WHEN

October 24-25

WHERE

51 Dockside Dr, Toronto, ON M5A 0B6

Agenda

October 24

8:00-8:45

Registration

Badge retrieval and breakfast.
8:45-9:00

Opening Remarks

Introduction by Azure and welcoming address by Luigi Ferrara, Dean of Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology at George Brown.
9:00-10:00
Designer, activist, academic and author, Julia Watson is a leading expert on Indigenous nature-based technologies. Her unconventional research led her to writing and design projects...
KEYNOTE
10:00-11:00
How do we develop furniture and textiles for a cleaner planet? Three leaders from the world of circular design discuss their approach to developing exemplary...
PANEL
11:00-11:30

Morning Coffee Break

11:30-12:30
The focus shifts in this workshop from the progress being made in the decarbonization of building operations to the importance of the embodied carbon costs...
WORKSHOP
11:30-12:30
There's a clear need to build housing fast, sustainably, and affordably. However, low-carbon buildings are often blamed for increasing costs in residential construction, implying that...
WORKSHOP
11:30-12:30
What role should mass timber and renewable materials, with their potential to replace concrete and steel, play in ensuring the planet’s survival?...
WORKSHOP
11:30-12:30
This session offers a deep dive into blending nature into urban development in the multi-award-winning Downsview Framework Plan – a 520-acre city within a city....
WORKSHOP
12:30-1:30

Networking Lunch

1:30-2:30
With extreme heat the leading cause of weather-related deaths, rising temperatures are a new public health crisis, effecting especially the most vulnerable groups in society....
PANEL
2:30-2:45

Afternoon Coffee Break

2:45-3:45
What causes health? What if health were the basis for judging every public space and building? There is no such thing as neutral space. What...
WORKSHOP
2:45-3:45
This workshop begins with a synthesis of a wide array of available tools and resources for carbon reductions, providing a practical roadmap to practitioners. Diving...
WORKSHOP
2:45-3:45
Community and recreation projects are challenged in achieving net-zero aspirations due to their high energy, air, and water process loads. This session will look broadly...
WORKSHOP
2:45-3:45
LGA Architectural Partners’ Janna Levitt and MABELLEarts’ Leah Houston will present the culmination of the organization's 15 years of cultural work on Mabelle Avenue initiated...
WORKSHOP
3:45-4:00

Networking Break

4:00-5:00
Susan Jayne Carruth is a partner at Copenhagen-based architecture firm 3XN, and the Head of Operations for the firm’s research arm, GXN. 3XN/GXN is renowned...
KEYNOTE
5:00-5:15

Day 1 Closing Remarks

Plus a preview of Day 2!
5:30-7:00

Social Cocktail

Mix and mingle with your industry peers!

October 25

8:00-8:45

Breakfast

8:45-9:00

Opening Ceremony

A traditional opening led by Nbisiing Consulting President Bob Goulais, Anishinaabe from Nipissing First Nation.
9:00-10:00
Kongjian Yu is the landscape architect commonly credited with the invention of the “Sponge City” concept, a resliency practice that he embraces through the many...
KEYNOTE
10:00-11:00
Today, the City of Vancouver sits on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Since time immemorial, these...
PANEL
11:00-11:30

Morning Coffee Break

11:30-12:30
The Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan has a foundation of deep engagement with First Nations, Indigenous communities, and campus and local communities. Together, they...
WORKSHOP
11:30-12:30
PaperShell is a groundbreaking, 100 per cent bio-based material derived from paper pulp that surpasses plastic in strength and is half the weight of aluminum....
WORKSHOP
11:30-12:30
Climate advocates across industries are calling for a shift from linear thinking to circular systems and reduced consumption. For designers, architects, developers, city-builders, contractors, and...
WORKSHOP
11:30-12:30
Record heat waves and levels of rain, ice, snow and drought all in a given year: As a city experiencing high fluctuations of temperature, seasonal...
WORKSHOP
12:30-1:00

Lunch

1:00-2:00
In a rapidly urbanizing world, public spaces that support dense, transit-oriented and socio-economically diverse urban environments are among our best tools for fighting climate change...
PANEL
2:00-3:00
At world-renowned firm Transsolar, Tommaso Bitossi focuses on two aspects of climate responsive design: architecture and climate engineering based on his professional value of sufficiency...
KEYNOTE
3:00-3:15

Closing Remarks

3:15

Attendees Depart for Field Trip

Destinations to be announced!