New ways of seeing and using Toronto’s cultural landscapes

Speakers: Janna Levitt [Partner – LGA Architectural Partners]
Robert Kerr [Supervisor, Special Events – Fort York National Historic Site]
Franco Boni [General & Artistic Director – The Theatre Centre]
Rui Pimenta and Layne Hinton [Artistic Director/Founder and Co-curator/Admin – Art Spin]
When: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – 6:00-8:00pm
Urbanspace Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON

Toronto is experiencing a shift in the role heritage plays in the contemporary use of cultural landscapes. ICOMOS Canada and the Centre for City Ecology have partnered to present a panel discussion on this shift.

This event forms part of an international debate on the shifting role of heritage in contemporary society. The 18th General Assembly of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), to be held in Florence, Italy, November 2014, focuses on the general theme of ‘Heritage and Landscape as Human Values’. The Florence Agenda includes sub-themes related to sustainability, local empowerment, and cultural landscape.

While ‘heritage’ and ‘contemporary’ can appear to be at odds with one another, Toronto happens to do ‘old and new’ very well. The Florence Agenda in action in the Toronto context is expressed through a broad range of actors using heritage as a tool for civic engagement. This includes arts and community-based groups that are activating under-used heritage sites and well-established heritage institutions that are engaging in new community outreach programs.

On Tuesday, August 26,  join moderators Annabel Vaughan [CCE] and Michael Michael McClelland [ERA Architects] to discuss the Florence Agenda in the local context and explore how the Toronto is seeing and using the cultural landscape in new ways that facilitate civic engagement and empowerment.

See the event recap, photos, and presentations here.



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