Past Toronto Event: Urban Innovation Happy Hour

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Urban Innovation Happy Hour

April 30, 2014
@ Handle Bar

As some of you might know, this month is PechaKucha Urban Innvovation Month. We've been inviting urban innovators around the world to submit their projects. 

Toronto has been talking about urban innovation a lot lately. We are fortunate to find three urban innovators who have actualized their ideas.

Since they are all in the city and are keen to present to a group of live audience, we have decided to put together a last-minute PechaKucha Happy Hour - 6:30pm - 7:30pm - on April 30. 

It will be an intimate gathering (the bar can hold around 30-40 people at the back). We won't be selling tickets so it'll be first come first serve (The bar opens at 6:00pm)

If you are interested in Urban Innovation and Happy Hour, please join us on April 30.

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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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Let's Talk Policy

BY ZAHRA EBRAHIM
@ URBAN INNOVATION HAPPY HOUR ON APR 30, 2014

Zahra Ebrahim wants urban dwellers to be more active in policy decisions that affect their city, and so she proposes to make that happen by targetting a limited number of areas in a city -- in her example, 20 houses selected in 20 wards of Toronto -- and getting them involved in not only talking about issues, but also sharing feedback. The idea is that by starting modestly, this outreach can eventually grow to include even more participants, and therefore progressively raise engagement throughout the city.

Zahra Ebrahim
Designer, Strategist, archiTEXT, OCADU in Toronto
Sergio De Lara
Polymath Excogitator in Toronto
Graeme Stewart
Architect, ERA Architects | Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal in Toronto