September Speaker Recap

RECAP

Multiple award-winning urban designer and architect Kenneth Greenberg gave us a double treat: a historic review of the paradigm shifts in city design and a progress report on the fabulous Bentway project under the Gardiner Expressway, of which he is the mastermind.

Ken pinpointed the genesis of suburbs to the 1939 New York World’s Fair where General Motors’s World of Tomorrow exhibit promoted the car. “People could drive anywhere – to home, work and shopping.” Unfortunately there were unintended consequences with respect to architecture, health, diversity of the population, and the freedom allotted to children.

Ken realized that downtown Toronto needed shared and diverse public spaces. In 2011 he sketched a plan for the terrain under the Gardiner Expressway; the Bentway will eventually have trails, performances, exhibits, children’s activities and more.

 

TOPIC: City Building: A New Convergence

We are living through one of the most remarkable transformations in urban history as 21st century cities worldwide are redefining themselves. Recent concerns about energy scarcity and global warming, has made us see cities with fresh eyes and a growing understanding that they can provide us with an unparalleled measure of sustainability. Mr. Greenberg’s current major project is as urban design lead and client rep for PROJECT: UNDER THE GARDINER in Toronto

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