Creative Mixed-Use

What is Creative Mixed-Use?

Creative mixed-use buildings bring together public and private uses in creative ways, locating unexpected partners in the same facility. These developments blend complementary land uses, help diversify neighbourhoods, and heighten social awareness. However, buildings of this type in Toronto went through complex processes rather than a deliberate effort to improve the city’s fabric. We are developing a matchmaking service to formalize the partnerships process in creative mixed-use development.

November 2019 Kick-off Workshop

We launched a kick-off workshop in November 2019 with the aim to bring together partners who may not realize they share similar development and service provision objectives. A variety of stakeholders came together to discuss the specifics of how to build a mixed-use project, the key to developing strong partnerships, and discuss potential barriers to completing a mixed-use building.

A Matchmaking Service for Building Partners

When compared to other cities around the world, Toronto is a leader in the development of innovative, creative mixed-use buildings. The School of Cities wants to initiate a systematic process that will help spark these types of building projects and smooth the process between conception and completion. School of Cities will:

  • Develop a framework that will inform the future of mixed-use development;
  • Create a network of people interested in developing creative mixed-use;
  •  Provide recommendations for partnership through a digital matchmaking platform;
  • Lay the groundwork for collaborations that will transform the region's approach to city building.

For More Information

For further information and partnership opportunities, please contact: 

Cecelia Pye

Project Manager, Creative Mixed-Use Initiative

School of Cities

Leadership Team

Matti Siemiatycki, Interim Director, School of Cities

Mark Fox, Associate Director, Research, School of Cities


Cecelia Pye, Project Lead of the Creative Mixed-Use Initiative, School of Cities

Daniela Rosu, Post Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Social Services Engineering, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Sarah Chan, Urban Design Associate of the Creative Mixed-Use Initiative, School of Cities

There’s a cohort of developers that have realized they build better buildings and communities when they integrate a mix of uses. There’s now a trend of these buildings getting built. I’ve looked around the world, and Toronto is a leader.

– Matti Siemiatycki, Interim Director, School of Cities