Communities take charge at City Builder Camp 2012

On September 17th, 2012, the CCE hosted the City Builder Camp to explore how communities are taking charge of city building in their neighbourhoods. By bringing together practicioners, planners, architects, urban designers, and community members for an honest discussion about neighbourhood level design, the Camp fostered greater understanding of city building processes and new collaborative relationships to advance community-led planning.

A diverse group of practicioners shared their “lessons learned”, while community groups pitched their local planning challenges for input from a review panel. At the World Cafe lunch, community members met with professionals to explore how to advance positive change at the neighbourhood level.

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City Builder Camp overview

Presentations: Lessons learned

Zahra Ebrahim

Zahra Ebrahim, Founder of archiTEXT, presents about her experience facilitating the design of a new building for the East Scarborough Storefront by youth from the neighbourhood.

Anne Gloger

Anne Gloger, Director of the East Scarborough Storefront, presents about her experience facilitating the design of a new building for the East Scarborough Storefront by youth from the neighbourhood, from a community perspective.

Frank Cunningham

Frank Cunningham of the Annex Residence Association presents about his experience in establishing a resident-led plan for the Bloor Street Corridor in Toronto.

Community presentations

St James Town

Chris Hallet and Margaret Coshan of Community Matters in St James Town share their concerns and aspirations for the St. James Town area of Toronto.

Afterward, a panel of specialists responds to their presentation: Debra Dineen (Executive Director, CRC), Craig Applegath (Principal, DIALOG), Donna Hinde (Partner, The Planning Partnership), Ian Malcewski (Planner, Urban Strategies Inc.), Mazyar Mortazavi (Principal, TAS DesignBuild) and Ken Greenberg (Principal, Greenberg Consultants).

Church-Wellesley

Paul Farrelly and Robert Fabian of the Church-Wellesley Neighbourhood Association share their concerns and aspirations for their area of Toronto.

Afterwards, a panel of specialists responds to their presentation: Chris Sheriff-Scott (Senior Vice-President, Minto Communities), Eileen Denny (President, Teddington Park Resident’s Association), Leo DeSorcy (Manager of Urban Design, City of Toronto), Craig Cal (Planner, Urban Strategies Inc.), Dean Goodman (Partner, Levitt Goodman Architects) and Ken Greenberg (Principal, Greenberg Consultants).

Mount Dennis

Marabelle McTavish and Rick Ciccarelli of the Mount Dennis/Weston Network share their concerns and aspirations for their area of Toronto.

Afterwards, a panel of specialists responds to their presentation: Anne McIlroy (Principal, Brook McIlroy), Nicole Swerhun (Independent Public & Stakeholder Engagement Consultant), Sony Rai (Intern Architect, Diamond + Schmitt Architects), Janna Levitt (Partner, Levitt Goodman Architects), David Bronskill (Partner, Goodmans LLP) and Ken Greenberg (Principal, Greenberg Consultants).

Updates

We checked in again with the three community groups a few months after City Builder Camp. Read our reflections from those visits!