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Payam Shalchian

Design Strategist, Experience Designer, Bruce Mau Design in Toronto

Lota, Chile and Toronto

PRESENTED ON FEB 23, 2012
IN TORONTO @ VOL 13

In this presentation by Payam Shalchian and Jamie Black, two alumni from the Institute Without Boundaries, talk about the significance of collective action in reviving urbanized environments. They use Lota, a project in Chile, as a case study, reflecting on the project's outcome in relation to various aspects of Toronto. (in English)

"Presentation of the Day" on January 21, 2013.

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Ideal Toronto

BY ROBERT WIGINGTON
@ VOL 12 ON JAN 17, 2012

What is Robert and Christopher's ideal Toronto? Watch this presentation to find out. Both also work with artists to invade public spaces, and run a company called 66 Ideas Incorporated. (in English)

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Navigating the Toronto Transit System

BY ILANA BEN-ARI
@ VOL 14 ON MAR 27, 2012

Ilana Ben-Ari is a toy designer and social entrepreneur from Montreal. In this presentation, she shares the challenges she has faced while trying to navigate her way through the TTC (Toronto Transit System). (in English)

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Public Realm 2.0

BY RICHARD BORBRIDGE
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 14, 2012

Richard Borbridge has an idea, and it involves the complete transformation of publication consultation. He calls it Public Realm 2.0, and describes it in his presentation. (in English)

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Architecture in Toronto

BY SHAWN MICALLEF
@ VOL 11 ON NOV 03, 2011

Shawn Micallef analyses the often derided architecture of Toronto, and its mixture of modern and antique buildings, usually adjacent or actually encroaching on one another. He makes the argument that, while traditionally beautiful cities like Paris or Prague may retain a romanticized image, Toronto's lack of boundaries when it comes to maintaining a determined style allows it to experiment and create much livelier streets and sprawls.

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Toronto International Jewellery Festival

BY MELANIE EGAN
@ VOL 20 ON JAN 22, 2013

Melanie Egan and Paul McClure are the co-founders of Toronto International Jewellery Festival, a new festival that celebrates jewellery arts, metal arts and design from local, national and international participants.

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Extreme Reforestation

BY SERGIO DE LARA
@ URBAN INNOVATION HAPPY HOUR ON APR 30, 2014

While living in Mexico’s third-largest city, Monterrey, Sergio De Lara noticed a distinct lack of urban forestry, most pointedly during the city’s 50-degree summers. What began as a small grass-roots collective digging up previously-sealed sidewalk planters grew to a corporate-sponsored non-profit NGO (going by the name Reforestación Extrema) complete with volunteer teams re-foresting parks and city streets all over. 

"Presentation of the Day" on June 17, 2014.

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Tower Neighbourhood Renewal

BY GRAEME STEWART
@ URBAN INNOVATION HAPPY HOUR ON APR 30, 2014

Architect Graeme Stewart speaks out on benefits of 1960s tower-style high-density urban housing as opposed to the sprawl often found in the US. In Toronto, Graeme has taken the lead on the Tower Renewal project — whereby he’s taken steps to eco-retrofit these 50-year-old buildings, and worked to transform the surrounding areas into villages through policy changes and community-building campaigns. 

"Presentation of the Day" on December 4, 2014.

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Urban Renewal by Building Bridges: Intercultural Garden Erfurt Paradies

BY CATHY DELOS SANTOS
@ VOL 2 ON NOV 22, 2014

The intercultural community garden "Erfurt Paradies," located in north Erfurt, is a grassroots project that has increased the social and cultural  value of the neighborhood. Cathy Delos Santos talks about the mission and goal of the organization, Urban Renewal.  This organization help brings together local and migrants through events and activities in the community gardens / Gemeinschaftsgarten of Erfurt.

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Creating a Lumber Industry in Chile

BY BOB HOWE
@ VOL 6 ON JUN 09, 2018

Bob Howe speaks of his time in Chile in the Peace Corps reforesting to create a lumber industry.