The Knowledge Café at the School of Cities is a monthly speaking opportunity for the tri-campus community of UofT faculty and researchers to present analysis and highlights of their research on a theme that is important and relevant to cities.
The inaugural themes for the 2021-22 academic year will be climate, justice and belonging in cities.
The Knowledge Café provides a platform for faculty as well as students and researchers who are working to uncover solutions to creating more just, equitable, sustainable and prosperous cities.
With the Knowledge Café, the School of Cities aims to bring the research led by a diverse group of urban-focused academics and researchers to a discursive platform to inspire multidisciplinary conversations around urban themes, paying special attention to the themes of climate, justice and belonging in cities.
All are welcome. Register below. If you are interested in speaking at the Knowledge Café, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 60 minutes - 25-minute presentation, 25-minute Q&A/Discussion, 10-minute opening and closing remarks
- Presentations will be recorded and live-streamed on the School of Cites YouTube channel.
Written in the Land: Do You Know Where You are Standing?
“Written in the Land” offers a brief overview of several exercises in somatic archeology and land-based dramaturgy through which buried histories might be unearthed and seemingly neutral plots of terra nullius might be represenced as sites of violence wherein the destructive power that was exerted continues to reverberate through Indigenous blood, bone and memory today. Within this work, the researcher’s body becomes a site of re-encounter, as place re-engages with an unearthed story to initiate a call and to activate response from within that body.
If we cannot read the land upon which we stand, we cannot know where we are standing. We cannot story that land. We cannot respond to its call. If we do not know where we are standing, what then are we acKNOWledging?
Social Housing: Lessons from the United States and Canada
Towers in the Park: A Prospect for Equitable Resilience
Towers in the Park: A Prospective for Equitable Resilience looks at the untapped potential of the "parks" in "Towers in the Park". Many of these tower neighbourhoods were built between 1950-80's based on universal modernist principles of site planning and building layout. One of their most critical ambitions was the provision of ample open space as developments responded to surrounding natural areas such as ravines, creeks, and networks of green open space. Read more...
Director, School of Cities and Professor, Department of Geography and Planning
The Unintended Consequences of Climate Change Mitigation
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design
Natural Climate Solutions for Canada
Natural climate solutions (NCS) or nature-based solutions are cost-effective actions aimed at managing, restoring, and creating forests and other natural carbon-storing and sequestration conditions to mitigate climate change. However, NCS for urban and peri-urban areas are much broader than carbon storage and involve using vegetation either in the form of an urban forest, green areas, residential gardens, street trees, green belts around cities, green walls, green roofs, woodlands, hedgerows, and other available space to mitigate climate change and its effects, as well as improve the urban environment, ecological functions, human health, and biodiversity. Read more...
Urban Climate Justice: Rights and resilience in Southeast Asia
This presentation will connect theoretical developments around rights and resilience in the field urban climate justice to practice by grounding the literature’s key arguments in the experiences of five-year project based in Southeast Asian cities. The project consisted of a network of researchers working closely with civil society stakeholders to understand and influence urban climate resilience. It will explore how researchers can better support transformative resilience that advances rights and justice, by understanding researchers’ knowledge production and mobilization efforts as an active part of the transformation process. Bringing together epistemological and methodological insights from political ecology and action research, it will discuss three practice-oriented concepts that can support research for transformative resilience.
The Power of Tower Retrofits: Exploring concurrent improvements to inhabitant experience and energy efficiency