Designing our Shared Landscape

  • April 10, 2016
  • 11:00 am
  • Hart House Debates Room, 2nd floor

The City of Toronto has a list of valiant efforts: the Pan Am buildings in the West Don Lands, Evergreen Brick Works, Regent Park. To what extent have these been urban planning victories? Torontonians can also be excited as they look towards the future, with projects such as East Bayfront underway and “Under Gardiner” on the horizon.

Spur asks how can Toronto build community through creative use of public space; what role should the private sector, government, institutions play in the process; and how is the public voice heard?

This session will be introduced with a performance by poet Phoebe Wang.


  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10



Spur is a national festival of politics, art and ideas and is a catalyst for change in Canada.

Through nationally relevant and locally nuanced discussions, presentations and performances, the festival seeks to spur its participants to action on issues affecting Canadians. Feisty, multi-partisan, forward-looking, and solution-driven, this national railway of ideas will provide Canada with vital new cultural infrastructure for the 21st century.

Founded in 2013, the festival has already grown from three to five Canadian cities, with plans for further expansion across the country. Produced by the Literary Review of Canada in partnership with Diaspora Dialogues, Spur prides itself on its community partnerships, cultural connections and a focus on accessibility and diversity.

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