project report:

Project Report:

PDF iconMartha Cabaero, Arina Dmitrenko, Rahemeen Ahmed, Aurora Bolianatz, and Elisabetta Campagnola (2020). Accessing Toronto in Shutdown: A Comparison Between Two Neighborhoods. A project report. Toronto: CA. School of Cities, University of Toronto.

Martha Cabaero

Martha Cabaero

Infrastructure and Design / Design, Technology and Urbanism

(UTM) Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy

Born in Manila and raised in Singapore, Martha was struck by the difference in living between the two cities. Once she graduated high school, she moved to Mississauga and was once again shocked by the difference in city culture. The stark distinctions of her lived experiences prompted her fascination with the relationship between urban design and human behaviour. Currently pursuing a double major in Political Science and Philosophy, she intends to supplement her interest in cities with a legal perspective. Her exposure to human rights law has deepened her understanding of how service provision can affect the life of the average citizen and her experience with intellectual property law has led her to consider ways in which technology may be employed to improve the civic life. On campus, Martha is the founder and president of the Filipino Student Association, which strives to increase opportunities for Filipino community engagement.

Arina Dmitrenko

Arina Dmitrenko

Infrastructure and Design / Design, Technology and Urbanism

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and European Studies

Since starting at U of T, Arina, who is now in her final year, has developed her political interests by being involved on campus and in election campaigns. Apart from her political endeavours, Arina is very involved in the Model United Nations community at U of T and is also the president of the European Studies Students’ Association on campus. Arina developed an interest in urban development & governance mid-way through her 3rd year and has since pursued academic research abroad in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her research in Tbilisi focused on urban development and the “Smart City” concept in relation to post-Soviet architecture. As part of the School of Cities Academy, Arina will be exploring a project which will be Assessing Ontario's Accessibility Goals: Toronto and the Gentrified Periphery. 

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Rahemeen Ahmed

Infrastructure and Design / Design, Technology and Urbanism

Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering

Rahemeen is an aspiring engineer who wants to integrate design and policy to create safe, sustainable and resilient cities around the world. She has previously worked with University of Toronto Seismic Design Team, Women in Science and Engineering, Engineers Without Borders and Sustainable Engineers Association, and she is an avid MUN-er, where she has debated, discussed and developed resolutions for global socioeconomic development issues.

Aurora Bolianatz

Aurora Bolianatz

Infrastructure and Design / Design, Technology and Urbanism

Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography, Diaspora and Transnational Studies and Linguistics

Aurora is a second-year undergraduate student whose major areas of interest are transit access and urban greenery. She is particularly interested in studying how these can be improved in Toronto. Upon completing her undergrad, she hopes to pursue a master’s in geography or planning. Outside of school, Aurora loves to walk around the city and look for beauty in what can often be a mundane built environment.

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Elisabetta Campagnola

Infrastructure and Design / Design, Technology and Urbanism

(UTM) PhD in Anthropology

Elisabetta is a PhD candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology with research interests that include political anthropology, the anthropology of work, and the anthropology of transport in the context of sub-Saharan Africa. Within the Academy, Elisabetta is proposing a project called “Transportability, a Conversation” that aims at understanding how students and junior scholars from the social sciences and the humanities could enter into a productive conversation with their peers in the transport engineering program. Transportability also refers to the knowledge that can move between different areas of expertise to better comprehend the way in which we move, and to further imagine the way in which we could move.

 

Jessica Ye is majoring in History with minors in Anthropology and Sexual Diversity Studies at Trinity College, University of Toronto

Ze Xi (Jessica) Ye

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sexual Diversity Studies

Ze Xi “Jessica” Ye is a third year undergraduate student majoring in History with minors in Anthropology and Sexual Diversity Studies at Trinity College, University of Toronto. Her research interests include archival accessibility, examining power structures through an intersectional lens, and telling the stories of the marginalized. Toronto fascinates her as a transnational city with a complex identity and a history that continues to impact its present. She hopes to alleviate the informational barrier between people and the places they live, to create a context for their experiences. Diverse, inclusive cities do not pop up overnight and she believes understanding the process to achieving this goal is just as important as getting there. 

Download Jessica's project Sim George: Toronto From Home at https://simgeorge.itch.io/sim-george

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Sim George: Toronto From Home is a simulation of the St. George campus at the University of Toronto in a far-flung future where the only sentient beings are beavers. 

 

Christine Balt

Christine Balt

PhD in Curriculum and Pedagogy, OISE

Christine Balt is a third-year doctoral candidate who holds a Master of Arts in Dramatic Arts from Rhodes University in South Africa, in which she examined intersections of site, ritual and embodiment in post-Apartheid theatre and performance. Christine has worked as a performer, an applied theatre facilitator and practitioner, and a high school drama teacher. She has taught in classrooms across South Africa, Japan, South Korea and China before settling in Toronto, where she graduated from the Master of Teaching program at OISE. Her current doctoral research uses drama as a research tool to explore the attitudes, feelings and experiences of young people in the midst of urban change, development and gentrification in the city of Toronto. Using site-specific and place-based performance as tools for teaching and research, this project aims to examine how young people find and make ‘place’ in destabilizing urban environments. 

You can read more about her project at The Alternative Maps Project — Artists Imagining a Livelier, Greener Post-Pandemic Toronto.

THE ALTERNATIVE MAPS PROJECT

Through the support of the University of Toronto's School of Cities Urban Leadership Fellowship and Student Academy 2020, The Alternative Maps Project was launched to instigate the subtle cultural shifts that are required to help us re-think urban space. It consists of three contributions from young artists who reside in Toronto and its surrounding neighbourhoods. 

Contact Information

Prof. Marieme Lo, Associate Director, Education