Towers in the Park: Designing equitable urban resilience in Toronto’s tower neighbourhoods

March 2, 2022 by School of Cities Staff

Researchers supported by the School of Cities and led by Professor Fadi Masoud at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto are exploring the role of tower neighbourhoods in addressing the inequitable impacts of climate change. While the vast open and green spaces that surround tower neighbourhoods in Toronto's suburbs have often been overlooked, the research team is working to evaluate the social and environmental potential of these spaces for climate mitigation and adaptation.

cover page of the brief featuring title and sofc logoThe preliminary work of the research team suggests that supporting local leaders' efforts to advocate for policy change is of central importance, and that co-creating and sharing knowledge and data about climate challenges in tower neighbourhoods might be a first step. To support knowledge exchange between grassroots leaders, the research team, and City of Toronto staff members, researchers used available data to map local climate challenges and worked with the community to build responsive and actionable design elements that local residents can implement.


Towers in the Park: Designing equitable urban resilience in Toronto's tower neighbourhoods.

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