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.

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

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. We will share the results of this workshop shortly.

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, contact: 

Cecelia Pye
Project Manager, Creative Mixed-Use Initiative
School of Cities
cecelia.pye@utoronto.ca